Xiaomi 14 Review – Pros and Cons, Verdict | 91mobiles

As a pioneer for Xiaomi's latest flagships and brands Xiaomi 14 A lot is riding on its thin shoulders. I say slim because I think the useful dimensions of the smartphone actually work well in its favor. But without a doubt the mainstay of the phone is its Leica cameras. While the “co-engineered with Leica” tag isn’t easy to bear, both the brands leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the device performs well on the photography front. The top-end specs of the device, headlined by Qualcomm's flagship SoC, are no less exciting.

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Decision

The Xiaomi 14 is a loaded smartphone that scores high on most aspects. Purists may not like the pre-installed apps that come with it, and there are some minor issues in terms of how the cameras handle light flares. Furthermore, the device shines in terms of performance, fast charging and above all, the versatility of its Leica cameras. The size of the smartphone is also perfect for one-handed use.

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Let's start by taking the bull by the horns and see what those Leica snappers can offer. There's a 50MP f1.6 primary shooter with OIS on board, which is paired with a 50MP f2.0 telephoto with 3.2x optical zoom, OIS, and a 75mm floating lens, as well as a 50MP f2.2 ultra-wide.

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On the front, a 32MP camera handles selfie duties. Camera specs include the Light Fusion 900 sensor, while diving into the camera app reveals a ton of settings and options. Although I won't detail them all, I just want to say that if you want to be creative with photography, the Xiaomi 14 will not disappoint.

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One of the notable highlights is the shooting style that lets you switch between Leaky Authentic and Leaky Vibrant, and you can choose an option depending on how you like your photos. Then there's the Master Lens system available under Portrait mode, which offers a number of options including Documentary (35mm), Swirly Bokeh (50mm), Portrait (75mm), and Soft Focus (90mm). The range of filters available to customize the output is also worth checking out, thanks to the flavor added by Leica.

Elsewhere, you'll find options like Super Macro, Long Exposure, a special movie mode, Director's Cut, etc., all designed to give you creative flexibility in terms of what you want to shoot and the type of output you want.

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I got a chance to try out the Xiaomi 14's cameras in a variety of shooting situations, and overall, the smartphone delivers on the photography promise. Photos taken in daylight come out nice and clear, with ample detail and dynamic range. The telephoto and ultra-wide snappers are also quite capable. Night shots are fine for the most part, but there is a slight issue with light glare. The dedicated night mode helps with this a bit, but I think a software update should be able to address this properly. The front camera does its job, with some visible smoothing. Check out some sample shots above. The results that can be achieved using the filters deserve special mention, and I had a lot of fun with the results with the black and white ones. B&W modes are particularly useful for adding some character to street portraits, buildings and portraits, and I want to show you some here.

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Overall, the Xiaomi 14 may be just one or two updates short of being the best camera smartphone, but that may be a small letdown in the overall scheme of things. The fact that the range of options and creative flexibility that a smartphone offers makes it a highly versatile shooter, and the size of the device also helps a lot. It's a little difficult to express it in words, but I took the phone with me on a long trip, and I can assure you that it is very easy to keep it in a pocket all day and quickly pull it out for a quick shoot ( Much like a ) pistol from a holster when needed, rather than a larger tool).

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One thing to keep in mind is that to be able to get the best results from the Xiaomi 14's cameras, one has to play with the camera settings, modes and options and get a good understanding of what each feature does. An example of this is a macro shot of a small dinner table lamp that I captured after changing some settings.

Design and performance

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The first thing that strikes you about the Xiaomi 14 is its size. Thanks to its 6.36-inch display, this smartphone is easy to hold and use with one hand. I'd call it compact – and it is small because most phones these days use large screens – but the fact is that the Xiaomi 14 is just the right size. It's compact and light enough to use all day long, easy to slip in and out of the pocket, and yet, keep the screen tight when browsing the web, working with emails and documents, gaming or using the phone for entertainment. It is not felt.

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My black review unit looks a little slick and probably won't distract, but I think the jade green option might. In any case, the fit and finish is excellent, and the positioning of the phone is as premium as it gets. The matte finish on the glass back (on the black version) feels smooth to the touch, and doesn't deform easily. Special mention goes to the IR blaster which is placed in an unusual place – on the rear camera module. Location seems odd at first but makes using this feature easy, as the screen appears when you set up and use the universal remote to control devices around the house (or at the pub or the airport). May be in front of you – I am not to judge). The phone is IP68 rated, so minor water splashes or a drizzle or two shouldn't be a problem.

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Moving on to the display, Xiaomi has made sure that the 6.36-inch screen is no less attractive than the rest of the phone. The LTPO AMOLED screen offers up to 120Hz refresh rate, goes up to 3,000 nits, and supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The bezels are extremely thin, and a fast and responsive fingerprint scanner is present front and center. And the display is quite capable too – no complaints there.

Software, performance and battery

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From a software perspective, the Xiaomi 14 comes with HyperOS working on top of Android 14. It has a bunch of pre-installed apps (they can be removed if you don't need them), but other than that, the overall usage experience is smooth and hassle-free. Signature elements and features including Mi Share, support for themes, access to Mi Cloud for backup and restore, Find My Phone, Second Space, etc. are all present. There's a heart rate feature hidden inside the device settings, which uses the in-display fingerprint sensor to show your current heart rate.

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From a performance perspective, the Xiaomi 14 is quite impressive. This is hardly surprising, as there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC on top, paired with 12GHz RAM and 512GB of storage. Notably, this is the only storage variant that Xiaomi is bringing to India, at least for now. The Xiaomi 14 aces the benchmarks and delivers good performance, handling heavy apps and games with ease. It remains cool even when stressed.

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Moving on to the battery, the 4,610mAh battery seems a bit weak if you consider the capacity on paper, but manages to deliver a day of battery life with moderate usage. Additionally, the 90W wired charging speed charges the phone in the blink of an eye, bringing the battery level to 50 percent in less than 15 minutes, to 80 percent in about 25 minutes, and to full in about 35 minutes, whether on or off Take it. Also noteworthy is the support for 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging.

final call

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The Xiaomi 14 lands squarely in the premium flagship space, and it's loved google pixel 8 ,Review) And this Samsung Galaxy S24 ,Review) To compete in terms of competition. These are strong rivals, and each has unique strengths and weaknesses. Both the Pixel 8 and Galaxy S24 shine in the software and camera aspects, although those looking for pure performance may not like Google's offering. The Galaxy S24 is particularly notable for its Samsung ecosystem features, including features like DeX and others. I think the Xiaomi 14 is known for its Leica cameras and the immense versatility they offer to anyone looking to do more with photography. This, coupled with its performance and fast charging, makes it an option you'll definitely want to keep at the top of your shortlist.

Editor's Rating: 8/10

Reasons to buy:

  • The Xiaomi 14's convenient size works in its favor
  • The phone offers smooth performance thanks to Snapdragon 8 Gen3 and 12 GHz RAM.
  • Leica cameras are capable and offer immense creative control
  • Both wired and wireless charging are superfast

Reasons for not buying:

  • Many apps come pre-installed on the phone
    The camera has some problems handling brightness of light

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