Xiaomi 13 Pro Review: All About the Experience

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The Xiaomi 13 Pro has been formally launched in India. The successor to the Xiaomi 12 Pro (Assessment) has many firsts up its sleeve akin to having the newest Android 13-based MIUI 14 software program, and it is the solely telephone in India with a 1-inch digital camera sensor. Furthermore, Xiaomi has labored with Leica to tune the digital camera system of its premium flagship. The Xiaomi 13 Pro additionally packs some highly effective {hardware}, together with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.

Whereas the telephone definitely has what it takes (on paper) to be referred to as an ‘final’ flagship, it won’t essentially be the outright selection for everybody. That is as a result of the Indian smartphone market is crammed with a plethora of flagship choices proper now. The Xiaomi 13 Pro battles in opposition to established gamers akin to the iPhone 14 (Assessment), Samsung Galaxy S23 sequence, the less-expensive OnePlus 11 (Assessment) and iQoo 11 (Assessment).

With so many choices to select from, must you contemplate shopping for the Xiaomi 13 Pro? Right here is our full overview that can assist you resolve.

Xiaomi 13 Pro worth in India

The Xiaomi 13 Pro has been launched in India in a single storage configuration. The telephone packs 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage, which is priced at Rs. 79,999.

Xiaomi 13 Pro design and show

The Xiaomi 13 Pro differentiates itself from different flagships with a ceramic again panel. The telephone has been launched in India in two color choices. Xiaomi despatched us the Ceramic Black variant which has a shiny end. Whereas the telephone does look fairly wealthy and premium, it does have a tendency to draw fingerprints and smudges.

I initially didn’t like the color and was leaning extra in the direction of the Ceramic White choice, which does a much better job at hiding smudges. Nevertheless, after spending about two weeks with the telephone, the black variant has grown on me.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro is on the market in two colors, Ceramic Black and Ceramic White


Xiaomi has bundled a case inside the retail field. The steel body of the 13 Pro is curved on the sides, identical to the rear panel. Nevertheless, the prime and backside edges are flat, which helps the telephone stand by itself, actually. The 13 Pro is on the heavier aspect at 229g.

On the entrance, there’s a 6.73-inch WQHD+ (2K) AMOLED show with a 120Hz refresh charge. The telephone helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10+ certifications, and media playback normally appears to be like good with deep blacks, vivid colors and crisp particulars. The curved-edge display and wonderful audio system additionally add to the immersive viewing expertise.

Whereas I do like the approach curved-edge shows look, the curvature on the Xiaomi 13 Pro is a bit an excessive amount of which might be vulnerable to unintentional touches. I skilled this whereas making an attempt to take pictures and at instances, it would not register my faucets on the shutter button since part of my palm or finger was touching the fringe of the show. A method round that is to make use of the TPU case, which prevents this type of unintentional contact.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro’s 2K AMOLED show provides an important multimedia expertise


The show can be lots shiny at as much as 1,900 nits of peak brightness, making the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s show the brightest on any present Android smartphone. Beforehand, the show brightness crown on Android went to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely (Assessment), which has a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, nevertheless the iPhone 14 Pro (Assessment) and iPhone 14 Pro Max presently have the brightest shows on any smartphone (as much as 2,000 nits).

To be clear, the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s show doesn’t hit its peak brightness all the time. It is just if you end up watching HDR content material or utilizing it direct daylight, the show reaches this stage. When indoors, I most well-liked utilizing the telephone at about 40 p.c brightness stage.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro’s show additionally survived a number of unintentional drops, because of the slippery nature of the ceramic again panel. Fortunately, the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus masking did its job. Complementing the show expertise is the twin speaker setup, which provides clear and wealthy sound even at a excessive quantity ranges.

One factor the Xiaomi 13 Pro doesn’t get is an official IP ranking. The corporate claims that the Indian mannequin has the identical stage of safety in opposition to mud and water as the world unit, which does come with an IP68 ranking.

Xiaomi 13 Pro specs and software program

The Xiaomi 13 Pro makes use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The 4nm SoC options an Adreno 740 GPU. The telephone additionally packs a 4,820mAh battery with assist for 120W wired quick charging and the charger is available in the field. The 13 Pro additionally helps 50W wi-fi charging and 10W reverse wi-fi charging.

By way of software program, the Xiaomi 13 Pro runs Android 13-based MIUI 14 out of the field, which Xiaomi claims is extra optimised than ever. In my expertise, the software program expertise was fluid on the Xiaomi 13 Pro. There are additionally a bunch of further options akin to optical character recognition, the skill to take away undesirable objects from photos in the Gallery app, new wallpapers and widgets, and so forth.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro will get the newest Android 13-based MIUI 14 software program


A bunch of common apps akin to Fb, Amazon Prime Video, LinkedIn and Spotify come preinstalled. You additionally get many Xiaomi apps upon organising the telephone. Thankfully, you’ll be able to uninstall nearly all the additional apps, aside from the system apps. Apart from the Themes Retailer throwing a few notifications each day, there wasn’t a lot spam from any of the different system apps.

Concerning updates, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is slated to get three main Android updates and 5 years of safety patches. It’s not the trade greatest as the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, and so forth., have promised to supply 4 main Android updates. Additionally, Xiaomi would not have the greatest observe report in relation to delivering well timed updates as lots of its latest telephones are but to get the newest Android replace. This makes we marvel if the Xiaomi 13 Pro will undergo the identical approach in the future when it is due for the subsequent model of Android. 

Xiaomi 13 Pro efficiency and battery life

The Xiaomi 13 Pro can deal with any job you throw at it because of the highly effective SoC. There was no lag or stutter throughout the consumer interface in my expertise. Gaming efficiency was additionally fairly good. I performed Name of Obligation: Cell with ‘Extremely’ framerate and ‘Medium’ graphics settings. After about 45 minutes of gameplay, the system did get a bit heat that however nothing alarming.

In Geekbench 6, the Xiaomi 13 Pro scored 1,386 and 4,529 factors in the single-core and multi-core checks, respectively. The system additionally scored impressively in AnTuTu and managed to get 1,246,431 factors. The 13 Pro defeated the OnePlus 11 5G in the identical checks. 

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Xiaomi 13 Pro’s AnTuTu rating is amongst the highest in our checks


By way of battery life, the Xiaomi 13 Pro can final a full day with medium utilization. On days once I solely used the telephone to scroll by way of social media, watch YouTube movies and test messages, I managed to get a screen-on time of about 6 hours, Half-hour. Nevertheless, with a whole lot of digital camera use, gaming, and so forth., the 13 Pro gave me round 5 hours of screen-on time. The telephone lasted for 16 hours, 36 minutes in our HD video loop take a look at. 

The 120W quick charger, with Enhance Mode enabled, can cost the telephone from empty to full in 25-Half-hour. Xiaomi claims that the battery might be totally charged in simply 19 minutes, however this requires a couple of stipulations akin to switching to Airplane mode, guaranteeing no apps are operating in the background, and so forth.

Xiaomi 13 Pro cameras

The spotlight function of the Xiaomi 13 Pro is its digital camera system. The telephone continues to function three 50-megapixel sensors on the again for extensive, ultra-wide and telephoto photographs. There’s a 32-megapixel entrance digital camera for selfies.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro is the first smartphone from the firm to function a Leica-tuned digital camera setup


The digital camera efficiency is actual life is as spectacular as the spec sheet. The primary digital camera includes a Sony IMX989 1-inch sensor. It captures good particulars in each day and evening. The first digital camera’s dynamic vary efficiency can be fairly spectacular. I additionally appreciated the proven fact that the telephone doesn’t have any shutter lag, and since the sensor is giant in dimension, it captures extra gentle in the identical quantity of time it takes when capturing in daytime. All of this mixed leads to well-exposed, detailed photographs in low gentle.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro main digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)

The ultra-wide digital camera, which has a 115-degree subject of view, has wonderful dynamic vary and captures good particulars. Furthermore, the color temperature is on par with the most important digital camera. The sides are barely distorted, however it is a side-effect with nearly all ultra-wide cameras.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro ultra-wide digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)

Making the digital camera setup versatile is the 3.2X telephoto digital camera sensor, which has a 75mm focal size. Zoom photographs look crisp and supply vivid colors. The telephoto digital camera has a six piece lens setup, which is paired in two teams of three. The rear group of lenses closest to the sensor can transfer ahead or backward relying on how shut the topic is to the telephone, and this occurs in real-time. When the focusing distance is decreased to 10cm, you’ll be able to seize macro photographs utilizing the telephoto lens. There’s additionally a Tremendous Macro mode which makes use of the telephoto digital camera, and you may as well seize macro photographs with the ultra-wide digital camera.


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Xiaomi 13 Pro telephoto digital camera pattern (3.2X): Faucet to see full dimension

Xiaomi has additionally added particular digital camera options, courtesy of its collaboration with Leica. For starters, you get two images types referred to as Leica Genuine and Leica Vibrant. The previous has a extra impartial and nearer to actual life look, whereas the latter is extra appropriate for social media-ready posts. I additionally seen that pictures shot in Leica Vibrant mode provided higher dynamic vary.

Along with this, there are 4 totally different portrait modes in the Xiaomi 13 Pro. Customers can seize portraits in 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm focal lengths. The 35mm focal size captures black and white photos, whereas the 50mm and 75mm shoot in color and add a vignette round the edges. The 90mm portrait mode known as Gentle Focus and provides a really dreamy impact. I discovered myself utilizing the 90mm mode the least, as the 35mm and 75mm portrait modes had been my favorite. 

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Xiaomi 13 Pro Portrait mode samples (faucet to see full dimension)


Whereas edge detection is ideal usually, the digital camera algorithm tends to blur out the improper elements of the topic at instances. Alternatively, there was an occasion the place the algorithm, in the 75mm portrait mode, detected human faces in the background and didn’t blur them out. These bloopers weren’t frequent however I hope Xiaomi takes word and fixes them quickly.

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Occasions with Portrait mode blurs out the improper objects (left) and when it fails to blur out the background correctly (proper)


The entrance digital camera is the greatest that I’ve used on a Xiaomi telephone. It will get the particulars and pores and skin tone proper usually. Edge detection utilizing the entrance digital camera too is on level in Portrait mode. There are lots of filters — some Leica others Xiaomi — for customers who play and experiment round with tones.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro selfie digital camera samples


Including a little bit of the Leica contact is the shutter sound reminiscent to Leica cameras from the previous. There are additionally numerous frames which present the EXIF knowledge of the photograph with a Leica watermark. By way of video, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is sort of good. All three cameras can shoot as much as 4K 60fps movies. The first digital camera will get further assist for 8K 24fps. I most well-liked capturing movies in 4K 30/60fps for a stability between dynamic vary efficiency, colors, particulars and stabilisation.


The Xiaomi 13 Pro is sort of a Leica-ble telephone (pun meant). Whereas it options top-of-the-line {hardware}, it’s the little particulars that assist improve the general consumer expertise. Be it the shutter sound, variety of helpful digital camera filters, or the bunch of software program options in the Gallery app. The digital camera system can be fairly versatile and provides quite a lot of focal lengths to seize moments with distinctive views for the shutter bug in you.

Xiaomi’s flagship telephone can be properly tuned. With refinements to MIUI, coupled with a robust efficiency unit, the Xiaomi 13 Pro provides an important mixture of {hardware} and software program. It additionally supplies good battery life and the 120W quick charging provides to the expertise. Whereas there is no such thing as a official IP68 ranking in India, the telephone is claimed to supply the identical stage of water and dirt safety as its world counterpart.

I nonetheless want that the software program assist, by way of Android updates, was a 12 months extra identical to Samsung’s and OnePlus’ flagships. The OnePlus 11 5G is extra reasonably priced in comparison with the Xiaomi 13 Pro and has its personal Hasselblad contact for the cameras, whereas matching the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s efficiency unit. Nevertheless, with the variety of helpful digital camera options, I discover the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s setup a bit extra enjoyable to make use of. You additionally get wi-fi charging, reverse wi-fi charging and a ceramic again panel. The closest rival to the Xiaomi 13 Pro could be the upcoming Vivo X90 Pro. It packs the identical 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor and comes with Zeiss’ tuning for the cameras.

For now, if you’re somebody who needs a dependable digital camera system in a flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 13 Pro can definitely be thought-about.

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