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New Xiaomi 13 Ultra: the brand’s most ambitious mobile scares Samsung and Apple

The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro have a new big brother. The Asian company has announced the xiaomi 13ultra, its new flagship that arrives to compete against the latest from Samsung, Vivo, Oppo and Apple with a first-rate camera developed together with Leica and without skimping on the rest of the specifications or design.

In fact, the appearance of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is one of the most interesting points of this new smartphone. It is very different from the rest of its siblings, and it stands out, mainly, for that huge photographic module located on the back, but also for its thickness, which is more pronounced in the upper area, where is the camera. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra also has a leather effect finish available in three colors: black and white and green. In all three cases, with aluminum frames in a matte tone.

The front, however, is very similar to the Xiaomi 13 Pro. In fact, both smartphones share practically the same screen. It’s about a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with Quad HD+ resolutionas well as a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a maximum brightness of up to 2,600 nits.

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra also shares a processor with the rest of its little brothers: the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro. This is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 from Qualcomm which, in this case, is accompanied with versions of 12 and 16 GB of RAM, as well as variants of 256, 512 GB or 1 TB of internal storage. All this, in addition, with a 5,000mAh battery.

Where Xiaomi has cut back is in charging speed. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra, specifically, comes with a 90W charger; Enough power to be able to supply the battery in just a few minutes, but slightly less than the 120W of the Xiaomi 13 Pro.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra, technical sheet

Features of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Screen 6.7-inch Quad HD+
AMOLED screen
120 Hz refresh rate
2,600 nit brightness
Dimensions and weight to confirm
cameras 50 MP main camera
50 MP ultra-wide camera
50 MP telephoto camera
50 MP periscope camera
32 megapixel selfie camera
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Memory 12 and 16 GB of RAM with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB of storage
Battery 5,000mAh
Burden Up to 90W. Also compatible with wireless and reverse charging
Biometrics Fingerprint sensor under the screen
connectivity 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC

This is the powerful camera of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra in collaboration with Leica

Side view of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra

There is no more important section in the Xiaomi 13 Ultra than the photographic one, which promises to be better than that of smartphones like the Vivo X90 Pro or the Oppo Find X6 Pro. Not only because of the collaboration with Leicabut because of the sensors and technologies that Xiaomi has decided to include in the camera of this smartphone.

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra, specifically, has a total of four sensors. On the one hand, a 1-inch IMX989 primary sensor (size equivalent to that of a digital camera), variable aperture and 50 megapixel resolution. On the other, an IMX858 sensor for ultra-wide-angle photography that is also 50 megapixels.

The two remaining sensors, which inherit the 50 megapixel resolution, are telephoto cameras. One of them is capable of reaching a 3.2x optical zoom. Second, you can take photos with up to 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid (mix of optical and digital zoom).

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is also compatible with different accessories to improve the experience when taking pictures. It is possible to separately purchase a protective lens, a 67mm mount adapter, as well as a grip that is located at the bottom of the smartphone and connects to the USB-C port to, on the one hand, better hold the device and be able to capture or zoom using a physical shutter.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra, we reiterate, has been officially announced in China. It will be available globally in the coming months, as confirmed by Xiaomi itself via Twitter. These are the prices in the Asian market.

  • Xiaomi 13 Ultra with 12 GB + 256 GB: 5999 yuan (about 795 euros to change).
  • Xiaomi 13 Ultra with 16 GB + 512 GB: 6499 yuan (about 861 euros to change).
  • Xiaomi 13 Ultra with 16GB + 1TB: 7299 yuan (about 967 euros to change).

Xiaomi has also put on sale a pack of accessories for the smartphone, such as a grip or a protector for the camera at a price of 799 yuan, about 105 euros to change. Prices in Europe and other markets, yes, could be higher.

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