Xiaomi 13 Pro Has the Fastest Battery Charger I've Ever Used

The Xiaomi 13 Pro has a 120-watt charger in the box.

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The Xiaomi 13 Pro has a WQHD Plus display.

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Xiaomi has just launched the new Xiaomi 13 flagship lineup that's poised to compete with Samsung's Galaxy S23 series. The highest-end phone of the two-member series is the Xiaomi 13 Pro. It boasts headline features such as a sizeable 1-inch camera sensor and 120-watt fast charger, which genuinely stunned me by fully replenishing my dead battery within 20 minutes.

Apart from the headline features, there's a 6.73-inch OLED display with a fast refresh rate, an ultracrisp screen, a solid camera module complete with a telephoto lens and a cutting-edge processor in the form of the Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 2 chipset. There's also a large battery backed up by fast charging options, including wireless, reverse and that clutch 120-watt wired charger.

I spent a day testing the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which delivers a solid Android experience packed in a sleek device with premium build quality. I've always been a fan of fast charging for practical reasons, and once again Xiaomi has delivered the goods with the 13 Pro. The display also stood out to me for its responsiveness and sheer clarity, and sharpness when I was reading. I'm nearsighted and viewing the screen felt easier on my often-strained eyes.

This isn't a revolutionary upgrade from the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but more of a fine-tuning. And Xiaomi seems to have ticked all the key boxes. This year Xiaomi flagships finally secured an official IP rating, for example. The Xiaomi 13 Pro has an IP 68 rating, which means it's essentially dust- and waterproof. This puts it on par with Samsung's Galaxy S23 Plus. 

The Xiaomi 13 Pro is slated for a global release. However, there's no current plan for a US rollout. At the time of this writing, there was no pricing information available.

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There are a trio of 50-megapixel cameras on the Xiaomi 13 Pro.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro has a trio of 50-megapixel cameras

The Xiaomi 13 Pro has three 50-megapixel cameras on its rear, co-developed with Leica. This is the first time Xiaomi has partnered with Leica for an international flagship. The device also comes with two photographic styles called Leica Authentic and Leica Vibrant, though I gravitated towards the former since I wanted to see images in their rawest form.

 The primary camera uses the same 1-inch-type Sony IMX989 sensor found in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which means it's among the largest image sensors found on any phone. It's also the same sensor found in Sony's $1,200 point-and-shoot camera, the RX100 VII, and it means the Xiaomi 12S Ultra houses the largest image sensor on any phone. 

However, a word of caution: The phone's history-making camera hardware doesn't guarantee best-in-class photos. As with any other phone, the Xiaomi 13 Pro's software will play a crucial role in determining the image quality of the final photo, though Xiaomi has a solid track record. 

I was impressed with the crisp, detail-rich photos this camera took, especially in environments with ample light. The main sensor is accompanied by a 50-megapixel telephoto camera complete with an upgraded 3.2x optical zoom and a 50-megapixel ultra-wide with support for macro photography. Take a look at the images taken in all sorts of lighting environments below.

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The camera does a wonderful job of capturing contrasts and the vibrant color of this decorative piece. 

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Notice the sharp contrasts in this image. 

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This image looks great overall, but wasn't the most true to life in terms of the shade of yellow of the tofu scramble. It's a much darker and more saturated yellow than in real life. Compare it with the iPhone 3 Pro Max image below.

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tofu scramble on plate

The iPhone 13 Pro Max does a better job than the Xiaomi 13 Pro of capturing a true-to-life image. Notice the difference in the shade of yellow from the image above.

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Taken outdoors on a foggy day.

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Zoomed in 70x. 

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Close-up of a flower. Once again, the camera does a wonderful job of capturing a vibrant shot in an environment with ample lighting.

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Notice the sharp contrasts in this image.

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The Xiaomi 13 Pro is set to receive a global release.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro leads the charge 

It's clear from the specs sheet Xiaomi focused on giving customers options when it comes to charging. There's a 120-watt charger in the box, which blew me away, even though Xiaomi has always been one of the industry leaders with its fast-charging technology. The charger lived up to the promises and charged the 4,820-mAh battery within just 20 minutes. 

In addition to this spectacularly fast-charging brick, the 13 Pro offers 50-watt wireless charging support and 10 watts of reverse wireless charging. Xiaomi says not to worry about battery longevity, indicating that its Xiaomi Surge battery management and charging chipsets will offer protection in that area. The company didn't provide details on how that technology works, however.

Xiaomi 13 Pro's display and design

The Xiaomi 13 Pro has 3,200×1,440 resolution across a 6.73-inch screen, making for an impressive 522-ppi pixel density. It sounds good on paper, but I was genuinely impressed by how clearly the text and images were displayed. I often find my eyes strained due to using screens and reading a lot, but I somehow found it easier to read text on this display thanks to that flagship-worthy resolution, which put less strain on my eyes. The display also has a 120Hz refresh rate, making for smooth and seamless navigation between apps and when I scrolled my social media feeds.

For more details on the Xiaomi 13 Pro, take a look at the specs chart below. We've also compared its specs with perhaps its biggest Android rival, the Galaxy S23 Plus.

Xiaomi 13 Pro vs. Galaxy S23 Plus

Xiaomi 13 ProGalaxy S23 Plus
Display size, resolution 6.73-inch AMOLED; 3,200x1,440 pixels; 120Hz6.6-inch AMOLED; 2,340x1,080 pixels; 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate; 1,750 nits
Pixel density 552 ppi393 ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 162.9 x 74.6 x 8.38 mm76.2 x 157.7 x 7.6 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 229g (8.07oz)196g (6.91oz)
Mobile software Android 13Android 13
Camera 50-megapixel (telephoto), 50-megapixel (ultra-wide)50-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel12-megapixel
Video capture 8K8K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Galaxy-optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
RAM/Storage 12GB + 256GB; 12GB + 512GB8GB + 256GB; 8GB + 512GB
Expandable storage NoneNone
Battery/Charger 4,820 mAh (120W bundled, 50W wireless charging)4,700 mAh (45W wired charging)
Fingerprint sensor SideIn-display
Connector USB-CUSB-C
Headphone jack NoNo
Special features IP68, 120W bundled charger, 1-inch camera sensor5G (mmw/Sub6), IP68 rating, faster wired charging, wireless PowerShare to charge other devices, UWB for finding other devices
Price TBC$1,000 (8GB/256GB)
Price (GBP) TBC£1,049 (8GB/256GB)
Price (AUD) TBCAU$1,649 (8GB/256GB)