Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro review: Leica for less

Leica imaging meets flagship MediaTek power and big Sony sensors in the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro

A photo of the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro put excellent imaging tools in your hands for less. The stars of the show are the primary (wide) camera and the phone’s pro-grade software. Automatic mode applies contrast with conviction, but the manual photo and video options are excellent. Fantastic screens, powerful MediaTek internals, and long-lasting, fast-charging batteries matched with plenty of storage don’t hurt either, making the 13T and 13T Pro superb alternatives to the Pixel 7a, 7, and 8 – particularly for anyone after manual shooting.

Pros

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    Powerful pro photo tools and log video

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    Large main sensor and Leica processing

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    Brilliant, bright, vibrant screens

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    Excellent performance and storage value

Cons

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    Pared-back auto mode won’t be for all

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    Plastic frame doesn’t feel premium

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    Xiaomi interface is busy

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    Ultra-wide lacks AF

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While we don’t usually review two phones in one, the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro share the same camera system. In fact, the phones are identical other than the storage options, charging speeds and MediaTek chips inside, so if the camera is your main concern, each is as good as the other.

Xiaomi’s T series has always been about power, though has missed the mark when it comes to photography. Don’t get us wrong, the Xiaomi 11T Pro and 12T Pro both have powerful primary (wide) sensors, but were let down by poor, low-resolution, fixed-focus macro cameras. They also suffered from confusingly differing prices depending on where in the world you were.

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