Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro Review – Pros and Cons, Verdict | 91mobiles

redmi note 13 proIn some sense, may appear as the strange middle sibling in the new redmi note 13 series, but still considering the price it is an attractive option. Starting at Rs 25,999, the smartphone features a 200MP camera, 67W charging, a 6.67-inch tall AMOLED display with 1.5K (2,712 x 1,220 pixels) resolution, and Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers.

The Note 13 Pro also sticks to the roots of the OG Redmi Note and is one of the few phones under Rs 30k to offer a headphone jack. It also has an IR transmitter, which many older Redmi phone users prefer.

However, its biggest challenge is the competition in this segment. Priced under Rs 30,000, smartphone OEMs like OnePlus, POCO and iQOO are offering similar, if not better, features at relatively more affordable prices. The phone still runs Android 13, although Android 14 is promised soon. Here's everything you need to know when considering the Redmi Note 13 Pro.

Decision

If great design, fast charging, good battery and cameras matter to you then the Redmi Note 13 Pro will not disappoint. It also offers one of the best displays in the segment. Additionally, the native reading mode keeps the reading experience enjoyable. However, the phone is still awaiting the Android 14 update, while other OEMs have already started offering it out of the box. The Note 13 Pro cameras perform reliably in daylight, but low-light performance still needs some improvement.

Design and performance

There's a lot to like about the Redmi Note 13 Pro in terms of design. It has a smooth glass-like finish at the back with a matte coating, which effectively hides fingerprint smudges. The purple version I'm reviewing has subtle shades of blue and green near the camera module, which add a refreshing touch. Xiaomi has also paid attention to details with the silver Redmi branding at the bottom of the rear panel, which complements the overall color scheme. For those who prefer bolder colors, the Redmi Note 13 Pro offers white and black color options, both of which are equally attractive.

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Considering the size of the smartphone, the feel of holding it in the hand is also good. The placement of the volume and power buttons is perfect for my grip. The headphone jack is not too close to the edge for a seamless gaming experience in landscape orientation. For durability, the Redmi Note 13 Pro gets an IP54 rating, which provides adequate protection from dust and water splashes. Of course, the higher IP64 rating is reserved for the more expensive Redmi Note 13 Pro+ ,Review,

A standout feature of the Redmi Note 13 Pro is its display quality and viewing experience. It has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, which is a significant upgrade from the standard Corning Gorilla Glass 5 found in many smartphones in this price range. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display is enhanced with Dolby Vision support and AdaptiveSync refresh rates ranging from 30Hz to 120Hz at four levels. Additionally, the device includes a fingerprint scanner, which is reasonably responsive as long as your fingers are clean.

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Video playback on YouTube and Netflix was great, with Dolby Vision support. The viewing experience on the Redmi Note 13 Pro is also comparatively better than its immediate rivals as it generally displays warm and attractive colors without seriously impacting contrast. You can change the settings between Vivid, Natural or Saturated depending on your preference. It also has my favorite reading mode, which makes the reading experience much better.

camera

The camera performance of both Redmi Note 13 Pro and 13 Pro+ is quite similar, and you can find detailed reviews here Here, Generally, the primary camera captures images with vibrant saturation, giving photos a pleasing orange hue. There is noticeable noise reduction and improved dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. However, in low light conditions, color consistency in photos may be inconsistent. Some of our low-light shots also exhibit high saturation and overexposed areas.

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The output with the ultra-wide camera tries to mimic the color balance of the primary camera, although details may not be the best. At least the dynamic range remains more or less balanced. Portrait camera results may be inaccurate as the subject may sometimes be out of focus. The front camera works well in good lighting conditions. It also detects skin tone well.

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However, skin color detection in portraits can sometimes be inconsistent. It's fair to say that the photo doesn't look great, although you may have to spend some time editing the image to get the colors right. Speaking of editing, the native editor has some AI features for removing backgrounds or enhancing colors, which work fine, if not the best.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro can shoot 4K videos at 30fps, while the front camera can record 1080p videos at 60fps. At least with the “upgraded” 200MP primary camera, Xiaomi could have considered adding 4K at 60fps.

Display and Software

The Redmi Note 13 Pro gets three storage configurations, with the base model offering 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. This was also the option I reviewed. The top model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 29,999, while the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage option is priced at Rs 27,999. All three storage variants draw power from Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7S Gen 2.

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In benchmarks, the Redmi Note 13 Pro stands out among its competitors, achieving the best position in performance. It achieved an impressive score of over 5 lakh in AnTuTu's overall test. Interestingly, despite sharing the same SoC, poco x6 ,Review) got more marks. Note that these scores may be a notch higher on the 12GB RAM variant of the Note 13 Pro.

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Beyond the numbers and in real life, the Redmi Note 13 Pro operates smoothly with carefree interruptions. I didn't face any sudden crashes or heating issues. Even the gaming experience was surprisingly smooth. I compared the 30-minute BGMI gaming test on the Note 13 Pro nothing phone 2(a) ,Review, Both phones displayed similar battery consumption rates, each consuming 10 percent of the battery. The Note 13 Pro got a notch hotter than the Phone 2(A) after 30 minutes of gaming.

However, Xiaomi needs to work on improving the overall software experience. For example, the camera app UI seems confusing and native Mi apps can't be uninstalled. At the time of writing this review, the Redmi Note 13 Pro still runs on Android 13-based MIUI with a three-year Android update promise. The phone also includes a number of pre-installed apps which can make the software experience somewhat cluttered.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro features a new 200MP ISOCELL HP3 camera sensor, the same as the Redmi Note 13 Pro+. It also has an 8MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro camera, and a 16MP selfie shooter.

Battery and charging speed

Redmi Note 13 Pro has the largest battery in the new Note 13 series. It has a 5,100mAh battery with 67W charging (charger included in the box). In the PCMark battery test, the phone survived for 12 hours with flight mode enabled and 50 percent screen brightness. Even beyond testing, you can expect a solid battery with high refresh rate enabled and manual brightness (80 percent).

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Charging speed is good, if not the best. The phone reached about 70 percent battery in 30 minutes with the bundled charger. It takes about 50 minutes to fully charge.

final call

The Redmi Note 13 Pro comes across as a solid all-rounder smartphone with an attractive price tag. This could be the ideal phone for those who love watching shows and movies on their devices. Camera performance is satisfactory overall, although low-light shots could use some improvement. When comparing the samples taken by the Redmi Note 13 Pro and the Nothing Phone 2(A), it emerged a few notches ahead, especially in terms of the primary camera.

If you prefer a clean Android experience, the Nothing Phone 2(A) is worth a look. For gaming-focused users, the POCO X6 or x6 pro This is also a solid option. If you're already used to the MIUI interface and don't care too much about gaming, the Redmi Note 13 Pro won't disappoint.

Editor's Rating: 8/10

reason to buy

  • The Redmi Note 13 Pro has a sleek design. The purple color variant also looks trendy.
  • The 200MP primary camera captures great photos in daylight. The ultra-wide camera also maintains some stability.
  • The 5,100mAh battery provides strong backup. It also has 67W fast charging.

reason not to buy

  • While photos come out good in daylight, the Redmi Note 13 Pro struggles in low-light conditions.
  • The smartphone is still running on Android 13.

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