Xiaomi 13 Ultra: A New Era for Mobile Imaging Technology
Xiaomi 13 Ultra: Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, in collaboration with Leica. This smartphone is designed to cater to the needs of photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, boasting a quad-camera system with a 1-inch sensor and a variable aperture. In addition, it is packed with premium flagship Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 performance, an ultra-grade WQHD+ display, and a classic design, making it the ultimate smartphone for anyone seeking a professional camera experience.
Design and Display
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra has a sleek and modern design. It measures 163.18mm x 74.64mm x 9.06mm and weighs 227g. It’s available in three colors: Black, White, and Olive Green. The front of the phone is protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus®, while the back is made of antibacterial nanotech silicone leather.
The display on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is stunning. It has a 120Hz WQHD+ 6.73″ AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. The display supports up to 68 billion colors and has a P3 color gamut. It’s also capable of displaying Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG content.
Pro-grade WQHD+ display
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra boasts a pro-grade WQHD+ display that provides a stunning visual experience to users. With a resolution of 3200×1440 and a pixel density of 515 PPI, this display offers exceptional clarity, sharpness, and detail. The display also supports a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate, making it incredibly responsive and smooth. The display’s HDR10+ certification ensures that it can display a wide range of colors with high contrast and brightness, providing users with a truly immersive viewing experience.
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with a LEICA VARIO-SUMMICRON 1:1.8-3.0/12-120 ASPH. camera system that will impress even the most demanding photographers. It has a 23mm variable aperture 1-inch main camera that boasts a 50MP wide-angle sensor. The sensor size is 1″, and the pixel size is 1.6μm. It’s also equipped with a 3.2μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f/1.9, f/4.0, HyperOIS, and an 8P aspherical lens.
The phone also has a 75mm Leica telephoto camera and a 120mm Leica super-telephoto camera. Both of these cameras have a 50MP IMX858 sensor and OIS. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra also has a 12mm Leica ultra-wide camera with a 50MP IMX858 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, and 122° FOV. It also supports autofocus and 5cm macro photography.
One of the standout features of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s camera system is the ability to switch between two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look and Leica Vibrant Look. It also has Leica custom photographic styles, enhanced Master-lens system, and Leica Filters.
The phone can create videos in Dolby Vision® up to 4K at 60fps and 8K professional video recording at 24fps across all focal lengths. It also has a director mode, 10-bit LOG video recording, and supports LUT import. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s camera system is also capable of taking stunning photos in low light conditions, thanks to its Ultra Night Photography feature.
The phone also has a 32MP in-display selfie camera that has a 0.7μm pixel size, 1.4μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, and f/2.0 aperture. It also has Dynamic Framing, Night mode, Portrait mode, and HDR.
Leica optics, to build the perfect Summicron Lens of Leica in mobile imaging
The collaboration between Xiaomi and Leica has taken another significant step in advancing mobile imaging technology. By upgrading the Summicron lens for mobile imaging in the optical system, they have brought about a “coming-of-age ceremony in mobile imaging.”
The Leica optical system of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra has inherited the optical concept of the Leica M series, making it compact, with a large aperture, high imaging performance, reliability, and durability. The lens adopts an ultra high-order polynomial design, allowing the precision of design to reach a nanometer level, nearing the optical limit. Meanwhile, a multi-layer coating greatly reduces glare and ghosting, presenting stable performance in extremely cold and extremely hot environments.
Quad camera system with Leica optical lens
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with a quad camera system, featuring Leica optical lenses that cover focal lengths ranging from 12mm (ultra-wide angle), 23mm (wide angle), 75mm (telephoto), to the new 120mm (super-telephoto). It also has extra 46mm and 240mm lengths through the In-Sensor-Zoom, providing users with full degree of focal length flexibility. Additionally, the smartphone’s professional camera setting offers a variable aperture, with three of its cameras featuring an aperture wider than ƒ/2.0, bringing in more light and a soft, shallow depth of field, and allowing for shorter shutter times, thus quicker capturing of natural and unmissable moments.
The main camera has an ultra-large 1-inch IMX989 sensor and a new physical two-stop aperture that can switch between ƒ/1.9 and ƒ/4.0, giving content creators more freedom in customizing the exposures based on different scenarios.
Variable aperture and flexible focal length
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra offers the ultimate level of flexibility in terms of focal length, allowing users to capture stunning photos and videos from various angles. Its variable aperture and flexible focal length enable users to take high-quality pictures and videos in any lighting conditions.
Additionally, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra also features optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS), which work together to minimize camera shake and ensure that footage is stable and smooth. This is particularly useful when filming moving subjects or in low light conditions where slower shutter speeds are required.
The camera also has a variety of shooting modes, including night mode, portrait mode, and a pro mode that allows users to manually adjust settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. The 20MP front-facing camera also boasts a range of features such as beauty mode, HDR, and panorama mode, making it great for taking selfies or video calls.
Fast Shot mode for focus-free snapshots
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra also features a Fast Shot mode that allows users to capture focus-free snapshots quickly. This mode is especially useful for capturing fleeting moments that require a quick reaction time, such as a child’s first steps or a bird in flight. With the Fast Shot mode, users can take high-quality photos without having to worry about focusing, making it easier to capture the moment.
Pro color restoration capability
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra boasts an impressive pro color restoration capability, which ensures that photos and videos captured on the device appear true to life with accurate colors and vivid details. This feature is particularly useful for professional photographers and videographers who require high-quality color accuracy in their work. With this capability, users can be confident that their photos and videos will look as intended without the need for post-processing adjustments.
End-to-end experience supported by Dolby Vision®
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra offers an immersive end-to-end experience with the support of Dolby Vision®. This technology enhances the visual quality of content by providing a wider color gamut, higher contrast, and brighter highlights. It allows users to enjoy their favorite movies, TV shows, and videos with stunning clarity and detail. With Dolby Vision®, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra delivers a cinematic viewing experience that is unmatched in the smartphone industry.
Under the hood, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon®️ 8 Gen 2 processor. It’s manufactured using a 4nm power-efficient process and comes with a Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU. The phone comes in three storage variants: 12GB+256GB, 16GB+512GB, and 16GB+1TB. It also features LPDDR5X and UFS 4.0 storage, which provides lightning-fast read and write speeds. In terms of software, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra runs on MIUI 14 based on Android 13. This latest version of MIUI is optimized for the Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s hardware, and provides a smooth and responsive user experience.
To ensure optimal performance, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with Loop LiquidCool technology, which is designed to dissipate heat efficiently. This technology keeps the phone’s temperature low, even during heavy usage or extended gaming sessions.
Battery & Charging – Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra features a large 5,000mAh battery, which should provide ample power to last a full day or more. The phone also supports Xiaomi AdaptiveCharge, which is a fast charging technology that adjusts the charging speed based on the battery’s temperature and current level.
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with the Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System, which is designed to optimize battery performance and extend battery life. This system uses AI algorithms to manage power consumption and reduce power wastage, ensuring that the battery lasts longer between charges. Additionally, the device supports fast charging, allowing users to quickly recharge the battery when needed.
For even faster charging, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra comes with 90W wired turbo charging. This is one of the fastest charging speeds available on any smartphone today, and can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in just 21 minutes.
In addition to wired charging, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra also supports 50W wireless turbo charging. This allows users to charge their phone quickly and conveniently, without having to deal with cables or adapters. The phone also supports reverse wireless charging, which means it can be used to charge other devices wirelessly.
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with dual speakers, which provide clear and powerful sound. The phone also supports Dolby Atmos®, which enhances the audio experience by providing a more immersive soundstage.
Self-developed heat dissipation technology
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with a self-developed heat dissipation technology that helps to keep the phone cool during prolonged use. This technology prevents the phone from overheating, which can lead to performance issues and other problems. The heat dissipation system is designed to be efficient and effective, allowing users to use their phone for extended periods without worrying about overheating. This feature is particularly useful for those who use their phone for gaming or other resource-intensive applications.
Specs for the Xiaomi 13 Ultra:
- Dimensions: 163.18mm x 74.64mm x 9.06mm
- Weight: 227g
- Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® front
- Antibacterial nanotech silicone leather back
- Colors: Black, White, Olive Green
- LEICA VARIO-SUMMICRON 1:1.8-3.0/12-120 ASPH.
- 23mm variable aperture 1-inch main camera
- 50MP wide angle camera
- IMX989, 1″ sensor size
- 1.6μm pixel size, 3.2μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
- f/1.9, f/4.0, HyperOIS, 8P aspherical lens
- 75mm Leica telephoto camera
- 50MP IMX858
- f/1.8, OIS
- 120mm Leica super-telephoto camera
- 50MP IMX858
- f/3.0, OIS
- 12mm Leica ultra-wide camera
- 50MP IMX858
- f/1.8, 122° FOV
- Supports 5cm macro photography
- Two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look & Leica Vibrant Look
- Leica custom photographic styles
- Enhanced Master-lens system: 35mm Documentary, 50mm Swirly bokeh, 75mm Portrait, 90mm Soft focus
- Leica Filters: Leica Sepia, Leica Blue, Leica Vivid, Leica Natural, Leica BW Natural and Leica BW High Contrast
- Create in Dolby Vision® up to 4K at 60fps
- 8K professional video recording at 24fps across all focal lengths
- Director mode
- 10-bit LOG video recording, supports LUT import
- 14-bit UltraRAW
- Ultra Night Photography
- 32MP in-display selfie camera
- 0.7μm, 1.4μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel size
- f/2.0 – Dynamic Framing (0.8x, 1x)
- Night mode
- Portrait mode
- 6.73″ pro-grade WQHD+ display with excellent color accuracy and up to 2600 nits peak brightness. This display is also calibrated according to the new CIE 2015 colorimetry, which supports perfect automatic color management to ensure accurate and consistent color presentation across different displays from Xiaomi devices released recently.
- Pro HDR display
- Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
- Sunlight mode
- Adaptive reading mode
- 1920Hz PWM dimming
- In-display heart rate monitoring⁶
- Snapdragon®️ 8 Gen 2
- 4nm power-efficient manufacturing process
- Qualcomm® Adreno™ GPU
- Snapdragon® X70 5G Modern-RF System
- LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0 Storage
- 12GB+256GB, 16GB+512GB, 16GB+1TB
- MIUI 14 based on Android 13
- Loop LiquidCool technology
- Snapdragon®️ 8 Gen 2
- Battery & Charging:
- 5,000mAh (typ) battery
- Xiaomi AdaptiveCharge
- 90W wired turbo charging
- 50W wireless turbo charging⁷
- Reverse wireless charging
- Dual speakers
- Dolby Atmos®️
Xiaomi ecosystem products that were announced on April 18, 2023:
- Xiaomi Smart Band 8: A fitness tracker with a high-resolution 1.62” full AMOLED screen, new metal texture frame, and different material straps that can be easily changed with a single click. It also offers a variety of accessories that allow affixing the device to shoes or necklaces. In addition to offering fast charging, the device also has improved battery life. With a new light sensor, Xiaomi Smart Band 8 supports automatic adjustment according to ambient light intensity.
- Xiaomi Pad 6 Series: A new line of tablets that includes the Xiaomi Pad 6, Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro, and Xiaomi Pad 6 Lite. The Xiaomi Pad 6 features a 10.4-inch 2K display, a Snapdragon 870 processor, and a 13MP rear camera. The Xiaomi Pad 6 Pro features a 12.6-inch WQHD+ display, an octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP ultrawide camera. The Xiaomi Pad 6 Lite features an 8.1-inch HD+ display, a MediaTek Helio G90T processor, and an 8MP rear camera.
- Xiaomi TV Master Mini LED 86″: A 4K UHD TV with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 10-bit panel, and Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support. It also features a 120W HDMI 2.1 port, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and an S/PDIF optical port.
- Mijia PIPI Desk Lamp: A desk lamp with a 360° rotatable head, a dimmable LED light, and a built-in timer. It also features a touch control panel and a built-in battery that provides up to 12 hours of light on a single charge.
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