We expect the Xiaomi 13 to be the next series of phones from Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, and it could arrive soon, with an announcement before the end of 2022 looking like a distinct possibility.
Is it really the Xiaomi 13, despite this number being unlucky for some? We imagine so – Xiaomi is based in China, where 13 is not the unlucky number (four is).
We still don’t know much about the Xiaomi 13 itself, but there has been an extensive leak detailing the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which you’ll find below.
But as the company’s next flagship handset, the Xiaomi 13 is naturally where our thoughts are drifting, especially as it will be a major competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S23 and iPhone 14.
This article is where we’ll list major leaks or rumors when they occur, and you’ll also find a wish list of what we want to see in the Xiaomi 13.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Xiaomi’s next flagship phone
- When do you leave? Or late 2022 or early 2023
- How much will it cost? Multiple premium phones at different prices
Xiaomi 13 release date and price
Xiaomi usually releases its new flagship phones towards the end of the year in China, but waits until February or March before making them available worldwide – and that’s just for the ‘flagship’ phone, with Lite and Ultra versions released later.
For that reason, it’s hard to pin down a vague release window for the phones, let alone a more concrete release date – but we’ll likely start hearing leaks that will give us more information before long.
One leaker thinks it will be released in November 2022 in China, which might suggest that its release elsewhere could be brought forward as well.
As Xiaomi phones come in a family, there will be a variety of phones hitting various price points. You can expect a Lite version for budget users, a 13T series in late 2023 at a mid-range price point, and the Xiaomi 13, 13 Pro and 13 Ultra are likely to be premium handsets, with the Ultra touting a super-high price.
Xiaomi 13 news and leaks
We haven’t heard many leaks about the Xiaomi 13… but we have heard a few.
The key so far is that a fan site called xiaomi (opens in new tab) found model numbers for four future Xiaomi flagships (two of which are Chinese versions of the other two) – claims they are for the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro, and further suggests that the discovery of these model numbers suggests the handsets be released sooner than expected.
This would really line up with information from another bigger leaker. Digital Chat Station says Xiaomi is a month ahead of its usual timeline for its 13th generation, suggesting a launch could arrive ahead of schedule.
The leaker also suggested that the phones will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, will come on Android 13, and that the larger of the two (likely the Pro) will also have a 2K display – all of which would point to being an iterative update over the Xiaomi equivalents. 12 unless more updates are hidden in other areas.
A more detailed leak has since emerged, but it only covers the Xiaomi 13 Pro. This phone will apparently have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, a 6.7-inch 2K display, a 4,800mAh battery with 120W charging, and will apparently run Android 13.
It is also said to have a 50MP main camera with a massive 1-inch sensor, accompanied by a 50MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 50MP telephoto and a 32MP selfie shooter.
Xiaomi 13: what we want to see
Here’s our wish list for the Xiaomi 13, looking at the company’s previous phones and other things happening in the mobile industry.
1. A telephoto lens
Xiaomi tries to position its phones as champions in photography and videography, but the lack of a telephoto lens really hampers its skills in those departments.
Telephoto lenses are usually used for zoom photography, but they’re also great because they create a more appealing depth effect and also allow you to close in on your subjects without having to move. Both reasons are just as important for filming as they are for shooting.
While Xiaomi sometimes includes telephoto lenses in its high-end phones, the standard Xiaomi 12 didn’t get one, and the Lite and T versions usually don’t either. But we’d like to see Xiaomi commit to wider use of zoom lenses to really give its phones a chance to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S series.
2. A lower minimum price
Xiaomi offers Lite versions of its flagships for people who can’t afford the most expensive family members, but it doesn’t launch them at the same time. You’re often left waiting months for a budget alternative, and usually around six months for the T version, which is a mid-range version of the flagship.
To give budget phone fans something to buy right away, we’d like to see the standard Xiaomi 13 start for less than the $749/£749 the Xiaomi 12 started at. It’s fine if it’s a Xiaomi 13X (there was a 12X, but it wasn’t sold globally) – we just want a mid-range phone to help us all the way up to the T-series.
3. Cleaner software
We’ve been complaining about Xiaomi’s Android MIUI fork since the beginning of recorded history, and while corrections have been made (and Xiaomi is no longer the worst offender), the smartphone’s operating system is still not perfect.
One problem we have is bloatware, as company phones often have some pre-installed third-party apps that you usually end up deleting. The other problem is that phones can often have quite problematic software, with functions crashing or breaking more often than on rival phones.
In order for the Xiaomi 13 to be a true flagship that rivals the world’s Galaxies and iPhones, Xiaomi needs to make MIUI a clean premium OS with useful extra features and one that doesn’t fall apart all the time.
4. Continuous design improvements
The Xiaomi 12 was Xiaomi’s first flagship that really caught the eye – it had a smooth textured rear, came in beautiful pastel colors and utilized a two-tone design that created an eye-catching look.
We’d like to see Xiaomi continue this trend of making attractive smartphones, perhaps with some bolder color choices (we’re always fans of red or gold devices) or with a redesigned camera that made yet another statement.
5. A simultaneous release
While the Xiaomi 12 series launched in China in December 2021, just a few months later it went on sale in the rest of the world – by that time, the hype had waned for the phone after its initial debut.
Xiaomi isn’t the only company launching early in China, and it’s not the only company suffering from this hype train derailment.
That’s especially the case with Xiaomi increasingly striving to be a bigger player in the phone space – Huawei only became a giant when it realized it needed to debut its product with great fanfare to the entire world, not just one region.
With that in mind, we’d like to see the Xiaomi 13 released and released to all regions of the world at once – like Samsung and Apple operate. We don’t want to get bored with the phone before it goes on sale.