June 18, 2024

In the new Redmi Note 13 series, the Redmi Note 13 Pro might seem like the awkward middle sibling, but for the price, it’s still a good choice. The smartphone, which retails for Rs 25,999, has a 200MP camera, 67W charging, a big 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 1.5K (2,712 x 1,220 pixels) resolution, and dual speakers that support Dolby Atmos.

One of the few phones under Rs. 30K that has a headphone jack is the Note 13 Pro, which also stays true to its original Redmi Note roots. An infrared transmitter is another feature that many longtime Redmi phone owners adore.

However, the competitiveness in the market is its major obstacle. Smartphone OEMs like OnePlus, POCO, and iQOO have been offering comparable, if not better, features for comparatively lower pricing under Rs 30,000. Android 13 is still in use on the phone, however Android 14 is expected soon. Here’s all the information you need to know about the Redmi Note 13 Pro.

Verdict

If you value a good battery life, fast charging, a stylish design, and cameras, the Redmi Note 13 Pro won’t let you down. It also has one of the greatest screens in the class. Furthermore, the native reading mode keeps the reading experience enjoyable. While other OEMs have already begun to ship with Android 14 out of the box, the phone is still waiting for the upgrade. While the Note 13 Pro cameras continue to perform admirably in daylight, there is still room for improvement in low-light performance.

Design and display

Regarding design, there are numerous reasons to appreciate the Redmi Note 13 Pro. Its matte coating and smooth, glass-like back surface efficiently hide fingerprint smudges. Subtle blue and green hues near the camera module of the purple version I’m examining provide a welcome contrast. In keeping with the general color palette, Xiaomi has also paid attention to detail with the silver Redmi branding at the bottom of the rear panel. The Redmi Note 13 Pro comes in two equally attractive color options: black and white, for those who want more subdued hues.

Considering the size of the smartphone, the feel in the hand is quite favorable. The power and volume controls are ideally positioned for my hand. In landscape mode, the headphone jack isn’t too near the edge to interfere with your gaming experience. The Redmi Note 13 Pro has an IP54 rating for durability, which offers sufficient defense against dust and water splashes. Of course, the more costly Redmi Note 13 Pro+ (review) is eligible for a better IP64 rating.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro’s display quality and viewing experience are two of its best features. Compared to many smartphones in this price range, it has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, a notable improvement over the basic Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Netflix and YouTube both offered very immersive video playback, and the latter supported Dolby Vision. Additionally, the Redmi Note 13 Pro’s viewing experience is superior to those of its direct competitors because it typically renders warm, vibrant colors without significantly sacrificing contrast. Depending on your desire, you can adjust the settings between Vivid, Natural, and Saturated. Additionally, my preferred reading style greatly enhances the reading experience.

Cameras

There is a noticeable noise reduction and improved dynamic range across various lighting conditions. The primary camera generally captures images with vibrant saturation, giving photos a pleasing orange-ish hue. The camera performance of the Redmi Note 13 Pro and 13 Pro+ is fairly similar; you can find a detailed review here. However, in low-light situations, color consistency in photos can be inconsistent; some of our low-light shots also exhibit high saturation and overexposed areas.

However, in portrait mode, skin tone detection might occasionally be uneven. It’s safe to state that the picture doesn’t appear nice; nonetheless, you might need to spend some time adjusting it to acquire the correct color. About editing, the native editor has some AI tools for enhancing color and removing backgrounds, which function okay but not optimally.

1080p video can be recorded at 60 frames per second with the front camera of the Redmi Note 13 Pro, and 4K video at 30 frames per second. Xiaomi might have added 4K at 60 frames per second with the “upgraded” 200MP primary camera, at the very least.

Performance and software

Three different storage configurations are available for the Redmi Note 13 Pro. The standard model comes with 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. I also looked over this possibility. The most expensive variant, which has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, costs Rs 29,999, while the model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage costs Rs 27,999. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 powers all three storage versions.

With careless stutters, the Redmi Note 13 Pro performs flawlessly both in terms of numbers and in real life. There were no sudden breakdowns or heating problems for me. The gaming experience was remarkably seamless as well. I contrasted the Note 13 Pro with Nothing Phone 2(a) (review) using the 30-minute BGMI gaming test. The two phones showed the same battery consumption rates, using 10% of the battery in each case. After 30 minutes of gaming, the Note 13 Pro became somewhat warmer than the Phone 2(a).

Xiaomi must put more effort into enhancing the software as a whole, though. For example, the user interface of the camera app is unclear, and installing native Mi apps is not possible.

Like the Redmi Note 13 Pro+, the Redmi Note 13 Pro sports a 200MP ISOCELL HP3 camera sensor. Additionally, there is a 16MP selfie camera, a 2MP macro camera, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera.

Battery and charging speed

The largest battery in the new Note 13 series is found in the Redmi Note 13 Pro. It has a 5,100mAh battery that can be charged at 67 W using the charger that comes in the box. The phone lasts 12 hours in the PCMark Battery test with flight mode turned on and the screen brightness at 50%. You may anticipate a strong battery with a high refresh rate activated and manual brightness (80%) even after the test.

While not optimal, the charging speed is respectable. In about thirty minutes, the phone reached around seventy percent battery life with the included charger. About 50 minutes are needed for a complete charge.

Final Verdict

It appears that the Redmi Note 13 Pro is a reliable all-around smartphone with competitive pricing. For people who love to watch TV series and movies on their phones, this might be the perfect phone. Overall, the camera performs satisfactorily, while there is room for improvement in low-light images.

Nothing Phone 2(a) is worth a look if you want a minimalist Android experience. Additionally, the POCO X6 or X6 Pro is a good option for people who are mostly gamers. Should you already be accustomed to the MIUI interface?

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