Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 and 13 Pro: Are They the New Value-for-Money Champions? Official Review

Xiaomi has recently unveiled its latest lineup of smartphones, comprising the Xiaomi Redmi Note 13, Redmi Note 13 Pro, and Redmi Note 13 Pro+. These devices are poised to succeed the popular Redmi Note 12 series and continue Xiaomi’s tradition of offering smartphones with exceptional value for money. Let’s dive deeper into the features and specifications of these new offerings.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 – Affordable and Modern Design

The Redmi Note 13 retains a familiar yet modern design language. It showcases a square camera module housing the primary camera and an LED flash. However, the most noticeable change lies in its display, where Xiaomi has significantly reduced the bezels, creating a sleek and modern look.

The device boasts a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This is a notable upgrade from the Gorilla Glass 3 used in its predecessor. With a peak brightness of 1000 cd/m2, the display ensures vivid and sharp visuals.

Under the hood, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 6080 chip, delivering strong performance. It’s available in multiple RAM and storage configurations, catering to varying user needs:

  • 6GB RAM (LPDDR4X) + 128GB storage (UFS 2.2)
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB storage
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage

The primary camera has seen a significant upgrade, jumping from 48MP on the Redmi Note 12 to a whopping 100MP on the Redmi Note 13. This boost in resolution allows for impressive 9-in-1 pixel binning technology, enhancing the quality of photos captured. However, Xiaomi opted to simplify the camera setup by removing the ultra-wide-angle and macro modules, retaining only a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera stands at 16MP.

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Battery-wise, the Redmi Note 13 maintains the same 5000mAh capacity as its predecessor, ensuring extended usage without frequent recharging. Fast charging remains consistent at 33W, allowing for quick top-ups. The device maintains a slim profile with dimensions of 161.11 x 74.95 x 7.6 mm and a weight of 173.5g. It runs on Android 13 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 14 interface.

The Redmi Note 13 is offered in three attractive colors – black, white, and blue. Priced at approximately 140 euros, excluding taxes, it is expected to be competitively priced in Europe in the coming months.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro – Enhanced Performance

Moving up the ladder, we have the “Pro” version of the Redmi Note 13, known as the Redmi Note 13 Pro. This model distinguishes itself with the integration of a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chip, built on a 4nm process. It’s accompanied by a choice of 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage, catering to users with varying performance and storage requirements.

The device features the same 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen as the standard Redmi Note 13. However, it offers a slightly higher resolution and peak brightness, at 1800 cd/m2. Gorilla Glass Victus protects the display, enhancing durability.

In the camera department, the Redmi Note 13 Pro boasts a more extensive setup, comprising a 200MP primary wide-angle lens (Samsung ISOCELL HP3), an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens. The front camera stands at 16MP, ensuring crisp and detailed selfies.

The battery capacity is slightly larger, at 5100mAh, compared to the standard Redmi Note 13. It supports a maximum charging speed of 67W, ensuring that the device quickly replenishes its power. Like its sibling, it runs on Android 13 with the MIUI 14 interface.

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Available in four appealing colors – black, blue, white, and purple, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro is competitively priced, starting at around 180 euros, excluding taxes.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ – Top Innovation and IP68 Certification

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ takes innovation and features to the next level. This flagship model features a curved screen that further refines the side borders, providing an immersive viewing experience. Additionally, the camera module and the back are adorned with vegan leather, adding a touch of luxury to the design.

One notable feature of the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is its IP68 certification, making it dust and water-resistant up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. The device sports the same 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen as the standard and Pro models, offering an exceptional visual experience.

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 chip, delivering top-tier performance. It boasts a substantial 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a generous 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. To ensure optimal heat dissipation, especially during intense gaming sessions, the device includes a vapor chamber and a 4000 mm2 graphite sheet.

In the camera department, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ shares its configuration with the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ from the previous year, featuring a 200MP primary wide-angle module, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro camera. The device houses a 5000mAh battery and supports fast charging at a remarkable 120W, ensuring minimal downtime. Additional features include stereo speakers and an infrared port.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is priced starting at around 260 euros, excluding taxes, for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage version. While the device’s sales commence in China on September 26, international users may need to exercise patience as they await its global release.