The Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series has always been a favourite among smartphone users who want a good performance at a reasonable price. The Redmi Note 12 5G Series, launched last year, was a great example of this, with its impressive display, battery, and camera features.
Xiaomi initially planned to release the Redmi Note 13 Series in Kenya on January 31, but the launch was rescheduled. The company announced a new launch date of February 10, marking this weekend as the official debut of the series in Kenya.
The new series will feature three models: the Redmi Note 13, the Redmi Note 13 Pro, and the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G.
Each of them has their unique selling points, but they all share some common upgrades and improvements over the Note 12 5G Series and we have unpacked them in this review. Keep reading!
Design and Build Quality
The Redmi Note 13 Series boasts a modern, elegant design with ultra-thin bezels and a sophisticated rear camera setup, enhancing its premium appearance. Available in black, white, blue, and green, the series features a glossy back that creates a striking gradient effect. It's not just about looks; the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G introduces Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus®, significantly improving resistance to damage. Additionally, the series is designed for durability, offering an IP68 rating for superior dust and water resistance, marking a first in the Redmi Note lineup.
Display and Performance
The Redmi Note 13 Series boasts exceptional displays and performance for an immersive experience. Its AMOLED screens shine with vivid colours, sharp contrasts, and support HDR10+ for enhanced detail. With a 120Hz refresh rate and AdaptiveSync, it ensures smooth visuals while conserving battery life.
Performance-wise, the series excels across models, adapting to tasks and gaming effortlessly. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G features the powerful Snapdragon 888+ processor, while the Redmi Note 13 Pro and Redmi Note 13 are equipped with the Snapdragon 778G and MediaTek Dimensity 810, respectively, ensuring swift and efficient operation. Memory and storage options vary, offering up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, catering to diverse user needs.
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The Redmi Note 13 isn't far behind, featuring a 108MP main camera with 3x lossless zoom, perfect for capturing distant details. Its sophisticated sensor and pixel-binning technology further boost low-light performance.
Beyond the main cameras, the series offers additional lenses like ultra-wide, macro, and depth sensors for versatile shooting options. Creative film camera filters and a high-resolution front camera, ranging from 16MP to 32MP across models, complement the setup for selfies and video calls.
Connectivity and Sustainability
The Redmi Note 13 Series excels in connectivity and eco-friendliness, featuring 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2 for superior speed, efficiency, and audio quality. It includes an NFC, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack for comprehensive connectivity options. With a hefty 5000mAh battery supporting rapid charging—120W on the Pro+ model for a full charge in 15 minutes, 67W on the Pro model, and 33W on the base model—the series ensures lasting power and swift recharging.
Emphasizing sustainability, the packaging uses 100% recycled paper, and some phone components are made from recycled plastic, highlighting a commitment to reducing environmental impact. The series also boasts a low-carbon certification, affirming its dedication to renewable energy and eco-friendly manufacturing.
What’s different from the Note 12 5G Series
- Upgraded Display: The Redmi Note 13 Series boasts AMOLED screens, offering richer colours and deeper blacks compared to the Note 12's LCD. With a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother visuals and a 1.5K resolution on the Pro+ 5G model, the display quality significantly enhances user experience.
- Enhanced Processors: The series features more robust processors, ensuring faster performance. The Pro+ 5G model is powered by the Snapdragon 888+, while the Redmi Note 13 and Pro models sport the Dimensity 810 and Snapdragon 778G, respectively, marking a notable improvement over the Note 12's processors.
- Camera Innovations: With up to 200MP main cameras on the pro models and advanced zoom capabilities, the Redmi Note 13 Series elevates photography standards. Enhanced low-light performance and additional features like OIS and ALD lenses further distinguish it from its predecessor.
- Sleeker Design and Build: A modern design with ultra-slim bezels and improved durability features such as Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® and IP68 rating on the Pro+ 5G model underscore the series' premium feel and resilience.
- Battery and Charging Advancements: The series not only offers larger battery capacities but also introduces faster-charging solutions, with the Pro+ 5G model supporting a remarkable 120W fast charging, significantly outpacing the Note 12 Series.
Pricing and Availability in Nigeria and Kenya
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 price in Nigeria is about ₦315,000. It is currently available for purchase in physical phone stores or major online retailers such as Konga.
With the anticipated launch in Kenya, Xiaomi is heightening the excitement with a special social media campaign. Running from today until the launch day. This campaign offers participants the chance to win fantastic prizes, including tickets to the eagerly awaited launch event.
For details on how to join in the celebrations and stand a chance to win, visit Xiaomi Kenya’s official Facebook page.