Google just launched Android 14 for Pixel devices this week alongside the launch of the update in AOSP, and that’s opening the floodgates for more OEMs to release their implementations. Xiaomi is among the first, with the company starting its rollout of Android 14 this week with select devices.
As spotted by XiaomiUI, the first Android 14 updates from Xiaomi are starting to show up on select global devices. Specifically, Xiaomi 13, 13 Pro, and Xiaomi 12T users are seeing the update go live.
The update, of course, comes with Xiaomi’s usual MIUI skin, and arrives following a limited beta rollout recently. But, while this is sort of a “stable” update, Xiaomi notes that it isn’t quite a final one. XiaomiUI says that the company is notifying users that the update is still undergoing development and testing to further refine the final product, so users might notice some bugs or other quirks. Xiaomi expert @kacskrz and Mishaal Rahman describe the update as a “Beta Stable” or release candidate.
Notably, our Max Weinbach hasn’t yet seen the update land on his global Xiaomi 13 series devices, but the update is said to be rolling out already.
One of the most popular and successful lineups from Xiaomi‘s portfolio is about to make decent sales considering the aggressive price point. This year the Redmi serieswill have unexpected competition from none other than Xiaomi’s own Poco sub-brand. And in the case of the Redmi 9T, we have the Poco M3 in mind.
The two devices are almost identical with just a couple of small differences in the back design and the camera selection. The Redmi 9T adds an ultrawide snapper, an NFC chip (still depending on the region, though) and boasts water-repellent coating. Of course, that means a few extra bucks for the Redmi 9T, which may be worth it if you are looking for those specific features.
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Putting the M3 aside, the Redmi 9T still looks like a solid entry-level solution for just around €150. The phone’s standout features include its stereo loudspeakers, the 48MP main camera, the ultrawide unit, the huge 6,000mAh battery, and the water-repellent coating of the internals. They are definitely hard to come across in this price segment, especially altogether in a single handset.
Memory configurations are also generous as the phone starts at 4GB/64GB, and a dedicated microSD card slot (not shared) can bump up the storage if 64GB isn’t enough for you. The chipset, on the other hand, is pretty much what you’d expect from a device in this price bracket – Snapdragon 662, which was announced a year ago and is built with not performance but power-efficiency in mind.
We already have a good idea of what to expect from the Redmi 9T given that we’ve reviewed the Poco M3, but we will make sure to assess the small upgrades over the M3 and if they make up for the price difference.
Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi 9T
The handset comes in a standard box with the usual user manuals, USB-A to USB-C cable for charging and data transfer and a charging brick rated at 22.5W but the phone caps at 18W. Xiaomi often ships more powerful bricks for its budget phones because it’s cheaper to manufacture one charger that can cover more models.
The box also contains a transparent silicone case for the phone which we found to be quite hard to put on. The phone fits snuggly in it.
Depending on where you are based, the low-end smartphone market could be full of choices, or it could be quite limited. But there are some mainstream offerings that stand out from the crowd and can challenge the Redmi 9T, which shapes up to be an excellent all-rounder for the asking price. The Poco M3 was a great all-rounder back in December last year, but the smartphone market moves fast, so we have a couple of new competitors to go through.
Obviously, the first alternative to consider is the Redmi 9T’s close sibling – the Poco M3. The latter packs pretty much everything the 9T has but misses on the NFC chip and the ultrawide camera. As we’ve already established in the review, the ultrawide camera might not be worth the extra cash the 9T wants, but if the NFC chip is on top of your priority list for its use for contactless payments, the 9T is the only choice.
Keep in mind that the Redmi 9T sells for around €140 while the Poco M3’s price has gone down quite a bit since December 2020, so it would now set you back just €120.
Xiaomi Poco M3 • Realme 7i • Samsung Galaxy A21s • OnePlus Nord N100
A very close competitor from Samsung’s camp would be the Galaxy A21s. It hovers between the €150-160 range and offers comparable hardware. Its main advantage is the overall camera performance and the fact that it runs a more familiar One UI software. Even though battery life is excellent, it falls short compared to the 9T’s huge 6,000 mAh unit. Xiaomi’s contender also has excellent loudspeakers, a higher-res screen, reverse charging, snappier chipset and offers twice the base storage and RAM.
The Realme 7i is a viable option as well, given its aggressive pricing and similar hardware. And despite the Realme 7i being pricier (€160-170), it lacks the 1080p+, 90Hz display, stereo loudspeakers, and has a considerably smaller 5,000 mAh battery. Also, the 7i misses on some nifty goodies like NFC, infrared port and FM radio.
Lastly, the OnePlus Nord N100 may seem a bit pricey for this list with a starting price of €189, but you can find one for way less outside of OnePlus’ official web store. We’ve seen a couple of offers for around €140 brand new. This puts it in a competitive position against the Redmi 9T. Even with an inferior Snapdragon 490, the handset offers an arguably smoother experience with its 90Hz display, which in turn has a lower resolution at 720p.
The clean-ish Android could be a deciding factor for some, while the smaller battery can be a deal-breaker to others. Still, the Nord N100 is the only handset in this price range that also offers dual stereo speakers, NFC and FM radio all at once. The good news is that the NFC chip isn’t market-dependent.
Despite the relatively higher price of the Redmi 9T compared to the Poco M3, it still holds well against the competition due to several key features that are hard to come across in a single package. We are talking adequate SoC performance, 4GB/64GB base memory, an excellent set of stereo speakers, a high-resolution display, humongous 6,000 mAh battery, IR port, FM radio and dedicated microSD card slot.
Yes, some of the devices top the Redmi 9T with a better overall camera quality or smoother 90Hz displays, but if you find yourself in this price bracket, you are most likely looking for the most practical features, and the Redmi 9T seems to touch all bases. High refresh rate displays are nice, but they also belong to higher-class devices.
Large 6.53″ screen with 1080p resolution
Record-breaking battery life
Excellent stereo loudspeakers
Generally good main camera performance
Standalone microSD, IR port, FM radio, reverse wired charging and NFC (market-dependant)
The Redmi Note 9T is a slightly toned-down version of the China-exclusive Redmi Note 9 5G. It is already available in Europe, with an extremely-competitive €199 “early-bird” special price and a regular MSRP promised to start at just (based on 2021 price launch ) €229 for the base 4/64GB version and go up to €269 for the 4/128GB one.
The Redmi Note 9T is clearly crafted to cater to the emerging budget 5G niche on global markets. Its priorities are clear, and they definitely required some other specs and feature sacrifices along the way. And that’s perfectly understandable.
Not every phone needs to be a universally beloved budget offer like Xiaomi‘s Poco line. There is value in catering to specific needs and interests, like the current 5G trend, while still sticking to a strict budget. Plus, specs nitpicking aside, the Redmi Note 9T manages to deliver a well-rounded and competent modern smartphone experience.
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While the Redmi Note 9T price tag falls squarely in the budget territory, it is important to put it into proper context. Some aspects of the Redmi Note 9T’s spec sheet range from merely OK (such as the unassuming 60Hz LCD panel with wide bezels and a sizeable punch-hole selfie cam) all the way to disappointing (like the effectively single usable main camera).
Clearly, the Redmi Note 9T is not the best value proposition around. You can get a better display, better raw performance or a distinctly better camera setup, or even a combination of these, all while still staying within a €250 budget. Getting 5G connectivity for that kind of money outside of China, however, is still tough.
MediaTek has been working overtime to make 5G more affordable, most notably with the introduction of its 5G-equipped Dimensity line of chipsets. The future looks bright in camp Qualcomm as well, with recent announcements, like the Snapdragon 480. For the time being, however, it’s silicon like the Dimensity 800U inside the Xiaomi Redmi 9T that has 5G enthusiasts excited as MediaTek’s affordable 5G hardware is finally trickling out of its domestic market.
Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
Let’s kick things off by unboxing the phone. After all, in light of recent developments regarding bundled phone chargers and an ever-shrinking accessory kit in general, we are kind of anxious to see the inside of a Redmi box in 2021. Thankfully, the Redmi Note 9T arrives with a few goodies in tow.
You get a wall charger. In fact, one that is rated for 22.5W (5V@3A, 9V@2.23A, 10V@2.25A, 12V@1.67A) of Quick Charge 3+ output – more than the 18W the Redmi Note 9T can charge at. Xiaomi basically decided to standardize its basic chargers at one point, and now, many of its devices get the same wall adapter in the box. Less variation means lower overall production costs.
The bundled USB-A to USB Type-C cable is nothing special, yet still feels sturdy and thick enough to last. The same goes for the included clear TPU case.
It’s great to see that you are basically all set to start using the Redmi Note 9T straight out of the box.
With a regular MSRP of €229 ( based on the 2021 launch year price ) and n even lower “early-bird” special of €199 for the base 4/64GB version, the Redmi Note 9T falls nicely into the budget smartphone category. However, the key thing to remember is that the main angle Xiaomi seems to have for it is ‘delivering 5G on a budget’. While there is certainly value to that, and we have no doubt affordable 5G is a desirable thing for certain users, the Redmi Note 9T doesn’t necessarily constitute the best universal value offer out there.
Far from it, in fact. Cramming trendy 5G clearly meant sacrificing a few hardware bits here and there. Looking at the Chinese Redmi Note 9 5G as sort of the base from which Xiaomi derived the Redmi Note 9T for international markets on a budget, the lack of an ultrawide camera on the latter instantly sticks out. That and an unfortunate downgrade in charging speed to 18W. Then again, international uses do get NFC and an FM radio as a bonus. But, we digress. The main point we are trying to get across is that unless you really care about procuring 5G on a budget today, there are objectively better ways to spend €250 or less on a phone and get more value.
In fact, we don’t even have to look outside Xiaomi’s own lineup to find some great contenders. The Poco X3 NFC basically beats out the Redmi Note 9T in every aspect, except for 5G. In no particular order, it has an aluminum frame; 120Hz HDR10 display; more-powerful Snapdragon 732G chipset; more RAM at 6GB; a 64MP main camera and a 13MP ultrawide; a 20MP selfie cam; and 33W charging for its slightly-larger battery. We might even be missing a few points in the list, but you get the idea.
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC • Xiaomi Poco M3 • Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G
And in case you think that some of these specs are a bit superfluous for your needs and you would rather save a few bucks instead (not that many, unfortunately, as per current market pricing), you can always go for the newer Poco M3 instead. From a hardware standpoint, it comes really close to the Redmi Note 9T. One big potential reason to choose it is the extra battery endurance. It scored 154 hours of endurance in our review, thanks to its larger 6,000 mAh battery and despite the less-efficient 11nm Snapdragon 662 chipset.
If you are really after 5G, though, we would be remiss not to mention the Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G. Just like the Poco X3, it has plenty of goodies to outshine the Redmi Note 9T: Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back; 120Hz, HDR10 display; 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the base model; 108MP, f/1.8 main camera and an 8MP ultrawide; 16MP selfie cam; and 33W charging. It is based on the Snapdragon 750G – one of Qualcomm’s answers to MediaTek’s Dimensity line. All of that with an MSRP below €250.
Unfortunately, there is one major caveat – the Mi 10i 5G was announced as part of the Make in India initiative and is currently only being sold there. Hence our hesitation in bringing it up more often while discussing the Redmi Note 9T as an international market offer. If Mi 10i 5G ever escapes the county’s local shelves, that competitive price likely won’t be joining in on the journey.
Venturing outside Xiaomi’s ranks, there are plenty of solid competitors to fit inside a €250 budget, as well. Samsung has been saturating that same bracket extensively lately. For that kind of money, you can definitely get some quality-of-life goodies like an AMOLED display, with devices like the Galaxy A51 and A31 being quite popular in our database at the moment. Our current pick out of this lot, however, would be the Galaxy M31.
Now that the M31s is out and rocking a higher price tag, the M31 is depreciating nicely and is quite attainable. Some of its highlights, aside from the 6.4″ AMOLED display, include 6GB of RAM in the base tier, a 64MP main and 8MP ultrawide camera, 4K@30fps video capture, 32MP selfie snapper and a huge 6,000 mAh battery.
If you want to keep things even cheaper, though and don’t mind a PLS IPS display, something like the Galaxy A21s currently offers great value. You still get both a 48MP Quad Bayer and an 8MP ultrawide from it, plus a beefy 5,000 mAh battery. All well under the €200 mark.
Since this is far from an exhaustive competitors list and we feel like we have to balance the “heavily-skinned” Android experience crowd in the Xaiomi’s and Samsung’s a bit, why not consider the OnePlus Nord N100. We can’t necessarily say it’s better than the Redmi Note 9T, but it does offer a distinctly different take on the budget formula. One that includes a 90Hz IPS panel, big 5,000 mAh battery and, of course, the much-beloved OxygenOS.
Xiaomi seemingly had a specific goal in mind with the Redmi Note 9T – modern 5G connectivity on a budget. In fact, that goal is obviously shared by its close Chinese sibling in the Redmi Note 9 5G, as well. With the small caveat that hitting international markets meant making a few compromises on the Redmi Note 9T specs to stay within budget. Namely, dropping the ultrawide camera and reducing the fast charging speed. That’s on top of sacrifices that are inherent to cramming 5G support into a budget phone.
Since an increasing number of big-name players on the mobile scene are doing it and even before that, chipset makers like MediaTek, Qualcomm and Samsung and developing the silicon to allow for precisely such a breed of products, there is clearly a market niche present. If the concept appeals to you, then you can rest assured that Xiaomi managed to build a very competent and dependable budget 5G phone in the Redmi Note 9T.
While not impressive in any way, all the core aspects of the Redmi Note 9T experience, like the display and performance, are solid and perfectly adequate. Xiaomi has even managed to throw in some goodies, like a decent hybrid stereo speaker system, 3.5mm jack, IR blaster, NFC, and an FM radio.
Some compromises were made in the camera department, but even so, the Redmi Note 9T makes great use of the hardware that is present and produces surprisingly good shots.
Battery endurance is solid all-around, proving that the Dimensity 800U can truly deliver next-gen connectivity while going easy on the juice.
And you do get truly versatile connectivity, including dual standby support for two concurrent 5G connections, plus a dedicated microSD slot, as icing on the cake.
If, however, 5G is not high on your priorities list for now, there is undoubtedly better “non-5G” smartphone value, for lack of a better term, to be had by shopping around and the Redmi Note 9T shouldn’t be your first choice.
Solid build quality with water-repellant coating
Great all-round battery life
Good photo quality, good portraits, great selfies
Decent 4K video capture and great EIS at 1080p
The MediaTek Dimensity 800U offers adequate and consistent performance
IR blaster, NFC, 3.5mm jack, dedicated microSD slot, FM radio
Thick screen bezels, larger punch hole, slight ghosting – it’s a budget display here
No ultrawide camera
Launches on Android 10 half a year after Android 11 was released
Does this Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T Proreally a great value for money smartphone? So, I’m going to give you a complete review of its Display, Design and build, Performance, Memory, Storage, Software, Battery, Camera, Main camera, Lenses, Selfie camera, Connectivity, Network, Sound, and pretty much everything that comes in this device, I will tell you my final thoughts about this phone, also I’m going to tell you it’s price.
ThisXiaomi Redmi Note 11T Prohas the same specs as the Redmi Note 11T Pro+, but is slightly cheaper than its big brother. Everything is pretty much the same but, there is a little difference in the Ram configuration and the storage.
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MediaTek Dimensity 8100 shows one of the best Antutu 9 scores. We can see the big jump in the GPU performance. The total performance of the GPU is 345470, which is a bit faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus. The CPU also shows one of the best scores. It is 197563 which Is a bit slower than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus and the Kirin 9000. The memory scores also shows a significant boost. MediaTek Dimensity 8100 memory is faster than MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus, Kirin 9000, and The Apple A15 Bionic. The Ux is also showing one of the best performance. It is 168160, which is faster than MediaTek Dimensity 1200, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus, Kirin 9000, and The Apple A15 Bionic. MediaTek Dimensity 8100 total scores are above 841074. MediaTek Dimensity 8100 is considerably gaining a performance boost and beating every processor in the flagship category. MediaTek Dimensity 8100 shows one of the best AnTuTu 9 scores. Total scores are 841074. Which are a little bit higher than the MediaTek Dimensity 8000. MediaTek Dimensity 8100 is gaining a performance boost and beating the last-gen MediaTek Dimensity 8000 processor. In the Flagship segment, this processor is best for gaming, camera, battery, display, and everything. You will experience a much smoother touch, opening, and closing of apps.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T Pro is going to be launching with Android 12 straight out of the box. Which is more customizable than the Android 11 and has tons of new features. This new custom ROM is optimized well with new cool animations and wallpapers. This new MIUI 13 fixes old bugs like touch lags, camera app improvements, new layouts, improved dark mode, and a new gaming turbo engine. XIAOMI is known for its good software optimization with its new custom ROM.
If you are looking for a good Flagship phone, good gaming phone, good design, good display, and amazing performance, then this Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T Pro is worth buying. Because it has all the needs that a good consumer needs.
Mi 9T lineup didn’t get a Lite version, this year’s 10T family did. And you can say that the Mi 10T lite is the spiritual successor to the vanilla Mi 9T since it has the mid-range specs and everything, whereas the vanilla Mi 10T is closer to the Pro version this time around.
Another interesting thing to note here is that the Mi 10T Lite 5G carries the same screen size as its other two siblings – 6.67 inches. The only difference is the punch-hole positioning for the front camera and the screen refresh rates. The Lite “settles” for 120Hz instead of 144Hz and moves the front-facing camera in the center.
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The back of the device is also radically different than the rest of the Mi 10T’s. But compared to other Xiaomi phones, it’s not very unique. The camera module’s placement and design are strikingly similar to the Poco X3. Other features like the camera setup, the battery capacity, fast charging, and stereo speakers are pretty much in line with the rest of Mi 10Ts.
The most significant difference is in the chipset, of course, which can also be considered as the key selling point. It’s the Snapdragon 750 5G, and it’s one of the newest additions to Qualcomm’s portfolio. A successor to the Snapdragon 730G with improvements to the overall performance, adds a couple of actually usable features and still sits right under the Snapdragon 865G in pricing while delivering the same 5G capabilities. But more on that later.
At a price hovering around €270, the Mi 10T 5G shapes up to be a pretty good deal considering all the hardware and software features it has to offer. However, it will be curious to see if it’s any better than other Xiaomi-branded phones from earlier this year, which have all fallen to this price point. So not only does the Mi 10T Lite face external but some internal competitions as well.
Unboxing the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G
There’s nothing out of the ordinary inside the retail box. You will find the usual user manuals, a 33W-capable fast charger, a USB-A to USB-C cable for file transfer and charging as well as a transparent silicone case.
The Mi 10T Lite appears to be aimed at the European market, judging by its notable absence from the Indian market.
At the time of writing, the Mi 10T Lite 5G 64GB starts at £200 in the UK but is considerably more expensive (€280) in the Eurozone for some inexplicable reason. The 128GB version is £225 in the UK and €320 in the Eurozone.
This makes drawing general comparisons really hard. For instance, its close competitor, the Mi 10 Lite 5G, is more expensive in the UK but cheaper in the EU.
The Mi 10 Lite 5G has a crisp, bright AMOLED panel but no high refresh rate. It offers roughly the same performance and arguably a better camera experience. Sadly, the stereo loudspeakers aren’t included in the specs sheet, and when it comes to battery endurance and charging, the Mi 10T Lite 5G has the edge over its close sibling.
Then there is the Poco X3 NFC – again by Xiaomi. It doesn’t have 5G, but it is also €50 less expensive. A great all-rounder with similar camera performance, the same 6.67-inch 120Hz IPS LCD panel, stereo speakers, the same fast charging tech but slightly longer battery life. The chipset is the only thing that’s inferior to the Mi 10T Lite. So in case you really like the Mi 10T Lite 5G, but it’s a bit out of reach, and you don’t care about 5G, the Poco X3 NFC may make all the sense.
Realme has a budget 5G contender, too, in the face of the Realme 7 5G. It doesn’t get any cheaper than the Mi 10T Lite, but these two are head to head in pretty much all departments. We guess the choice here will be down to brand preference or any available options for carrier subsidies.
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G • Realme 7 5G
The Mi 10T Lite 5G is a great phone. It’s powerful, feature-packed, and offers some high-end features like HRR, stereo loudspeakers, and excellent haptic feedback. Although there are some similarly-priced alternatives with OLED panels, this IPS screen is one of the good ones. It’s sufficiently bright (in most cases), supports HDR10, goes up to 120Hz and the smart refresh rate control makes the whole experience even more worthwhile. Bonus points for not having those annoying halos around the punch-hole camera and the bezels.
The battery life and charging speeds are great, while the Snapdragon 750G seems to be packing a punch, beating even the Snapdragon 765G in some CPU-intensive scenarios. Adding the IR blaster, the mature MIUI 12, and the dedicated microSD card slot into the mix, you get a decently-priced all-rounder. Our only complaint would be the camera’s overall performance.
We feel like the Mi 10 Lite 5G is too close to the Mi 10T Lite 5G performance and price-wise, so some users will be drawn to the former due to its more competent camera performance and OLED display. And we would totally get that. We are sure you would be happy with either one.
Good build with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back
Great IPS LCD panel with variable 120Hz HRR (in gaming, too), tiny selfie punch hole and dual-sided light sensor
Great battery life and fast charging
IR blaster, microSD card slot, FM radio , good haptic motor.
Mature and feature-rich MIUI 12 with granular refresh rate control
Expected sharper and more detailed photos from the main 64MP camera.
The Pixel 7 Pro is the biggest, boldest Google phone to date, but how does it stack up against the recently released Xiaomi 13 Pro? Here’s everything you need to know.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty and intense details, these are two very impressive Android devices for different reasons. Firstly, the Pixel 7 Pro relies heavily on cohesion and optimization. Conversely, the Xiaomi 13 Pro packs in only the biggest and best hardware to attain a place at the top table of Android.
Not only is there a substantial price difference between the Xiaomi 13 Pro and the Pixel 7 Pro, but there is also a very different global sales strategy. Read on to see just which phone could be a better buy for you.
What is really surprising is just how similar the statures of the Pixel 7 Pro and Xiaomi 13 Pro happen to be. The size and dimensions are practically identical, with 6.7-inch screens at the very heart of both devices. Obvious design differences aside, the ceramic finish of the Xiaomi 13 Pro should provide added durability. That’s not to say the Gorilla Glass Victus used on the Pixel 7 Pro backplate can’t deflect moderate damage.
Xiaomi has favored a square camera module which is fine, but because of this design decision, it lacks any real identity. The Pixel 7 Pro’s standout camera bar forgoes the staid chassis’ we’re seeing from many in the industry as smartphones fall in line with various design principles. It’s all the better for that and has improved upon the Pixel 6 series by dropping the glass bar in favor of a metal frame. Does this really matter when you’re going to stick a case on either phone? That’s a question for you to answer.
There is little to separate the QHD+ displays. Both are rated at 120Hz and AMOLED. Each screen also includes an optical in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric security, but you can use software-based Face Unlock if you prefer. Where the Xiaomi 13 Pro edges the Pixel is in the 1,900 nits maximum brightness level (vs. 1,500 nits) and a marginal increase in vertical on-screen pixels.
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Google Pixel 7 Pro
120Hz / AMOLED / QHD+ / Gorilla Glass Victus / 1,440 x 3,200 pixels / 522ppi
120Hz / LTPO / QHD+ / Gorilla Glass Victus / 3,120 x 1,440 pixels / 512ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
Google Tensor G2
8 / 12GB DDR5
128GB / UFS 3.1
256 / 512GB UFS 4.0
128 / 256 / 512GB UFS 3.1
50MP wide / 50MP ultrawide / 50MP telephoto
50MP wide / 12MP ultrawide / 48MP telephoto
In-display fingerprint scanner
Pixel Imprint fingerprint scanner
Ceramic White / Ceramic Black
Obsidian / Snow / Hazel
The Xiaomi 13 Pro has vastly superior internals to the Pixel 7 Pro. From the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor to the faster UFS 4.0 storage on selected variants, this is a full-throttle smartphone. Sure, the Tensor G2 is a good chip for most things you’ll want to do, but it falls short in raw performance levels. What’s impressive is just how snappy the Pixel 7 Pro feels, despite the admittedly weaker internals. Google’s optimizations make a huge difference, given that the Xiaomi 13 Pro has processing power to burn.
IP68 ratings are also included with stereo speakers, excellent haptics and screen touch responses. In many ways, we’re talking about two by-the-numbers Android flagship phones with all the functionality and hardware in place to guarantee a great experience. Xiaomi has made some sensible hardware decisions, including the addition of Wi-Fi 7 plus an IR blaster, which has become synonymous with the Chinese smartphone brand.
Comparing MIUI 14 to the default Android 13 experience is a tough task. These software builds based on the latest mobile operating system are very much at opposite ends of the spectrum. MIUI 14 includes a massive amount of customization, tweaks, and tuning. Meanwhile, the Pixel is lightweight and only comes with minor adjustments over the base AOSP build.
Xiaomi tends to bend and skew its design to fit what we’d consider an “iOS” aesthetic. This means squircle icons, a Control Center clone, plus more. There are lots of other optional customizability options also bundled in. You’re able to tweak practically every portion of the home screen and the lock screen.
A downside is that there are a lot of duplicate Xiaomi versions of apps, including Mi Browser, Gallery, and File Manager, plus third-party apps, including Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn, Booking.com, plus more. Some of these can be removed, but not all, which makes the inclusion a tad frustrating.
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Shipped with Android 13 w/ MIUI 14
Shipped with Android 13
3 OS / 5 years patches
3 OS / 5 years patches
In-display fingerprint scanner
Notification and Control Center
In-display fingerprint scanner
Google One VPN
Cough and snore detection
The Pixel 7 Pro offers little bloat to speak of – that is, unless you class the default Google suite as such. Almost every app can be removed, though, which is why this is less problematic. When it comes to features, Google’s approach is to offer smart functionality that leverages Tensor.
You’ll get access to features like Photo Unblur for images, on-device real-time translation, a dedicated VPN service, plus much more. OnePlus doesn’t offer many smart functions but does provide options like Zen Mode, which is a neat extension that goes beyond the basic Digital Wellbeing suite.
No matter which version of Android you prefer, the major update schedule is identical. Three versions of Android will take the Pixel 7 Pro and the Xiaomi 13 Pro up to version 16. A murky area for the Xiaomi flagship is just how often security patches will arrive. The Chinese OEM has a fairly poor track record of pushing updates. That said, the Pixel and the Xiaomi are slated to get five years of patches, but the Google handset benefits from day-one updates in all forms.
Judging the life span of a device is always a tough ask. Even with similar usage patterns, you might see wildly different longevity figures. The Pixel 7 Pro has a larger 5,000mAh internal cell, which just edges out the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s 4,820mAh battery. What’s interesting is, whether it’s due to the improved power efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, the Xiaomi flagship is an all-day phone.
The Pixel 7 Pro has a solid life span too. Qualcomm’s latest and greatest might be able to push the Xiaomi 13 Pro way past the two-day barrier when avoiding high-power apps like 3D games or when used extensively for GPS navigation.
Charging is one area where there’s no contest. The super fast 120W wired charging of the Xiaomi 13 Pro can take you from 0-100% in just 19 minutes. Yes, 19 minutes. Pair that with 50W superfast wireless charging, and you will not wait around for your phone to get back to operational battery levels.
It’s yet another case of raw hardware versus software tuning when you look at the camera systems on the Pixel 7 Pro and the Xiaomi 13 Pro. Sure, the raw camera specifications heavily favor the Xiaomi 13 Pro with the mammoth 1-inch main sensor. It’s a massive leap for mobile photography in many ways, and it’s a great point-and-shoot option that mimics the impressive Xiaomi 12S Ultra from late-2022.
The leap is not as pronounced as you might have expected, as the 50-megapixel Pixel 7 Pro main sensor produces tack-sharp, contrasty photos. Leica lens and color tuning mean that the Xiaomi 13 Pro is a truly impressive product with all of the added depth that a larger sensor can achieve. All three lenses produce 50-megapixel photos, something the Pixel cannot replicate.
4K UHD 60fps (all lenses)
10-bit HDR10 Video
Real Tone 2.0
Because the Xiaomi 13 Pro is so heavily reliant on the massive 1-inch main sensor, it sometimes feels like the other lenses take a step down. This is most notable with the 3x telephoto zoom lens, which in tandem with digital cropping, can go as far as 70x. It’s good in isolation but falls behind the Pixel 7 Pro and the dedicated 5x periscope zoom, which has usable images even up to 20x zoom.
It’s hard to determine which is the better overall camera system for simple point-and-shoot photography, but the Xiaomi has an edge by virtue of the massive main sensor. It’s actually in the camera modes that the Xiaomi 13 Pro obliterates the Pixel. Right out of the box are a mountain of functions you can play around with, including Leica filters, tilt-shift, and a dedicated Pro mode. For whatever reason, Google has never offered such a mode, and the default Google Camera app lacks a full-sensor 50-megapixel mode.
For the mobile videographer, the quality of video produced is better on Pixel, in our opinion. However, Xiaomi has stuffed in video modes such as a teleprompter/autocue for the selfie setup, dual video, plus higher resolutions up to 8K 24fps. It’s very close to providing the “complete” mobile camera setup for mobile creatives.
Xiaomi 13 Pro vs. Pixel 7 Pro: Which is the better flagship for 2023?
The Pixel 7 Pro is undoubtedly the best Google phone to date, and the same could be said of Xiaomi’s latest handset. It isn’t quite the best smartphone camera available, even with the headline 1-inch sensor, but it’s certainly a big, bold, brash piece of technology that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the business.
What we continually find when comparing the Pixel 7 Pro to the most expensive devices is that Google has struck a fine balance. Price-to-performance is fairly mediocre, but the fine-tuning helps elevate the experience above many so-called “superior” competitors.
On paper, the Xiaomi 13 Pro surpasses the Pixel 7 Pro in almost all areas. In the real world, the differences are less pronounced. Credit where it’s due, Xiaomi has upped its game this time around, and we’re hoping to see the company keep refining and honing its own devices. The right phone for you still depends heavily on where you live. The same is true of the Pixel series wholesale.
That said, at almost $450 less, the Pixel 7 Pro makes a case for you to consider it. For the spec-heavy tech fan, it’s easy to see why the global Xiaomi 13 Pro might be a head-turner or even a rival to the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Now that the Pro moniker has gone mainstream, it’s Ultra that has come to represent the cream of the crop, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra can wear that badge proudly. Limited to its home market last year, the ultimate Mi has gone global this time around, and we’re happy to have it for review today.
We’re torn whether it’s the camera system’s physical appearance that is more striking or the hardware inside. A simply massive raised area on the back looks bolted on, almost after the fact, it’s hard to miss, and it’s a great conversation starter even if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
But its size is warranted – the main camera packs the largest sensor used on a modern-day smartphone, and next to it – two more modules unmatched in their own fields, in one way or another. Oh, and yes, there’s also a display here – because why not, but also because it can be useful.
There’s a lot more than 1.1 inches of OLED on the front. The 6.81-inch Super AMOLED is all kinds of great – high resolution, high refresh rate, high brightness, HDR, a billion colors, you name it. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 888 underneath is second to none as chipsets go this year and with 256GB of base storage, should we even mention the lack of expansion capability as a con?
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Xiaomi‘s don’t normally have dust and water protection, but that’s changed this year with the Mi 11s – both the Pro and the Ultra have an IP68 rating, and that’s a most welcome development. Conversely, a staple of the brand’s handsets, both affordable and expensive, the IR emitter remains. Stereo speakers have been making their way to the Xiaomi midrange, so it’s only natural that the high-end models have them, and these have been tuned by Harman/Kardon, that couldn’t hurt.
An increase in battery capacity compared to last year’s model is another upgrade we can appreciate. On the other hand, they did downgrade the charging – instead of the Mi 10 Ultra’s 120W, you only get 67W here. Tsk-tsk.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra unboxing
The packaging has lost the flair of the Mi 10 Ultra’s presentation, and the Mi 11 Ultra showed up in a standard black box with copper lettering (or is it rose gold?). What’s inside that?
Our EU-bound retail bundle includes the 67W charger – that’s not the case in all markets with chargers coming as a free-of-charge option in some places (China, maybe other parts of Asia). It’s a proprietary adapter with a USB-A output, so it won’t please USB PowerDelivery die-hards. There is a USB cable included too.
A headset may be missing, but there is a USB-C-to-3.5mm dongle included so you can use your own. Also inside the box is a transparent soft silicone back cover. While the (free) protection is appreciated, the look and feel of the thing is no match for the phone itself.
With a projected list price of €1,200 for a 12GB/256GB version in Europe, the Mi 11 Ultra isn’t really priced to sell, but it’s not entirely unreasonable either. A Galaxy S21 Ultra can be had for as low as €1000, though matching the Mi’s storage would add €100. The OnePlus 9 Pro runs for a little over €1000 for the 12GB/256GB version, and the Oppo Find X3 Pro is around €1150.
The Mi 11 Ultra is looking a lot better in India at INR70K, particularly against the Galaxy, which is a cool 50% more expensive. The OnePlus 9 Pro is evenly matched – INR70K for 12GB/256GB, as is the vivo X60 Pro+, another camera-centric offering.
Mi 11 Ultra (left) next to Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Mi takes better pictures and video than the Galaxy in virtually all scenarios in this battle of the Ultras. The Galaxy has the better selfie camera, but the Mi’s rear display renders that a moot point. The S21 Ultra’s display is slightly more adaptive than the Mi 11 Ultra‘s and marginally brighter, but that’s hardly a decider. More important, perhaps, is that the Galaxy comfortably beats the Mi in the endurance race. Still, in India, all of that sounds like an easy win for the Xiaomi; in Europe – it’ll take slightly more careful consideration, though we’re still leaning towards the Xiaomi.
Realistically, none of the others can compete with the Mi 11 Ultra’s camera prowess, but the OnePlus 9 Pro could make a case for itself when you stand to pocket €200+. It’s more or less on par with the Mi in all areas, but the camera and since its setup isn’t half bad in its own right, it’s basically a matter of paying extra for the Mi’s imaging chops or not. Now, if they’re priced the same (as they are in India), the Mi easily takes the victory, we reckon.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro maxes out at 2x optical zoom, but has a microscope camera to try and steer you in its direction and it’s an interesting juxtaposition with the Mi between distant and close-up shooting. The Find is also polarizing for its looks, but you could be one that finds its fluid camera bump prettier than the Mi’s… less elegant solution. So this one gets settled on design and camera priorities.
The vivo X60 Pro+ is an interesting alternative going for Mi 11 Ultra money in India. This one too has a sizeable camera bump on its back, and while not quite as competent as the Mi, it will rarely leave you wanting. The leatherette back is a nice design touch next to the colder ceramic Mi, and the X60 Pro+ is the closest to being ‘compact’ here. The vivo is missing stereo speakers and an IP rating, however, and these come as standard on all the others on this list.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G • OnePlus 9 Pro • Oppo Find X3 Pro • vivo X60 Pro Plus
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the ultimate cameraphone, if the shapely camera assembly on the back wasn’t enough of a giveaway. It captures photos and video as good or even better than any competitor and can only get better at it if Xiaomi opens up the rear display’s full potential.
But it’s not just the camera. Perhaps the phone’s sheer heft could be the one dealbreaker, since the rest is hard to fault – a wonderful display, some of the finest speakers, good battery life and fast charging, and a posh ceramic build mean there’s hardly any compromise involved. At launch pricing, depending on where you are, the Mi 11 Ultra ranges between a proper bargain and a reasonable value for money. We’d recommend it either way.
Attractive curved-screen design, premium build with a ceramic back, and IP68 rating.
The 6.81″ OLED is thoroughly impressive – 1440p 120Hz, bright and color accurate.
Rear display has great potential.
Battery endurance is good for the class, blazing-fast charging.
Great stereo speakers.
MIUI 12 is one refined UI.
Industry-leading photo and video quality across the board.
It’s one of the heaviest handsets on the market, camera bump isn’t exactly handsome.
Under-utilized rear display – seemingly arbitrary restrictions limit its usefulness. Update, 19 July 2022: The rear display can be activated in all modes, including Video and Portrait, since the MIUI 13 update.
Has a tendency to overheat under stress testing (not so much in real-world use).
Available in China since last December, the Xiaomi 12 Series just got its launch outside of China. The global variant of the range-topping Xiaomi 12 Pro has been keeping us company for a while now and here it is in its full glory.
And Xiaomi does take its portfolio ranking seriously. While the Xiaomi 12 Pro does come with a competent trio of 50MP cameras (a new main one, an ultrawide, and a short tele), it stops short of offering the biggest and best in the imaging department – clearly not an Ultra this one.
It’s got the latest top-end Snapdragon at the helm, as is the norm, and it features an LTPO OLED display from Samsung that is all sorts of great. Charging should be class-leading thanks to the 120W support, which is a most welcome sight given the relatively modest battery capacity for the high-end hardware.
You can read some hand-picked numbers and features below. Don’t miss the infrared emitter that Xiaomi keeps fitting on its handsets in 2022, much to the delight of owners of legacy non-connected tech.
High-end Xiaomi Pros and Ultras get special treatment when it comes to packaging and are shipped in black boxes as opposed to the white livery of lesser models.
The inside of the thick cardboard box greets you with a sleeve that holds a clear silicone case – not the most premium protection option, but you can’t argue with a free case. It’s hard to complain about a bundled 120W adapter either, but we’re pros at complaining, so we can’t help but mention that it’s way too heavy and bulky to leave the house. There’s also a USB-A-to-C cable to go with it, and you’ll need both proprietary peripherals to get the fastest charging speeds.
The global model of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, which we have here, has a starting price of €1000 for an 8GB/256GB version, and that’s steep enough to put it in a tight spot.
A similarly specced Galaxy S22+ will set you back €1100 nominally, but buyback schemes or carrier subsidies can dramatically change that number. But even at MSRP, the Galaxy can defend the modest 10% premium, plus you could shave €50 off of its price if you go for the 128GB version (we wouldn’t, though).
The S22+ will get you an IP68 rating and significantly longer battery life, and these two alone are worth the extra spending, we reckon. Other small advantages like the slightly brighter display and barely longer tele camera contribute just a little, and OneUI may very well have gotten better than MIUI (plus it has the Android 12 novelties).
The Xiaomi 12 Pro has a couple of things going for it, like the blazing fast charging (let’s not get into Samsung’s fast charging attempts), which can potentially be a habit-changing feature. Ther also the infrared emitter, but that’s about as niche a differentiator as they come.
An iPhone 13 Pro can be had for €1150 for a base 128GB storage configuration, and that too serves you a similar trade-off – you pay a higher price for dust and water protection, longer battery life, and a slightly brighter display and more zoom reach. The iPhone has another advantage in that its ultrawide has autofocusing capability. The ecosystem divide stands, of course. There’s also a size argument here, and the Xiaomi‘s larger display area will be an advantage to some while other mays prefer the more compact 13 Pro. Matching the Xiaomi’s screen size in the Apple world, on the other hand, would make the price difference a cool 25% and that’s a bit too much.
The Oppo Find X5 is conveniently priced at the Xiaomi 12 Pro’s level. We have yet to review that one, so we’re going with a specs-based comparison, and there isn’t a clear winner. The Xiaomi appears to have the better display, and it does win with its next-gen chipset (overheating as it may be), but the Oppo has a way more interesting ultrawide camera (larger sensor, AF), and potential for superior battery life (without lagging that far behind in terms of charging).
Another option comes from Huawei, with its own pros and cons. The P50 Pro is the only one here to offer memory expansion, and it matches the Xiaomi in having an IR blaster; plus it does carry an IP68 rating. The Huawei also has the longest telephoto of this bunch, its periscope standing at 3.5x zoom, plus its ultrawide has AF too. And that’s in addition to the handset’s dedicated monochrome camera. Overall, perhaps this is the photography enthusiast’s better option. They will have to settle for a Google-less experience, however, even worse battery life than on the Xiaomi and last year’s chipset (no 5G either).
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus 5G • Apple iPhone 13 Pro • Oppo Find X5 • Huawei P50 Pro
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is not without its flaws. Perhaps most significant among those is the battery life, where key competitors have it beat. The lack of dust and water protection also raises eyebrows on a phone at this level. Top-tier chipsets tend to suffer under peak load, and so does the Snapdragon in the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but this one throttles especially aggressively. And for all its camera goodness, the missing autofocus on the ultrawide module and the relatively short reach of the tele limit its potential as a cameraphone.
Not everyone needs ultra-grade cameras, however, and the 12 Pro offers a respectable level of picture-taking capabilities, front and back, day and night. Small missteps in the video color science could perhaps be forgiven (also may be fixed over time). The 12 Pro has one of the best displays on this side of Galaxy flagship or an iPhone and, to help offset that less than praiseworthy battery longevity, it charges faster than almost any other phone on the market.
We understand that paying a little extra will get you more elsewhere, and we might argue that a more complete package at a price just a fraction higher would be the right way to go. However, paying as much as Xiaomi charges for this one comes with trade-offs that may or may not be justified depending on whom you ask. So while we wouldn’t straight up recommend the Xiaomi 12 Pro, we’d say it’s well worth considering – even more so if a discount of any sort comes its way at some point.
Thoroughly excellent display.
Class-leading charging speed.
Very competent camera system.
No formal IP rating.
Non-competitive battery life.
The chipset throttles fast and hard.
Ultrawide camera lacks autofocus, telephoto has just 2x zoom.
After the launch announcement earlier in the month, the Android 13-based LineageOS 20 is already adding extra support for a small pool of devices including the Poco X3 plus more Xiaomi handsets.
Arguably the biggest and most well-known third-party ROM, LineageOS 20 offers a different take on Android 13 for devices that might not ordinarily be able to run Google’s latest mobile operating system. One of the biggest changes is the addition of an overhauled default camera app called “Aperture.”
The full changelog includes the December 2022 security patch, which is just the tip of the iceberg. Given the similarities between Android 12 and Android 13, this isn’t a huge departure. That is part of the reason why LineageOS 20 was able to be released so quickly after the AOSP build of Android 13 was made available to developers.
Owners of the excellent Poco X3 alongside the Xiaomi Mi 6, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, and SHIFT SHIFT6mq can now flash LineageOS 20 and get a full taste of Android 13 right now (via XDA). As with any third-party ROM, this is not something we would suggest just anyone sideload. However, this could give your aging device a new lease on life without any added cost.
When flashing LineageOS 20 on your Poco X3 or other Xiaomi devices, it’s important to note that you will need to manually flash the Google apps (or GApps) package to get access to the Play Store and other Google services — as these files do not come with the ROM. If you’d like to get started, you can find direct links and downloadable files for each of the newly added devices below:
LineageOS 20 based upon Android 13 officially launches w/ new camera app, more
In the world of third-party Android ROMs, LineageOS is among the most popular. Months after Android 13 was officially released for Pixel phones, LineageOS 20 has arrived based upon the latest mobile OS.
Announced in a lengthy blog post by the Lineage team, LineageOS 20 has been in the works since October 2022 but is now ready for a sizable pool of devices. Because much of the hard work has already been done and the simple “bring-up requirements” for Android 13, this has been an easier process for the Lineage team.
This build includes a substantial overhaul to the default camera application bundled with LineageOS 20. Renamed “Aperture,” this has been written by developer SebaUbuntu, LuK1337, and luca020400 with a look and feel closer to the Google Camera app found on Pixel phones. It utilizes the CameraX API, with even more precise options for the camera on your device including video frame rate control, full EIS and OIS settings, plus an image orientation level that works like the Gcam spirit level functionality.
The new camera app is just the tip of the iceberg as this ROM includes a ton more changes that you can check out via the changelog below. It’s also worth noting that all security patches from April 2022 right through to December 2022 have also been merged to LineageOS 17.1 through to LineageOS 20.
LineageOS 20 full changelog
Security patches from April 2022 to December 2022 have been merged to LineageOS 17.1 through 20.
ohmagoditfinallyhappened – LineageOS now has an awesome new camera app called Aperture! It is based on Google’s (mostly) awesome CameraX library and provides a much closer “to stock” camera app experience on many devices. Massive kudos to developers SebaUbuntu, LuK1337, and luca020400 who developed this initially, designer Vazguard, and to the entire team for working to integrate it into LineageOS and adapt it to our massive array of supported devices!
WebView has been updated to Chromium 108.0.5359.79.
We have introduced a completely redone volume panel in Android 13 and have further developed our side pop-out expanding panel.
We now support GKI and Linux 5.10 builds with full out-of-tree module support to match new AOSP conventions.
Our fork of the AOSP Gallery app has seen many fixes and improvements.
Our Updater app has seen many bug fixes and improvements, as well as now has a fancy new Android TV layout!
Our web browser, Jelly has seen several bug fixes and improvements!
We have contributed even more changes and improvements back upstream to the FOSS Etar calendar app we integrated some time back!
We have contributed even more changes and improvements back upstream to the Seedvault backup app.
Our Recorder app has been adapted to account for Android’s built-in features, while still providing the features you expect from LineageOS.
The app was rearchitected heavily.
Material You support has been added.
The high quality recorder (WAV format) now supports stereo and there has been several threading fixes.
Android TV builds now ship with an ad-free Android TV launcher, unlike Google’s ad-enabled launcher – we also support Google TV-style builds and are evaluating moving to it on supported devices in the future.
Multiple Google TV features, such as the much more appealing looking Two-Panel Settings application have been ported to LineageOS Android TV builds.
Our adb_root service is no longer tied to the build type property, which allows greater compatibility with many third-party root systems.
Our merge scripts have been largely overhauled, greatly simplifying the Android Security Bulletin merge process, as well as making supporting devices like Pixel devices that have full source releases much more streamlined.
LLVM has been fully embraced, with builds now defaulting to using LLVM bin-utils and optionally, the LLVM integrated assembler. For those of you with older kernels, worry not, you can always opt out.
A global Quick Settings light mode has been developed so that this UI element matches the device’s theme.
Our Setup Wizard has seen adaptation for Android 13, with new styling, and more seamless transitions/user experience.
At present, the build roster does not yet include Tensor-powered Pixel devices. However, the Pixel 4a through to the Pixel 5a are able to flash LineageOS 20 and get an even more flexible build of Android 13 running. Over 30 devices can now be updated with the full list found below:
After officially launching almost two months ago the Android 12-based LineageOS 19 is expanding to more handsets once again. This time those with the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro alongside the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro and budget Mi A1 can now flash LineageOS 19 on their devices (h/t XDA). For those with the latter Xiaomi handsets, this is the most recent software build that you can access and might provide a more consistent update path moving forward.
While Android 12 is already available for the OnePlus 9 series and Poco X3 Pro, the Mi A1 shipped with Android One and has only been officially updated as far as Android 9 Pie. As mentioned, this might be a way to extend the lifespan of your devices given that support for older handsets from the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus can be sporadic or limited at best.
It’s also important to note that LineageOS 19 is actually based upon Android 12.1/12L, a build that is not yet officially available for the OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and Poco X3 Pro. That means that if you truly want the latest and greatest version of Android on your smartphone, LineageOS 19 might provide you with that option.
Should you want to flash LineageOS 19 on your device, you can find build/device links with specific device installation instructions:
Google apps do not come pre-installed with LineageOS builds. You will, therefore, need to flash a GApps package to retain access to the Play Store and important Google apps and services. Luckily, there is a solid guide from the team behind the ROM that you can refer to here.