Apple probably is the most conservative company when it comes to changing the iPhone lineup. The company takes years to change the design and also takes years to “surf” on hardware trends like 48 MP cameras, for example. However, we can’t deny the company’s power to dictate new tendencies. The brand kickstarted the “notch trend” in 2017. Other brands followed suit, but improved that approach to the punch-hole approach, while others moved to under the display. We can say that the punch-hole is the predominant design nowadays. Apple decided to follow this trend in 2022 but had to make it different enough… to make it look unique, and then, we saw the birth of Dynamic island. Now, Xiaomi is following this design with its Xiaomi 13 Lite.
Xiaomi 13 launched with “Dynamic Island”
This isn’t the first time we saw a Xiaomi phone using the “dynamic island” design. The Xiaomi Civi 2 did this, but now, the Xiaomi 13 Lite gets global with this design. While the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max come with some features to make the pill-shaped island look fancy, we don’t know whether this is the case with the Xiaomi 13 Lite. Anyway, the design is there for those who appreciate “new tendencies”. We have a centered pill-shaped cutout housing two 32 MP cameras.
Under the hood, the Xiaomi 13 Lite packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. It’s a premium mid-range chipset that sits above the Snapdragon 778G family. The phone is available in options with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of Internal Storage.
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The Xiaomi 13 Lite offers a triple-camera setup with the 50 MP Sony IMX766 snapper taking the lead. There is also an 8 MP ultrawide shooter with 119º FOV and a 2 MP macro camera. The “Dynamic Island” serves as a home for the 32 MP selfie shooter and an 8 MP depth sensor. That shooter will take off the natural bokeh effects, and thankfully it will also work for ultrawide shots. After all, it brings a 100º FOV which gives some room for group photos.
The Xiaomi 13 Lite has a curved 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support. It also brings PWM dimming at 1,920 Hz, typical brightness of 500 nits, and a peak brightness set at 1,000 nits. The display has a Full HD+ resolution with up to 120 Hz refresh rate. It comes with Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the front. The back is also made of glass, but there is no Gorilla Glass, so be careful. The phone has an IP53 rating for water spray and dust resistance.
The Xiaomi 13 Lite comes with a 4,500 mAh battery with 67W fast charging. It seems similar to the Xiaomi 13, but the Lite brings no wireless charging. The phone also has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC support – but it depends on the region. It runs MIUI 14, but the catch is that it’s based on Android 12.
Pricing and Availability
The phone aims at the style with just 171 grams of weight and 7.23 mm of overall thickness. It comes in Lite Blue, Lite Pink, and Black colors. The base model with 8GB/128GB will sell for €499 from March 8.