Xiaomi Unveils Game-Changing 13T Series

  • Xiaomi launches 13T and 13T Pro with extended Android support, offering four major updates and five years of security patches.
  • Both phones feature impressive camera systems, powerful processors, and stunning displays with high refresh rates and brightness.
  • Xiaomi's pricing starts at £549 for the 13T and £649 for the 13T Pro, but their availability in South Africa remains uncertain.

In an exciting development for smartphone enthusiasts, Xiaomi has unveiled its latest offerings in the form of the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro. These cutting-edge smartphones are set to make waves in the European market, promising enhanced software support and remarkable features. South African readers, take note, as these devices are sure to capture your attention.

Extended Android Support

One of the most significant announcements made by Xiaomi in the lead-up to the launch is their commitment to software support. The Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro are set to receive not one, not two, but a whopping four major Android updates, a move that puts Xiaomi in direct competition with industry giants like Samsung.

In addition to the major Android updates, Xiaomi is also promising a noteworthy five years of security patches. This commitment to keeping your device safe and up-to-date is a welcome move in an industry where software support often falls short. It’s a testament to Xiaomi’s dedication to its users.

However, there’s an important caveat to this extended support. Both the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro are launching with last year’s Android 13 out of the box. This means that at least one of the promised Android updates will be used to bring these devices up to this year’s Android 14. While this might be seen as a minor drawback, it’s worth considering the significant benefits of extended support in the long run.

Pricing and Availability

For those eager to get their hands on these devices, let’s talk pricing and availability. The Xiaomi 13T Pro is priced starting at £649 (€799 or around $790), while the standard 13T offers a more affordable option starting at £549 (€649 or around $669). These prices are set for the UK market, and availability in South Africa remains uncertain. As per Xiaomi’s past patterns, it’s unlikely that these devices will be officially available in the US.

Camera System

Xiaomi has been making waves with its camera systems, and the 13T series is no exception. While it doesn’t boast the massive 200-megapixel sensor we saw in some of their previous models, it still offers an impressive camera setup.

Both the Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro feature a 50-megapixel main camera with a substantial 1/1.28-inch sensor. This sensor size should result in excellent low-light performance and detailed shots. In addition to the main camera, you’ll find a 50-megapixel telephoto lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 20-megapixel front camera. These cameras promise to deliver high-quality photos and versatility in capturing different scenarios.

Performance and Battery

Under the hood, the Xiaomi 13T Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 Plus processor, while the 13T houses a Dimensity 8200-Ultra chipset. These processors should offer smooth performance for a range of tasks, from everyday use to resource-intensive applications and gaming.

Both devices are equipped with substantial 5,000mAh batteries, ensuring that you have enough power to get through the day. However, the 13T Pro takes the lead when it comes to charging speed. It supports fast charging at up to a staggering 120W, which can give you a full charge in as little as 19 minutes. On the other hand, the non-Pro 13T tops out at 67W for fast charging.

Stunning Displays

Xiaomi has always been known for its impressive displays, and the 13T series continues this tradition. Both phones feature a generous 6.67-inch display with a smooth 144Hz refresh rate. This high refresh rate makes for smoother scrolling and more responsive touch interactions, which should be appreciated by gamers and everyday users alike.

The displays also boast impressive peak brightness, reaching 2,600 nits in certain conditions. This means you’ll have no trouble viewing your screen even in bright sunlight. The resolution is set at 2712 x 1220, ensuring sharp and vibrant visuals.

Durability and Connectivity

Xiaomi understands the importance of durability, and both the 13T and 13T Pro come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. This provides peace of mind, knowing that your device can withstand accidental spills or encounters with dust and dirt.

When it comes to connectivity, the 13T Pro offers Wi-Fi 7 support, while the non-Pro 13T is equipped with Wi-Fi 6. This means faster and more stable wireless connections for those who opt for the Pro model.


Xiaomi offers a variety of configurations to suit different user needs. The Xiaomi 13T Pro is available in several options:

Xiaomi 13T Pro (Base)12GB256GB
Xiaomi 13T Pro (Mid-Range)12GB512GB
Xiaomi 13T Pro (High-End)16GB1TB

On the other hand, the base Xiaomi 13T comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There’s also another version available with 12GB of RAM.


The Xiaomi 13T and 13T Pro are undoubtedly impressive additions to the smartphone market. With extended Android support, top-notch camera systems, powerful processors, and stunning displays, they offer a compelling package for users in South Africa and beyond.

While availability in South Africa may be limited, it’s worth keeping an eye out for any announcements regarding the official release of these devices in your region. Xiaomi’s commitment to software support ensures that your investment in these smartphones will continue to pay off for years to come, making them a strong contender in the ever-evolving world of smartphones.



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