As you know, Huawei stopped doing business with American companies at the height of the company’s success. Regardless of the reasons, it seemed like the time for Huawei’s ban strangeto say the least, and certainly prevented the Chinese giant from becoming the number one phone maker in the world.
Xiaomi is now the new Huawei…
Xiaomi 13 Pro will be the cheapest flagship phone with the 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and 120W ultra-fast charging.
The cheapest phone with a 1-inch camera sensor is coming soon…
Let’s start with the phone that will come out this month and that the most European, British, Indian and other customers will be able to pay: the Xiaomi 13 Pro!
Thanks to a new leak, we are now more or less familiar the look of the next Xiaomi 13 Pro! Frankly, there is nothing to highlight: a curved screen reminiscent of Pixel 7 Pro and a huge camera island on the back with a Provision of iPhone 14 Pro type lenses… But it’s inside that counts!
Of course, the other highlight, and one that most phone camera enthusiasts will be drawn to, is the fact that the Xiaomi 13 Pro is expected to bring back the 1-inch IMX 989-type main camera sensor, which changes the game Xiaomi 12S Ultra and the next Xiaomi 13 Ultra! Xiaomi surprised everyone here, as the phone world expected the IMX 989 to be exclusive to more expensive Android flagships, which will surely be true for other brands like Oppo and Vivo.
Xiaomi’s “humble” 13 Pro will compete with the most expensive phones from Apple, Samsung and Google
This is the Xiaomi 13 Pro!
Rumored specifications of the Xiaomi 13 Pro
- 6.7 inch LTPO display, E6, 2K, 120 Hz
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Surge C2, P2 chip
- 8/12GB RAM and 128/256/512GB storage
- Rear camera: 50MP (1″ IMX989 with Leica color science) + 50MP (UW) + 50MP (Tele) / Front camera: 32MP
- 4,800mAh battery, 120W fast charging
- Android 13, MIUI 14
Attention, Samsung and Apple! Xiaomi 13 Ultra could be the best flagship phone of 2023, and there’s not much you can do about it…
The camera capabilities of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra are intimidating and so will the Xiaomi 13 Ultra!
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra, on the other hand, is expected to be a different beast of a phone.
As mentioned, the 13 Ultra should be the first super-premium Android flagship launched globally to join the iPhone and Galaxy after the last such phone, one of my absolute favourites, the Huawei P30 Pro. The “catch” is that the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2023. However, judging by the class-leading Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and 12S Ultra, the wait should be worth it…
Of course, the main selling point of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra over the Samsung and Apple phones will be the same 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor from the 12S Ultra and 13 Pro. But beyond that, we’re expecting a new zoom system and even a new 50MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, which should take the camera experience to the next level.
As discussed in a previous story, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra with its 1-inch Leica-branded sensor already trails phones like the Pixel 7 Pro when it comes to certain shooting scenarios, so if it were Apple, Samsung or Google, I’d be worried. .
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to be a conservative upgrade over the S22 Ultra, focusing on a 200MP primary camera instead of something else. bigger e better (literally and figuratively). On the other hand, my iPhone 14 Pro is a great device, but as Apple history often goes, it’s far from special, playing it safe when it comes to hardware upgrades.
Goodbye, Huawei! Welcome, Xiaomi! Now, let’s make Apple and Samsung nervous (again)!
Everything seems to be coming full circle, as with all the innovative hardware expected to arrive in the Xiaomi 13 series (mostly focused on the camera and charging), Xiaomi picks up exactly where Huawei left off in 2019…
In 2019, the Huawei P30 Pro gave us the first modern version of a periscope zoom camera and unmatched night photography, and now the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is ready to offer a similar level of camera innovation, bringing the first Android flagship phones with a 1 .inch sensor for the global scene! We’ve been waiting for this for years!
The appearance of another super-premium Android flagship phone on the global scene should make Samsung, Apple and Google nervous, which will be great for us consumers. Back in the day, Huawei’s super-aggressive approach to hardware upgrades pushed the entire industry forward and hopefully Xiaomi’s similar strategy will have a similar effect…
As a proud owner of the Huawei P30 Pro, I am really excited about the imminent arrival of the Xiaomi 13 Pro and very excited to see what the Xiaomi 13 Ultra has in store. Unfortunately, US buyers won’t be able to sample the goodness of the Xiaomi 13 series, but you guys must be used to missing out on amazing Android flagships from China…