I have tried Xiaomi’s new beast: a mobile phone for less than 500 euros so you can say goodbye to high-end phones

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro + 5G

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G is the new bet of the Chinese giant that once again brings its mid-range line closer to the specifications of the premium ones.

The start of the presentation season for the main mobile manufacturers accelerates. In the absence of knowing the most premium mobile phones of this 2024, brands like Xiaomi are already renewing their most demanded lines, the mid-range ones. Last week a new POCO family was unveiled, and today the Chinese giant has presented the Redmi Note 13, whose most powerful model we analyze below and which They challenge the most premium mobile phones by combining ambitious specifications and design with a price that is more affordable for everyone.

From Thailand, Xiaomi has just announced the Xiaomi Redmi Note 13, four phones that range from 199.99 euros to 499.99 euros. This year, the brand has recovered its motto “all is pricing” maintaining the prices that this line had last year, even lowering some, but improving its capabilities.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro +, the most advanced model of all those presented today by Xiaomi. EL ENGLISH – El Androide Libre has been able to test this new smartphone by walking the streets of the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, testing its performance, autonomy and, of course, cameras to take the best photos during this trip. Your starting price remains at 499.99 euros (12 GB + 256 GB) Just like the previous Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G also analyzed by this media then. It is sold with the Xiaomi Watch 4 as an introductory offer. There is also the option of getting it for 449.99 euros if you choose the 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory configuration. Let’s get to know the Redmi Note 13 Pro+.

Design and screen

Although the range of colors that Xiaomi has designed for this mobile phone includes a tricolor version that is the star that captures all eyes, this newspaper has analyzed the black model, the most elegant and sober option of the entire set. This year, the manufacturer has embraced a series of modifications that allow the mobile to be confused with other more expensive and powerful models.

We are looking at a thin and elongated mobile phone to cover the 6.67 inches of the screen. It has a slight curvature on both the back case and the sides and front screen. This should make it easier to grip, but due to its thinness and light weight It feels more secure in your hand when you add the case included in the box. The case is black, silicone and matte; Its function is to prevent the phone from slipping, while blending in with the black tone of this Redmi Note.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro + 5G

This year Xiaomi has chosen to expand the rear glass panel on which the cameras rest, forming a triangle. This panel covers almost the entire upper rear part. The cameras protrude considerably above the rest of the case, which is why the use of the case makes even more sense. It has a protrusion to prevent the cameras from colliding when the phone is left on the table, for example.

In front, the screen continues to be one of the great assets of the most premium Redmi Note. This 2024 the 6.67-inch AMOLED panel becomes curved on the side edgesoffering a sensation of an infinite screen without shapes or colors being distorted in that curve, except for applications that are not designed for it.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro + 5G

The tactile sensitivity of this curvature is also high, something positive if it involves intentional actions, but it can cause errors if the phone is gripped tightly, difficulties that all curved screens present. To enjoy the content, it has 1.5K resolution (2712 x 1220), halfway between FullHD+ and QHD, improving compared to last year. It is also compatible with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This translates into a very satisfying experience, both for viewing high-quality images and navigating between applications fluently. It offers good levels of contrast and a brightness that grows up to 1,800 nits in this model, to cope with the sunniest day.

Also as a novelty, Xiaomi has protected your best mid-range phone with IP68, which means that it can be wet and even submerged continuously without the risk of spoiling in the water. Although it is advisable not to force the protection, it is designed for accidents.

Cameras: 200 Mpx and OIS

Although the cameras of the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ are not far from the configuration of its predecessor, photography is still one of its best attributes. The flagship of the new Redmi Note family equips a 200 megapixel main camera with OIS optical stabilization and accompanied by an 8 MP ultra wide angle and a 2 MP macro camera. Up front, the selfie camera is still 16 MP.

The images generated by the rear assembly are as good as promised on paper, they have sharp details, a wide dynamic range and the optical stabilizer helps handle complicated conditions. Effects such as HDR or the camera with artificial intelligence are hardly needed, since the camera and its software activate the necessary settings directly so that the user only has to worry about quick focusing and shooting.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro + 5G

There is no shortage of somewhat saturated snapshots with somewhat unreal colors, a sin into which most brands dragged by trends on social networks fall and that in the high-end models, with Leica as a collaborator, is helping to provide alternatives for lovers of the natural. In this case, post-editing allows for quick correction.

Portrait mode can be used for a more marked effect, although the phone activates this function directly in scenes with good depth. The bokeh effect is also edited afterwards. The wide angle, for its part, respects the shapes at the ends of the image, but imparts less control to the contrasts between lights and shadows or strong tones; does not lose luminosity, on the contrary. The 2 MP macro sensor, although it gives good results, is still not a sensor to be used regularly.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro + 5G

At night, the biggest challenge for the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ comes in the streets of Bangkok full of dark alleys dotted with illuminated signs. The camera directly applies the night settings, achieving a good balance between lights and shadows for a mid-range, as well as sharp details. Applying Night Mode sometimes means accepting that the image becomes more like a painting than a snapshot. Finally, the videos do not have a stabilizer or other adjustments, although it benefits from the qualities of the cameras to adjust the light and details in a positive way.

The 16 MP front camera does its job well without standing out. Good lighting during the day and defined details at night, also with night mode. In this case, there is a lot of difference with its previous model.

Performance and battery

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is powered by a MediaTek 7200 Ultra chipset eight cores. Although it is not the most powerful processor on the market, it performs its work with ease in this mid-range mobile. During the tests we have not noticed overheating, nor excessive when charging it. In addition, it is accompanied by 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. The phone also has RAM expansion technology, which can be expanded with up to 5 GB of virtual memory. Added to this is the 5G connection as a guarantee that the phone can remain cutting-edge for years to come.

Spending the whole day outside and making intensive use of the cameras, the autonomy of the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ has been remarkable. This model has with a 5,000 mAh capacity battery, a figure that was established in the best mid-range mobile phones a long time ago. With the sun shining at this time of year in Thailand, it is essential to adjust the screen to practically maximum brightness, one of the elements that always manages to drain the battery first.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro + 5G

Connected to both WiFi and mobile data and using the screen and cameras, the phone has lasted a full day without the charge threatening to run out at the end of the day. By the time you return home and can charge the phone, in less than half an hour it is back to 100% thanks to the GaN charger included in the box and 120W fast charging.

Unlike Apple or Samsung, Xiaomi continues to include its powerful chargers with the purchase of its phones. This one, specifically, would have a separate price of 59.90 euros. In addition, due to its 120W of power, it can be used to charge many of the current laptops, making it easier to carry a single charger when traveling with all the work equipment as has been our case.

I buy it?

When comparing the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ with its previous model, I felt like I was playing to find the seven differences, they are not identical phones, but the new one inherits many aspects of the previous one and at the same time manages to advance in key details. What already worked last year does not have to be changed this year. The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ was one of the smartphones to recommend last year to those who were looking for quality and good photography, but were not willing to pay the prices that the high-end demands.

A series of pearls like a more premium design, better protection against accidents, more brightness on the screen or greater processing and memory makes this novelty a worthy rival in its price range. Xiaomi wants to continue being the king in the mid-range, maintaining its strong quality-price ratio.

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