Xiaomi shared on the Chinese social network Weibo le first photos taken with its upcoming top-of-the-range smartphones the Xiaomi 13 and the Xiaomi 13 Pro: the latter model, in particular, is highly anticipated because it will be one of the first devices of this class with a photographic sensor in 1″ net format, the Sony IMX989.
To simplify as much as possible: it is a very large sensor, and generally the larger the size, the greater the amount of light captured, the better the quality of the resulting photos (and videos, of course). Of course, there are many other factors to consider – not least the software that processes the data captured by the sensor, which, especially in the world of mobile phones, is perhaps even more crucial than the hardware – but let’s put it this way: at least on paper, start with a data sheet so it helps to be optimistic.
The usual rules apply to the images in these galleries disclaimer: they do not come from an independent source since they have been shared by Xiaomi itself; we don’t know the conditions and any additional hardware used (even just, trivially, easels and tripods); we don’t know who took them (he definitely looks like a professional photographer); and have been the subject of at least two uploads on platforms (Weibo and HDblog itself) that they can compress the contents in order to optimize their display (just to be clear, all 24 photos in the two galleries weigh, once downloaded from Weibo, just 23 MB. Not even 1 MB each). In short: there is no need to go and analyze them too closely.
Xiaomi talked a little about the technical details as a corollary: he confirmed the IMX989 for the 13 Pro (which, just for the record, is in all respects the heir of the Ultra: the company then switches to a two-way strategy models instead of the “usual” three). Xiaomi says it has worked closely with Sony for the creation and customization of the sensor, and with Leica for the development of the optics. Both models use an atypical optic, called “humanistic telephoto”, which is one 75mm equivalent and with f/2.0 aperture and is optimized for portrait photography. Xiaomi also mentions a variable focus system derived from SLR cameras.
It’s worth recapping the main specs expected for at least the Pro; on the 13 “smooth” the information is still too sparse to trace a plausible identikit.
- display: 6.73-inch curved AMOLED Samsung E6, QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 1920Hz dimming, 1,900 nits max brightness
- chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
- memories: (at least) 8GB RAM + 5GB “virtual”
- Main rear: 50MP with 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, 23mm focal length
- ultra wide rear: 50 MP with Samsung JN1 sensor
- rear telephoto: 50 MP with JN1 sensor, 75 mm focal length (3.2x zoom), SLR-derived floating focus lens for macro approx. 10 cm from subject
- certification IP68
- operating system: MIUI 14 based on Android 13
- battery: 4,820mAh
- recharge: rapid wired at 120 watts, wireless at 50 watts, reverse at 10 watts
- dimensions and weight: 8.38mm thick (8.7 leather back), 229 grams (210 leather back)