Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro Unveiled; The First Flagship Duo with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Sohail Akhtar

Xiaomi has pulled back the curtain on their brand-new Xiaomi 14 series, boasting the recently announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, slightly improved Leica-branded main cameras, a sleek design overhaul, and Xiaomi's innovative HyperOS. It's time to dive into the juicy details.

Xiaomi 14 Pro

The Xiaomi 14 Pro stands out with its revamped design. Instead of curved edges, it sports a flat metal frame with a glossy, mirrored finish. Symmetry is the primary goal of this build, with glass panels subtly tapering at the edges. The camera island marks the spotlight, resting on a stylish metal bezel with a Parisian hobnail texture.

The larger Pro model boasts a 6.73-inch 1440x3200px 12-bit LTPO OLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It closely mirrors the 13 Pro's display but takes it up a notch, offering a blazing 3,000 nits brightness, protected by Xiaomi Longjing Glass. Thinner bezels complete the package.

Xiaomi is upping the ante in photography space by introducing the "Light Hunter 900" sensor with a custom Leica Summilux lens, replacing the 1-inch type sensor. This 50MP 1/1.31" sensor with 1.2 μm pixel size and 13.5 EV dynamic range has a versatile 23mm lens and a variable aperture ranging from f/1.42 to f/4.0. 

While the sensor size is smaller than its predecessor, the lens is significantly brighter, resulting in almost the same light-gathering capacity. The camera setup also includes a 75mm f/2.0 floating telephoto lens for close-up shots and a 50MP f/2.2 14mm ultrawide snapper with 5cm macro capabilities.

Under the hood, the Xiaomi 14 Pro boasts the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, wired with 12GB-16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage. A robust 4,880mAh battery supports 120W wired and 50W wireless charging. Available for pre-orders in China, the Xiaomi 14 Pro starts at CNY 4,999 (~PKR 191,000).

Xiaomi 14

The Xiaomi 14 shares the symmetrical design of its Pro sibling and offers a new look to the compact flagship category. Measuring 152.8 mm in length, 71.5 mm in width, and 8.20mm in thickness, it comes in two variants: a glass version weighing 193g and a lighter 188g nano-leather model.

The display maintains a 6.36-inch size but gets a resolution upgrade to a 1200x2670px LTPO OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 3,000 nits. With the same SD 8 Gen 3 processor, it features 8GB-16GB and 256GB-1TB memory combos. 

While the Xiaomi 14's camera setup closely resembles the Pro version, there are subtle distinctions. The 50MP primary camera employs the same "Light Hunter" sensor and the 75mm floating telephoto. However, the 50MP 14mm ultrawide sensor lacks autofocus and macro.

With the battery capped at 4,610mAh and charging limited to 90W, Xiaomi 14 starts at only CNY 3,999 (~PKR 153,000). 


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