May 27, 2024
Redmi Note 13 Pro+

Despite being the most expensive Redmi Note smartphone ever (beginning at Rs 31,999 in India), there are a few features about the new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ that I enjoy. With a 3D curved display and vegan leather back, it has a more contemporary and cheerful look. The smartphone may be completely charged in less than 30 minutes thanks to the 120W charging capability and the same output charger that comes in the package. Furthermore, given its price range, the phone is assured to receive three years’ worth of Android upgrades, which is noteworthy.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ boasts additional features such an enhanced 200MP primary camera featuring optical image stabilization (OIS), MediaTek’s 4nm-based Dimensity 7200 Ultra SoC, and an IP68 dust classification.

However, as previously said, there is no escaping the fact that this is the priciest Redmi Note phone to date. Additionally, it means that the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ will now be up against some of the most well-known competitors in the market, like the OnePlus Nord 3 (review), Motorola Edge 40 (review), and even the somewhat more costly Google Pixel 7a (review). If so, is it anything to think about? This is my assessment after using it for a long period.

Rating: 8 / 10

Verdict

By providing flagship-caliber features, such as Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and 512GB of storage, for less than Rs 36K, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ pushes the envelope. I also enjoy how it has an updated camera and a cool look. Though the three-year Android OS guarantee is commendable, I believe the UI might use some work. Also, I’m hoping to see some native generative AI features, which are absent from the majority of phones in this market. Finally, there may have been greater competition in the price.

Display and design

Three color options are available for the Redmi Note 13 Pro+. There is an option between solid Fusion Black and Fusion White if you like simple colors. I’m evaluating the latest Fusion Purple variation. I think the use of blue, green, and white tones surrounding the cameras is classy and distinctive.

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The subdued colors are nicely complemented by the leather back, but it may be difficult to clean and preserve over time. To solve this, Xiaomi has added a new black casing to the bundle. It provides a layer of protection as well as a little of thickness to the otherwise smooth design. This cover is much more attractive in my opinion than the standard transparent case that many Android smartphones in India offer.

One of the standout features of the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is its improved dust and water resistance, which is reinforced by its IP68 designation. Additionally, if you desire extra durability, the display is the best option thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

Performance

As we approach 2024, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ becomes the proper standard for smartphone memory configurations. 256GB of storage is now available in the basic model. The highest model, which costs Rs 35,999, comes with 12GB of LPPDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The one I’m examining costs Rs 33,999 and features 256GB of storage along with 12GB of RAM.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ performed dependably throughout my assessment; there were no unexpected app crashes or overheating symptoms. There are rare occasions when some programs take an abnormally long time to launch or when you experience stutters when switching between apps, although these problems are minor. The quantity of pre-installed programs that slightly clog the software experience may irritate you. Xiaomi’s mid-range handsets have been slow to receive the Android 14 upgrade, which is a problem that has to be fixed right now.

In actual life, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ and OnePlus Nord 3 are nearly identical when compared side by side. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+, for example, starts and runs some programs more quickly. Nevertheless, the Nord 3 offers somewhat superior gaming performance. With the exception of the pre-installed applications, I believe MIUI offers more features than OxygenOS overall. Ultimately, it could come down to preference, because the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ offers significantly more storage for the same cost as the Nord 3.

Cameras

Although Xiaomi’s mid-range model does not currently have a Leica cooperation, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ does have an improved 200MP main camera. For example, instead of using the ISOCELL HPX sensor, which captured more light and better details, it now uses the ISOCELL HP3 sensor. Consequently, images taken in 200MP mode have sharper details, less noise, and easier-to-read text when enlarging. Of course, clicking pictures in this mode also results in larger files.

While details are still not the finest, the 8MP ultra-wide camera also shows some progress. Many of the images in my testing have a strong contrast, which accentuates the drama of the shadows. This also conceals background details. The 2MP camera is still mostly disappointing because it cannot identify the target in dim or bright lighting. Usually, when it’s dark outside, you’ll also see some color discrepancies from the other two camera sensors.

Although the front camera performs satisfactorily, it is not always reliable in low light. The enhanced skin tone detection has my satisfaction.

Battery

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ has a 5,000mAh battery that can be charged at 120W. The phone takes around 30 minutes to completely charge with the included charger, which is really amazing given top devices like Samsung, Apple, and Google can only handle 30W or 45W of power. The battery backup is also quite good.

With only one charge, I could easily use the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ all day. You might need to do another round of charging if you activate performance mode, but the 120W charger that comes with the device should work just fine.

Final verdict

Without a question, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is among the most competent smartphones in its class. It fulfills all of its claims, including quick charging, dependable camera performance, and an excellent viewing experience (mainly). It might not be the most powerful phone in the group; the OnePlus Nord 3 and iQOO Neo 7 Pro are better options. However, a few high-end features like NFC, IP68 certification, 120W fast charging, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus make it a reasonably priced mid-premium device that is worthwhile to take into account.

To make MIUI (or HyperOS in the future) less crowded and maybe devoid of some pre-installed apps, Xiaomi must improve the software experience.

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