Xiaomi 13T Pro review. Review of camera, hardware, software, battery, design, screen and charging speed of Xiaomi 13T Pro.
Xiaomi 13T Pro review, price and specifications
Xiaomi’s mid-term flagship refresh is now underway, and the new T series will be remembered for offering a “Leica-ready” camera and finally bridging the gap between the Number and T series. They are also the first waterproof Xiaomi T phones. Today we’ll be reviewing the Xiaomi 13T Pro, which upgrades the standard 13T with a faster chip, faster charging, 8K video recording, and Wi-Fi 7.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro is an IP68-rated smartphone with a familiar Xiaomi13-eque design. You can have it with glass back or eco leather. At its center is a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1220p with support for a 144Hz refresh rate, 12-bit color depth, and Dolby Vision.
Xiaomi has put the Dimensity 9200+ chipset in charge of the 13T Pro, which is MediaTek’s best SoC on the market. The phone has 12 or 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and UFS4.0 storage, which is the fastest on the market right now.
The Leica rear camera setup has to be one of the most interesting parts of the Xiaomi 13T Pro. There’s a large 50MP main camera with OIS, another (smaller) 50MP camera with a 2x zoom lens, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera with fixed focus. The 13T Pro’s main camera supports up to 8K24 video recording, while the same imager on the 13T maxes out at 4K60.
The Xiaomi 13T comes with Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, which is a nice compliment to the Dolby Vision display.
Finally, the 13T’s 5,000mAh battery supports 120W fast wired charging, and according to Xiaomi, a full charge takes just 19 minutes.
Specifications of Xiaomi 13T Pro at a glance:
- Body: 162.2×75.7×8.5mm, 200g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back or silicon polymer back, plastic frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).
- Display: 6.67 inch AMOLED, 68B color, 144Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1200 nits (HBM), 2600 nits (peak), 1220x2712px resolution, 20.01:9 aspect ratio, 446ppi.
- Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 9200+ (4nm): Octa-core (1x 3.35 GHz Cortex-X3 & 3x 3.0 GHz Cortex-A715 & 4x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A510); Immortalis-G715 MC11.
- Memory: 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB 12 GB RAM, 1 TB 16 GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
- OS/Software: Android 13, MIUI 14.
- Rear camera: Wide (main) : 50 MP, f/1.9, 24 mm, 1/1.28 inch, 1.22 µm, PDAF, OIS; Telephoto : 50 MP, f/1.9, 50 mm, 1/2.88 inch, 0.61 µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Ultra Wide Angle : 12MP, f/2.2, 15mm, 1/3.06in, 1.12µm.
- Front camera: 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 0.8 µm.
- Video recording: Rear camera : 8K@24fps, 4K@24/30/60fps, 4K/1080p@30fps HDR10+, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps. 10-bit LOG, gyro-EIS; Front camera : 1080p@30fps, HDR10+.
- Battery: 5000 mAh; 120W wired, PD3.0, QC4, 100% in 19 minutes (advertised).
- Connectivity: 5G; Electronic SIM card with two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 7; BT 5.4; NFC; Infrared port
- Miscellaneous: fingerprint reader (under the display, optical); Stereo speakers
The Xiaomi 13T Pro brings good features to the series, such as a more advanced camera and an IP68-rated design. But it also retains an old feature and probably the only potential failure we can foresee – the 20MP Quad-Bayer selfie camera.
And now it’s time to unbox the Xiaomi 13T Pro.
Unboxing Xiaomi 13T Pro
The Xiaomi 13T Pro comes in a thick paper box, unlike the small, eco-friendly boxes of Apple, Samsung, and Sony. The box contains the phone itself and a thin protective layer already on its screen.
Inside the paper compartment, you’ll find a clear soft case and some play paper.
Finally, the 120W GaN charger and USB-A-to-C cable are located at the bottom of the box.
Design, build quality, handling
Xiaomi 13T and Xiaomi 13T Pro have almost the same exterior. Luckily, we have two 13T models in two different colors – Alpine Blue and Black – and can show you the two circulating designs.
13T Pro and 13T
The Xiaomi 13T Pro, as well as the standard 13T, comes in two versions – a dual-glass design and a glass front with a vegetal leather back, both with plastic frames in similar colors and a metal finish. The glass model has glossy back panels (available in green or black), while the Alpine Blue color with a panel covered in blue vegan leather will impress you the most.
The front panel is completely flat and made of Gorilla Glass 5. The frame is also smooth and has a matte finish with small but visible and noticeable chamfers that provide excellent grip and enhance the look. Finally, the back is curved towards the frame on the longer sides, which makes the Xiaomi 13T Pro look a bit slimmer than it actually is.
The Xiaomi 13T smartphones are the first T-series phones to receive IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and we are extremely happy with this development.
Other than these design features, the Xiaomi 13T Pro is an ordinary smartphone. Let’s take a closer look at it.
On the front is a 6.67-inch OLED screen, which Xiaomi calls CrystalRes. This is probably due to the higher resolution which is now 1220 x 2712 pixels. This panel is packed with premium features like 144Hz refresh rate, 12-bit color depth, 480Hz touch sampling, 2880Hz PWM dimming, plus HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support!
OLED has thin enough bezels, even on all sides. We’ve seen slimmer ones, of course, but they’re usually on more expensive smartphones.
There’s a small punch hole in the top center, one of the smallest we’ve seen so far, and houses the relatively modest 20MP Quad-Bayer selfie camera.
There are two things that are invisible to the naked eye – the thin earpiece output and the under-display fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint sensor is always on, fast and reliable, and we had no problems using it.
The phone also acts as a stereo speaker and has another audio output on the top of the phone.
The back of the Alpine blue model is absolutely stunning. The vegetable leather feels good to the touch and the light blue color is perfect!
The camera housing is large, and this feature is one of the strong points of this phone. The enclosure is also made of glass, square in shape and surrounded by what looks like a black plastic frame. Everything protrudes from the large back, causing the phone to shake on the table. The accompanying case, as usual, solves the vibration problem.
The 50-megapixel primary camera is on the top, while the 50-megapixel telephoto is on the bottom. These two have small rings around them that protrude just a little from the housing glass. The 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera and single-LED flash are around, but there’s no ring for the camera. There is also a small LEICA brand.
The frame is made of plastic, has a thick, thick feel and has a nice brushed finish that looks like metal. There is nothing on the left. The volume and power/lock keys are on the right side.
The top of the 13T Pro has an IR blaster, a microphone and a stereo speaker output.
The other stereo speaker, bigger and louder, is at the bottom along with the USB-C port, the main microphone and the cable tray.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro measures 162.2 x 75.7 x 8.5mm and weighs 200g or 206g depending on the back. This puts it in line with other 6.67-inch caliber phones with similar specs.
We have been handling the Xiaomi 13T Pro for over a week now and have no complaints. The phone is solidly built and offers a secure enough grip, looks nice and is well-balanced despite the large camera on the back.
We were happy to note that the Xiaomi 13T phones are now waterproof, which is amazing – no more worries around pools, on rainy days or near fountains.
Overall, we think the Xiaomi 13T Pro deserves an A- for its Alpine Blue variant, as it’s visually stunning and smudge-resistant, and an A- for the dual-glass models, as the look They are more original and prone to stains and other adhesions.
6.67-inch CrystalRes OLED screen
Xiaomi 13T Pro uses a 6.67-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2712 x 1220 pixels or a density of 446ppi. It is protected by a flat sheet of Gorilla Glass 5 and has a small hole near the top.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro’s display uses one of the most premium panels a smartphone can get these days. There is support for 144 Hz refresh rate, 12-bit color depth (up to 68 bytes of color), 480 Hz touch sampling, 2880 Hz PWM dimming. In addition to all these things, this panel has HDR10 and Dolby Vision certification.
According to the official specifications, the screen has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits (that is, sunlight mode) and a maximum brightness of 2600 nits.
We have completed our display test and the numbers match Xiaomi’s advertising. When manually controlling the brightness slider, we recorded a maximum brightness of 493 nits.
When using auto-brightness mode or with sunlight boost enabled, the display can be much brighter – specifically 1100 nits.
The minimum brightness in the white point is only 1.9 nits!
Maximum screen brightness test
The Xiaomi 13T Pro screen supports the DCI-P3 wide color space. The display’s color options offer three different color models – Vivid (default, DCI-P3), Saturated (DCI-P3 with saturation boost), and Basic Color (sRGB). You can adjust the color temperature for each mode.
There is also a custom section where you can select the color gamut (primary, P3, sRGB) and adjust hues, saturation, hue, contrast and gamma.
The Vivid (default) option reproduces DCI-P3 faithfully, and we found it to be fairly accurate, with the exception of blue-whites and grays, but this can be remedied by choosing a warmer color temperature.
The primary color option conforms to sRGB and provides incredibly accurate rendering, including whites and grays.
The display supports refresh rates up to 144Hz, and there are two refresh modes – custom (selecting between 144Hz or 60Hz refresh caps) and default (automatic switching behavior).
Xiaomi has listed five refresh rate steps supported by the 13T Pro – 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz.
Adaptive refresh rate works as expected – dropping to 60Hz when the screen is showing static content. All streaming apps are also limited to 60Hz for UI and streaming. And of course, HFR incompatible apps like the camera app and Google Maps always render at 60fps.
The only time we saw the screen use 30Hz was for an always-on display.
While we never saw 144Hz across the UI, we can confirm that the display uses 144Hz in various games, benchmarks and compatible HFR applications.
HDR and streaming
The Xiaomi 13T Pro comes with Widevine L1 DRM support, and Full HD streaming with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support is available on popular platforms including Netflix.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery, which is a slight upgrade over the 13 Pro and has the same capacity as the 12T Pro’s cell.
We’ve completed our battery life tests and the Xiaomi 13T Pro scored a very good 102 hours. On-screen tests are fairly average – the phone lasted about 13 hours in our web browsing test and 15 hours when playing looped videos. It can take more than a day when called.
Our battery tests were automated using the viSerDevice app thanks to SmartViser. Endurance rating indicates how long the battery will last if you use the device for an hour a day of phone calls, web browsing, and video playback.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro has excellent standby performance (about 370 hours), which helped increase its total endurance to over 100 hours. But compared to the Xiaomi 13 Pro, it fared worse in all tests, but compared to the 12T Pro, it’s actually slightly better in almost every test.
The video test was done in 60 Hz refresh rate mode. The web browsing test is performed with the highest display refresh rate if possible. See the relevant reviews for more details. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your usage patterns, check out our all-time battery test results chart, where you can find all the phones we’ve tested.
Xiaomi 13T Pro supports 120W HyperCharge for its 500mAh battery. The phone comes with a 120W GaN charger and a convenient 6A-rated cable, so you can power it right out of the box.
Just like other 120W Xiaomi phones, the 13T Pro supports Boost Charge mode – this feature allows for the fastest possible charging at 120W, but only when the phone is off with the screen turned off as a precaution against overheating. limit This option is off by default, but you can enable it from within the battery settings.
Naturally, we did our charging test with Boost mode, because otherwise, the phone is limited to 60W-80W charging.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro and its 120W charger are a great combination. We gained 33% in just 5 minutes. Then we clocked 51% charge in 10 minutes and 68% in 15 minutes! A full charge took 26 minutes, slightly higher than Xiaomi’s promised 19 minutes.
During the 120W fast charge, the phone didn’t heat up, it just warmed up.
Optimum charging is available, an option that should extend the life of your battery.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro has a traditional hybrid stereo speaker setup of the new type. These two pieces are placed behind special nets on both the top and bottom sides. The top speaker also plays the role of a phone and therefore has another output in the front.
The top speaker is much quieter than the bottom and focuses more on high frequencies. But since it has two outputs – the Xiaomi 13T Pro offers a balanced sound output. The speakers support Dolby Atmos enhancement and it is turned on by default.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro scored well in our loudness test. The sound quality is also good – vocals are excellent, there is a slight bass, while the high frequencies could be richer.
Turning off Dolby Atmos makes little difference – it provides a slightly richer but more balanced output.
Android 13 with MIUI 14
The Xiaomi 13T Pro runs the company’s latest MIUI 14 on top of Android 13. Xiaomi promises four years of major Android updates and another year of security patches for the 13T series.
Let’s take a quick look at what’s new in MIUI 14 on our Xiaomi 13T Pro unit. Only eight system apps cannot be uninstalled, which is a big leap from previous versions of MIUI. Other detailed optimizations include automatic compression for apps that are not actively used and a switch to turn off persistent notifications. These seem to originate from the Android 13 core rather than the MIUI shell. Privacy is also reviewed with end-to-end encryption and local processing of user data on the device.
Going through the list of expected new additions to MIUI 14 since its official release, we noticed that many things are missing from the international version of MIUI 14. Our unit lacks the new animated character widgets, but has the new style of enlarged folders.
We also didn’t find duplicate file merging, controls for switching between Xiaomi wireless peripherals, and the new family account features. However, there is improved text recognition and image extraction in the gallery.
Other than these few changes, MIUI has not changed at all and users will feel right at home.
This time the split between a notification and Control Center is enabled by default, and that’s probably a good thing. We found this to be very convenient and a way to teach users about MIUI’s unique approach to the user interface. And if you’re not a fan, you can always switch back to standard notifications by swiping in a location.
The home screen, recent apps, and general settings menu are the same as always. The app drawer is also enabled by default, and we like that Xiaomi has placed the search bar at the bottom of the screen for easier access. There are custom and preset app categories for faster navigation.
Unlike the standard apps menu of late, MIUI’s task switcher lists apps vertically and offers a few useful shortcuts. This is where you can open apps in floating windows. However, you can only have one floating app open at a time. If you want a faster shortcut for apps that support open windows, just enable the sidebar.
Notably, the sidebar varies depending on the scenario. In games, the sidebar provides several game-related features, while in video applications, the sidebar becomes the video toolbox. Allows you to run video applications in pop-up windows, screenshot, record screen, send content, and play video with the screen off, including on YouTube without a Premium subscription. The only thing is that the programs you want to enable this feature must be whitelisted in advance.
Customization, as always, is a big part of MIUI. This system allows you to choose an always-on display style or a user interface theme. Apart from the ones that are already installed on the device, there is a theme store that offers you a wide selection. The themes themselves change not only the overall look but also the ringtones and system icons.
Moving towards privacy and security, MIUI comes with a pre-installed system security app. Aside from the extra layer of malware protection it provides, the app keeps many of the app’s settings and privacy features in one place. It can manage your blacklist, manage or limit your data usage, configure battery behavior and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, define the battery behavior of selected apps, and apply restrictions to only certain apps.
MIUI 14 offers Memory Extension option which is enabled by default (you can disable it if you want). In our review unit, we can choose between 4GB, 6GB and 8GB of internal memory reserved as RAM expansion. Less important memory blocks should go here.
When it comes to security, the fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable. We had no problems, even when we were out on a bright sunny day. There’s extensive functionality for the fingerprint reader, which lets you open an app or initiate an action as soon as you unlock the device – just hold your finger over the scanner when it unlocks. It’s very similar to OnePlus’ OxygenOS/Oppo’s ColorOS/Realme’s Realme UI, but this one doesn’t allow customization. We haven’t found a way to add shortcut apps, so you’re stuck with search and a QR code scanner.
There’s also an experimental feature that lets you use the fingerprint sensor to measure heart rate. It’s a bit of a bummer, but still a cool little addition.
MIUI comes with its own multimedia apps – there’s Gallery, Music and Mi Video (both with local and streaming options). A MIUI file manager is also on board. And of course there is a Mi Remote app that uses the integrated IR blaster.
All in all, MIUI 14 changed little more than the 13th iteration. At least on our Xiaomi 13T Pro unit, that is. Fast and customizable as always. Xiaomi has paid special attention to the touch part of this device and we found that its engine is clear, strong and accurate. Even if it is annoying or not strong enough, there is a tactile feedback intensity adjustment.
Performance and benchmarks, stress tests
The Xiaomi 13T Pro is the second smartphone to come with the flagship Dimensity 9200 chipset. In fact, it’s the 9200+ on this model, which offers higher CPU and GPU clock frequencies. This processor is built on TSMC’s second generation 4nm process (N4P) and brings many improvements.
The Dimensity 9200+ chipset has an octa-core processor with a main Cortex-X3 core @ 3.35Hz, 3x Cortex-A715 cores @ 3.0GHz and 4x Cortex-A510 @ 2.0GHz cores.
The SoC uses an ARM Immortalis-G715 MC11 GPU (@1164 MHz, vs. 995 MHz on the 9200) with a hardware-based ray tracing engine. The new flagship graphics unit brings Variable Rate Shading (VRS), twice the machine learning performance of the previous model, and ARM Fixed Rate Compression (AFRC) to reduce bandwidth usage.
MediaTek also offers a 6th generation AI processing unit – the APU 690, which is a 35% improvement over its predecessor in the ETHZ5.0 benchmark program. The chipset also supports fast LPDDR5X RAM with memory support of up to 8533MB/s and UFS 4.0 storage for fast data transfer and direct storage access to CPU cores.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro we have for this review has 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. 12/256GB and 16GB/1TB models are also available for purchase in some markets.
And now, let’s run some benchmarks.
The performance of the Dimensity 9200+ CPU is on par with the best in class, as fast as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and about 10 percent faster than the regular 9200 chip inside the vivo X90 Pro.
If you’re wondering where the biggest difference between the Xiaomi 13T Pro and the base model 13T is, it’s the GPU. While the 13T offers excellent mid-range GPU performance, the 13T Pro doubles that, delivering raw performance that’s faster than the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and a close match to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. it is good!
The AnTuTu tests put the Xiaomi 13T Pro on par with the best-scoring phones in the world.
The Dimensity 9200+ chipset is as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and is arguably one of the most powerful SoCs in the smartphone market right now. Gaming, even at high frame rates, is very comfortable and everything runs smoothly.
Xiaomi has also promised us an interesting phone with a proper cooling system. And our stress test confirms this.
First, we ran our usual COU stress test for an hour and got an incredible 77% stability. The phone warmed up after an hour of use at peak load, but far from hot.
We then ran the 3D Mark stress test – 20 1-minute GPU intensive test loops. The GPU ran at 100% for 15 minutes, but performance dropped to 67%. Considering we’ve seen flagships get 40% or less, that’s still a pretty good score. And the phone never got hot, it just warmed up.
Overall, we give the Xiaomi 13T Pro a perfect mark for performance, stability and even cooling.
A triple camera developed in collaboration with Leica
Xiaomi has definitely upped its game and the partnership with Leica has made its high-end phones known for their excellent photo and video quality. Plus, having Leica’s Vibrant and Authentic modes means you’ll get the best of both worlds – uninterrupted performance like a Samsung and a real Apple-like display.
Back to the camera setup on the Xiaomi 13T Pro – it has a 50MP primary OIS, a 50MP telephoto and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. The only difference with the regular 13T is the 8K video recording option with the main camera.
The main camera relies on a 50-megapixel Sony IMX 707 1/1.28-inch sensor with 1.22 µm individual pixels and a Quad-Bayer RGB color filter. The sensor sits behind a 24mm f/1.9 stabilized 7-element lens (OIS).
The telephoto camera uses a 50-megapixel OmniVision OV50D 1/2.88-inch sensor with a Quad-Bayer filter and 0.61 µm pixels. The camera offers 2x optical zoom via a 50mm f/1.9 5-element lens on the main camera.
The ultra-wide camera relies on a 13-megapixel OmniVision OV13B 1/30.6-inch camera with 1.12 µm pixels. This camera comes with a 5-element 15mm f/2.2 lens. Focus is fixed at infinity.
Finally, the selfie camera is rather disappointing. It has a 20-megapixel Sony IMX596 1/2.8-inch sensor with a Quad Bayer design. It comes with a 26mm f/2.2 lens and the focus is fixed.
The camera app on the 13T Pro is more or less the same as other Xiaomis, but with a twist – the dominant color here is red, presumably in honor of the Leica collaboration.
Another Leica-related touch is the processing “mode” you choose when you first start up the camera. The two options are Leica Vibrant (the default) and Leica Authentic (mostly color accurate), and once you get past the welcome screen, you can switch between them as you please. You have to be in one or the other – there are no “generic” non-Leica auto modes.
On top of that, there’s an “AI” key, because, of course, there has to be. It usually increases contrast and saturation depending on the scene.
The previously added Teleprompter video mode remains. You can paste your video script here and easily read it while recording your video. And now you can also enable or disable electronic stabilization, but only for Pro Video and Timelapse modes (this increases the field of view).
Apart from that, the app works like other recent Xiaomi apps. The main operation for switching modes works with side swipes, as expected, and you can also tap on the modes you can see to go directly to them. You can add, remove, and reset modes in the main rolodex by going to the More tab and clicking the Edit button, and you can also access it from the Settings menu.
At the bottom of the viewfinder, you have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, and an AI switch. There is also a hamburger menu that includes additional options such as aspect ratio, self-timer, and grid lines. Aside from the 50MP mode, which apparently outputs at full resolution, you won’t find an option to adjust the output resolution for either camera (not that we particularly care).
At the near end, you have the camera’s zoom switch, which operates in one of two modes. The first is as simple as tapping one of the four dots that reveal ultra-wide (0.6x), prime (1x) and telephoto (2x) options. Or you can tap Active Zoom to reveal more zoom modes – 5x, 10x and 20x.
There is a well-featured professional mode where you can change the shooting parameters yourself. You can choose from 4 white balance presets or dial in the light temperature with a slider. There’s a manual focus slider (with peaking as an option), and shutter speed and ISO control with ranges depending on which camera you’re using – yes, you can access any of the three cameras in Pro mode.
Night mode is available on all four cameras, and there’s even night video for the main camera.
Finally, portrait mode uses the telephoto camera by default, but you can switch to the main camera if you want. For those who want more artistic portraits, there are different effects.
Day photo quality
Photo mode defaults to Leica Live mode with AI turned off, and naturally we chose this as the default mode for our tests.
We’d like to start by acknowledging that both modes seem toned down from the Xiaomi 13 series – the vibrant look is still brighter and brighter, but neither over the top nor over-processed. Authentic aims for more accurate colors and uses a darker exposure. But the color scheme is much more subtle now, if available at all.
Let’s talk about default photos. It is quite expected that they will be stored at 12.5 megapixels. They have resolved the details well enough, the sharpness is correct and there is no visible noise. Image processing is balanced and provides natural details in photos, especially foliage.
Colors in Leica’s Vibrant mode are, well, more vibrant and vibrant than true colors, but definitely not top-notch. Contrast is high, while dynamic range is wide enough, but not too harsh, contributing to the overall balanced look. HDR often comes into play.
One more thing – while there’s no camera or macro mode on the Xiaomi 13T Pro, the main camera can focus from as close as, say, 20cm or more, which is why we think it can be good for close-up shots. Use at the right time. .
Leica Authentic photos have darker exposures and offer truer colors and deeper shadows. This mode is great for green spaces as it provides much better photos. HDR was never activated on the Leica Authentic, and images look less processed and even more natural.
The 50MP photos from the main camera’s dedicated high-resolution mode are good – they’re more than just top-notch – there’s definitely some great upsampling going on here. If they’re downsized to 12.5MP, they don’t offer any more real detail, but they might look better because they’re not processed.
12.5MP photos from the 50MP telephoto camera are excellent. They have enough detail and the Leica’s vibrant look matches the original camera. This means that they have saturated colors, high contrast and good dynamic range.
These photos are not as detailed as the ones coming from the main camera because the sensor is much smaller. In fact, grass and other complex details often dissolve the sensor and result in an overly sharp mess.
Overall, great photos, but Xiaomi needs to be gentler with that sharpening.
Well, the Leica Authentic mode will not only deliver less processed and not over-sharpened photos, but will also be responsible for more accurate colors. And we think a slightly darker exposure here would serve these people well.
The ultra-wide camera uses a 13-megapixel sensor but stores 12-megapixel photos and is advertised as a 12-megapixel imager. We’re a little suspicious of Xiaomi’s products, so it can get rid of the curved and soft corners.
By the way, the 12MP ultra-wide photos look good by default – the detail is mediocre, but sufficient for ultra-wide purposes. Noise is low, colors are lovely, dynamic range is wide.
These could benefit from a contrast boost, though, and perhaps a slightly darker exposure.
And if you think like us, Leuca Authentic mode will help you. It saves less processed images with truer colors, higher exposure and contrast.
Both Xiaomi and Leica offer a powerful portrait mode with several options to choose from – default (50mm, no enhancement), 35mm (cropped from the main camera), 50mm rotating bokeh, and 90mm soft focus. There is also a Full Body mode that takes portraits with the main camera.
The default portraits are taken with the telephoto camera and are incredibly beautiful. The subject is detailed, well-exposed, and noise-free, with natural rendering and lovely colors. The bokeh is lovely.
Indoor portraits bring softer subjects, but are still quite lovely.
The original camera’s cropped 35mm portraits are just as impressive, and we can’t say they suffer from the 24mm crop. Maybe they were superlatives, we can’t know for sure. But still, another great batch of portraits.
And here are some examples of the 50mm rotary bokeh and 90mm soft focus. Swirly Bokeh shoots with a telephoto camera and the quality matches standard portraits, but it introduces color grading and changes the bokeh effect, specifically changing the shape of the blurred highlights.
The 90mm soft focus mode isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. It zooms in on the telephoto camera and, as promised, everything is smooth.
The 20-megapixel selfie camera of the Xiaomi 13T Pro uses a Quad-Bayer sensor. Instead of 5 megapixels, it saves 20 megapixel images, which makes the situation worse. See, 20MP photos are poor in detail, everything is soft and looks great. Other than that – exposure is great, colors are vibrant and punchy, noise is low and dynamic range is decent.
These look great on the phone screen when not zoomed in, so we don’t see a problem with them being 5MP and working properly. But we also don’t know why Xiaomi is still using such old cameras in its flagship cameras.
Low light photo quality
The Xiaomi 13T Pro, like many other devices from Xiaomi, Samsung and Apple, offers automatic night mode processing in photo mode. Applies any simulated exposure and stacking as desired.
Auto Night Mode is the default, and we recommend leaving it as is – it rarely activates on the main and telephoto cameras, but almost every time on the ultra-wide camera – and it needs it.
All the samples you’re about to see from the main and telephoto cameras were shot in automatic night mode, with true night mode enabled only once. Going to night mode manually also won’t activate it because it’s not necessary.
The night samples from the main camera are easily among the best you can get from a smartphone, one night short of those coming from the 1-inch cameras on Xiaomi’s higher-end phones. Photos are incredibly rich in detail, wide with no visible noise. Excellent dynamic range and color saturation. Highlights in all photos are handled with admirable skill.
There is minimal, if any, difference between the Leica live shots and authentic night shots. Sometimes it looks like the color saturation is off a notch, but that’s about it.
The 50-megapixel telephoto camera also takes impressive pictures at night. When it comes to colors, dynamic range, noise reduction and overall processing, they’re just as great as the originals. However, the image sensor in this camera is smaller, which is why the photos are not as detailed and incredibly detailed.
All 12-megapixel photos from the ultra-wide camera were taken with night mode, usually for 1 or 2 seconds. They’re good – they’re well exposed, the dynamic range is wide, colors are great, and there’s enough detail even if some of it is smeared by noise reduction.
Opting out of night mode on the ultra-wide camera is not recommended – the photos are usable but significantly noisier.
And here’s how the main camera fares against the competition in our extensive photo comparison database.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro can record videos up to 4K60 with both prime and telephoto. Ultrawide maxes out at 4K30, though it can handle 1080p60. Finally, 8K24 is only available for the main camera.
You can choose between the h.264 codec (the one used by default) and the more efficient h.265. There’s also always-on stabilization across the screen, which can only be disabled for professional videos and Timelapse.
Super Stable mode is available, a Teleprompter option, HDR10+ mode for the main camera, and you can use motion tracking focus for your videos shot on the main and zoom cameras.
The selfie camera is limited to 1080p@30fps, EIS is still available.
The video bit rate for 4K movies is about 56 Mbps and for 8K movies is about 100 Mbps. Audio is always recorded in stereo at 260kbps bitrate and always sounds great.
8K24 video from the main camera is okay – detail is average but still shows more than 4K footage – like numbers and readable license plate signs. Foliage and other random details look artificial, but footage is accurate enough to be usable if you want to extract more from your scene, noise is low, colors are accurate, and dynamic range is wide.
Low-light 8K24 footage looks like an upgrade over 4K, but it’s incredibly smooth.
4K videos from the main camera are excellent – we saw plenty of detail and well-developed complex subjects and foliage. The noise was well cleaned. Exposure and colors are true, dynamic range is wide, and contrast is high.
4K videos in low light are also high quality – rich in detail, low in noise and lovely vivid color saturation. The contrast is excellent and the dynamic range is wide enough.
The main camera also offers 1080p video recording in night mode, which improves exposure and dynamic range. Colors also receive a significant saturation boost. We don’t think it’s worth reducing the resolution for such unrealistic colors when standard videos are so great.
The always-on stabilizer works great.
The telephoto camera saves good, noise-free 4K clips with enough detail, true colors and wide dynamic range.
Zoomed videos are quite usable in low light – they retain enough fine detail. Exposure is good and colors are accurate. The video is noisy, but to the extent that it doesn’t spoil the quality.
The stabilization in this camera also works very well. We shot this test clip in 4K at 60fps for a change.
Ultra wide camera
4K videos from the ultrawide camera are also very good. Just like other cameras, the ultra-wide camera captures videos with sufficient detail, without noise, with excellent color reproduction, good contrast and wide dynamic range.
Ultrawide videos are usable in low light because they have good colors and aren’t completely ruined by noise, but they still have dark exposure and narrow dynamic range.
The stabilizer also works very well in this camera.
1080p clips from the selfie camera are well stabilized, with subjects always well exposed, with adequate dynamic range and vivid colors. Details are average at best though.
Finally, here are screenshots from each video.
Here’s how the Xiaomi 13T Pro compares to other devices in our extensive video comparison database.
Review of the competitors of Xiaomi 13T Pro
The Xiaomi 13T Pro was an excellent smartphone that ticked all the boxes except one, the selfie camera. But even as it is, it’s shaping up to be one of the best deals out there right now, with a base price of €800 for the 256GB model.
The first alternative that comes to mind is the standard Xiaomi 13T. It’s €150 cheaper and still offers the same high-quality design, screen, camera experience, good battery life and software longevity. It charges a bit slower and the GPU is less capable, but mainstream users probably won’t notice any of that. So, if you are not an avid gamer, we suggest you check out the Xiaomi 13T.
If you’re in a market where the vivo X90 and X90 Pro are available, you might want to consider these. They are just as powerful, with a similar design and camera experience. In addition to everything, the Pro model provides you with fast wireless charging. Although Vivo and Xiaomi have the same selfie camera.
The Motorola Edge 40 Pro is a great alternative to the Xiaomi 13T Pro. It’s just as powerful, with the same cameras on the back and a great Dolby Vision OLED with a 165Hz refresh rate. The Edge 40 Pro beats the 13T Pro with a higher-resolution ultra-wide camera with macro mode, reverse wireless charging, and a much better 60MP selfie camera with 4K video recording. Ready For scores are also very good. However, there are some drawbacks – the photo quality of the ultra-wide and zoom cameras and portraits are not impressive.
Finally, the OnePlus 11 is now cheaper at around €700, and is a solid alternative for a higher-resolution ultra-wide camera with autofocus, a higher-resolution, more dynamic OLED display, and Gorilla Glass Victus panels. The phone doesn’t support HFR gaming, though it’s not fully waterproof, and its selfie camera is similarly classy.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro is one of the best phones you can get for €800. It delivers on every single promise and has many class-leading features. The new IP68 rated design is classy and stunning, especially the one with the vegetable leather back.
The 13T Pro impresses with one of the best OLED displays in the industry, packed with premium features, and also boasts the tiniest punch hole. Additionally, the Xiaomi 13T Pro packs one of the fastest chipsets on the smartphone market, delivering excellent performance and stability across the board.
The Leica collaboration should pay off, as all the rear cameras offer excellent photo and video quality day and night.
The only real issue we encountered with the Xiaomi 13T Pro was the selfie camera. It’s a 20MP Quad-Bayer shooter that’s just an insult to any phone camera, let alone a Leica developer. Its photo and video quality is also quite average.
Some may be hoping for a longer zoom, but we’re guessing it’ll come with the Xiaomi 14 phones later this year.
The Xiaomi 13T Pro is one of the best phones out there, with top-notch hardware, exceptional performance across the board and a promising future. The launch price is also surprisingly good, and we recommend putting it at the top of your wish lists. You can tell we really liked this phone and we think you will too. Unless you’re a selfie person, then that’s a big no-no.
Why should we buy Xiaomi 13T Pro?
- Premium design, IP68 rated, especially beautiful Alpine Blue.
- Excellent OLED, 12-bit color depth, color accuracy, 144 Hz, Dolby Vision.
- Very good battery life, super fast charging.
- Good Dolby Atmos speakers.
- Flagship performance and stability.
- Excellent photo and video quality from all rear cameras, day and night.
- IR blaster, 4 major Android updates promised, 5 years of security patches.
Why should avoid buying the Xiaomi 13T Pro phone?
- The selfie camera is disappointing.
- A 3x optical zoom camera was better than 2x
Introducing the advanced features of Google Maps
Google Maps guides you from A-to-B, but has more advanced features. Here are the advanced features of Google Maps.
Introducing the advanced features of Google Maps
You can use Google Maps to check the local weather. According to Android Police, the feature is currently available for the iOS app and the web app, and it looks like Google is currently rolling it out (or at least testing it) for the Android app.
If you’re using iOS, open the Google Maps app and zoom in on a city or region. You should see a small tile below the search bar at the top of the screen that shows the current temperature and a weather icon.
As you move through the Google Maps app, the tile will update to show the local weather. If the tile doesn’t show up for you, tap any location in the current map view, then deselect it. This should return to the default view, including the weather tile.
If you’re using the Google Maps web app, you’ll need to click on a location to access weather information. This time, you will find weather details in the information panel next to the location name.
You can also click on the weather icon to get a more detailed forecast for the location you’re viewing.
Once you’ve chosen a place to visit, you’ll probably want to explore what to see and do while you’re there. Google Maps can help you navigate the hustle and bustle of new places by showing you how busy areas are and even the busiest times to visit attractions, restaurants, and other places.
As you zoom in on a city, the busiest areas are highlighted in yellow. So, if you prefer to stay outside the busiest parts of the city, you can use this information to help you choose the best place to stay. Likewise, if you want to avoid the crowds, you might want to visit the highlights early in the morning.
If you click on a landmark, cafe, or anywhere else you want to visit, Google Maps will show the busiest times, provided the location has enough traffic to provide this data. It shows you the busiest times to visit each day of the week and gives you live data, which shows whether places are less or more crowded than usual.
3. Walking routes of the live show
With Live View in Google Maps, you can use the platform’s Street View overlay to guide you on walking routes. To use this feature, your device must be compatible with ARKit (iOS) or ARCore (Android) tools for augmented reality experiences. You must also be in an area with a street view.
To access Live View when you’re away from home, follow these steps:
- Open Google Maps and select a location to navigate to.
- Drag down the location screen to reveal the Live View icon.
- Tap Live View.
- Point your phone camera at buildings and signs to pinpoint your location.
- Follow the red markers to reach your destination.
Hopefully it goes without saying, but Live View is only designed for navigation on foot, not in moving vehicles. You can also use this feature to navigate and make sure you’re on the right track. This can save your battery (and data!) if you have a long walk ahead of you.
4. Find the most optimal route before departure
If you rent a car on your travels, using fuel-efficient routes can help you cut costs and reduce your environmental impact. Google Maps will automatically recommend the most economical route if you’ve enabled the option to prefer fuel-efficient routes in the settings.
- Open Google Maps.
- Tap your account icon to the right of the search bar.
- Select Settings.
- Go to Navigation settings and tap on it.
- Scroll down to Route options.
- Activate Prefer fuel-efficient routes.
Now, to get the most fuel-efficient route for a road trip, use the Directions feature in Google Maps as usual:
- Enter your destination in the search bar.
- Click on Directions.
- Enter your starting point (or choose your location).
- Make sure the drive icon is selected below the search bars.
5. Save a route for later
You can save routes in Google Maps for later, allowing you to plan trips in advance without repeating the same steps when it’s time to hit the road. To save a route, all you have to do is tap the Pin button on the selected route tab. Once this is done, the button’s label will change to Pinned, indicating that the track has been saved for later.
You can also save routes for other modes of transportation: walking, public transit, etc. This means you can plan those routes to attractions, interesting restaurants, and anywhere else before your trip and quickly access them when you need them.
- Open the Google Maps application.
- Tap on Go in the menu at the bottom of the screen .
- Select the pinned track you want to access from the list.
When you select a route, you will receive updated travel information for estimated arrival times and any disruptions that may cause delays.
6. Download Maps For Overseas Travel
Google Maps is a great travel tool, but it doesn’t help much if you lose internet access on the road. Fortunately, you save maps for offline use before you travel, so you can still navigate without internet access.
- Open the Google Maps application.
- Search for a location (eg, San Francisco).
- Pull up the location tab in full screen mode.
- Tap the three dots icon at the top right of the screen.
- Select Download offline map.
You can still access driving directions using offline maps as long as the entire route is available on the saved map. Keep in mind that when using maps offline, you won’t get travel information or features such as alternate routes, most economical routes, etc.
7. Share your location to make solo travel safer
If you’re traveling alone, sharing your location with someone you trust is a safety travel essential. Whether you’re traveling solo abroad or hiking, sharing your location can help authorities intervene more quickly if there’s a problem.
- Open the Google Maps application.
- Tap your account icon to the right of the search bar.
- Select Share Location.
- Tap on Location sharing.
- Set the sharing time or select Until you turn this off.
- Select the contact(s) you want to share your location with.
- Tap Submit.
Traveling solo is a different experience and overcoming challenges like not knowing the language is all part of the fun. It’s possible that nothing serious will happen, but in the unlikely event that you need emergency help, location sharing can save your life.
Whether you’re planning your next trip or need help finding the best restaurants in a new city, Google Maps has you covered. With live information, you can choose the fastest or least expensive routes for road trips and see how crowded places are to avoid the crowds.
You also have the latest weather forecasts to help you choose the best days to travel and avoid getting caught in the rain. Saving routes for the future and downloading offline maps makes life easier after you’re on the move, and sharing your location can protect you and anyone you’re traveling with. With Google Maps, there’s no excuse for getting lost or running out of ideas for things to do on your trip.
The best student Chromebooks 2023, buying guide
The best student Chromebooks are affordable alternatives to the best Windows laptops and the best MacBooks for both students and those working in education.
The best student Chromebooks 2023, buying guide
In addition to affordability, strong battery life is another feature offered by most Chromebooks. This is useful for students, especially since a single charge can usually get you through a full day of school or college classes. Some even have touchscreens or the ability to fold the screen into a tablet, giving them more versatility.
And as mentioned above, Chromebooks are affordable. While even the most entry-level MacBooks sell for around $900, a mid-range Chromebook can cost up to $300. Plus, for high-income college students or even teachers, there are premium options in the $500-$700 range.
Below, we’ve listed some of the best student Chromebooks you can buy.
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The best student Chromebooks you can buy today
1. Samsung Chromebook 4
Reasons to buy
- Long battery life
- Thinner and lighter than competitors
- good performance
Reasons to avoid buying
- Dim the screen without touch
- Average voice
The best student Chromebook for those on a budget, the Samsung Chromebook 4 really impresses with its battery life. This laptop surfed the web for more than 10 and a half hours with a single charge. The chromebook 4’s aluminum finish makes it look like a much more expensive computer — though it has a plastic base. Performance is another highlight of this Chromebook, allowing for much faster multitasking than expected at this price point.
The Chromebook 4 is also lighter and slimmer than competing 11.6-inch Chromebooks, though we wish the display supported touch input. Its display offers acceptable performance, but don’t expect to see a lot of color or detail when watching movies or browsing YouTube. Speakers are fine, but you might want to bring your own headphones.
For students on a budget, this Chromebook offers a lot for a relatively small price. It’s ideal for learning at home, while also offering some features you can use after you’re done.
Price on Amazon: $104.88
Reasons to buy
- Long battery life
- Great screen for the price
- Affordable, plus keyboard included
Reasons to avoid buying
- The keyboard is best for small hands
- The hinge could be stronger
The second best student Chromebook option is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. Sometimes, it’s surprising how much you can get for $300 or less. The Lenovo Chromebook Duet, for example, is a 2-in-1 Chromebook that offers something that Microsoft’s Surfaces and Apple’s iPads can’t: a built-in keyboard. Not only do you get this feature, but the Chromebook Duet’s tablet screen itself is excellent, with an amazing amount of color output and a crisp 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. It’s great that it won the best budget laptop award at the 2021 Tom’s Guide Awards.
The Chromebook Duet’s keyboard is definitely a bit stiff, but at this price, any keyboard is amazing. Making things even better, the Chromebook Duet offers ChromeOS tablet optimizations that are long overdue to take advantage of all that screen real estate. On top of all this? In our battery test , it lasted 12 hours and 47 minutes, nearly 13 hours.
3. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
The third option of the best student Chromebooks is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. Removing the 4K display from the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook was probably the best thing Samsung could have done to popularize this Chromebook. It’s now even more affordable for students, but still has a great QLED display and longer battery life – 7 hours and 50 minutes compared to the previous generation’s 5 hours and 55 minutes. It’ll also sound great, plus its Core i3 configuration will provide plenty of speed for Chrome OS.
We weren’t happy with the vertical travel on its keyboard, which is a bit shallow. This creates a slight learning curve that you will adapt to over time. Plus, the Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a great value at $399 (Celeron) or $549 (Core i3). We love it so much that we awarded it Best Chromebook in the 2021 Tom’s Guide Awards .
Price on Amazon: $328.09
The fourth option is the Acer Chromebook Spin 713, the best student Chromebook. When shopping for a great student Chromebook, you should look for a device that is affordable, offers good performance, stylish design, and durability. The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 nails this combination.
That’s partly due to its Intel Core i5-10210U CPU, which provides plenty of speed for Chrome OS (anything more than that is overkill) and 8GB of RAM to handle all the Chrome tabs you can open. use it
In addition, its 2256 x 1504 pixel display provides bright and excellent image output. Additionally, it lasted 11 hours and 54 minutes in our web-based battery test. The only major issue you can have with the Spin 713 is that its size makes it less portable than other options. Admittedly, this is a problem for all 13-inch laptops.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 311’s excellent battery life and excellent keyboard help it stand out in a field of best student Chromebooks full of small, affordable options. It’s good enough to get a recommendation for the best budget laptop in the 2021 Tom’s Guide Awards . It’s currently only $199 on Amazon .
With a travel of 1.6mm, the Spin 311’s keys are surprisingly comfortable for long periods of typing, and the battery lasted 12 hours in our tests on hold mode, making it a great choice for students who want to type while working. he does. Move.
Just don’t expect a great screen, as the Acer Chromebook Spin 311’s 11.6-inch 768×1366 screen tends to make videos look clean and dim.
Why choose a Chromebook?
As we said above, Chromebooks make ideal laptops for students because of their versatility, ease of use, and affordability. That last point is especially important for those on a budget, as you can often find Chromebooks for less than $100.
The vast majority of Chromebooks have a similar set of features. All use Google’s Chrome OS, which is lighter and easier to use than Windows or macOS. Chromebooks aren’t as powerful as the competition, but they make up for it with their versatility. Thanks to Google Play Store integration, they can run a variety of apps and are ideal for those who are always online.
Almost everything you do on a Chromebook, outside of using non-native apps, happens in a Chrome window. So although they are not the right machines for heavy software users, they are very useful for research, writing and presentations.
Poco C65/Redmi 13C phone review, price and specifications
Poco C65/Redmi 13C phone review. Check the price, technical specifications, camera, hardware, software, battery, charging speed and other features of Poco C65 phone.
Poco C65/Redmi 13C phone review, price and specifications
If you’re looking for a low-cost Xiaomi experience, the Poco is the way to go, and if you want to spend your money on a Poco phone, there are the ‘C’ family devices to consider.
The Redmi 13C is a very similar device to the Poco C65, and in terms of hardware, they are practically identical. We’re pretty sure that the findings in this review apply to the Redmi 13C as well.
The Poco C series phones have been released frequently lately and the naming convention is difficult to decipher. It seems that the first number in the model number indicates the generation of the device, while the second number is somewhat related to its relative position in the product line, perhaps also its display size.
If we assume that this is indeed the case, then the new Poco C65 is the first of a new generation of Poco devices and will come to “replace” the Poco C55, even though the latter was launched in February this year. There are many similarities between the C55 and the new C65. Both devices are roughly the same size and feature a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a 50-megapixel primary camera.
However, there are still some generational improvements to be noted. The screen on the C65, for example, has grown slightly and is now 6.74 inches in diameter. But more importantly, it can now refresh at 90Hz, a first for the Poco “C” line of phones. The Poco C65 now supports 18W PD charging, which may not sound like much in absolute terms, but it’s still a significant improvement over the Poco C55’s 10W.
The Poco C65 sweetens the deal with a new dedicated 2MP macro camera on the back, replacing the C55’s depth sensor. The selfie camera has also been upgraded to an 8-megapixel module. And when we say the Poco C65 is a budget device, we mean budget. It’s on sale for just $129 and $149 for the 6/128GB and 8/256GB models (original prices $109/$129).
The Poco C65 comes in a nice and sturdy two-piece box in the usual Poco yellow and black color scheme. Although the manufacturer doesn’t boast about being eco-friendly at all, the packaging appears to be made entirely of cardboard, which is great to see. There’s no built-in plastic stand for the phone to sit on, but it’s still quite securely in place.
The Poco C65 has a relatively rich retail package for its price. This will be a continuing motif with the C65 as it’s good to keep its low price in mind when analyzing different aspects of the experience. The retail box contains a USB Type-A to Type-C cable and a wall charger. It’s just a simple 10W (5V@2A) unit, not one that can saturate the full 18W of power a phone can accept. There’s nothing inside the box, but at this price point, that’s not really expected.
Poco C65 has a very “traditional” design. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just your regular old phone that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.
The design team still tried to incorporate some distinctive details around the rear cameras with a raised area and some vertical lines. It all ties together well and looks classy. The only thing we don’t like about the back of the C65 are the manufacturer’s markings. I wish there was a better place for them.
The C65 is available in a total of three colors: black, blue and purple. Unfortunately, our review unit is probably the most boring black variant. The other two colors look more interesting.
The C65 has an almost completely flat back that sits flush with the midframe. Both of these are made of plastic. The sides of the phone are also completely smooth and have nice rounded corners for more comfort.
The windshield of the C65 is kind of “floating” on top of the middle frame. It’s well glued, of course, but instead of sitting in the middle frame like the back panel, it sticks out.
The C65 has very thick screen bezels, which is to be expected for its price. The lower chin is thicker than the upper frame. However, there’s plenty of room for multiple sensors and a selfie camera that still requires a display notch, but it’s relatively shallow.
Poco C65 is a very heavy device. Its dimensions are 168 x 78 x 8.1 mm and its weight reaches 192 grams. We’re not saying it’s tough or anything, but you’re still getting a big device with a 6.74-inch display and a 5,000mAh battery to boot.
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Poco C65 is quite solid and well made. There are no bends in the frame or hollows in the back.
As for materials, it’s no surprise that the C65 is made of mostly plastic. The back and middle frame are both plastic. Both still look like brushed metal from afar, so there’s that. The front of the C65 is fortunately covered with glass. Specifically, Corning Gorilla Glass. Although the manufacturer hasn’t specified exactly what kind it is, it’s great to hear that some protection is in place.
And as for peace of mind, while again there’s no official manufacturer information on the matter and the C65 lacks any official intrusion protection ratings, we did notice a nice thick rubber gasket on the SIM tray. This represents a minimum level of elemental protection. Although, we don’t exactly recommend trying it out for yourself.
The Poco C65 has a standard set of controls. Well, maybe, except for the 3.5mm audio jack, which is harder and harder. It’s alive and well and it’s at the top of the C65. There is nothing else on the top of the phone.
The left frame is also very empty. It only houses the SIM card tray. The C65 has a total of two nano SIM card slots in the said tray, along with a dedicated microSD memory expansion slot.
The opposite right side houses the volume and power buttons. The latter acts as a capacitive fingerprint reader. The reader is sharp and accurate. We have no complaints about it.
Both controls are well placed and comfortable to click. They feel a little soft to the touch, though they lack satisfying tactile feedback. This is a very minor inconvenience, though.
The bottom of the C65 is a bit more crowded. This is where the main microphone is next to the USB 2.0 Type-C port. The C65 has a single bottom-firing speaker. No stereo speaker setup here, not even a hybrid speaker.
At the end of the tour of controls, a phone is placed near the top of the phone in the space above the display. Proximity and light sensors are also located here.
The Poco C65 performs well in the connectivity department. Although, we should directly note that this is not a 5G device. Both nano SIM card slots on the phone support simultaneous 4G LTE connection.
The C65 also has dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.3. Although it does offer LE support. The C65 also has NFC in some markets. You should check with your local retailer for information on that. A receiver supports positioning with GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and BDS. There is also an FM radio receiver with recording capability.
A USB Type-C port on the bottom can accept USB Power Delivery up to 18W and also supports USB Host/OTG. However, there’s nothing really fancy beyond that, like the video output. The Type-C port is backed up by a USB 2.0 connection, which means data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps.
C65 has bma253 accelerometer but no gyroscope. The two are usually a combination. There is an ltr311 light sensor, but it is not paired with a hardware proximity sensor either. Instead, the C65 has a virtual proximity sensor that works well for turning off the screen, but is still far less preferable. There is also an mmc5603 magnetometer and compass combination on board. It is expected that there will be no barometer in the Poco C65.
Large 6.74-inch LCD, now with 90 Hz
Poco C65 is equipped with a very large LCD panel. Its diameter is 6.74 inches . As mentioned earlier, the C65 brings a high refresh rate to the Poco C family. It’s just your “base” 90Hz variation , but the difference between it and the standard 60Hz is still very noticeable, making it a much-appreciated addition.
Let’s start with some performance numbers first. The LCD panel in C65 is actually bright enough for an LCD. We measured about 480 nits of maximum brightness on the slider and 607 nits on auto maximum. The availability of an auto overshoot mode is great for bright environments, although the C65 is still difficult to use in direct sunlight.
It is also worth noting that the screen in C65 is only with HD resolution ( 720 x 1600 pixels ). That’s spread a bit thin on the 6.74-inch 20:9 panel, which makes images a bit blurry. Nothing too extreme, but not exactly sharp either.
On colors, Poco C65 has a total of three color modes plus a color temperature adjustment wheel. Modes include Vivid, which is the default, Saturate, and Standard.
All three modes target the sRGB color space and cover it well. Vibrant and saturated modes have a slightly saturated blue color and cool the color palette. This is especially true for saturation. You can still get very accurate colors using standard mode. DeltaE values of 2000 are low enough to be considered color accurate.
Understandably, the C65 has no hardware HDR capabilities. However, it does support decoding for Dolby Vision. No HDR, HDR10+ or HLG though.
On a more positive note, we’re happy to report that the Poco C65 supports the highest Widevine L1 DRM certification, allowing services like Netflix to offer FullHD streams. That’s frankly weird because it’s technically higher than the resolution on the phone’s own screen, but we’ll take it anyway.
High refresh rate control
The 90Hz refresh rate is an exciting new addition that makes its way to the affordable Poco C line with the C65. As we said, while 90Hz is more or less “basic” and “entry-level” refresh rate as high as you can get, it still makes a big difference in how smooth scrolling and animations feel.
To further sweeten the deal, the Poco C65 even has adaptive refresh rate switching logic. The phone has a total of three refresh rate modes – the default, which promises automatic switching between 90Hz and 60Hz, and then 90Hz and 60Hz modes. The 60 Hz mode is the simplest. It only offers a locked 60Hz experience. However, the 90Hz mode is not fixed at 90Hz. It’s dynamic and has logic down to 60Hz.
From what we can tell, the phone uses 90Hz for most user interfaces as long as you’re interacting with the phone or there’s movement on the screen. When neither is true, it drops to 60Hz to save power. Some apps, like most Google apps and some non-native apps like Facebook, always run at a fixed 60Hz. When it comes to video playback, the smartphone is smarter. Most multimedia apps like Gallery run at 90Hz in the UI, but once you start playing video, the phone is smart enough to recognize the scenario and drop it down to 60Hz.
Overall, we saw almost the same behavior using the Poco C65 at its default refresh rate. So, effectively, the phone only has two refresh rate modes.
It seems that high refresh rate games are prohibited on Poco C65. We tried a few games that we know can push past 60fps, and none of them were able to enable a 90Hz refresh rate regardless of the display’s refresh mode settings. The included Game Center also doesn’t offer refresh rate settings.
All things considered, we like how the Poco C65 handles its automatic refresh rate switching. This behavior is smart and multi-faceted and saves battery very well. Playing with a high refresh rate on the phone is prohibited. Anyway, the chipset is a bit closed for power supply. Frankly, we couldn’t ask for more, especially from such an economical device.
The switching rate on actual pixels could be a little better. The C65 has a lot of ghosting and smearing while scrolling, especially in smaller text.
The Poco C65 has a very large 5000 mAh battery. That being said, the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset isn’t exactly known for being the most energy-efficient part on the market. As you may know, we recently introduced the new GSMArena 2.0 battery test and the new Active Usage Score metric. You can read all about it here.
The Poco C65 performed very well in our battery test. Nothing spectacular, but still a strong show. It manages great call endurance numbers, and its video playback and web endurance aren’t half bad either. The game component leaves a little to be desired. This is very strange, considering that the phone can’t play continuously at 90Hz, which puts more pressure on the GPU. Plus, it only has HD+ resolution. However, we ran our numbers and retested, and we have another reason why the Poco C65 isn’t a great gaming phone.
One of the Poco C65’s upgrades over the C55 is support for 18W PD charging (compared to the standard 10W charging rate). Admittedly, this still doesn’t make the C65 a fast-charging device.
Fifteen minutes with a PD-compatible charger of sufficient wattage took our review unit from dead to just 14% battery. 30 minutes of charging resulted in 28% battery and full charging took 2:09 hours . To be fair, we’ve seen cheaper devices with slower charging speeds, but the C65 isn’t as fast as you might think.
Things look worse if you use the 10W (5V@2A) charger that comes in the phone’s retail box. With it, fifteen minutes of 11% charge, 22% for 30 minutes, and a full charge takes about 2:35 hours .
The Poco C65 only has a single speaker that works at the bottom. There is no stereo setup, not even a hybrid. The single speaker is also not very impressive. In our test, the loudness score was below average . Its frequency response is decent, but nothing to call home. In particular, mids and voices are enough, and certainly an important part. Plus, we have to keep in mind how cheap this Poco C65 is and adjust our expectations accordingly.
In terms of additional audio features, the C65 has something called Voice Assistant . Its notable feature is volume adjustment per program while multiple programs are playing.
MIUI 14 for Poco on top of Android 13
At the time of writing this review, our Poco C65 unit is running Android 13 with MIUI for Poco 14.0.3. This is definitely a very current software combination. Although, we’re not sure what the future holds for Poco devices in regards to Xiaomi’s new HyperOS. There isn’t much difference between the standard MIUI and the iteration for Poco, so we suggest you take a closer look at your MIUI 14. You will find all the information you need there.
The only immediate difference between the standard MIUI and the Poco variants is in the default icon style. It seems to be more in line with Android’s circular icons.
MIUI for Poco also allows you to lock the screen by double-tapping an empty space on the home screen, whereas regular MIUI doesn’t. It also lacks the “large symbols” feature due to its value. We’re still not sure how Xiaomi will decide which features will make it to the global MIUI ROM, which will remain exclusive to the Chinese version, and which features the Poco will eventually receive. Everything is really complicated.
Apparently, MIUI 14 is built almost from scratch as architectural engineers have rebuilt the MIUI core ROM down to the Android kernel level. This includes new CPU, GPU, and memory scheduling, a smaller operating system size, and reduced memory usage overall. As a result, Xiaomi claims a 60 percent smoother experience and more optimized processes. Automatic compression for programs that are not actively used is also in the menu. Unfortunately, however, these are the features we can reliably test.
The split between the notification shade and Control Center isn’t enabled by default on our review unit, which is odd. By default, we got the standard combined notification menu and quick toggle menu.
Home screen, recent apps and general settings remain unchanged. The app drawer is also enabled by default and cannot be disabled in Poco phones. We like the search bar at the bottom of the page for easier access. There are custom and preset app categories for faster navigation.
MIUI recent apps list comes with some useful shortcuts. You can also choose whether the list of apps is vertical or horizontal. Interestingly enough, the sidebar and floating windows functionality seems to be completely absent from the Poco C65.
Themes have always been a big part of MIUI and they are available in MIUI 14 as well. You can download new ones from the Themes Store and they can change wallpapers, ringtones, system icons and even fonts.
Moving towards privacy and security, MIUI comes with a pre-installed system security app. Aside from the extra layer of malware protection it provides, the app keeps many of the app’s settings and privacy features in one place. It can manage your blacklist, manage or limit your data usage, configure battery behavior and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, define the battery behavior of selected apps, and apply restrictions to specific apps only.
All in all, MIUI 14 has changed little in terms of overall user experience compared to the 13th iteration, and that’s not a bad thing. Colorful and customizable as always.
Performance and benchmarks
Like the Poco C55, the new Poco C65 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. It’s a very old 12nm chip from 2020 that didn’t perform very well at launch and is starting to show its age today. There’s no use beating about the bush. The performance it delivers is disappointing all around.
In the CPU department, the Helio G85 has two large Cortex-A75 cores running at up to 2.0 GHz and six smaller Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz. In terms of GPU, the Helio G85 only has two Mali-G52 MC2 cores to work with. In fact, there isn’t much power to go around. The Helio G85 is paired with 1800MHz LPDDR4X RAM.
Specifically, the Poco C65 comes in 6.128GB or 8.256GB trim, which is the unit we have for review.
Compared to the C55, which starts with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, it’s a nice little upgrade, so we can’t complain too much. Although, it’s worth noting that the Poco C65 uses the slow eMMC storage type, which could explain its slow performance.
Let’s kick things off with GeekBench and some CPUs. It is easy to understand that the Helio G85 is not a powerful chip. That’s right, once again, we have to remind ourselves of the incredible price of the Poco C65. Still, however, the amount of performance available is kind of disappointing.
Even the Snapdragon 685 inside the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G seems to offer slightly better performance than the Helio G85 in the Poco C65. It’s also worth noting that the older Redmi Note 8 2021 seems to fare slightly better on GeekBench with the same Helio G85 chipset. Not much, mind you, but still worth mentioning.
AnTuTu is slightly more favorable than the older Redmi Note 8 2021 and the Poco C65 in this comparison. However, the overall AnTuTu score is not impressive at all.
Our Poco C65 review unit stubbornly refused to connect to the GFXBench servers and run the benchmark. At least after fiddling for a while, it ran 3Dmark. As expected, the Mali-G52 MC2 GPU is pretty weak. At least you don’t have to work too hard to squeeze pixels onto the C65’s HD+ screen.
Unfortunately, the Poco C65 doesn’t just look bad in terms of performance. Even in practical terms, the phone is very slow and sluggish. The lack of smooth operation is one of the biggest problems with the Poco C65.
On the plus side, at least the C65 doesn’t overheat. Its surface is never uncomfortable to the touch, even with long-term stress testing. And the Helio G85 chipset inside isn’t very tasty either. It loses some performance with the torture test, but a very reasonable amount.
50MP main camera and now a dedicated macro camera
Just like the Poco C55, the Poco C65 is equipped with a 50-megapixel main camera. It may be the exact same camera. We can’t say for sure because the Poco C65 supports two 50MP sensors – the OmniVision ov50d40, which has a 1/2.88-inch sensor size and 0.612µm individual pixels, and the Samsung s5kjns, which we assume is the JN1 with 1. 2.76-inch optical format and 0.64 µm individual pixels. Either way, the camera is 28mm wide, has phase detection autofocus, and sits behind an f/1.8 lens.
The other camera on the back of the C65 is a dedicated 2MP macro. The sensor is based on the SmartSens sc202cs sensor with a 1/5-inch sensor size and 1.75 µm individual pixels. Behind is an f/2.4 lens.
The Poco C65 also seems to have a third camera on the back. A very small one that the official website only lists as an “auxiliary” unit, whatever that means. We assume it’s some kind of depth sensor. However, covering it up doesn’t seem to affect the phone’s portrait photography capabilities.
Finally, we have the 8-megapixel selfie camera. The camera is based on the OmniVision ov8856 sensor with a 1/4-inch sensor size and 1.12 µm pixels. Behind is an f/2.0 fixed focus lens.
The camera app is a simple implementation, though it has its own quirks. First, the main operation works for switching modes using a side swipe (on the black frame!), and you can also tap on the modes you can see to switch directly to it.
Up and down swipes do not work to switch between front and rear cameras. Only the button next to the shutter does this.
There is no More tab for modes on the C65. All modes are included in the original Rolodex.
There’s a pull-out menu at the top of the camera UI where you’ll find other options, including a macro mode that hasn’t been added to the main carousel of modes yet. Next to that, you have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, and a shortcut for Google Lens. Oddly enough – like other Xiaomi devices, there is no Ai key.
Also, there is no Pro mode of any kind in Poco C65. Night mode is available on the main camera.
Day photo quality
The main camera of the Poco C65 takes photos with a resolution of 12.5 megapixels by default. The photos look nice enough, especially for such a budget device. The frame has a lot of detail and the colors are more natural and realistic.
However, the amount of sharpening is clearly visible, liberally applied, and there’s very little noise, especially on flat surfaces. Contrast is a little tricky and so is dynamic range. But again, keep in mind that this device is very affordable.
You can force the main camera to shoot at its full 50MP resolution . These photos don’t really look that different compared to their 12.5MP counterparts. The amount of detail is about the same, and the colors, contrast, and dynamic range are about the same. That being said, in 50MP mode, there seems to be less artificial sharpness applied to the frame, resulting in slightly softer but more natural-looking photos.
Here’s how the Poco C65’s main camera compares to the competition in our extensive camera comparison database. Pixel-peep away.
The main camera also takes very good portrait photos . Subject detection and isolation can be done almost at any time. We also like the quality of the background blur effect. Skin tones look convincing and completely natural.
Unfortunately, even without applying a filter, there isn’t much skin texture in these portraits. However, this is a relatively minor problem.
Non-human subjects also work surprisingly well. The C65 has very little trouble picking out these subjects and focusing them correctly, something more expensive phones often struggle with.
The Poco C65 does not have a dedicated ultra-wide or telephoto camera. However, the main camera has plenty of resolution for taking zoom shots . The camera app even has a 2x zoom switch, which shows that Xiaomi is confident enough about the phone’s zoom capabilities.
And indeed, these 2x zoom photos look very decent and look exactly like 1x photos. There is a lot of detail and the colors are beautiful.
Some liberal sharpening is applied, bordering on oversharpening and contrast, and the dynamic range is excellent. However, these images are perfectly acceptable.
Finally, we have 2MP macro shots from the dedicated macro camera. These also look surprisingly good for what they are. Even with their low resolution, there is plenty of detail in the frame. Colors also look nice and match the main camera well, contrast is good, and the focal length is very wide and impressive.
The Poco C65 selfie camera takes great 8MP photos. The detail is excellent and the skin texture is removed well. Colors and skin tones generally look nice and natural. Even contrast and dynamic range are both good.
The only real issue we found with these photos is, once again, the camera’s sharpening. Nothing too dramatic, though, and overall, these are some great selfies. The color surprised us.
Selfie portraits look equally great with excellent subject detection, isolation and a convincing background bokeh effect.
As we said earlier, the MediaTek Helio G85 is by no means an impressive chipset. This also applies to its video recording capabilities. As expected, video recording on the Poco C65 is limited to 1080p resolution. However, this is a norm at its budget price, so we can’t complain too much.
By default, the phone saves videos in a standard AVC (h.264) video stream at around 20 Mbps with AAC audio in an MP4 container. Unfortunately, the C65 only records mono audio for its videos. On the plus side, despite its budget nature, the Poco C65 still offers optional HEVC (h.265) video encoding. There is also an interesting option in the settings to automatically reduce the frame rate of videos in low light and high temperature environments. This is a very unusual option that you don’t see very often.
The Poco C65’s main camera shoots decent, if unremarkable, 1080p video. The level of detail is good, with regards to clarity, colors are beautiful and mostly natural.
The dynamic range is a bit narrow for our taste. The contrast is a little high, which results in an over-processed look. Overall, once again, considering the price of the phone, we can’t complain.
Here’s how the C65 compares to other devices in our video comparison database.
The C65 offers a quick switch for recording videos with 2x zoom . These look largely identical to the 1x examples, which is impressive in its own right. Again, we couldn’t realistically ask for much better from such a budget device.
The Poco C65 doesn’t appear to offer any form of EIS or other stabilization for its video. At least we did not manage to find such options. Here is an example of video from the main camera in motion. It is quite shaky as expected.
The selfie camera on the C65 is also limited to 1080p video recording. And, expectedly, just like the original camera, it only records mono audio, which is a bit of a bummer. However, in terms of quality, we can’t complain. The details are good and so are the colors.
Contrast is a bit too high, and dynamic range could be better, but these are relatively minor issues.
Camera quality in low light
The Poco C65’s main camera struggles significantly in low-light conditions. Photos look quite soft and noisy, with blown out highlights and light sources.
Fortunately, there’s a dedicated night mode , which slows down processing a bit as expected, but offers a significant improvement in low-light quality.
Night mode greatly reduces noise. Clarity is improved along with detail. Darker areas are much better managed. However, the biggest improvement should be to highlights and light sources. Night mode is the difference between a protruding clutter and usable real photos.
2x zoom shots from the main camera at night tend to look softer and more static than their 1x counterparts.
You can significantly improve their overall quality by using Night Mode, which has a 2x zoom shift.
Low-light selfies are not for a home phone. These are very soft and noisy. Most of the skin texture and fine facial features are completely lost. At least the skin tone looks quite realistic.
Unfortunately, night mode is not available for Poco C65 selfie camera.
Low-light video from the main camera is serviceable but mostly unimpressive. The amount of detail recorded is actually not bad for a 1080p video.
These videos are noisy and over-sharpened and over-saturated. The Poco C65 also struggles mightily with light sources.
The Poco C65 is a really affordable device. There is no doubt about it. However, it seems a bit hard to pin down the exact retail price right now as there are a lot of sales going on. It looks like it will sell for just $129 and $149 for the 128/6GB and 256/8GB models respectively. Early bird pricing appears to be $109/$129.
Let’s look at the rest of Xiaomi’s products first. We mentioned earlier that the Redmi 13C is practically the identical twin of the Poco C65. But it is worth noting that Redmi currently costs a little more than Poco for some reason.
Next up is the Xiaomi Redmi 12. It has a large screen like the C65 and LCD, but with FullHD+ resolution instead of HD+. The Redmi 12 also has an official IP53 ingress protection rating, notably an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The Redmi also has an IR blaster and uses the much better MediaTek Helio G88 chipset. Pricing is pretty similar between the two, which arguably makes the Redmi 12 the better deal in our opinion.
Next, we recommend considering the ever-popular Redmi Note 12. It’s also slightly more expensive than the Poco C65, but it has an IP53 rating, a 120Hz AMOLED display and 33W charging. It also has an ultra-wide camera and an arguably better 1st generation Snapdragon 4 chipset.
In the Samsung camp, the Poco C65 seems to be competing with phones like the Galaxy A14. Note that A14 has 4G and 5G versions. The price difference between the two is very small and which one to get depends on your priorities. The 5G variant clearly has superior network connectivity as well as a 90Hz refresh rate on the PLS LCD. Besides being slightly cheaper, the 4G version also has an ultra-wide camera, which the 5G model lacks. It’s only a 5MP camera though. Personally, we think the A14 5G is the best deal of the pair.
If the Galaxy A14 is a little out of your budget, maybe consider the new Galaxy A05s. While most of its specifications are very similar to those of Poco C65. However, you get slightly faster 25W charging with the Galaxy.
Last but not least, Transsion Holdings has at least a few good alternatives under its umbrella. If you can swing it, the Tecno Spark 10 Pro offers a large 6.8-inch 90Hz FullHD+ LCD, a 50MP primary camera and a 5000mAh battery with 18W charging. Very similar to Poco C65. On the plus side, the Tecno offers 1440p video recording instead of 1080p on the back and front with a large 32MP selfie camera.
If the Tecno is a bit out of your budget, then there’s the Infinix Smart 8. You’ll have to settle for a 13MP main camera, 10W charging, and a Unisoc T606 chipset.
Let’s keep things simple here. Xiaomi Poco C65 is a very affordable device. In fact, as far as trying to find good alternatives and competitors for it with the same value proposition. As such, its primary value will inevitably be price. The overall experience of the phone itself should be just good enough to meet the expectations of buyers at this low price.
As you might expect, the Poco C65 has its ups and downs. It’s a great, well-built phone with Gorilla Glass on the front and virtually no bends or hollows, but it also lacks any official, even basic, intrusion protection, and the design is a little plain.
The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate, which works well enough and is decently bright for an LCD. However, pixel response times aren’t perfect, leading to ghosting and smearing, and gaming at high refresh rates is a no-go. Battery life on the C65 is fairly good, but charging is very slow. MIUI 14 looks great and is feature-rich, but it stutters and slows down on the C65 due to the paltry Helio G85 chipset. The latter is also responsible for the camera’s 1080p video recording resolution, which is otherwise pretty decent for a budget device.
We could go on, but you kind of get the point. Honestly, we didn’t hate our time with the Poco C65. This is a decent enough device. In our opinion, its biggest weakness is the poor performance of the Helio G85 chipset. Other than that, it has almost no glaring flaws, and even its performance at this price is hard to complain about.
If we were shopping in this price range, we’d probably try to get something a little smoother than the Poco C65.
Why should we buy Poco C65 phone?
- Beautiful design with good build quality.
- A decently bright LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate.
- Good battery life
- Good camera performance in daylight
- expandable memory with dedicated microSD slot; A 3.5 mm audio jack
- Charger included in retail box.
Why should we avoid buying the Poco C65 phone?
- Virtual proximity sensor
- Loudness of the speaker is below average
- The Helio G85 chipset has poor performance with stuttering UI.
- Video recording is limited to 1080p and there is no stabilization.
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