The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is launching on 18th April and this will be their ultimate mobile photography tool which succeeds last year’s Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Ahead of next week’s launch, Xiaomi has dropped more details for its latest flagship smartphone with cameras co-developed with Leica.
Besides having a massive 1-inch sensor like the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and the current Xiaomi 12 Pro, the new Xiaomi 13 Ultra is getting a variable aperture lens to provide users more control over the depth of field. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s main camera can switch between f/1.9 for more bokeh and f/4.0 for sharper backgrounds.
The new flagship device has four instead of three cameras, and each of them are using 50MP sensors. The main 50MP camera uses Sony’s IMX989 sensor while the remaining three cameras for ultra-wide, telephoto and super-telephoto use Sony’s new IMX858 sensor. The IMX858 is a smaller 1/2.51″ image sensor that supposedly offers All-pixel Auto Focus. The device is also capable of shooting 8K videos.
The Xiaomi 13 Ultra also uses a Leica co-engineered Summicron lens which claims to integrate Leica’s high-performance optical lens in a compact form factor. The new lens uses an ultra high-order polynomial lens design that’s made with nanometer-level precision. It also gets a high-stability coating which ensures excellent optical performance in both extreme heat and cold situations.
Interestingly, one of the teasers uploaded on Weibo shows a chunky camera body which appears to be an add-on accessory for the new Xiaomi 13 Ultra. If you look closer, you’ll notice a “67mm Filter Adapter” and “Ultra photography Kits” on the ring. Who knows, but Xiaomi could offer an interchangeable lens option like the Xiaomi 12S Ultra concept device shown late last year.
In case you missed it, you can check out our hands-on with last year’s Xiaomi 12S Ultra which also features a 1″ Sony IMX989 and a fixed f/1.9 aperture lens. You can watch our video below where we compare the Xiaomi 12S Ultra with the iPhone 13 Pro.
- Xiaomi 13 Ultra will be launching this 18 April
- Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept has a second 1-inch sensor you can attach a Leica lens to
- Xiaomi 12S Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro: This phone is unbelievable in low-light
- Huawei explains why it’s in no hurry to use 1-inch sensors and 200MP cameras on its flagship smartphones