Xiaomi 13 Ultra Smartphone Quick Review

Robin Low
6 min readNov 27, 2023

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is Xiaomi’s Flagship phone. Equipped with the SnapDragon 8Gen 2 Chip, this is the latest and fastest chip on the market so far.

I have this phone for a few weeks now, and I’ve used it in the hot sun in Singapore and now, in the below freezing temperature in Boston. Here are my thoughts so far.

Specs and Form Factor.

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra comes with 6.73-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Specs also include 5000mAh battery with 90W charging speed and Quad camera setup on the back.

I would say that this is a decent size today. Not as big as the fold phones, but not too small either. After using the phone for a few weeks, I’d say this phone is on the heavy side.

In terms of speed and screen, there is no lag on the phone as expected of a phone with 512GB storage, 12 GB ram and the fastest processor now.

Looking at the phone price and specs, I would say this phone is probably not for people who just want a fast phone. There are so many other phones in the same price range or cheaper. The specs is comparable with the Samsung S23 Ultra and the S23 has a pen.

So I would not bother about telling you about the Xiaomi UI or other performance and go straight to one thing that makes this phone stand out — the Leica Lens with 1 inch sensor.

Yes, in 2023, several phone companies have put 1 inch sensors on their flagship phones. I’ve tested a few, but the Xiaomi 13 Ultra seems to be consistently good.

While traveling, shooting indoors, this camera is surprisingly pleasant and fast to use. The image quality is good and with the 1 inch sensor and a f1.9 Leica lens, you get pleasant bokeh and a mode which makes the color very natural.

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Robin Low

Author, Traveler, Innovator. Focuses on Social Impact and Innovation.