Redmi Note 13 5G Blue Colour

Xiaomi announced its new Redmi Note 13 series smartphones, offering flagship specs such as 120Hz AMOLED displays and upgraded cameras for budget prices.

With five phones up for grabs, including the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 13 Pro, Redmi Note 13 5G, and Redmi Note 13, Xiaomi’s upcoming range aims to close the gap “between mid-range and flagship-level smartphones.”

Set for launch from January 18 (and on February 1 for specific models), expect a new durable design, MediaTek and Snapdragon chips, 5,000mAh batteries with up to 120W charging, and more, with prices starting from £199 / €199.

Redmi Note 13

As with the previous Redmi Note 12 lineup, the Redmi Note 13 comes in a 5G model. But 5G connectivity is the only difference between the two.

Both come with an upgraded 6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, which is excellent value for the price. Moreover, the Redmi Note 13 comes with 1000 nits of peak brightness, while the Redmi Note 13 5G comes with up to 1800 nits. That’s almost iPhone 15-level brightness. 

While the Redmi Note 13 comes with a Snapdragon 685, which came out a year ago, the 5G model comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 6080 chip, which also arrived in 2023. Both won’t offer flagship-level power, but they offer enough for everyday tasks.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 series
Redmi Note 13; Redmi Note 13 5G via Xiaomi

Along with slightly new designs, such as losing the camera island and looking similar to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S24, the Redmi Note 13 models deliver promising specs – especially for their low-cost price point.

The Redmi Note 13 is set to arrive on January 18 with prices starting at £199 / €199, with the 5G model starting at £279 / €200. There isn’t a set date for when the latter will be available (sometime between January 18 and February 1), but both will be available on mi.com.

At first glance, there aren’t too many differences between the Note 13 and 5G variants, but there are a few changes, such as its processors and dimensions. Here’s a look at the specs below:

Redmi Note 13Redmi Note 13 5G
Display6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED; 1800 nits brightness6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED; 1000 nits brightness
ProcessorSnapdragon 685MediaTek Dimensity 6080
RAM and StorageLPDDR4X + UFS 2.2:
6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB
LPDDR4X + UFS 2.2:
6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB
Cameras108MP main (f/1.7); 8MP ultra-wide (f/2.2); 2MP macro (f/2.4)108MP main (f/1.7); 8MP ultra-wide (f/2.2); 2MP macro (f/2.4)
Battery5,000mAh; 33W fast charging5,000mAh; 33W fast charging
Size162.24mm x 75.55mm x 7.97mm (188.5g)161.11mm x 74.95mm x 7.6mm (174.5g)
ColoursMidnight Black, Mint Green, Ice Blue, Ocean SunsetGraphite Black, Ocean Teal, Arctic White

Redmi Note 13 Pro

This year, Xiaomi has three Redmi Note Pro models: the Redmi Note 13 Pro, Pro 5G, and Pro+ 5G. As with the base models, these come with different specs under the hood.

The 5G-ready Pro and Pro+ models come with a 6.67-inch CrystalRes 1.5K (2712 x 1220) AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, both with 1800 nits of peak brightness. Plus, for the first time, the displays introduce Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for durability. The regular Redmi Note 13 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED with 1300 brightness.

Cameras are also getting an upgrade, with a 200MP main camera on all models. Of course, you’ll get the usual 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro. Xiaomi also states there’s 2x/4x lossless zoom to expect and optical image stabilisation (OIS) for flagship-like photos.

Redmi Note 13 Pro series
Redmi Note 13 Pro; Redmi Note 13 Pro 5G; Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G via Xiaomi

As for the processors, the Redmi Note 13 Pro gets a MediaTek Helio G99-Ultral, the Pro 5G delivers a speedy Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, while the Pro+ 5G receives a strong MediaTek Dimensity 7200-Ultra.

While pricier than the base models, they’re still more affordable than many mid-range smartphones, including the Pixel 7a. The Redmi Note 13 Pro starts at £279 / €299, the Pro 5G from £339 / €399, and the Pro+ 5G at £449 / €499. Sales are set to kick off on mi.com from January 18-31.

Again, there are slight differences between all three Pro models, including different processors, displays, and batteries. Here’s a breakdown of the specs:

Redmi Note 13 ProRedmi Note 13 Pro 5GRedmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G
Display6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED; 1300 nits brightness6.67-inch CrystalRes 1.5K (2712 x 1220) AMOLED; 1800 brightness6.67-inch CrystalRes 1.5K (2712 x 1220) AMOLED; 1800 brightness
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G99-UltraSnapdragon 7s Gen 2MediaTek Dimensity 7200-Ultra
RAM and StorageLPDDR4X + UFS 2.2:
8GB+256GB, 12GB+512GB
LPDDR4X + UFS 2.2:
8GB+256GB, 12GB+512GB
LPDDR5 + UFS3.1:
8GB+256GB, 12GB+512GB
Cameras200MP main (f/1.65); 8MP ultra-wide (f/2.2); 2MP macro (f/2.4); 16MP front camera200MP main (f/1.65); 8MP ultra-wide (f/2.2); 2MP macro (f/2.4); 16MP front camera200MP main (f/1.65); 8MP ultra-wide (f/2.2); 2MP macro (f/2.4); 16MP front camera
Battery5,000mAh; 67W fast charging5,100mAh; 67W fast charging5,000mAh; 120W fast charging
Size161.1mm x 74.95mm x 7.98mm (188g)161.15mm x 74.24mm x 7.98mm (187g)161.4mm x 74.2mm x 8.9mm (204.5g)
ColoursMidnight Black, Lavender Purple, Forest GreenMidnight Black, Ocean Teal, Aurora PurpleMidnight Black, Moonlight White, Aurora Purple

Will the Redmi Note 13 series deliver a new standard for budget smartphones? While Xiaomi’s budget lineup impresses, it still has some competition in the upcoming Honor Magic 6 Lite.

Darragh Murphy
Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from the mischievous world of online security to washing machines designed for earbuds. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for laptops into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. When he's not checking out the latest devices and all things tech, he can be found swimming laps, watching terrible shark movies, and trying to find time to game.  Previous Editor at Laptop Mag and News Editor at Time Out Dubai, specialising in food culture, nightlife events, gaming, tech and entertainment.

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