Things are quiet on the new phone front for the moment, but another busy period is upon us, with the Xiaomi 13 lineup likely to be among the first of an influx of new handsets, and we now have a good idea of what to expect from the Pro model.
According to Yogesh Brar (opens in new tab) – a leaker with a solid track record – in a tweet discovered by GSMArena (opens in new tab)The Xiaomi 13 Pro will have a 6.7-inch 2K LTPO display, a high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and a choice of 8GB or 12GB of RAM, paired with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro will also apparently have a 4,800mAh battery with 120W very fast charging and will run Android 13 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 14 interface.
Xiaomi 13 Pro- 6.7″ E6 2K LTPO- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2- 8/12GB RAM- 128/256/512GB Storage- Rear Camera: 50MP (1″ IMX989) + 50MP (UW) + 50MP (Tele)- Camera Front : 32MP- Android 13, MIUI 14*- 4,800mAh battery, 120W fast charging- Surge C2, P2 chip- Leica color scienceOctober 31, 2022
On the camera front, the Xiaomi 13 Pro will reportedly have a 50MP main sensor, using the large 1-inch IMX989 sensor found on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, as well as a 50MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 50MP telephoto sensor, while the camera selfie will apparently have a 32MP unit (the pixel-bin is assumed to be reduced to 8MP photos by default).
There’s also mention of Leica color science being used for the cameras, along with a Surge C2 ISP (image signal processor) and a Surge P2 chip that helps charging – Surge is a brand that Xiaomi likes to use for its own silicon. All this was also used by the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Finally, in a follow-up tweet, Brar stated that the Xiaomi 13 Pro will have an IP rating – likely IP68, so you can also expect water resistance.
As always, we’d take these claims with a pinch of salt, but there’s nothing that seems particularly far-fetched here.
If these specs are accurate, then the Xiaomi 13 Pro is likely to have an impressive main camera, fast charging, and a powerful SoC – although on the chipset front, it’s probably no better than the Samsung Galaxy S23 line-up and many other flagships from 2023, already. that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to be the main high-end Android chipset in use in the next year.
Review: Competing with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus
Given that the Xiaomi 13 Pro could sit in the middle of the Xiaomi 12 lineup – below a possible Xiaomi 13 Ultra – and considering these rumours, its main competitor will likely be the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus.
That phone will likely also have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset along with a similarly sized display, rumored to point to a 6.6-inch display. However, the battery may have a capacity of slightly less than 4,700mAh and much slower to charge at 25W.
Camera specs may also be less impressive on paper, with leaks suggesting they will be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus’; including a 10MP telephoto camera and a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera. There’s less news on the main camera, but that could be 50MP again, albeit with a smaller sensor than the Xiaomi 12 Pro would have.
Not only will Xiaomi’s phone have better specs, it could also arrive first, with reports suggesting it could arrive in November or December – at least in China, while the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup likely won’t be revealed until early 2023.
Still, these two phones might be among the best smartphones; so if you haven’t been tempted by any of the 2022 handsets, you’ll soon have some important new options.