Xiaomi 13 Ultra Price in USA - Review & Specs 2023

 So Xiaomi's top-tier Flagship is finally here. That being the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, and they have gone all out this time, it will be tough for any other 2023 Flagship smartphone even to come close to this masterpiece.

With this being Xiaomi's Ultra device of the year, of course, its primary selling point is its camera system, and it's an insane one at that.

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With four 50-megapixel sensors, all of which are covered by an advanced Sumicron lens. In typical Xiaomi fashion, they have left nothing out of the box. You get a premium hard shell grippy case instead of the regular jelly-like one, a 6 amp charging cable, and a 90-watt brick.

This is Technic, and this is my full review of Xiaomi's most insane Flagship ever: The Xiaomi 13 Ultra. Okay, the device is about to hit shelves in mainland China on the 21st of April and will be coming to International markets in the next few months.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Price in USA - Review & Specs 2023

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Price in USA and Availability

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Price in USA 1020$ and 1280$ depending on the specific version.

Global pricing is still unknown, but you can expect it to cost even more than the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which was released globally in February for 12.99 euros. That said, the Chinese price of the 13 Ultra comes in at just five Triple Nine Rmb for the base 12 gig ram 256 gig storage variants, which is 500 bucks cheaper than the same spec 12s Ultra at launch. That's roughly 790 Euros, but Global prices are much higher than that.

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra store adopts the same circular camera module design we saw in its predecessor, but its overall design aesthetic has changed, and I like it.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra  Design and Build

I like it. The 13 Ultra's design pays tribute to the classic look of Leica's M camera series with its circular module. Under that massive lens is an elevated portion of the back plates that curves down to the phone's bottom half. Not to mention the top and bottom edges of the phone taper into the Metal Frames for a more comfortable experience when taking photos in landscape orientation, much like a traditional camera. Speaking of regular cameras, it also has a grippy Eco leather back design made from antibacterial nanotech silicon leather. And, of course, we must remember that signature gold ring wrapping around the camera module, which is apparent in all three color options. That being the one that I have known simply as black as well as white or olive green, all of which have the same Eco leather back.

All colorways also Sport a matte-finished aluminum frame, which is 4.4 times more potent than last year, and it comes in different shades depending on which color you decide to pick up. It's good to see the frames are squared off this year, making for a more solid feel in the hand. Its thickness has remained the same as its predecessor at 9.06 millimeters, but it is a tad heavier this time at 227 grams as opposed to last year's 225 grams. The device also has the same Ip68 dust and water certification we saw in last year's model, and the screen protector is unchanged too, which is still Gorilla Gloss, Victor's, and not the newer Victus 2.. what has changed; however, and quite substantially at that, is its display.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Display Specs & Features

It's the same size as last year at 6.73 inches, but it's an entirely new panel with an AMOLED C7 display, which Xiaomi and Tcl China Star jointly developed. It's a 1 to 120 Hertz Ltpo 3.0 screen with up to 240Hz touch sampling rate and has crazy 1920 Hertz Pwm dimming, which minimizes eye strain and was missing in the 12s Ultra. It still boasts a Quad Hd Plus resolution that packs in 522 pixels per inch, but this time it has a 12-bit color depth that can display over 68 billion colors and supports Dolby Vision, Hdr 10, Hdr 10 Plus, and Widevine R1. But arguably, its most excellent display upgrade this year is its price whiteness since it can now reach a staggering 2 600 nits of peak brightness, which puts it above the Oppo Find X6 Pro as the brightest smartphone screen on the planet when it comes to software.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Software Overview (MIUI 14 + Android 13)

The 13 Ultra makes use of Miui 14, skinned over Android 13. this is the Chinese model, but it still comes with Google Services packed in, so there are no issues there, and it offers the same great Miui 14 experience we've come to know and love over the recent months with features such as large folders, customizable icons, and widgets. It requires less system storage space and has less bloatware compared to the previous Miui software generation. And to keep things running is a massive 5000mah battery, a tad larger than last year's 4860 milliamp hour cell that we saw in the 12s Ultra.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Battery and Charging Specs

It still packs in Xiaomi's Surge G1 chip for battery Management to keep battery health in check. And now we have a new feature known as hibernation Mode which automatically kicks in when your phone's battery level drops to one percent, allowing for an extra 60 Minutes of standby time.

Xiaomi has also increased wire charging speeds from 67 watts to 90 Watts, getting your phone to 100 in just 35 minutes. And while wireless charging has remained the same at 50 Watts, it can now get to 100 in 49 minutes as opposed to last year's 52 minutes. Despite it now having a larger battery, and to keep things cool while charging using the cameras or playing games is Xiaomi's new self-developed Loop Liquid Cool Technology.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Hardware Specs & Benchmarks 

This is the first Aerospace grade extensive Turo del cooling system ever seen in a smartphone. This one-way conduction through Vapor liquid separation leads to three times the conductivity of a traditional Vapor chamber. This, of course, also keeps things excellent when running demanding apps or benchmarks, so it's no surprise to see the Xiaomi 13 Ultra become the new king of Antutu Geekbench 5, Geekbench 6, and 3D Mark Wildlife Extreme since it houses Qualcomm's Powerhouse Snapdragon 8j2 chipset, up to 16 gigs of faster Lpddr5x Ram with an option for an additional 7 gigs thanks to memory extension and up to one terabyte of next-gen Ufs 4.0 storage. All of these specs not only help achieve High benchmark scores but also Aid in superb gaming performance.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Gaming FPS Test 

And thanks to its high refresh rate display, we managed to get an average of 120 FPS in Real Racing 3. So long as you clear the battery and performance starter before opening the game, it will cap at 60fps. We also managed to get a solid 90 FPS while playing Call of Duty Mobile when set to ultra frame rate mode and a stable 60fps most of the time when playing Gentian Impact, which is a rather demanding game, especially when putting all the graphical settings to the max, which is precisely what I've done here.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Other Hardware Specs

Xiaomi's Ultimate Smartphone also packs Bluetooth 5.3 Nfc, 5G, and Wi-fi 7, so connectivity is on point. We also finally see an upgrade in USB transfer speeds thanks to a USB 3.2 type C Port which doubles as a display port to Output video at up to 4K 60hz. The Ir Blaster still stands; haptics is still Top Notch and can be customized in settings. We get a whole-bodied audio experience thanks to dual stereo speakers, one at the bottom and one at the top, with Dolby Atmos support [Music]. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is no doubt a beast when it comes to benchmark scores and gaming performance, among other specs too.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Selfie Camera Specs & Photo and Video Review (Day and Night)

So let's get started with selfies. The 13 Ultra has a tiny punch hole Notch at the top center of its screen, which houses an identical selfie camera to the one that we saw on the 13 Pro that being a 21 millimeter 32 megapixel F 2.0 sensor Which packs in Dynamic framing thanks to its 89.6-degree field of view which allows us to get further outs at 0.8 X. However, the 1X crop still comes out slightly better. Not to mention you can only take selfie portraits at this crop. That said, selfies on the 13 Ultra Pack in plenty. Detail usually comes out Crystal Clear and outputs fantastic Edge detection in portrait mode.

What's up, guys? 

Technic is recording a 1080p 60fps selfie video on the new Xiaomi 13 Ultra. Let me know your thoughts on the video quality and the microphone quality, and this is a 1080p 30fps Bokeh selfie video on the brand new Xiaomi 13 Ultra. I have changed the audio setting to frontal sound only. 

So let me know your thoughts on the video and the audio quality when it's a Bokeh video. Unfortunately, there's no 4K video recording When recording with a selfie cam on the brand-new Xiaomi 13 Ultra. It's good to see that we now have an option for 60fps selfie video, but 30 still seems to be the sweet spot for recording selfie videos at Night, which aren't record-breaking by any means but managed to do a great job nonetheless in bokeh or regular mode, especially in terms of brightness since both methods dial back the frame rates to 25 FPS.

When shooting at Night, selfie photos look better than I expected, thanks to a fantastic night mode option. And while I sometimes look a tad too Polished even when Beautify mode is disabled, overall, I'm pleased with the results, especially when taking portrait selfies that offer decent Edge detection even at Night. So selfies come out more than worthy, and I'm glad to see selfie videos reaching 60 FPS, but there's no 4K selfie video, which is a must for a 2023 Flagship of this caliber.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Selfie Camera Thoughts

But in all fairness, that's probably the 13 Ultra's only real deal breaker since those back cameras are out of this world. We are treated to a quad 50-megapixel sensor array on the back plate, all covered by a glass dome that has seen a substantial upgrade.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Back Camera Specs & Photo and Video Review (Day and Night)

Leica Vario Sumicron lens adopts an ultra-high order polynomial design and multi-layer coating to reduce glare and ghosting and retain quality performance in extremely hot or frigid environments, but under the lenses where the true magic lies.

This Quad 50-megapixel setup consists of three Sony Imx 858 sensors for the ultrawide telephoto and Periscope, all in a one-in-2.51-inch size. The 12-millimeter Ultrawide camera has an aperture of F 1.8, Sports a 122-degree field of view, and supports autofocus. The 75-millimeter telephoto camera has an F 1.8 aperture, can reach 3.2 times optical zoom, and uses phase detection, autofocus, and Optical image stabilization. 

The 120-millimeter Periscope has an F 3.0 aperture and can reach a Max Optical Zoomer five times, Max in-sensor lossless Zoom 10 times, and Max digital Zoom 120 times. It also incorporates Pdaf and Ois, and the last Snapper is undoubtedly the massive Sony Imx 989 one-inch type sensor used for the primary camera. It has a 23-millimeter focal length, offers sensor lossless Zoom but at a two-times level, and takes full advantage of multi-directional Pdaf laser autofocus and Hyper Ois.

Now I know what you're thinking; how is this primary camera different from the one we saw on the Xiaomi 13 Pro and Xiaomi 12s Ultra, which both offer the same Imx 989 sensor? Well, there's a Twist, an aperture twist. It still has the same F 1.9 apertures as before, but this time it's variable, which means it can physically adjust between two stops. That being the standard F 1.9 aperture and an additional F 4.0 aperture.

 The F 1.9 mode opens wide for the shallowest depth of field, which is excellent for close-up natural depth shots, while the F 4.0 mode has an immense depth of field, which is perfect for further away photos since it keeps more in Focus for Sharper Image. We also get a top 3D laser focusing sensor for autofocus and depth mapping.

And of course, we can't forget about the Leica Partnership, which offers different Leica portrait Styles, filters, and more, but more notably, still provides us with two photogenic Styles, Vibrance and Authentic, and you can use these different Leica files with any of the four camera sensors. A Vibrance is brighter and more color Rich, while Authentic offers a more true-to-life representation of the scene. But since most users would likely use Leica Vibrance more often, we'll be sticking to that for the remainder of these photos.

Like goodness aside, it's time to focus on this fantastic variable aperture. On the left, we have the main set to F 1.9 and the right to F 4.0 aperture. Taking a pic like this, which requires a more significant depth of field, it's evident that the 4.0 mode offers better light handling, resulting in a more transparent, sharper-looking image. Taking a photo of me holding my hand up closer toward the lens shows just how much more the F 4.0 mode puts into Focus, so it's nice to have the flexibility between choosing to have only the closest subject in Focus or more in Focus, but still providing an excellent natural background blur that's not too dominant. 

Of course, taking a portrait shot of someone would have you lean more toward the F 1.9 mode for a shallower depth of field, but again, it comes down to post preference. But at the end of the day, having both options is nice. By the way, no portrait mode has been used to take the shot. However, I used the full body portrait mode to take this shot using the main, and the edge detection is phenomenal.

You can also shift to the telephoto sensei in portrait mode for an even cleaner close-up shot of a subject, and you can get relatively close with the telephoto camera at around 50 centimeters minimum focusing distance. It takes a fantastic shot close-up like this, regardless of the subject. Still, it's different from the floating telephoto sensor we see on the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which has a focal range from 10 centimeters to Infinity. 

But if you want to get closer, you'll be happy to hear that the ultrawide camera has a macro mode option for a five-centimeter focusing distance. The ultrawide camera also takes a fantastic shot in nature's 50-megapixel mode but looks brighter and more well-balanced. Once been down to 12.5 megapixels, The primary sensor produces even better shots where they're taking a native or bin shot, and it's nice to see the color tones are somewhat similar across all sensors.

We also have two times in sensor lossless Zoom this time round, which is used with the primary sensor and looks just as sharp as taking a native or bin shot with the telephoto at 3.2 times optical zoom. The Periscope takes five times optically zoomed shots at a 120-millimeter focal range and produces colors on a slightly lighter color palette, with slightly darker and more balanced wind burned down. 

The Periscope also uses sensor lossless zoom tech but at a 10-time zoom level, and the results come out arguably the same as if it were to have 10 times optically zoomed sensor. Things start to get washed out at 30 times digital Zoom. However, it still looks fantastic compared to other camera Smartphones in this range, and I'm pretty impressed with how much detail Still Remains when zooming in by 60 times or even 120 times Digital Zoom, which is the max zoom level.

Xiaomi spoke quite a bit about the fast shot mode at the launch events, and I must say it does an incredible job of taking a snap in just 0.8 seconds to ensure any moving object remains in total Focus, as you can see with this bird just off the liftoff.

Moving on to video, it's good to see that we can shoot continuous 4K video where you can seamlessly switch between all four sensors in one single video with a maximum zoom level of 15 times, but note this is limited to 30 Fps. 

The good news is that you can shoot at any resolution and frame rate regardless of the sensor being used, which leads to smooth 4K 60fps or even crispy Ak 24fps videos with even the optically zoomed cameras. So that means we can also record Ak24fps video with the ultrawide camera, which is not heard of and much more stable than previous generation 8K video modes. Not to mention 4K 60fps. Ultrawide videos come out stunning, aside from a few focusing issues, which should be addressed with a future software update. 

A steady Video Pro mode utilizes the ultrawide camera but is capped at 1080p 30 FPS and comes out very stable. The regular constant video mode uses the primary camera. It's also limited to full Hd, and while it's tough, it tends to the slots a bit at times.

Using the main to record 4K 60fps video looks upright, gorgeous, and possibly the best I've ever seen an Android produce. Ak video using the main is highly detailed but probably more suited for recording while standing still. There's also an option for ridiculous 1920 Fps slow motion video at a 1080p resolution, which is frame by frame, and we can shoot 4K 60fps Dolby Vision Video, which looks incredible. It may be limited to just the primary sensor, but this is the first time I've ever seen a phone support 60fps Dolby Vision video.

Using the primary camera to shoot 8K video of a subject makes for an excellent natural depth of field even without portrait mode enabled. And the same can be said when shooting the same video but with a telephoto sensor. When helping a primary vocal video mode, you can also record with the 3.2 times telephoto. However, it's limited to just 1080p 30fps, but it still looks fantastic. 

The same can't be said when shooting poker video with the primary camera if the subject is too far away, so I'd instead stick to regular video since the primary sensor already offers a natural depth of field. Speaking of the depth of field, you can also physically adjust the primary camera's aperture in any resolution video mode, which shows how you don't need a cinematic video option with this camera.

And shooting the same side-by-side video at Night shows how a more comprehensive aperture benefits from more exposure in a dark scene.

Recording poker video using the main at Night comes out all right, but a tattoo grainy with bearable Edge detection. But taking off that useless poker mode and setting things to 8K using the main once again proves how excellent this main camera sensor is. Of course, the primary camera can shoot 4K video at 60fps, but 20 for Fps at Night is the sweet spot for a good balance between detail and brightness.

 And if you want things to get even brighter, there's also a 4K night video mode option, which is limited to the primary camera. So there might not be a night video mode option for the ultra-wide camera, but when filming at 4K 24 FPS, things still come out very clear and a lot brighter than I was expecting.

And things are different when taking photos at Night with that Ultra-wide camera. The primary sensor set to F 1.9 looks fantastic too, and it allows loads of light to enter the shot, but not too much to attribute to light noise. And while the two times sensor Zoom looks decent at Night, it's no match for the telephotos quality.

3.2 times optically zoomed shot. The Periscope also packs in a significant amount of detail at Night but suffers more in light noise and 10 times in sensor; Zoom looks much better than I was expecting in such a low-lit situation. Things again start to lose detail after 30 times Digital Zoom, and there is no night mode option for 30 times, 60 times, or 120 times maximum, but Xiaomi is stepping up their Zoom game.

Comparing the two aperture modes using the primary camera at Night has me leaning more toward the wider aperture for a more precise, detail-packed, brighter-looking shot. Still, having that F 4.0 aperture option for images like this is excellent. Again, F 1.9 is the better option for taking a photo of a human subject, especially at Night, since it allows more light to enter the shot. Taking a straight-up picture of me at Night with night mode on the paramount looks breathtakingly good.


Portrait mode using the main looks excellent too. Still, I don't feel the way is necessary with such a large sensor size, and taking a night mode shot with the 3.2 times telephoto looks very clear but tends to polish my face up even without beautify mode enabled, but that skin smoothing effect disappears in portrait mode.

Since the device automatically switched to the primary sensor for a digitally zoomed portrait, I'm starting to sound like a broken record player. However, this is the new king of all smartphone camera systems, this time by quite a large margin.

Final Thoughts

You can shoot video at any resolution and frame rate, regardless of the sensor used. Multiple focal lengths and a physical variable aperture one-inch type primary sensor camera exist. Not to mention the actual results speak for themselves.

 They look out of this world incredibly. And it's not only the cameras that make this phone so premium; its screen is probably the best I've tested, and its design is unique. It also checks all the right boxes for a 2023 Flagship, and this Xiaomi Ultra device is coming to the global market.

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