May 27, 2024
Xiaomi 13 Pro

The first flagship product of the year from the massive smartphone manufacturer, the Xiaomi 13 Pro, has just been unveiled for the Indian market. The single 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the phone costs Rs 79,999, but there is an exclusive ICICI bank discount that takes Rs 10,000 off of this amount. Whatever the case, the 13 Pro is a competitor in the top tier of smartphones, and based on its specifications, it has the potential to seriously challenge companies like Apple and Samsung.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro’s triple camera setup is the main feature to watch out for. It looks pretty amazing, especially considering that Leica, a well-known camera brand, was involved in its development. Let’s examine the phone’s true quality in this comprehensive review and determine whether it should be your go-to flagship.

Rating: 4 / 5

Verdict

Whether it comes to performance-focused tasks or its array of image-capturing capabilities, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is an exceptional device. There aren’t many phones that can match the 13 Pro in terms of offering a superior smartphone experience. You can make the Xiaomi 13 Pro your next flagship daily driver if you can get past the device’s mediocre selfie camera and sporadic heating up.

Cameras

There is no denying that the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s optical hardware is its greatest feature. In essence, the configuration remains unchanged from the previous year’s triple camera system, with each shooter sporting a 50MP resolution. Nonetheless, there have been noticeable improvements in two aspects of the sensor: size and quality. First off, the primary camera makes use of the same 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor that was featured on Xiaomi’s 12S Ultra last year. Additionally, there is a 50MP ultra-wide sensor with a 115-degree field of view and a new 50MP telephoto camera that makes taking macro photos easier. Xiaomi and German camera manufacturer Leica collaborated to create the 13 Pro’s image processing pipeline.

In addition, the phone’s 4K 60 frames per second Dolby Vision video capability produces more than respectable results. The phone has an excellent low-light performance feature called 4K Ultra Night Video. OIS is available for both the telephoto sensor and the main camera to enable smoother video capture. The phone’s 32MP selfie camera is one area where Xiaomi could make improvements. In certain photos, the exposure behind my face varies a lot, and there isn’t much detail in my face. Nevertheless, I believe that the device’s photo-taking capabilities are excellent overall for those who enjoy photography.

Design and display

Xiaomi crafted the 13 Pro with high-quality materials like ceramic, and when you pick it up, you can really see how elegant it is. The rear panel’s conspicuously glossy finish does make it smudge magnet. At 228g and 8.33mm in depth, the phone is a little bit heavier and thicker than average.

The panel itself has a peak brightness of 1,900 nits and can display more than 1 billion colors in the DCI-P3 gamut. The Xiaomi 13 Pro is certified to support Dolby Vision and HDR10+ for media output on OTT platforms. A dependable benchmark for evaluating the dynamic range and color capabilities of any smartphone is Netflix’s Our Universe. I’m delighted to report that the 13 Pro performs flawlessly on the test.

Performance and software

The performance throttling of the 13 Pro fully utilizes the notable advancement in performance throttling from the 8 Gen 1 of last year. Since all devices with the 8 Gen 2 are currently the best on the market for processing needs, there isn’t much point in talking about benchmark numbers. I can assure you that the Xiaomi 13 Pro is just as capable as other flagship smartphones released this year and that it will not find any task too challenging.

It’s not all bad, though; MIUI’s theme store provides an unmatched degree of customization. To free up space on your phone, the user interface also compresses unused apps. Both the text recognition in photos and the compatibility with other Xiaomi devices have improved significantly from MIUI 13. Though there is definitely room for improvement, seasoned Xiaomi users shouldn’t have any trouble adjusting.

Battery

The phone’s 4,800mAh battery allows for both 50W wireless charging and Xiaomi’s 120W HyperCharge solution. I consistently managed to get up to six hours of screen time while using the phone. This entails using the 13 Pro with WQHD+ resolution, 120Hz frame rate, and maximum brightness. With more moderate use, such as reducing the amount of time spent on videos and intense gaming, the phone can easily become a one-and-a-half-day phone. It takes around 25 minutes to fully charge the phone, though, if you still feel the need to reach for the charger.

Final verdict

Over the years, Xiaomi has significantly improved the quality of its cameras, and the 13 Pro represents the height of that expertise. Customers who want to experiment with their photography will love the phone’s extensive range of shooting modes, features, and camera tricks. The device’s selfie camera isn’t the best, in my opinion. When the smartphone’s processing power is strained, there’s also noticeable heating on the back panel.

But that doesn’t take away from the 13 Pro’s experience in the slightest, whether it’s playing demanding games or viewing Netflix content in Dolby Vision. The Xiaomi 13 Pro is unquestionably the best flagship option available, far surpassing competing smartphones in its price range.

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