Xiaomi made quite a splash last year when it put a 200MP camera sensor in its mid-range Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G. The sequel isn't quite as exciting, with incremental upgrades all round. Nevertheless, it's still a perfectly good mid-range phone that offers plenty for around S$500.
- 6.67-inch AMOLED (2,712 x 1,220 pixels, up to 120Hz)
- MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Ultra with 12GB RAM, 512GB storage
- 5,000mAh battery, 120W charging (120W charger included)
- Cameras: 200MP, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 16MP front
The first thing I noticed about the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G is its IP68 water and dust resistance. That's an improvement from the previous version's IP53 rating. But seeing as even some 2023 mid-range phones offered an IP67 rating, this upgrade was inevitable. However, only the highest-end Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G gets it. The other Redmi Note 13 phones are only IP54. In addition, the 6.67-inch display on the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is now protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is more durable than the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 used by its predecessor. This screen is also brighter, and offers a higher resolution than before. And it's curved — for the first time in the Redmi Note series. Curved displays used to indicate a premium smartphone, but ironically, flat screens now appear to be de rigueur among top phones like Samsung's Galaxy S24 series.
For a mid-range phone, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G offers relatively good haptic feedback. The new in-display fingerprint sensor works well, but the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. It has a similar triple camera setup as the previous version. This means it has a pretty good 200MP main sensor with optical image stabilisation, but the 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro lens are middling at best. This 200MP camera captures plenty of fine detail with rich, and accurate colours. Some photos do look a tad overexposed, though. Skin tones are also not quite as accurate as other, more expensive phones. The ultra-wide camera takes soft images, with duller colours. But the 2x zoom is decent. And night photos are not bad either, they looked fine, and weren't too noisy. Overall, the cameras are not bad for a mid-range phone.
Performance-wise, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G is great. The user interface feels snappy, and responsive, while apps open reasonably fast. It uses the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Ultra chipset, which runs cool, but is definitely a mid-tier processor. It scored 1,113 (single) and 2,704 (multi-core) in Geekbench 6, up from 777, and 2,204 respectively for its predecessor. But the recently-launched Poco X6 Pro offers better performance for around the same price, albeit without a 200MP main camera. And the Xiaomi-made Poco also comes with the latest Xiaomi HyperOS, running Android 14. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, on the other hand, still runs last year's MIUI 14 with Android 13, though a software update is probably on the way later this year. As usual, Xiaomi's Always-on display isn't “always-on” — you have to tap the screen first. It's my pet peeve with MIUI, along with the bloated software.
Battery life is good at almost 8 hours in PCMark's battery life test. This 5,000mAh battery also replenishes quick with the bundled 120W charger. My 12GB+512GB Redmi Note 13+ Pro 5G review unit costs S$569, but the 8GB+256GB model is S$499. That's about the same price as last year's model. While it's mostly a similar experience, especially with that 200MP camera, and 120W fast charging, the new version feels slightly more premium with the curved screen, in-display fingerprint sensor, and IP68 rating. Get it now from Shopee, and Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Xiaomi.
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