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Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches: all the Xiaomi news from the Mobile World Congress

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Smartphones, tablets, smartwatches: all the Xiaomi news from the Mobile World Congress

Barcelona – Never change a winning team. The electronics giant Xiaomi relaunches its strategic partnership for mobile imaging with the historic photography brand Leica, and does so at the Mobile World Congress 2024 with the launch of the 14 Series on the global market (after the Chinese one). Two flagship smartphones, the 14 and 14 ultra, equipped with the latest generation chipsets and incorporating Leica Summilux optics for the first time.

We had the opportunity to touch both phones before the official presentation, appreciating the progress made compared to the 13 series especially with regards to the 14 Ultra, whose functionality and performance – which we saw put to the test on a real film set – they now wink at video professionals as well as photography professionals. However, the Pro version is missing, which this year the company has chosen not to market outside China and which we will therefore not see in Europe. Smartphones aside, for Xiaomi the MWC was also an opportunity to present the latest Smart Life products: the large Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro 12.4 tablet and three wearables, namely Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro, Xiaomi Watch S3 and Xiaomi Watch 2.

Xiaomi 14 and 14 Ultra: what they have in common

Both Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra are updated with the new and powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which brings with it an increase in CPU performance (+32%) and GPU (+34%) with lower consumption compared to the generation previous. On the Xiaomi 14, also thanks to the new Xiaomi HyperOS operating system, this translates into good responsiveness and speed of execution of all the most popular apps. Both the wifi connectivity is improved, thanks to the Qualcomm FastConnect 7800 chip, and the battery management, with the Xiaomi Surge system also updated in the hardware part. The heat generated by the new chipset when it has to carry out the most demanding tasks, such as running video games or ensuring smooth video recording, have forced the revision of the cooling system, which now, thanks to Xiaomi IceLoop technology, can count on a second expressly dedicated channel to the camera.

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HyperOS, the operating system for the AI ​​era

Finally, the operating system: the Xiaomi HyperOS required seven years of development and brings with it a renewed user interface, improved connectivity with the other products part of the “Human X Car X Home” intelligent ecosystem and new AI-based activities including Xiaomi HyperMind, which allows devices to proactively understand user needs, define different usage profiles and act accordingly. Here the Chinese are also introducing various functions based on artificial intelligence, because, as Daniel Desjarlais, Director International Communications says, “we are in 2024 and we cannot help but talk about generative AI”. And so comes the possibility of expanding or replacing the background of photos, to translate conversations and messages in real time, to search the photo gallery based on context. These and other functions, similar to those already seen on Google’s Pixel 8 or Samsung’s Galaxy S24, will be available with an update of operating system in the coming months, including on Series 13 models.

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The Leica look

The meeting with the Xiaomi 14 Ultra was short (because the samples were few and the journalists were many), but intense: available on the market since mid-March, the new top of the range from the Chinese company is immediately recognizable for its enormous photographic module circular that dominates the rear part. Available in the two colors Black and White, covered on the back by a wear-resistant vegan leather,

Xiaomi 14 Ultra has a sturdier chassis than its predecessor. The display is beautiful, which thanks to a uniform curvature on all sides and corners, combines the practicality and visual area of ​​a flat screen with the tactile feedback of one with a curved edge. The display is a 6.73″ AMOLED C8 WQHD+, with WQHD+ resolution (3200 x 1440), pixel density of 522 PPI and a variable refresh rate from 1 to 120Hz. The peak brightness is notable, reaching 3000 nits. The battery is 5,000mAh and guarantees, according to the manufacturer, up to 15 hours of battery life; it charges at 90W with HyperCharge or at 80W with the latest wireless HyperCharge technology.

Let’s get to the piece de resistance: the photographic section. Xiaomi 14 Ultra features four cameras, but it is the main one, 23 mm, which stands out compared to the previous generation by integrating a new 1-inch LYT-900 sensor with a dynamic range of up to 14EV, as well as a system with continuously variable aperture diaphragm of ƒ/1.63-ƒ/4.0. However, the other three cameras remain practically unchanged compared to the Xiaomi 13 Ultra: all equipped with a 50MP IMX858 sensor, they are the telephoto lens with 75mm floating lenses (ƒ/1.8, OIS) with macro function for shooting from 10cm to infinity, the periscope lens Leica 120mm (ƒ/2.5, OIS) with macro functions (from 30cm to infinity) which however now collects 44% more light than that seen on the 13 Ultra, and the Leica 12mm ultra-wide camera (ƒ/1.8 , 122° FOV, 5cm to infinity). In the world of smartphones, strategic alliances are essential to stand out. The one with Leica is the strong point of Xiaomi’s photographic offering, and has continued for over two years now, as the CEO of the German company Matthias Harsch recalls.

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Video at pro levels

Xiaomi 14 Ultra supports 8K shooting at 30fps on all four cameras. Thanks to Leica optics and the presence of a 50MP 1” sensor, the main camera also supports 4K shooting at 120fps and is adaptable to 5x slow-motion effects. The device also supports Dolby Vision 4K shooting at 60fps, has image stabilization, and thanks to the addition of a fourth microphone allows the recording of surround sound and directional sound.

That Xiaomi aims to conquer cinema professionals can also be understood from the introduction of functions such as Movie and MasterCinema: the first introduces the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and the 180° shutter on the 14 Ultra, offering videos with a cinematic look and motion blur. The second allows HDR video to be encoded in 10-bit Rec.2020 to capture even more details, highlights and shadows, surpassing the previous 8-bit BT.709 standard, especially on HDR screens. Finally, Director mode offers a professional-level interface with advanced parameter controls and recording in Log format for professional post-production. We were not able to use these features directly, but we saw them at work on a real film set set up at the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya, where a group of professionals tested them before our eyes with remarkable results. Worth mentioning is the possibility of using other Xiaomi devices – including the new Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro 12.4 – as external monitors, very useful for example for those who have to film themselves and want to use the main camera.

We close this part dedicated to the Xiaomi 14 Ultra by talking about the Photography Kit: evolution of the one available last year for the 13 Ultra (but only available in China), in practice it is a case with an ergonomic handle that resembles a camera and offers additional features such as the two-stage shutter button, a zoom lever, a customizable video record button and an additional customizable dial for fine exposure control. Among other things, it also acts as an external charger, with an autonomy of 1500mAh and USB-C connection.
The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is up for pre-order from today, but will be in stores from March 19th in Black or White colors for 1499.90 euros with just one memory cut: 16GB+512GB.

Xiaomi 14, simply powerful

Compact design, slightly curved rear panel and flat screen with extremely thin bezels, the Xiaomi 14 arrives in Europe where it has set sales records in China since its launch last October. It has three cameras with Leica Summilux lenses and focal lengths of 14, 23 and 75mm. The main camera, of distinctly higher quality than the other two, has an aperture of ƒ/1.6 coupled with the proprietary Xiaomi Light Fusion 900 sensor, and with a dynamic range of up to 13.5EV. Two other new features are the new Leica 14mm ultra-wide-angle camera sensor – now 50MP – and the 75mm Leica floating lens telephoto lens, with a minimum focusing distance of just 10cm.

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The display is a 6.36″ CrystalRes AMOLED 1.5K (2670 x 1200) with a pixel density of 460 PPI and peak brightness of 3000 nits, while the variable refresh rate goes from 1 to 120Hz. Unlike the Ultra version, the Xiaomi 14 is powered by a 4,610mAh battery rechargeable with 90W HyperCharge or 50W wireless HyperCharge.

On sale in the three colors Black, White, and Jade Green, Xiaomi 14 is already in stores with two memory variants: 12GB + 256GB at a cost of 999.90 euros and 12GB + 512GB starting from 1099.90 euros.

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Non solo smartphone

As we mentioned at the beginning, in Barcelona Xiaomi also presented a tablet and three wearables: the first is the Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro with a 12.4-inch 3K 144Hz screen. It runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform and can count on a 10,000mAh rechargeable battery with ultra-fast 120W HyperCharge. Here the Xiaomi HyperOS operating system introduces new functions that make it the hub for remotely managing Xiaomi smartphones and IoT devices. Available for pre-order now, the Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro will arrive on the Italian market from 12 April in Black color with two memory variants: 8GB+256GB (699.90 euros) and 12GB+512GB (799.90 euros).

The review ends with the new wearables from the Chinese giant, the Xiaomi Smart Band 8 Pro (79.99 euros), which is characterized by a new 1.74″ square AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 60Hz and a resolution of 336×480 pixel; the Xiaomi Watch S3 (149.99 euros), customizable with interchangeable rings and straps and autonomy of up to 15 days, and finally the Xiaomi Watch 2 (199.99 euros), which stands out for its Snapdragon W5+Gen platform 1 Wearable and 32GB storage space.

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