Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, has finally launched its Leica-endorsed smartphones in the international market. The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, which were launched in China in December, are now available in several western markets, including Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. The devices are equipped with Google services pre-installed, and are similar to their Chinese counterparts in terms of features and specifications.
The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are equipped with Leica camera islands on the back, with the 13 Pro boasting a Type 1-inch sensor (Sony’s IMX989) for its 50-megapixel f/1.9 OIS main shooter, which is considered to be the industry’s most powerful camera sensor at present. The 13 Pro also features a 50-megapixel 3.2x telephoto camera (75mm equivalent) with OIS and a 50-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera (14mm equivalent). The Xiaomi 13, on the other hand, features a 50-megapixel f/1.8 OIS main camera with a smaller sensor (IMX800), a 10-megapixel 3.2x zoom OIS zoom camera, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide (15mm equivalent) camera. Both models have a 32-megapixel f/2.0 punch-hole selfie cam.
The Xiaomi 13 series is available in two designs. The 13 Pro features a curved 6.73-inch 3,200 x 1,400 AMOLED screen with vegan leather or ceramic back versions, while the 13 has a flat 6.36-inch 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED display surrounded by iPhone-like aluminium sides complemented by either glass or leather back options. Both screens support a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
Other notable features of the Xiaomi 13 series include the 13 Pro’s 120W charging, which can charge the 4,820mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in just 19 minutes, and the 13’s 67W charging, which can fully charge its 4,500mAh battery in 38 minutes. Both devices also feature 50W wireless charging, Dolby Atmos dual speakers, and IP68 ruggedness.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro is priced at 1,299 euros (around $1,370), while the Xiaomi 13 starts at 999 euros (around $1,060). In addition, Xiaomi surprised customers at MWC by announcing the Xiaomi 13 Lite, a variant of the selfie-centric Civi 2 sold in China. The 13 Lite, which starts at 499 euros (around $530), features dual front cameras (32-megapixel + 8-megapixel depth sensor), dual “Selfie Glow” LEDs, a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor, a 50-megapixel main camera (IMX766), a 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, a 4,500mAh battery with 67W charging, and a 6.55-inch Full HD+ 120Hz display.
The launch of the Xiaomi 13 series in the international market is a significant step for the company, as it aims to expand its global presence and compete with other established smartphone brands. With the Leica-endorsed cameras and other impressive features, the Xiaomi 13 series is expected to attract a significant number of customers in the western markets.