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iPhone, Samsung finally face real competition 4 years after Huawei ban – Xiaomi 13 Pro and 13 Ultra!




As you may know, Huawei was suspended from doing business with US companies during the height of the company’s success. Whatever the reasons, the timing of Huawei’s ban seemed weirdto say the least, and it certainly prevented the Chinese giant from becoming the world’s leading phone maker.

CEO Lei Jun has confirmed Xiaomi’s next super premium camera-centric flagship phone, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, is set to release worldwide! This would mark the first major appearance of a Chinese-made super premium flagship phone that has all the necessary software and hardware to really challenge the tastes of Samsung, Apple, and Google since the Huawei P30 Pro in 2019… Apart from that, the The Xiaomi 13 Pro, expected to be significantly more affordable than its Ultra sibling (which arrived mid-2023), is set to debut anytime soon with a hardware feature that smartphone camera enthusiasts have been waiting for over 15 years!

Xiaomi is now the new Huawei…

Xiaomi 13 Pro will be the cheapest flagship phone with 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and 120W super-fast charging

Let’s start with the phone releasing this month and the one that European, UK, Indian and other customers will be able to afford – the Xiaomi 13 Pro!

Thanks to a new leak, we already know more or less the look of the next Xiaomi 13 Pro! Frankly, there’s nothing to get excited about – a curved screen reminiscent of the Pixel 7 Pro and a massive camera island on the back with a iPhone 14 Pro type lens layout… But it’s the inside that counts!

Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor focuses on GPU, AI and efficiency, with some leaks suggesting it will come with a more powerful GPU than the iPhone 14 Pro and similar efficiency levels , which could bring big battery life gains to the Xiaomi 13, Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 13 Ultra!

Of course, the other highlight, and what will appeal to most phone camera enthusiasts, 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 gives Xiaomi 12S Ultra and the next Xiaomi 13 Ultra! Xiaomi took everyone by surprise here, as the phone world expected the IMX 989 to be exclusive to the most expensive Android flagship phones, which will certainly be true for other brands like Oppo and Vivo.

Xiaomi’s ‘humble’ 13 Pro will rival the most expensive phones from Apple, Samsung, Google

Other than that, the rest of the 13 Pro’s camera system should also be on the premium side! We’re expecting a 50MP triple camera system, as aside from the 50MP Sony IMX 989, we should see a 50MP ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 2/5X optical zoom 50MP zoom lens. The ultra-grade camera system and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset aside, the Xiaomi 13 Pro will continue the company’s tradition of delivering fast-charging Android phones. A 120W charge is expected which should be able to recharge your Xiaomi 13 Pro in no time (or rather 15-20 minutes).

Supposed specs of the Xiaomi 13 Pro

  • 6.7-inch LTPO display, E6, 2K, 120Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Surge C2, P2 chip
  • 8/12 GB of RAM and 128/256/512 GB of storage
  • Rear camera: 50MP (1″ IMX989 with Leica color science) + 50MP (UW) + 50MP (Tele) / Front camera: 32MP
  • 4,800mAh battery, 120W fast charge
  • Android 13, MIUI 14

Watch out, Samsung and Apple! Xiaomi 13 Ultra might be the best flagship phone of 2023, and there’s not much you can do about it…

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra, on the other hand, should be a different beast of a phone!

As mentioned, the 13 Ultra is expected to be the first super premium Android flagship released globally to support iPhone and Galaxy after the last such phone – one of my absolute favorites, the Huawei P30 Pro. The “catch” is that the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2023. Anyway, judging by the category-leading Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and 12S Ultra, the wait should be in worth it…

Of course, the main selling point of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra over Samsung and Apple phones will be the same 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor found in the 12S Ultra and 13 Pro. But other than 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 history the Xiaomi 12S Ultra with its Leica-branded 1-inch sensor is already circling phones like the Pixel 7 Pro when it comes to certain shooting scenarios, so if I was Apple, Samsung, or Google, I would be worried.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra should be a conservative upgrade over the S22 Ultra, focusing on a 200MP primary camera instead of something bigger and better (Literally as well as figuratively). On the other hand, my iPhone 14 Pro is a great device, but as Apple history often says, 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 come full circle because with all the innovative hardware expected from the Xiaomi 13 series (mainly focused on the camera and charging), Xiaomi is picking up exactly where Huawei left off in 2019…

In 2019, the Huawei P30 Pro gave us the first modern iteration of a periscope zoom camera and unparalleled night photography, and now the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is ready to deliver a similar level of innovation in camera, bringing the first Android flagship phones with a 1 inch sensor to the world stage! We’ve been waiting for this for ages!

The appearance of another super premium Android flagship phone on the global stage should make Samsung, Apple and Google nervous, which will be great for us consumers. At the time, Huawei’s super-aggressive approach to hardware upgrades drove the entire industry forward, and hopefully Xiaomi’s similar strategy will have a similar effect…

As a proud Huawei P30 Pro owner, I’m really excited about the imminent arrival of the Xiaomi 13 Pro and very excited to see what the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is hiding. Unfortunately, US buyers won’t get a taste of the quality of the Xiaomi 13 series, but you must already be used to missing out on amazing Android flagships from China…