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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G in the test: Smartphone with IP68 is our price tip

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G in the test: Smartphone with IP68 is our price tip

With the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, Xiaomi has once again packed a lot of good technology into an elegant housing – at a comparatively fair price. The charger, the bright display and the high-resolution camera are almost at flagship level. The strong predecessor Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G (test report) already had a lot up its sleeve, but the Plus model in the 13th generation of the Redmi Note is now waterproof for the first time. This test report shows what the smartphone offers.

Highlights

One of the biggest strengths and innovations is the IP68 waterproof housing. This is not yet a given in this price range apart from outdoor smartphones. The camera with 200 megapixels as well as the stylish design and the extremely fast charger are also convincing. For a price of less than 400 euros, buyers can get some high-end features in a mid-range smartphone.

Is the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G waterproof?

Probably the most important innovation in the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G from Xiaomi is the IP68 certification. This means the smartphone is waterproof. So far, Xiaomi only offers this protection on its high-end smartphones. The cell phone can therefore survive being immersed in fresh water up to a depth of one meter for around 30 minutes. Apart from inexpensive outdoor cell phones (list of the best), only a few smartphones in this price range offer a certificate for IP68.

The water resistance cannot be seen in the otherwise elegant casing. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G looks very stylish. The piano lacquer finish gives the mobile device a high-quality look, but is susceptible to fingerprints. It doesn’t seem very stable, luckily it comes with a dark gray protective cover. The display is curved on the sides (2.5D). The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G is one of the larger smartphones and can hardly be operated with just one hand.

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What does the display offer?

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G impressively proves how good a display can be in a mid-range smartphone. The display with sturdy Gorilla Glass measures 6.67 inches diagonally and has a resolution of up to 2712 × 1220 pixels (446 PPI). It delivers razor-sharp and excellent image quality. The adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz also ensures a smooth picture during animations or games. The screen is also brilliantly bright. It was always readable even in sunshine. Xiaomi is talking about up to 1800 nits – that’s really strong for the price.

How much does the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G cost?

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G offers an RRP of 499 euros – you can now get the mid-range smartphone with 256 GB from 382 euros and with 512 GB for 392 euros. Here we would recommend a larger memory. The colors available are white, black and purple.

It’s a bit confusing with the many variations. Only the Note 13 Pro+ 5G offers IP68. The Note 13 Pro 5G without Plus is only IP54 certified, has no curved display and uses the slightly weaker Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor. But it is cheaper. The Note 13 Pro only works with 4G and, once again, a weaker processor.

How good is the camera?

As with its predecessor, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G (test report), a main camera with an impressive 200 megapixels and optical image stabilization (OIS) is once again used. This allows you to take excellent photos in daylight, with pronounced image details and a wide dynamic range. The high resolution allows a successful zoom even without a telephoto lens. Up to four times magnification, the motifs hardly have any pixels.

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Night mode effectively brightens shots, which also leave a good impression, but can’t quite keep up with high-end smartphones. The front camera is also impressive for selfies. The run-of-the-mill lenses for wide angle (8 megapixels) and macro shots (2 megapixels) are less worth mentioning. Videos appear stable and are possible at up to 4K at 30 frames per second (FPS).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G – Originalaufnahmen

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G – Originalaufnahmen

What can the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G do?

It is powered by a Mediatek MT6886 Dimensity 7200. The SoC doesn’t make the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ a rocket, but the performance is more than sufficient for most purposes. The system runs smoothly and without annoying pauses for thought. The PCmark benchmark demonstrates adequate performance with 12,000 points, which is on the same level as its predecessor. The graphics performance has improved somewhat, as shown by the 4200 points in the “Wild Life” test from 3Dmark. This makes the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ also good for gaming.

The cell phone is well equipped with memory: either 8/256 GB or 12/512 GB are impressive. However, memory expansion is not possible. The rest of the equipment offers everything a smartphone needs. The only disappointing thing is the slow transmission standard via cable with USB-C 2.0

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G – Pictures

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G – Pictures

How long are updates available?

At the time of testing on February 18, 2024, the test device was running Android 13 and the MIUI 14.0.5 user interface. The security patch is from January 2024. Xiaomi will soon replace its old software with Hyper OS based on Android 14, an update should follow shortly. A total of security updates are planned for 4 years, with three major Android upgrades up to version 16. However, that is one year shorter than the Xiaomi 13 (test report).

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How long does the battery last?

The battery is quite generous at 5000 mAh, but the battery life in the PCmark battery test is less generous at under 10 hours. However, we had set the adaptive refresh rate and resolution, which results in higher energy consumption. That should be enough for one day, but other competitors have slightly longer runtimes. The power supply is even more brutal with 120 watts, so the cell phone can be charged in just 30 minutes. After just a quarter of an hour the battery is half full. But there is no wireless charging.

Technical data

What alternatives are there?

Conclusion

Like its predecessor, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G offers a lot for comparatively little money. The display is at flagship level and the 200 megapixel camera takes excellent pictures. We also liked the design; the mid-range smartphone is finally completely waterproof. Thanks to 120 watts, the cell phone can be charged in half an hour. The wide-angle and macro lenses are less worth mentioning, and the battery life could be better.

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