Xiaomi 13 Pro vs Xiaomi 12 Pro: What’s changed in the latest Xiaomi flagship?

Xiaomi just announced its newest flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 13 Pro, and we take a look at how the phone compares with the outgoing Xiaomi 12 Pro smartphone.

Every December, Xiaomi releases its newest flagship model like clockwork. This time, the company unveiled the Xiaomi 13 series, and in this article, we’ll be examining the Xiaomi 13 Pro in greater detail.

Comparing the Xiaomi 13 Pro with the outgoing Xiaomi 12 Pro, it’s evident Xiaomi has made some important improvements. In this comparison, we look at how the two phones differ from one another in terms of price, design, and specifications.

Xiaomi 13 Pro vs Xiaomi 12 Pro: Price

Xiaomi has released the Xiaomi 13 Pro in a variety of SKUs, with the 8GB+128GB option starting at CNY 4999 (about Rs 59,200). The prices for the 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB, and 12GB+512GB models are CNY 5399 (about Rs 64,000), CNY 5799 (roughly Rs 68,700), and CNY 6299 (roughly Rs 74,600), respectively.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi 12 Pro (Review) has been domestically released in India and is available in two SKUs. For the 8GB + 256GB version of the phone, the price is Rs 62,999, while for the 12GB + 256GB model, it is Rs 66,999.

Xiaomi 13 Pro vs Xiaomi 12 Pro: design, display, hardware, and camera

Design

The company has made a small adjustment to the phone’s overall design language with the Xiaomi 13 Pro. The three sensors are neatly arranged in a squared-off camera configuration on the rear, which is the most obvious difference. With a curved front panel and 3D glass on the back, the phone still features a glass sandwich design. To give the 13 Pro a more posh vibe, Xiaomi has also released a vegan leather back cover for it.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro, in contrast, has a more rectangular rear camera module that also sticks out quite a bit because of the size of the lens. Apart from that, the phone’s back is unblemished and bears the Xiaomi logo at the bottom.

Xiaomi 13 Pro

Both smartphones have the same form and arrangement of buttons. The right edge is occupied by the power and volume controls, whereas the left edge is uncluttered. The device’s SIM card slot, USB Type-C port, and speaker grill are at the bottom, while the secondary microphone and an IR blaster are on the top. The Xiaomi 12 Pro does not have an IP68 rating, which the 13 Pro now does.

Display

On the 13 Pro, Xiaomi has maintained the same display size as the previous design. The laptop has a 6.73-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Quad HD+ resolution. The generation of the screen has changed; the company now uses an E6 AMOLED panel developed by Samsung, which achieves a class-leading 1900nits of brightness. In addition, the panel has been improved for smarter refresh rate switching by the company. Additionally certified for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ with Widevine L1 support, the device enables FHD and HDR streaming on the top OTT services.

In contrast, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a 6.73-inch AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Given that it is an E5 panel, its maximum brightness is 1600 nits. The figure is still fairly acceptable, and Xiaomi has added support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+, just like the 13 Pro, allowing FHD and HDR streaming on the top OTT platforms.

Processor, RAM, and storage

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which is a progressive step, powers the Xiaomi 13 Pro. It is Qualcomm’s newest and best offering, and it has the new ARM X3 performance core, which considerably boosts the performance of this new SoC. The device comes in a variety of SKUs; the base model has 8GB LPDDR5X RAM and 128GB of UFS3.1 storage, while the higher storage options have the most recent and faster UFS4.0 memory option.

However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with the obsolete X2 performance core powers the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The phone is available in several different SKUs, from the entry-level model, which has 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of internal storage, to the top model, which has 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage.  Every model has internal storage that meets the UFS3.1 specification.

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Both phones are powered by the most recent version of Android (version 13), which is then covered up with Xiaomi’s exclusive MIUI interface. In addition to the regular capabilities that come with vanilla Android, Xiaomi’s MIUI is a feature-rich skin that adds some cool new ones to the table.

Camera

Xiaomi has invested heavily in the field of optics. On the back of the Xiaomi 13 Pro, there are three cameras: a 50MP Sony IMX989 1″ primary sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 50MP 3x telephoto sensor. The smartphone’s front camera, which is 32MP, meets all requirements for taking selfies and video calls. The 13 Pro is the second handset to be released as part of the company’s cooperation with Leica. The Leica camera magic will make its international premiere on this device in the coming weeks.

In comparison, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a triple camera arrangement on the back that includes a custom 50MP Sony IMX707 sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide angle camera, and a 50MP 2x telephoto sensor. The smartphone has a 32MP front camera, which fulfills all requirements for selfies and video calls.

Battery

The battery is one area where Xiaomi has made significant improvements. For instance, the 4,820mAh battery of the Xiaomi 13 Pro supports 120W fast charging. On the other hand, the Xiaomi 12 Pro features a smaller 4,600mAh battery and supports 120W fast charging. Both phones are capable of 10W reverse wireless charging and 50W fast wireless charging.