Xiaomi's latest Redmi Note 13 lineup packs an impressive punch for the price, with special attention to the camera and some interesting AI features. And they could be an affordable alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S24 lineup.
Redmi Note 13 Pro and Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus are two of the five powerful new Redmi Note 13 series premium models released in January.
I tried both the Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G and the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus and didn't know what to expect from a well-known brand with a more affordable price than the flagship model . However, I was pleasantly surprised.
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I was initially surprised by how lightweight both of the new Redmi Note smartphones are. This is because both models feature plastic frames, with the Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G using a plastic back and weighing just 187g, while the Pro Plus weighs a more standard 204g. is. As a result, I was worried that it would break easily if I dropped it while actually using it, but it seems to be relatively sturdy, and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
Dust and water protection varies by model, with the Pro supporting an IP53 rating and the Pro Plus receiving higher protection at IP68. Basically, it can withstand rain.
Both are sleek, smooth-looking devices that didn't feel uncomfortable or hard to hold, but the Pro Plus stands out a little more in the pack due to its slightly curved shape, while all other models have a flat-edge design. We are proud of
The top of the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus has a speaker, microphone, and IR blaster, while the bottom has another speaker, microphone, and SIM tray. Meanwhile, the power and volume buttons are on the right side. It's all very common. We were surprised to see that the Redmi Note 13 Pro has a 3.5mm audio jack since most phones are phasing out the 3.5mm audio jack for Bluetooth connectivity, but it does help extend battery life when listening to music. Another option is provided.
The displays on both the Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G and Pro Plus are glossy, bright 6.67-inch, 120Hz AMOLED screens with small bezels, and although we weren't able to test them with streaming or gaming, they still look colorful and sharp. I did.
One aspect that I found annoying was that the Pro is particularly prone to fingerprints and smudges, but this shouldn't be an issue for most people.
The next thing that caught my eye on both models was the large camera model on the back.
The Redmi Note 13 series focuses on photography, and the Pro and Pro Plus uphold this with their respective triple-camera systems with a 200-megapixel main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 16MP front camera. best represents. A camera equipped with optical image stabilization.
This larger camera module is much more noticeable than the previous Redmi Note 12 Pro, with both models replacing the 50-megapixel camera with an upgraded 200-megapixel main camera.
When the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus pushed its zoom all the way to its 4x focal range, I was impressed by how much detail it was able to retain, with optical image stabilization coming in handy, especially in dimly lit environments.
The inclusion of a 2MP macro camera seems a bit pointless, but the macro camera adds a lot of value to the overall smartphone camera experience. The best phones available these days often use ultra-wide-angle cameras for macro photography.
Shots taken in 200 megapixel mode can be generated with different crops for several different aspect ratios using Xiaomi ProCut 2.0. Useful for shooting social media content. The color reproduction was a bit dull, but not completely washed out, giving it a more natural and life-like feel.
Naturally, AI effects are also an important feature. For example, beautification options that allow you to edit certain features of your selfie, such as the shape of your face or the size of your eyes. It seemed unsettling to me when I tried it, but with a little practice I got satisfying but subtle results.
We also saw a demonstration of the AI Sky Replace tool. This tool helped replace the gray, washed-out, bland sky with a great-looking sky that was impressive and dramatic, but it made the couple look a little forced. You can also erase unwanted people from shots, similar to the Magic Eraser feature on recent Google Pixel models. I've had mixed results, sometimes working right away and sometimes not working at all.
Low-light performance is better than expected, thanks to the larger-than-normal 1/1.4-inch sensor, which can gather more light in a single shot, which is great in the dimly lit spaces I've used the phone in. It was obvious. I also liked the retro atmosphere. I had fun exploring the filters in video mode, but I didn't get to try them all.
The Redmi Note 13 Pro and Note 13 Pro Plus are unlikely to challenge the Galaxy S24 series in pure smartphone photography, but there are some interesting possibilities here, especially given the price (more on that later) .
In terms of camera layout, Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus and Redmi Note 13 Pro feature an attractive three-camera square design. However, while the Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G had a slight protrusion that prevented me from laying the phone flat, the Pro Plus seems to have a slightly better camera system integration.
Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G uses Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 while Pro Plus uses MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Ultra chipset.
The performance of both 4-nanometer chips lags behind the latest Snapdragon Gen 3 and Gen 2 chips, so the Galaxy S24 won't bother you in terms of benchmarks. However, both chips are still slices of high-performance silicon, so this may not be an issue for everyday use.
In my limited time with both units, I didn't see much of a difference between the two in terms of performance, but the Dimensity chip should be better for gaming and performance. While playing around with the camera and his AI features, I noticed occasional stuttering on both models, especially on the Pro with his Snapdragon, but it wasn't too bad. This may also be due to software optimization.
Both devices received the latest MIUI version 14.0.2, which is based on Android 13 instead of Android 14, which is currently being rolled out on modern devices.
I don't know if it's because it's a demo model, but there were quite a few pre-installed apps that I had to delete, such as TikTok, Spotify, and AliExpress.
Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus come in two versions, both with 8GB RAM, 256GB, and 12GB RAM and 512GB storage models.
We weren't sure about the battery life as we had limited time to use the device, but the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus uses a 5,000mAh battery and uses a fast 120W HyperCharge to charge the phone in 19 minutes. It claims to be fully rechargeable.
The Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G, on the other hand, features a slightly larger 5,100mAh battery with 67W turbo charging. While this isn't as fast as the Plus model, it's still very quick and can fully charge your phone in 44 minutes, and both include a charger inside. box.
So both phones have more capacity and charging speeds than the Galaxy S24 and probably some other best Android smartphones when it comes to battery durability.
We haven't seen the full range yet, but what we've seen so far on the Redmi Note 13 Pro and Pro Plus has been impressive. Considering the potential quality of the Redmi Note 13 series, the price seems very reasonable. Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus starts from £449 / $400 / AU$605 for the 12GB RAM and 512GB storage version.
The Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G starts at a much cheaper £339 / $304 / AU$460 for the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version. Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G and Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G are available now from select retailers. However, we recommend waiting for a full review before purchasing right away.
But predictions so far suggest we could see a number of phones that offer specs and features without rivaling the prices of some of the latest flagship phones. It's all promising stuff.