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Xiaomi 14 review: Solid base

Xiaomi 14 review: Solid base

Xiaomi 14

The Xiaomi 14 is a really good phone. It has an impressive build and feel, and great cameras. It's chock full of high-end features, such as a 120Hz AMOLED 6.36-inch display, wireless charging, and Leica-powered cameras. And at S$999, I'd say, yes, get this if you're looking for something premium, yet affordable.

Quick specs

  • 6.36-inch AMOLED (2,670 x 1,200 pixels, 1 to 120Hz)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with 12GB RAM, 512GB storage
  • 4,610mAh battery, 90W charging, 50W wireless charging
  • Cameras: 50MP, 50MP/32MP telephoto, 50MP ultra-wide, 32MP front

The Xiaomi 14 looks very much like the Xiaomi 13. The camera bump is larger, and really sticks out, even when the bundled silicon case is used. It does feel a bit unbalanced, compared to other phones that I've used. But the bigger bump houses a great camera system, and I still very much like the smooth matte glass rear. While most Chinese smartphone makers usually bundle crappy plastic cases, the included silicone case feels as good as Apple's silicone cases.

Xiaomi 14
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Similar to the Xiaomi 13, the Xiaomi 14 features two image processing modes: Leica Authentic and Leica Vibrant. I much prefer Authentic's more realistic looking colors, but if you want something punchy, choose Vibrant. I love the colours, and the portrait mode shots are excellent with great bokeh. The 3.2X optical zoom is similar to the Xiaomi 13, but you can only go up to 60X digital (down from 70x). But I'll be honest, 10x digital is probably the best. 30X is barely passable, unlike the S24 Ultra‘s fantastic digital zoom. Night shots are pretty good, and night mode works well. The selfie camera is fine with plenty of light, but expect lots of smoothening (which you can't turn off).

Xiaomi 14
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Unlike previous Xiaomi phones running MIUI, the Xiaomi 14 is one of the first phones to run the new HyperOS. Honestly, it feels very similar, but there are some cosmetic changes, such as tweaks to the icon's design and colour. The pull-down menu borrows from Apple's no-text design, which means you're left to figure out what each icon does. Honestly, I prefer MIUI's design, which has help text underneath to tell you what each one does. But overall, HyperOS does improve on the overall experience, and it's smooth. Battery life is rated at 9hr 28min using the PCMark test. It also has 90W fast charging, and 50W wireless fast charging for its 4,610mAh battery.

Meanwhile, Geekbench 6 scores are 2,187 (single) and 6,580 (multi-core), and are much better than last-gen's Xiaomi 13 Pro. In 3DMark's Wildlife Extreme Stress Test, temperatures peaked at 52° C while performance dipped by as much as 37%. At S$999 (12GB RAM and 256GB storage) and S$1,199 (12GB RAM and 512GB storage), the Xiaomi 14 offers a great set of features at a competitive price. Performance is comparable to the S24 range, which uses an Exynos processor, though it has much better thermal performance. However, it doesn't have the S24's AI capabilities. That said, it's still a pretty good phone and camera, and you can't go wrong. Get it from Shopee.

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Note: Review unit provided by Xiaomi.

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