Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 12: How much better is the new model?

by James
Xiaomi 13 vs Xiaomi 12

What are the differences between Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 12? We compare the two flagships and tell you where the advantages of the newer model lie.

Technical specifications compared: Xiaomi 13 vs. Xiaomi 12

Device Illustrations
Xiaomi 13
Xiaomi 12
Display and case
Display size6.36 inches6.28 inches
Resolution2400×1080 pixels2400×1080 pixels
Pixel density413 ppi419 ppi
Frequency120 Hz120 Hz
Dimensions Size152.8×71.5×7.98 mm152.7×69.9×8.16 mm
MaterialGlass (back)Glass (back), metal (frame)
Weight185 g180 g
Capability characteristics
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
ClockUp to 3.19 GHzup to 3.0 GHz
AnTuTu941,335 points
ClassUpper class
Installed RAM8 GB RAM8/12 GB RAM
Internal memory256 GB128/256 GB
Battery4500 mAh capacity4500 mAh capacity
Battery life
Operating systemAndroid 13 with MIUI 14 (out of the box)Android 12 with MIUI 13 (out of the box)
Main camera50 (wide), 12 (ultra-wide), 10 (telephoto)50 (wide angle), 13 (ultra wide angle), 5 (telephoto macro)
Front camera32 MP32 MP
Dual SIMYesYes
4G LTEYesYes
EIAFrom 999.9 Euro (RRP)From 849 Euro (RRP)


This is how big the price difference is


As the predecessor model, the Xiaomi 12 is naturally cheaper than the Xiaomi 13. In the online price comparison (as of March 2023), the entry-level configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage can be found from just under 500 euros. The Xiaomi 13, on the other hand, costs around 970 euros with the same memory configuration shortly after its release – almost twice as much. If you don’t want to spend that much at once, you can buy the Xiaomi 13 with a contract and pay the costs monthly. In view of the enormous price difference, however, a comparison is particularly worthwhile.

Design: Xiaomi 13 in iPhone look

It is not uncommon for the visual innovations to be limited when jumping from one smartphone generation to the next. In the comparison between the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 12, on the other hand, there are quite a few differences. You are greeted by an almost edge-to-edge punch-hole display at the front of both devices. But while it bends around the edges left and right on the older model, the screen of the Xiaomi 13 is flat. The situation is similar with the frame, which is rounded on the Xiaomi 12 but flat on the successor.

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