Xiaomi 13 Ultra with Leica Co-engineered Summicron Lens Launched in China
The much-awaited Xiaomi 13 Ultra finally debuted yesterday at the Xiaomi 13 launch event. The 13 Ultra is a testament to the strategic partnership between Xiaomi and Leica in advancing mobile photography. While the event also saw the launch of the Mi Band 8 and the Pad 6, the star of the show was the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. Let’s take a closer look at the latest Xiaomi flagship.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Xiaomi 13 Ultra: Specs and Features
The key highlight of the launch event was the advancement in mobile photography thanks to Xiaomi’s strategic partnership with Leica. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra flaunts a quad-camera system that houses a 1-inch main camera sensor, with a variable aperture inspired by the Leica M series lenses, Xiaomi claims to offer “high imaging performance, reliability, and durability” with the help of a large aperture in a compact form factor.
The 50MP primary camera supports Hyper-OIS and uses the Sony IMX989 sensor, while the 50MP ultra-wide, telephoto, and super-telephoto lenses use the IMX858 sensor. The sensors are capable to cover focal lengths ranging from 12mm (ultra-wide), 23mm (wide angle), 75mm (telephoto), and 120mm (super-telephoto). The primary camera can switch between an f1.9 to f4.0 aperture, while the other three house an f2.0 aperture.
The main camera is capable to shoot at 50MP RAW for higher image resolution at multi-frame 14-bit UltraRAW. Taking inspiration from street photography, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra brings a new “Fast shoot” mode to take “focus-free” snapshots manually in just 0.8s. There is a 32MP selfie shooter too. There’s access the CyberFocus, various Leica fiters, 8K video recording, and much more.
Design and Display
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is a proper flagship-grade smartphone, packing all the high-end hardware. It packs a 6.73-inch WQHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display with 2600 nits peak brightness, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1920Hz PWM dimming, and in-display heart rate monitoring. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and offers a soft antibacterial silicone leather back. The smartphone is IP68 water and dust resistant.
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 90W wired turbo charging and 50W wireless turbo charging as well as reverse wireless charging, thanks to Xiaomi Surge P2 Charging Chip and Xiaomi Surge G1 Battery Management Chip.
Highlight Specifications of Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Display: 6.73-inch (3200 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ AMOLED 20:9 HDR10 + display, 1-120Hz refresh rate, 1920Hz PWM dimming, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
Chipset: Octa Core Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 4nm Mobile Platform with Adreno next-gen GPU
Storage: 12GB RAM with 256GB (UFS 4.0) storage, 16GB RAM with 512GB / 1TB UFS 4.0 storage.
SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
Operating System: MIUI 14 based on Android 13
Rear Camera: 50MP rear camera with 1″ Sony IMX989 sensor, 23mm focal length, HyperOIS, 8P aspherical lens, LED flash, 50MP Sony IMX858 122° ultrawide angle lens, 50MP Sony IMX858 telephoto camera, 75mm equivalent focal length, OIS, 3.2x optical zoom, 50MP Sony IMX858 periscope telephoto camera, 120mm equivalent focal length, OIS, 10x optical zoom, up to 120x digital zoom, Leica Summicron optics, Dolby Vision HDR video recording, 8K video recording
Front Camera: 32MP RGBW front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
Sensor: In-display fingerprint sensor with heart rate monitoring, Infrared sensor
USB Type-C audio, Hi-Res audio, Dual speakers, Dolby Atmos
Dust and water-resistant (IP68)
Dimensions: 163.18×74.64×9.06mm; Weight: 227g
Network:5G, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS (L1 + L5), NavIC, USB Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1, NFC
Battery: 5000mAh battery with 90W wired fast charging, 50W wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging
The 13 Ultra will be available in Black, Olive Green, and White, starting in China from April 21 (pre-sale starts today). Prices are CNY 5,999 for the 12/256GB (€795, INR 71,500, converted), CNY 6,499 for a 16/512GB (€860, INR 77,500, converted), and CNY 7,299 for the 16GB/1TB (€970, INR 87,000, converted).