Release date, rumours, specs, price and more

Release date, rumours, specs, price and more
Xiaomi 12 rear panel in hand

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xiaomi is well known as a mid-range player, with its Redmi and Poco brands being the company’s bread and butter in terms of shipping volume. But the company has also offered flagship phones for a long time, and the numbered series (formerly Mi) is the most prominent flagship line of it. The company launched the xiaomi series 12 on global markets in early 2022, but what does it have in store for the Xiaomi 13 family? There are quite a few unconfirmed details at the moment, but here’s everything we know about the new flagship range.

Will there be a Xiaomi 13 series?

Xiaomi Display Profile 12

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Xiaomi has released a family of mainline flagship smartphones annually for years now, so it’s almost certain that we’ll see the Xiaomi 13, plus a Pro variant, most likely, in 2023. Xiaomi also introduced the more compact 12X alongside with the 12 and 12 Pro before. this year, so we’d expect a Xiaomi 13X alongside the 13 and 13 Pro.

Will it really be called Xiaomi 13? Well that’s just a guess at this point. But the company has changed things before. More recently, it dropped the “Mi” prefix, so the Xiaomi 12 replaced the Mi 11. Going even further back, the company dropped the Mi 7 name in favor of the Mi 8 moniker.

When will the Xiaomi 13 release date be?

Xiaomi Mi logo on white wall

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  • xiaomi mi 9 — February 20, 2019
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Series — February 13, 2020
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Series — December 28, 2020
  • xiaomi series 12 — December 28, 2021

Xiaomi has not confirmed that the Xiaomi 13 series exists, let alone a release date. But a look at previous Xiaomi launches, seen above, gives us an idea of ​​what to expect.

It’s a safe bet we should see the phones by February 2023 for the latest. But the company’s decision to release the last two generations at the end of December means we could very well see the same thing happen with the Xiaomi 13.

It looks like the Xiaomi 13 could potentially launch in late 2022, albeit in China first.

It’s also worth noting that the release dates above are mostly for China. Global markets could be a few weeks to a few months behind if this is not a simultaneous issue between China and the world. For example, the Xiaomi Mi 9 was launched in Europe on February 24, 2019. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 12 landed in Europe on March 15.

A Weibo Informant Digital Chat Station Rumor suggests we could even see a November launch for the Xiaomi 13. That would be much sooner than before, presumably in the wake of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 launch, which will also take place in November.

What features and specifications will the Xiaomi 13 series have?

xiaomi mi 11 in hand

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Here’s what we know about the Xiaomi 13 family so far based on leaks and educated guesses.

Design

We haven’t seen many reliable leaks about the design of the Xiaomi 13 series. Perhaps the most notable leak so far came from the TechGoing plug. The post got an apparent render of the Xiaomi 13 Pro. Obviously, this is not the standard model, but it gives us a possible idea of ​​what the standard model could look like. Take a look at the image below.

Xiaomi 13 Pro Technology on the go

Specs and Features

Perhaps the most obvious feature to look forward to is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, as Xiaomi’s flagship phones are often among the first to adopt the new high-end Snapdragon silicon.

Leaker Digital Chat Station allegedly reclaimed that the Vanilla Xiaomi 13 will get a QHD+ resolution and an LTPO OLED screen. The standard Xiaomi 12 missed out on this feature, while the Xiaomi Mi 11 got a QHD+ display. So it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

A Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC seems like a no-brainer for the Xiaomi 13.

There’s no word yet on the battery capacity of either phone, but list of certifications it’s apparently targeting 67W wired charging speeds for the standard model. That would be in line with the current vanilla flagship. Truth be told, we’re happy with this power if it means Xiaomi can deliver excellent battery health while charging at these speeds. Meanwhile, a list of certifications for the Pro model it points to 120W charging speeds, in line with the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

We are not sure about all the camera-related specifications yet, but it seems obvious that the Xiaomi 13 series will offer the Leica brand. Nevertheless, Weibo informants they’ve targeted a one-inch main camera, likely landing on the Pro model.

Xiaomi’s latest flagships haven’t offered a telephoto camera, but we hope that will change this time. However, the Pro model usually offers a telephoto camera, so it’s only fitting that we’d see this option on the 13 Pro.

What will be the price of the Xiaomi 13?

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro rear lower half
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 —Rs. €49,999 / €799 / £699
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 — €749 / £749
  • Xiaomi 12 — €799 / £749
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro — €999 / £1,049

There is no pricing information yet, but we can speculate based on the prices of previous Xiaomi flagship phones. The Xiaomi 12 received a €50 price increase in Europe over the Mi 11, while the British price remained the same. However, the Xiaomi Mi 10 was actually €50 cheaper than the Mi 11 in the UK, but €50 more expensive in Europe. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 12 Pro brought the series to a much higher price range.

Either way, it stands to reason that we’ll see similar prices for the Xiaomi 13 series. Could we even see a price drop with the new phones? Well, we wouldn’t bet on that, but we expect Google’s aggressive pricing with its Pixel series to lead to equally aggressive discounts from OEMs like Xiaomi.

Xiaomi 13: What we want to see

The Xiaomi Mi flagship series has gone from strength to strength over the years. It started out as an affordable flagship range, but has since become your typical high-end series, competing with Apple, Google and Samsung.

The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are likely to pick up where the standard Xiaomi 12 series left off in early 2022. But this is how the Chinese brand can offer a better product.

Waterproof

Xiaomi Mi 11 face against brick

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One of the most disappointing omissions from the Xiaomi 12 pair was the lack of water resistance. This represents a big change from rival flagship phones, which offer IP67 or IP68 ratings for full water resistance.

We definitely want to see Xiaomi bring this to its future flagship release, then. And the company can’t easily pull out a OnePlus and claim that IP ratings cost a lot of money when even cheaper devices like the pixel 7 offer a high level of ingress protection.

Improve zoom capabilities

Xiaomi 12 Pro camera module close-up

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The Vanilla Mi 10, Mi 11 and Xiaomi 12 lack telephoto cameras, even though the Mi 9, Mi 8 and Mi 6 had them. The Xiaomi 12 Pro had a telephoto lens, but was limited to a meager 2x optical zoom.

We hope to see the Chinese manufacturer change this trend and offer a telephoto camera on the Xiaomi 13 to offer a higher quality zoom. But if Xiaomi decides not to use a telephoto lens, we expect the company to offer top-notch imaging algorithms for short-range zoom. In the meantime, we’d love to see a more impressive telezoom on the Pro model.

A more competitive price

Xiaomi Mi 10 in hand

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi range used to be an affordable flagship phone in the best of ways, offering great value for money. But the game has changed in recent years and both the established players (Google, Samsung) and Chinese brands (OnePlus, Realme) are arguably offering better value for money these days.

You just have to take a look at the launch price of the Xiaomi 12 in Europe, which amounts to €799 (~$805). That’s €150 more expensive than the Pixel 7 on the market. We would love it if the Xiaomi 13 could fight Google and Samsung by offering a much more competitive price.

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