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The most subjective review of the Xiaomi 13 smartphone – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: October 4, 2023 Time: 19:29:42

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

Perhaps many of those who have already seen Xiaomi 13 live will be surprised that we start our review with its design and ergonomics. “What kind of design are we talking about? It’s just a glass and metal bar with a black square from the camera block”, they will say. And they will be wrong. There’s some charm in such a minimalist design, plus the grass-green rear panel (outside of China, Xiaomi 13 is also sold in black and white) looks great. But not only this is important. What matters is the size of the smartphone, its flat screen and… shiny body.

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

The screen size of the Xiaomi 13 is 6.36 inches. It’s a lot, but not a lot. And given the very narrow (1.61mm) bezels around the screen, the smartphone has an almost perfect size and excellent ergonomics. It really “is very comfortable in the hand”, both in men and women. It doesn’t look like a shovel, but it has a screen big enough to keep your eyes peeled while browsing the web and comfortable enough to watch videos or play games.

Another element of Xiaomi 13’s ergonomics is its glossy back panel. Recently, manufacturers of premium smartphones, having “listened” to the voices of consumers who were dissatisfied with the fact that the back panels of their expensive devices quickly get dirty, began to make smartphones with a matte body. They stopped splashing, but at the same time they became unusually slippery, since the silky matte surface, unlike polished glass, does not stick to the palm of the hand and the possibility of falling such a device, especially if it has a big diagonal, it’s unbelievably big. . But the Xiaomi 13’s glossy back panel and its size provide a good grip.

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

At the same time, the grass-green body of our test smartphone was oleophobic enough that fingerprints were barely noticeable both on the screen and on the back.

Flat screen.

Most premium smartphone companies (with the exception of Apple) have decided that the true premium and a flat screen are incompatible. Companies have long since begun to equip their new devices with exclusively rounded 3D displays. Yes, this design allows you to make the smartphone visually thinner. It looks spectacular, but at the same time, no one has been able to completely eliminate accidentally pressing on the side of the screen or “eating” the image with the rounded part of the screen.

Also, fans of flat screens quite reasonably note that a flat screen looks more natural, ergonomic, and in general it is not for nothing that Apple continues to equip its iPhones with flat screens.

Today, users of Android smartphones who want to buy a flat-screen smartphone in the premium segment are forced to find the right model with great difficulty. They don’t have many options, and the fact that such a large provider decided to release a device of this level with a flat screen deserves only praise.

Overall, for design and ergonomics, we give Xiaomi 13 a solid five.

There are also no complaints about the hardware stuffing of Xiaomi 13. The smartphone runs on the most productive hardware platform in the Android ecosystem – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

In Russia, Xiaomi 13 comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB. In the Antutu benchmark, Xiaomi 13 scores almost 1,300,000 points. This is the fourth result in the Global Top 10 Best Performing Android Phones for April 2023. We understand that Antutu is synthetic text, but it still gives an idea of ​​superior smartphone performance.

Now let’s move on to the cameras. Here, “everything is not so simple”, despite the fact that the camera unit bears the Leica brand. Of course, there are no questions about shooting during the day – both photos and videos.

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

All four modules: main, telephoto, panoramic and front work at a high level. However, it would be strange if flagship cameras worked differently. The camera interface is easy to use, plus there are several interesting “computational photography” modes. For example, Leica Authentic and Leica Vibrant. As Xiaomi assures: “Developed in collaboration with Leica, the Leica Authentic mode combines with the classic Leica style while maintaining pronounced contrasts, while Leica Vibrant makes the image brighter, but at the same time remains natural with moderate light and adjustment of color saturation”. Personally, we liked the Leica Vibrant mode better, especially at night. There are also Leica filters and several portrait modes.

At the same time, in low light conditions, the shot was not so impressive. The main camera is still good. Portrait and selfie modes did not disappoint

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

However, when zooming in or trying to shoot at the “ultra wide angle”, details are slightly blurry and sometimes you lose focus. When we did several takes in a row, some of them were pretty decent quality and some of them we rejected. No, this does not mean that the Xiaomi 13 does not shoot well at night. And as proof, we present a couple of photographs taken at night.

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

Photo: Dmitri Bevza/RG

It’s just that the top models from Samsung, Huawei, Pixel and iPhone, in our purely subjective view, perform better in low light conditions.

Xiaomi 13 is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery, which allows you to easily operate the device throughout the day. It supports 50W fast wireless charging, 10W reverse wireless charging, and 67W fast wired charging. This surprised us at first, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform will allow chargers with a power output of more than 100W to be used. But apparently this artificial limitation was made to highlight the more expensive Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which comes with a 90-watt charger. Charging Xiaomi 13 from 0 to 100% takes about 40 minutes

Of course, the device supports all the latest standards and protocols for mobile communications, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is 5G, a feature, unfortunately, not relevant for Russia, there is frequency aggregation, which increases speed in 4G networks. There’s also support for all sorts of WiFi protocols, even those not yet supported by routers. There is NFC to which you can connect Mir Pay. There are no problems with navigation (unless you are in the center of Moscow). The device sees more than 80 satellites. He verified his work in Russia, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, China. There were no problems with navigation anywhere.

Separately, we praise the very bright AMOLED screen. High brightness mode: 1200 nits (typical), 1900 nits maximum brightness We tested it under the bright May sun of the Emirate of Dubai. The image was easy to read even at 12pm in direct sunlight. The screen has an anti-flicker function: DC dimming, screen operating frequency adjustment. This is not LTPO technology and there is no really dynamic refresh rate change here. Instead, the Xiaomi 13 can use its 120Hz, 90Hz and 60Hz display.

There is also no automatic change in screen resolution. Please note that these technologies do not affect image quality, they only increase battery life. However, as we wrote above, Xiaomi 13 has no problems with this. For fans of watching video on smartphones, let’s mention HDR support for all the major HDR standards: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision. The image quality, especially if the movie or series supports these trendy formats, is really impressive.

Below the screen is an integrated optical fingerprint scanner. There is also facial unlocking based on neural network models.

What’s the score.

Did we like Xiaomi 13? Of course she liked me. Would we buy it for ourselves? Maybe. But we would think a lot about some points. Since we are very greedy, we still do not quite understand the price of this model, it starts at 59 thousand rubles (for the obviously Chinese version) and ends at 83 thousand for the global one. But even for absolutely identical models, the price range is very wide. I would like to wait for the moment when they somehow line up.

The second point that confused us (no need to laugh) is the silicone sleeve that comes with the kit. If you put it, all the magic of the ergonomics of Xiaomi 13 is lost. Also, with combat blows, the plate touches the protective edge of the cover a little.

In general, you should look for the best case on Aliexpress, or use your smartphone at your own peril and risk without a case (you cannot forbid living beautifully).

We have already mentioned about night shooting on a wide format camera and a telephoto camera.

And who are the competitors?

First up, the iPhone 14 (no recommendations needed).

Second, the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S23+, but very balanced and super premium.

In third place, OnePlus 11, a great smartphone with a 6.7-inch LTPO3 Fluid AMOLED screen

Fourth, Google Pixel 7 Pro is the star of computational photography.

All these devices are very valuable devices with their own advantages and disadvantages that can compete with Xiaomi 13.

We recommend that you also take a look at the specifications of Xiaomi 13. They really impress.

Size: 152.8 x 71.5 x 8.0mm. Weight: 189 grams. Support: 2 Nano-SIMs. Waterproof: IP68 up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Screen: Type AMOLED, 120 Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, 1200 nits (HBM), 1900 nits (peak). Diagonal: 6.36 inches 97.7 cm2. Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, aspect ratio 20:9 (414 pixels per cm2). Platform: OSAndroid 13, MIUI 14. Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Processor: 4 cores (1×3.2 MHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 MHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 MHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 MHz Cortex -A510) GPU: Adreno 740.Memory: 256GB/12GB RAM.Cameras: Main 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, 1/1.49″, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto 10 MP, f/2.0, 75mm, ⅓, 75″, PDAF, IOS, 3.2x optical zoom; 12 MP, f/2.2, 15mm, 120˚, ⅓.06″ ultra-wide lens. Options: Leica lens, dual LEDs and two-tone flash, HDR, panorama, video, 8K@24 fps (HDR), 4K @ 24/30/60 fps (HDR10+, Dolby 10-bit, Vision HDR, 10-bit LOG), 1080p@30/120/240/960 fps, 1080p@1920 fps, OIS Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.0 , 22mm (width) Features: HDR, panorama Video: 1080p@30fps Communications: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth5.3, A2DP, LEGPS (L1+L5 ), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5), NavIC (L5), NFC, IR port, USB Type-C 2.0 Fingerprint sensor Battery: Li-Po 4500 mAh Charging: 67W wired, 50W wireless, 10W reverse.

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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