Mi 13 Pro first experience: one-inch outsole, ceramic body, and the first MIUI 14

The product line subdivision of the Xiaomi digital series should start from the Mi 11 generation.

▲ Mi 11

The three-cup strategy of large, medium and small, which complies with the market trend, differentiates into three positionings of Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra.

It is probably the same generation, and Xiaomi also shouted the slogan of comprehensively attacking high-end products.

However, for ordinary consumers, Mi 11 launched the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which uses 100 million pixels and a high-quality screen. The memory of Mi 11 Ultra is simpler, just "Android Light".

But for Mi 11 Pro, this medium-sized product that is used by other brands to take volume, the presence is quite low, perhaps because it was released together with Ultra, or it may be that it is not very different from Mi 11.

In the generation of Mi 12, in order to avoid this situation, Xiaomi introduced the concept of "small screen mobile phone" and directly differentiated from the size. Mi 12 and Mi 12 Pro have also become two products with different orientations.

Counting the follow-up Mi 12S Ultra, the product line of the entire Mi 12 series has become much clearer, and there are more memory points.

▲ Mi 13 series

The Mi 13 series just released has made an adjustment to Mi 13 and Mi 13 Pro, not only the screen size, but also the integration of different product forms.

As Lei Jun himself said, this generation has no distinction between big and small cups, and adopts a strategy of going hand in hand.

Mi 13 has been evolved into a direct-screen flagship (it can also be said to be performance). In the past three years, the digital basic model has been adjusted to find its own market positioning.

▲ Mi 13 Pro

The Pro series has always maintained the original positioning of the Xiaomi digital series. It is a benchmark for flagships in the annual wave of new Android phones, and it is also the flagship of Xiaomi's stacking bucket.

When it comes to Xiaomi 13 Pro, it is still three years later, Xiaomi's latest answer to hit the high end.

Xiaomi also has a family design

Unlike Mi 13, which has a straight screen and an almost new design language, the overall style of Mi 13 Pro is almost inherited from Mi 11.

Regardless of the similarities and differences of the camera module, the curved screen, the curved back cover and the metal middle frame are in sync with the four-curved three-dimensional design maintained by the previous two generations.

However, the details of Mi 13 Pro use more curves to increase the roundness, and the overall feel can hardly feel the "right-angled edge" element, which is completely opposite to Mi 13.

Many colleagues in the Ai Faner content department saw Mi 13 Pro for the first time, and almost shouted MIX 4 in unison.

Such consistency, in fact, mainly comes from two aspects.

One is the use of ceramic materials, and the other is the square camera module.

▲ The use of ceramics brings a warm feel

The reason why Mi 13 Pro has added many curves at the connection of various elements and materials to increase the overall coherence and smooth feel is to highlight the warm advantages of ceramic materials.

The ceramic material first appeared in Xiaomi MIX and was well received. However, due to comprehensive factors such as craftsmanship, cost, and weight, ceramics have not become the mainstream material.

▲ Xiaomi MIX4

In my impression, only a very small number of products are equipped with ceramics, and most of them appear in the Mi MIX series of products, and ceramics are almost synonymous with MIX.

Touching the warm feel of Mi 13 Pro wilderness green, it is naturally combined with MIX 4 in my mind. In this way, "ceramic" seems to be a family design element of Xiaomi products.

The main camera of Mi 13 Pro has been increased to one inch, and the camera area is also equipped with a 3.2x telephoto lens and ultra-wide angle. But instead of making the camera module a huge circle, it chose a square shape.

It is visually smaller than a circle, and it is difficult to peg it with an inch if the thickness of the bump is ignored. The square style is similar to MIX4, and with the ceramic material, it is not surprising that the first reaction is similar to MIX4.

Even if it accommodates the one-inch main camera and the blessing of ceramic materials, the thickness of the Mi 13 Pro body is maintained at 8.38mm (8.7mm for the technology nano skin), and the weight is 229g (210g for the technology nano skin).

Among the one-inch products, this result is more than enough than the top and more than the bottom. It has become thinner, but due to the ceramic material, it has also become a little heavier.

And "a little heavy" may also be an initial impression of many people.

In fact, the thickness and weight of a mobile phone can objectively be represented by numbers, but thinness (or thickness) is a subjective feeling, and it is difficult to measure it by numbers.

The feeling of Mi 13 Pro is actually a little thinner and thinner than Mi 12S Ultra, almost the same as Mi 12 Pro.

It can be said that this is the addition of the warm feel given by the ceramic material and continuous curves, or it can be said that it is an illusion brought about by the original thickness of the Mi 13 Pro and the smaller camera module.

The front of Mi 13 Pro is still a 6.73-inch OLED screen with 2K resolution. However, the luminescent material has been upgraded to E6, and the brightness of this screen can reach up to 1200nit, which is enough to see the screen clearly in outdoor sunlight, and it becomes a bit dazzling when the brightness is fully turned on indoors.

In addition, the specifications and parameters of this screen are still top-notch, and they will be calibrated one by one before leaving the factory, in order to have a more accurate restoration in shooting or video presentation.

Oh, by the way, Mi 13 Pro also supports 1920Hz PWM dimming, which is more eye-friendly to a certain extent.

The design of Mi 13 Pro is actually a fusion of Xiaomi mobile phone design elements, the ceramic material of the MIX series, and the four-curved surface shape established since Mi 11.

When you look at it, there will be a very familiar feeling, but many optimizations have been added to the details, making Mi 13 Pro a product with Xiaomi elements.

Imaging capabilities inherited from Ultra

Since the cooperation with Leica, Xiaomi's images have suddenly become distinctive. The configuration of Mi 12S Ultra is also marked with a "professional" label.

But when the same one-inch main camera is placed on the Mi 13 Pro, and it is equipped with a 14mm ultra-wide-angle and 75mm telephoto, for me, its biggest feature is actually "fun".

The main camera is almost inherited from Mi 12S Ultra, they have consistent expressiveness, and maintain the same level of color expression.

▲ Main camera

▲ 3.2 times

▲ 2 times

▲ 3.2 times

The physical blur brought by the outsole and the purity of night imaging are still at the forefront of imaging capabilities.

▲ Left: Leica Classic, Right: Leica Vivid

▲ Left: Leica Classic, Right: Leica Vivid

At the same time, Xiaomi Mi 13 Pro also provides two image styles: Leica Classic and Leica Vivid. Relatively speaking, Leica Classic has a slightly higher overall contrast and the colors are slightly restrained, while Leica Vivid is more out of the ordinary.

The straight-out tone presentation of Mi 13 Pro, or the aesthetic expression, is also related to the choice of these two modes.

Moreover, starting from Mi 12S Ultra, this tone style has also become a brand feature of Mi Video. Even without the so-called Leica photo frame, the color tone presented by the Xiaomi mobile phone is enough to become a popular memory point.

In addition to the decentralization of the Mi 12S Ultra's main camera imaging capabilities, the reason why Mi 13 Pro is "fun" is actually the two ways of playing with the 75mm F2 telephoto lens.

The 75mm focal length is actually 3.2 times, and there is no periscope structure, and there is no so-called 100 times ultra-telephoto shooting capability.

But in this lens, Xiaomi has made an "innovation", using the "floating structure" in the camera lens to introduce two effects, one is the telephoto angle of view brought by the ordinary 75mm focal length, and the other is the switched "Close-up (10cm macro) mode".

Originally, the medium telephoto is very suitable for daily recording, using a narrower viewing angle to remove debris and obtain a cleaner picture.

Adding a close-up can be regarded as opening a door of "curiosity". Every time you record, you will always call up the close-up function first to see if there is a better angle for taking materials. It can be said that this one is 3.2 times (75mm) mid-telephoto lens is called quite frequently.

In terms of focal length alone, the Mi 13 Pro has a 2x (about 50mm) lens and a longer shooting capability.

▲ Left: 2 times, Right: 10 times

The 2x problem relies on the cropping of the main camera to make full use of the performance of the one-inch main camera. The latter, in fact, in the actual measurement, the quality of the 10x focal length is still available under daily light, and even the photos obtained at 20x are enough to be used in social networks.

In addition to the focal length, the interesting points of Mi 13 Pro also include some filters similar to "film" colors, and Leica's master lens package.

Even apart from the many professional-grade features that Xiaomi has added to the main camera, these colors, filters, and lens packages bring quite a lot of possibilities and fun to daily shooting and recording.

During the period of experiencing Mi 13 Pro, the frequency of taking out my mobile phone and using its viewfinder to observe the world has increased significantly. Even if the photography level is still limited, it still arouses the enthusiasm for continuous creation with mobile phones.

And this is also the mobile phone, or moving image, which has brought a stronger creative desire to many ordinary people, turning casual shooting into serious shooting. I think this is why Xiaomi has been making continuous efforts in imaging, and finally made significant progress this year and achieved a phased result.

MIUI 14, no longer blindly doing additions

Xiaomi has a completely different confidence in MIUI 14.

This confidence lies in the fact that after experiencing the Mi 13 Pro for nearly two weeks, the system software has probably been updated for a round, but its version number is still at MIUI 14.0.4.

Generally speaking, new products will have very frequent firmware updates before they go on the market. In the previous early experience process, firmware optimization often had several rounds of key updates to unlock performance and image performance.

Mi 13 Pro is a "mature" version of MIUI 14 that leaves the factory, and there is no follow-up update. It is really rare, or it is more like a kind of confidence.

With this confidence, the image performance of Mi 13 Pro is very solid. Even the 75mm F2 telephoto lens has almost no bugs or freezes in the software during frequent calls and switching.

And MIUI 14 itself also has considerable "stability". To use an inappropriate analogy, Xiaomi Mi 13 Pro seems to be a product that has been released for more than half a year and has reached a sufficient tacit understanding with the software system.

The stability of MIUI 14 has a high priority, followed by fluency. Xiaomi said that in MIUI 14, the architecture and scheduling were adjusted to the extreme, and a new MIUI photon engine was introduced.

Intuitively, in Mi 13 Pro, the responsiveness and fluency of the entire system cannot be said to be the best among the new wave, but it has a consistent and stable performance.

In scenarios such as heavy load (games) and long-term load (continuous photo taking, chatting), MIUI 14 performs almost the same.

For the system, stability and fluency are actually two basic skills. In the previous versions, MIUI performed unsatisfactorily.

MIUI has been doing additions before, animations, transition forms, motion blur, size functions, interconnection forms, etc., have all been added to MIUI.

This also delays the responsiveness, fluency and stability of the MIUI system. It is also the direct reason why many ordinary users seek the beta version and the public beta version, which eventually caused word-of-mouth problems.

MIUI 14 is lost.

"What's updated in MIUI 14?" Many colleagues were eager to know when they learned that the Mi 13 series will launch MIUI 14.

However, MIUI 14 itself has not actually changed the system style, animation, etc. Many improvements and changes in MIUI 14 are almost all around the basic skills of the customized system such as "simplification", "smoothness" and "acceleration". subtraction.

Therefore, when I first got started with Mi 13 Pro, apart from the obvious "MIUI 14" during the boot activation process, it was difficult to detect the presence of MIUI 14 in terms of appearance or some functions.

MIUI 14 focuses on internal upgrades.

From the trend of "big and comprehensive" customized system to user experience as the first priority.

The upgrade or change of several major sections of MIUI 14 is also centered around smoother and better use.

As for those big folders, big icons, or other new Internet features, I think these are the icing on the cake of MIUI 14, and the more stable, smooth and smooth MIUI 14 is its biggest and most sincere change and upgrades.

Gaming phone has become a false proposition?

During the warm-up phase, it is not uncommon for Lu Weibing to help Xiaomi forward and promote the Mi 13 series.

And he directly said on Weibo, "In 2023, you don't need an e-sports phone anymore, and the e-sports phone is doomed to die."

▲ Redmi K50 Gaming Edition

Interestingly, in the product planning of Xiaomi and Redmi, there is such an e-sports positioning K50 e-sports version. The main focus is strong performance, strong heat dissipation and hard core configuration.

The Mi 13 series, not only Mi 13, Mi 13 Pro still has "e-sports-level" performance in terms of performance.

Mi 13 Pro is equipped with the new flagship performance iron triangle, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, LPDDR5X storage and UFS4.0 flash memory.

With the heat dissipation VC of 3400mm², the specification configuration of Mi 13 Pro is almost "strong performance, strong heat dissipation".

Specifically, in the "Yuan Shen" game, when the picture quality is full, in the test of "Liyue Port" running without rules, when the power is plugged in and 5G is used, within 30 minutes, the average frame rate of Mi 13 Pro It is 59.5fps, and the 1.5 frame stabilization index obtained by perfdog is almost the most advanced performance at present.

The most surprising thing is that when the picture quality is fully turned on, the rendering resolution of "Yuan Shen" by Mi 13 Pro has been improved to a certain extent compared with the past.

With higher picture accuracy and long-term operation, Mi 13 Pro can still maintain a very stable performance output.

Looking at the CPU and GPU calls, they have always maintained a certain occupancy rate, and will not reduce the frequency or reduce the occupancy rate due to the heat accumulation in the machine.

In "Glory of the King", Mi 13 Pro can still enable a very high frame rate and configure ultra-high resolution, with full picture quality and frame rate. The frame rate is also stable at 119.7 frames as always, and the frame stabilization index is 0.8.

In order to verify the upper limit of the Mi 13 Pro performance iron triangle configuration, I also used perfdog to record the power consumption performance when running the AnTuTu benchmark. The peak power consumption of the Mi 13 Pro is around 10W, but the average The power consumption is 5.3W.

Compared with the previous generations of flagships, the peak performance of Mi 13 Pro has not changed much, but the overall power consumption has converged.

This also means that under high load, it needs to save more power and perform better in terms of heat accumulation. Usually, passive cooling methods such as external fans are required, but now a flagship mobile phone can achieve this.

▲ Redmi K50 Gaming Edition

At the same time, it also has a more standard look, even better graphics capabilities, a higher resolution (2K) screen, and unique textures.

E-sports or gaming phones are also being gradually replaced by traditional bucket flagships. Mi 13 Pro is an example. Under high load (Yuan Shen), it has become a little more than capable, and its durability has reached a new level.

Perhaps after seeing this kind of performance, Lu Weibing also expressed the view of "the demise of e-sports mobile phones".

And Mi 13 Pro is also enough to replace an e-sports-oriented product, of course, the premise is that you can accept the curved screen.

Oh, by the way, regarding battery life, Mi 13 Pro has a built-in battery with a capacity of 4820mAh, and built-in surging G1 battery management and surging fast charging dual-core.

Among the specific performance, for me, what impresses me the most is not how long the battery life of Mi 13 Pro can be, but the "sense of security" brought by the system.

That is to say, after the screen is turned off, the system has stricter management of the background App and will not steal power.

In my daily use, Mi 13 Pro often has a usage time of more than 25 hours (about 5 hours and 30 minutes when the screen is bright). Power consumption caused by non-routine use due to calls.

This is probably the gain brought by MIUI 14 stability and the G1 battery management chip.

A more stable Xiaomi digital series

Before subdividing the product line, the Xiaomi digital series actually carried quite a lot. It must be a bucket flagship, but also exploratory, and it must have enough characteristics as a hexagonal warrior.

This also makes Xiaomi's digital products difficult to define.

▲ The key product of "Mi Chonggao", Xiaomi 12S Ultra

With the subdivision of product lines and the expansion of the strategy of large, medium and small cups, the products of Xiaomi's digital series are also a bit too similar and begin to influence each other.

When the Ultra product line is taken out separately and given the positioning of "ultimate image", the three-cup strategy of the Xiaomi digital series also has a solution.

It is not like distinguishing from the general configuration specification context chapter, but from the audience. According to this logic, the Mi 13 series has gone one step further.

Since Ultra focuses on images, Mi 13 and Mi 13 Pro completely get rid of the positioning of big and small cups, and go hand in hand in different forms.

Of course, the Mi 13 series is not so radical, and still makes some distinctions on the screen and images, but this does not affect the positioning of their blurred cups.

Compared with the novelty Mi 13, Mi 13 Pro is actually more like an "orthodox" replacement version of Xiaomi's traditional digital series.

It’s just that compared to the previous Xiaomi digital series, the Xiaomi Mi 13 Pro is more stable and less “exploratory”.

The exterior material is made of MIX ceramics, and the image is downloaded from Ultra. What Mi 13 Pro does is to cooperate with the new MIUI to become the flagship level that a new Xiaomi digital series with a storage bucket experience should have.

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