Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, is already working on its next-generation digital flagship series, Xiaomi 13 series. This flagship series will be the company’s 2023 flagship but as it has been in recent years, the first smartphone in the series will probably launch in December this year. There have been a few reports regarding the Xiaomi 13 series. According to speculations, the codename of the Xiaomi 13 series is m2 and it is progressing rapidly. Furthermore, there are reports that this device will come with Qualcomm’s second-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship processor. The prototype is also made of ceramic material, and the texture and workmanship have been greatly improved.
Judging from the revelations so far, the Xiaomi 13 series has two major characteristics. These features are
- It uses a ceramic material
- It comes with Qualcomm’s second-generation flagship processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC
As we all know, ceramic materials have been used on many flagships of Xiaomi. While the ceramic material is common with the MIX series, in recent times, digital series like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra also use digital series. However, Xiaomi uses a higher-end ceramic texture process for this flagship. It goes through 24 complex processes from powder to finished product, which is as warm as jade.
In addition, the Xiaomi 13 series will be the first flagship to come with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. According to reports, the second-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also uses the TSMC manufacturing process but may still use a 4nm process. Its energy efficiency ratio is better than that of the previous generation chip. Also, its performance is better than that of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
Xiaomi 13 series exposure to use at least two standard 2K large screens
Although Qualcomm just released the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip that uses TSMC’s 4nm process, multiple sources show that the release of the next-generation chip, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will be ahead of schedule. Furthermore, there are reports that this chip will likely debut in November this year. This chip will continue to use TSMC’s 4nm process as well as the “1+3+4” three-cluster architecture design. The super-large CPU core may be the ARM Cortex X series, and the overall performance is stronger than the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
In addition to speculations that the Xiaomi 13 will debut the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, there is also information on the display of this flagship. According to rumors out of China, this flagship series will come with at least two 2K resolution large screens. From this rumor point of view, the small size model in the Xiaomi 12 series may be cancelled. In recent times, many brands are now shying away from small display smartphones. Recall that the iPhone 14 series also cancels the small screen model.
In addition, in the camera department, the Xiaomi 13 will come with a super-large bottom main camera of about 50MP. Also, the company is currently testing high-spec telephoto sub-cameras. However, it is important to note that these are unlikely to be periscope lenses.
Like we all know, Xiaomi already has an agreement with Leica. In addition to the super-large high-end imaging flagships, the Mi 12s series will also use the Leica-tuned imaging system. Of course, the Mi 13 series will also use the Leica system.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip – set to debut
With the release of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the first wave of models including Xiaomi and Moto have been scheduled to arrive in July. This means that these brands will adopt the new chip faster than in previous years. To some extent, this marks the end of the Samsung 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. After investigation, xiaomiui dug up the information of four suspected Xiaomi 13 models from the IMEI database.
Specifically, the model number of the Xiaomi 13 Chinese version is 221113C. As for the Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chinese) model, its number is 2210132C. For the global models, the standard version is 2211133G while the Pro model number is 2210132G. Taking a close look at the model numbers, there are reports that the Xiaomi 13 series will hit the road in November this year. However, this is most unlikely as December remains the most plausible launch date.
As for the configuration, there is basically no suspense to upgrade the processor to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In addition, the 200MP CMOS camera remains a huge doubt but the 2K screen is in the pipe-line. The frames are narrower while its fast charging may boost to 150W fast charging. The official system should be MIUI 13.5 or MIUI 14.
Xiaomi 13 to arrive this year
Last month, we had the 618 pre-sale events which brought several offers and discounts even for flagships. The Xiaomi 12 series all had a 500 yuan ($75) discount and its starting price plunged to 3199 yuan ($482). As the flagship of the first echelon of the Snapdragon 8, the Xiaomi 12 series is excellent in performance, photography, and screen. The Pro version is also equipped with a 2K LTPO screen.
However, judging from the latest news, Xiaomi 12 may soon be “obsolete”, because Xiaomi 13 with a newer generation of chips is already on the way. According to popular Weibo tech blogger @DCS “The next generation currently has three flagship models under testing. This time I saw a 2K large-screen version with two file suffixes of SM8550. The upper and lower borders are very narrow while the punch-hole is in the center. It feels better than the previous generation and it is slightly tougher. The panel looks good with a good screen-to-body ratio~”
The models in this news are considered to be the Xiaomi 13 series, which will still maintain three models. The difference is that this time, both models support 2K high-resolution screens. However, the standard version will use a clear and more detailed screen relative to the previous generation.
As we said earlier, the Xiaomi 13 series will probably officially launch in December this year. The company will probably release only the standard version in December. The Pro version should arrive in March 2023 while the Ultra model will arrive at a much later date. We are already in June and we are yet to see the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. This is much later than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra which arrived in March 2021.