Xiaomi 13 review

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The Xiaomi 13 is the company’s latest mainstream flagship. The phone isn’t brand new since it debuted in China back in December last year. But now it’s moving on to a global release, and in the process, a device dropped by the office for a full review.

The Xiaomi 13 brings a few notable upgrades over its predecessor. Its screen has grown to 6.36 inches, while retaining last year’s FullHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The same goes for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG support, aided by an ambient color sensor. Unlike the 13 Pro, the panel on the vanilla model still lacks an LTPO substrate for fast and dynamic refresh rate switching. However, its brightness has been upgraded this year to match the Pro models with a whopping 1,900 nits peak.

Xiaomi 13 specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 152.8×71.5×8.0mm, 185g; Glass front, glass back or silicone polymer back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5 mi 30 min).
  • Screen: 6.36″ OLED, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1200 nits (HBM), 1900 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 414ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8550-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 740.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • OS/Software: Android 13, MIUI 14.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 50MP, f/1.8, 23mm, 1/1.49″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 10 MP, f/2.0 75mm, 1/3.75″, 1.0 µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.2x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12MP, f/2.2, 15mm, 120 degrees, 1/3.06″, 1.12µm.
  • Front camera: 32MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), 0.7µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected] (HDR), [email protected]/30/60fps (HDR10+, 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR, 10-bit LOG), [email protected]/120/240/960fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; 67W wired, PD3.0, QC4, 100% in 38 min (advertised), 50W wireless, 100% in 48 min (advertised), 10W reverse wireless.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port; stereo speakers.

The battery and charging setups are the same as last year with a 4,500 mAh pack, 67W wired, 50W wireless and 10W reverse wireless charging. Other features on the Xiaomi 13 include stereo speakers with Dolby Head tracking and an IP68 ingress protection rating. Speaking of build, the Xiaomi 13 has a glass back, a Gorilla Glass front and a glossy and flat center bezel that gives off distinct iPhone vibes.

Xiaomi 13 review

There’s a new camera setup on the Xiaomi 13. Not quite as tricked-out as the one on the Xiaomi 13 Pro, but still one that solves the main problem with the Xiaomi 12 – the lack of a telephoto camera. There’s a 10MP, f/2.0, OIS-enabled, 3.2x optical zoom unit this year, as well as a 50MP main snapper and a 12MP ultrawide.

All things considered, the Xiaomi 13 represents a nice all-around generational upgrade. Before we dive into details, let’s start by unboxing the phone.


The Xiaomi 13 comes in a standard white two-piece box. It is made of thick cardboard and is very solid. On the inside – more cardboard to support the phone itself in a cradle. This omission of plastic is a nice eco detail.

Xiaomi 13 review

Xiaomi includes some accessories in the box. First up is the charger – a 67W unit rated for output between 5-20V and 6.2-3.25A. There’s an included USB Type-A to Type-C cable that you’ll need to stick with the charger, as both are proprietary. You also get a nice transparent TPU case in the box, which is a nice touch.

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