Mi Compact Ultra – $150 Off: Leica, SD 8 Gen2, IP68!

Towards the end of last year, the Redmi K70 series burst onto the tech scene, boasting three high-profile processors: the Dimensity 8300-Ultra, Snapdragon 8 Gen2, and Snapdragon 8 Gen3. Lu Weibing, with much fanfare, asserted that the K70 series would dominate as a full-spectrum flagship, leaving no openings for competitors. However, rivals swiftly embarked on their counterattacks, with the likes of the OnePlus 12 and the Realme GT5 Pro being launched.

One model offered a more comprehensive set of features, while the other was lauded for its superb specs and lower price, putting considerable pressure on the Redmi K70 Pro. Despite this, the standard version of the Redmi K70 series remained hugely popular, with competition momentarily at bay. Honor, OnePlus, and iQOO all released new devices thereafter.

Yet, the standard Redmi K70 retained its strong position, thanks to a competitive starting price of CN¥2499 and standout features. Unexpectedly, a new Snapdragon 8 Gen2 phone joined the fray with a price tag of around CN¥2500 after subsidies, and it turned out to be the Mi 13 standard edition — a flagship by Xiaomi, which is Redmi’s older sibling.

The relationship between Redmi and Xiaomi is widely understood. Although many of their phone specs might look similar on paper, tech enthusiasts know well that Xiaomi’s build quality and materials are of a higher calibre — this is also why similar configurations cost more for Xiaomi.

The Mi 13 exemplifies this, sharing the Snapdragon 8 Gen2 processor with the Redmi K70 yet outperforming it overall. Besides, the Mi 13 is the only compact flagship smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen2, aside from the Samsung S23, boasting a custom 6.36-inch primary color straight screen that supports HDR10+, Dolby Vision, a brightness of 1900 nits, and DC dimming.

It combines LPDDR5X memory with UFS4.0 storage, has a 4642mm² VC cooling module, a 4500mAh battery, supports 67W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse charging. The Mi 13’s camera system is especially formidable in its price range.

It features a 50MP main camera with the IMX800 sensor, optical image stabilization, and 3x optical zoom. The ultra-wide lens includes a 120-degree field of view, telephoto capability, and an F2.0 aperture. All three lenses are Leica certified and supported by Xiaomi’s imaging brain. The device also feels comfortable in hand with a 7.98mm thickness and 185g weight, supports IP68 water and dust resistance, and offers high-quality stereo speakers. The only potential shortcoming might be the 8GB+256GB memory configuration, which could seem a bit outdated.

Please note that the localization process has accounted for typical Western marketing language and the fact that Chinese yuan prices have been left untranslated as they are targeting an audience potentially interested in the Chinese market or knowledgeable in tech imports.

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