Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics giant, has finally confirmed the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, which is all set to be unveiled in China on April 18, alongside a global launch event. The company has made several announcements related to the phone, including details about its rear camera module, specs, and design. As expected, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra will feature a Leica-tuned quad rear camera and is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.
The Launch Event
The launch event of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is scheduled to be held in China at 7:00 pm local time (4.30 pm IST), titled “A shot above”, as per a teaser poster shared by the company on Weibo. The teaser poster also confirmed the presence of a Leica-branded quad rear camera on the phone.
Camera Specs and Advancements
Xiaomi has shared camera samples of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. It is said to be the “second chapter” of Xiaomi’s imaging strategy upgrade, according to Lei Jun, the CEO and founder of the company. The camera advancements of the image sensors on the new phone have been highlighted in the samples.
Screen and Technical Specifications
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is expected to feature a 6.7-inch WQHD+ AMOLED LTPO display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It is touted to come in 12GB and 16GB of RAM options and 256GB and 512GB storage options. The quad rear camera setup of the phone is said to include a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and two 50-megapixel telephoto sensors. It could carry a 32-megapixel selfie sensor as well. The phone may be powered by a 4,900mAh battery with 90W fast charging support.
Expected Position in the Market
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is expected to sit above the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro in the company’s product range. This move will likely bring the price tag of the phone closer to that of other high-end flagship phones on the market. It may feature a starting price of around $1,000, as per rumors circulating within the tech community.
Current Xiaomi 13 Series
The Xiaomi 13 series currently includes the vanilla Xiaomi 13, Xiaomi 13 Pro, and Xiaomi 13 Lite. The Xiaomi 13 Pro is available in India for Rs. 79,999 for the sole 12GB RAM and 256GB storage model.
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is expected to be a significant upgrade over its predecessors, with top-of-the-line features such as a quad-camera module and high-speed charging support. It is interesting to see how the new phone will fare in its competitive market amid the various high-end flagship phones from other manufacturers. The global launch event of the phone is also one to watch out for. Xiaomi’s plans to target the premium smartphone market with its new handset will be clearer after the event.