The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are making their global debut today, starting with a launch event at Mobile World Congress. The 13 series phones were announced in China late last year, each with Leica co-branded cameras and top-shelf Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsets. Based on previous releases, they won’t be coming to the US, but will be available in the UK, Europe, and other parts of Asia.
Given that we’ve known the phones’ specs since December, there’s nothing surprising there, but here’s the recap: they’re both upper midrange phones, but the 13 Pro stands out with a 1-inch-type sensor borrowed from the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and 120W wired fast charging.
Both are equipped with 120Hz fast-refresh OLEDs — the 13 has a smaller 1080p 6.3-inch display and the 13 Pro has a 6.7-inch 1440p LTPO screen. Each device carries an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and supports 50W wireless charging. Did I mention they’re not coming to the US? That’s a big friggin’ bummer, because it all sounds like a very compelling package.
Anyway, if you happen to live in a country where the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro will be sold, leave us a comment and let us know if you’re planning on picking one up. While the Xiaomi 13 Pro costs €1,299, the Xiaomi 13 is priced at €999. That’s much higher than I was hoping: the 13 Pro starts at ¥4999 (about €679) in China, while the Xiaomi 13 starts at ¥3,999 (about €543). They’ll be on sale March 8th through Xiaomi’s official retail channels.
Update February 27th, 2:00PM ET: This piece, which was written before European pricing was announced, originally referred to the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro as “premium midrangers,” based on converting their prices in China to Euros. The European pricing was added just before publication. The article text has been updated to account for the pricing information.
Update February 26th, 1:55PM ET: Added on-sale availability information and a link to Xiaomi’s official press release.