Xiaomi’s New Phone is Heavily Influenced by Apple: Although 2022 is still a ways off, Android manufacturers are already releasing the year’s most anticipated flagship devices. After Vivo’s release last month, Xiaomi is the latest OEM to introduce a phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro go by their simple names. These two variants reflect two sizes of smartphones, one large (6.73 inches) and one compact (6.36 inches).
The iPhone makes the smaller phone more intriguing. It’s hard to perceive the Xiaomi 13 as anything other than an iPhone, what with its flat-sided perimeter band and square camera block, given Xiaomi’s penchant for ripping off Apple’s designs. It’s more aesthetically pleasing than the curved Xiaomi 13 Pro, but only because the iPhone’s flat edges are equally pleasing to the eye. (I’m still amazed that no Android manufacturer has replicated the interactive island.) In comparison, the larger “Pro” model looks like any other Samsung smartphone, complete with rounded corners and a beveled frame. The Pro model’s one aesthetic upgrade is a switch from glass to ceramic for the device’s back panel.
The latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC is included in both devices. An ARM Cortex X3, together with two Cortex A715 CPUs, two Cortex A710 CPUs, and three Cortex A510 CPUs are included in this 4 nm processor. This odd, non-standard structure, which consists of four separate core designs, was implemented to keep 32-bit support alive for another year, as we discussed during the chip’s introduction. While ARM is eager to put an end to 32-bit, Qualcomm and Android are not quite there yet.
The Pro sports a 6.73-inch, 120 Hz, 32001440 OLED display, while the standard model has a 6.36-inch, 120 Hz, 24001080 OLED display. In terms of storage, you can choose from 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB, while the RAM ranges from 8GB to 12 GB. The battery capacity of the Pro model is 4820 mAh, and it’s wired charging power is 120 W, whereas that of the standard model is 4500 mAh and its charging power is 67 W. Both are IP68 dust and water resistant, charge wirelessly at 50 W, and support Wi-Fi 6E (unlike the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which has optional Wi-Fi 7 compatibility).
Both handsets’ camera blocks are roughly the size of an iPhone’s, but they’re organized more neatly in a grid, and a single lens serves as the primary focus for all three cameras. One lens is separated from the next by a thin line, which should reduce the glare that would otherwise come from a single, uninterrupted sheet of glass. The primary sensor on the Pro version is a 50-megapixel 1-inch Sony IMX989. There are other 50-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lenses available. The main camera in the consumer version features a smaller 1/1.49-inch sensor, while the telephoto and ultrawide lenses each have 10 megapixels.
These mobile devices are never released in the United States, however, they do see some form of distribution in Europe. For the time being, you can get one in China for as little as 3,999 yuan ($573) for the standard Xiaomi 13, or for as much as 4,999 yuan ($717) for the Pro variant.
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