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Xiaomi 13 Ultra is the smartphone that challenges mirrorless and DSLR cameras

The launch of a new high-end smartphone is always a particularly exciting occasion for a self-proclaimed veteran of mobile technology. Especially when this product combines one of the brands I hold in the highest esteem, Leica. Such is the case of the new smartphone xiaomi 13 ultraan ambassador of mobile photography who now dares to detail and “weigh” these lines.

Fruit of the ambition of the Chinese manufacturer led by Lei Jun to establish itself as a paradigm of photography, the new 13 Ultra wants to reduce the barrier between a smartphone and a (compact) camera.

It does so with different image sensors and respective optics to put an authentic (Chinese) knife in our pocket ready to capture any important moment.

From the union between Xiaomi and Leica the new Xiaomi 13 Ultra is born

For starters, we have something positive to say. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra will also be sold in Portugal, unlike its predecessor Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which remained in the national market.

EITHER price in portugal? It is currently unknown.

However, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra will be on sale from April 21 in China. There its value will start from the equivalent of 796 euros (12 GB/256 GB), 862 euros (16 GB/512 GB) and 986 euros (16 GB/1 TB).

These values ​​will be practiced in China, so in Europe and especially in Portugal I would not be surprised if 1,000 euros were added to the aforementioned values ​​in each version.

Can Xiaomi dare with those prices? Undoubtedly yes.

All attention focused on photography and the Leica legacy

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Few brands evoke as much respect and authentic reverence as Germany’s Leica. Now, borrowing something from your Know how Like Xiaomi, we have in this mobile a central, round rear module, which groups a multitude of cameras.

At issue are Vario-Summicron 1:1.8-3.0/12-120 ASPH Lens optics with a total of four image sensors. Keep in mind that they all share the same 50 MP resolution; however, the exact models of Sony’s image sensors vary.

Thus we have the main one-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, equipped with a stabilized lens (OIS) equivalent to 23mm (wide angle), with a double aperture of f/1.9 and f/4.0 depending on the type of photography you want. capture.

Images captured by the main sensor add the information of 4 adjacent pixels into one. The result? 12.5 MP images, with each pixel 1.6 µm. In short, we have a great variety of functions.

Four 50 MP sensors equip the rear of the Xiaomi 13 Ultra

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The remaining three cameras, also with 50 MP resolution, use the new Sony IMX858 sensor, somewhat smaller (1/2.51 inches). It should be noted that the cameras also feature optical image stabilization (OIS).

These cameras have lenses with a focal length equivalent to 75mm (telephoto) with a focal aperture of f/1.8, 120mm (telephoto) with f/3.0, and 12mm (ultra-wide) with f/1.8.

Finally, on the front we find a 32 MP camera with a focal aperture of f/2.0 for selfies and video calls. How captivating will the results be? This is indeed the question we want to answer as soon as possible.

It should also be noted that the smartphone is capable of capturing images in UltraRAW mode with 50 MP. In practice, creating files in 14-bit DNG format.

The best of all? Thanks to the collaboration with Adobe we have a specific profile to enhance images, for example in Adobe Lightroom. In short, we have a range of options for truly captivating photography.

Snapdagon 8 Gen 2 is the SoC of choice for the flagship from Xiaomi

xiaomi 13 ultra

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM. Storage goes up to 1 TB (UFS 4.0), the best standards on the market, in addition to Xiaomi’s Loop LiquidCool cooling system.

We also have a 5,000 mAh capacity battery, with fast charging at 90 W, or wireless up to 50 W. We can handle the 6.73-inch screen, AMOLED technology with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels and variable refresh rate up to 120 Hz . .

Its sampling rate is 240 Hz, for snappy touch registration, with an advertised maximum brightness of 2600 nits at peak. It is an absolute top of the range built in metal, glass and imitation leather, with a very elegant aesthetic.

Is this the best smartphone for street photography? It is most likely a potential gem that we want to test at 4gnews.

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