Xiaomi 14 & Xiaomi 14 Pro launched with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
The first phones powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3!
October 26, 2023
Xiaomi 14 Starting Price
Xiaomi 14 Pro Starting Price
The Xiaomi 14 duo is now official in the Chinese market, and these are the first smartphones powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. The Xiaomi 14 is a compact flagship with a premium design, whereas the Xiaomi 14 Pro is a large-screen premium phone, like the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro.
Both phones have a similar design, so the only design difference is the size.
Xiaomi 14 has a square-shaped camera module on the rear with a triple camera setup and an LED flash. The camera module has the LEICA branding. The frame is flat, but the back glass is curved on all four sides, so the phone is easier to grip.
There is a stereo speaker setup where the primary speaker is on the bottom, and the secondary speaker is in the earpiece grill with the secondary mic. The IR blaster is moved to the camera module on the rear, so the top has no ports or holes. The phone is IP68 certified.
One of the highlights of the Xiaomi 14 is the front design. The phone has incredibly slim bezels around the display. The top and side bezels are 1.61mm, while the bottom bezel is 1.71mm. This makes them slimmer than the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Xiaomi kept the screen size the same as its predecessor, but the panel gets some significant upgrades. It is a 6.36-inch Huaxing C8 LTPO OLED panel with a 1.5K resolution (2670 x 1200 pixels), up to 3000 nits peak brightness, 1-120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and 12-bit colors.
The battery size is upgraded to 4610mAh, up from 4,500mAh last year. The wired charging speed is bumped up to 90W (from 65W), while the 50W wireless charging remains the same. The phone has a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port.
Speaking of cameras, the Xiaomi 14 has three on the rear. The primary camera has a custom 1/1.31″ 50MP image sensor, which Xiaomi calls the “Light & Shadow Hunter”. The sensor is paired with an f/1.6 lens and supports OIS. The second camera takes ultrawide shots and has a 50MP sensor with a 115-degree FOV lens. The third camera is for zoom shots and has a 50MP sensor with a 75mm lens and OIS. The selfie shooter has a 32MP sensor.
The rear camera can shoot 8K videos at 24fps, while the selfie camera can reach 4K 60fps.
It is the first phone with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, with significant performance and efficiency improvements over the 8 Gen 2. The peak CPU performance has improved by 32%, while the power consumption has reduced by 34%. The story continues with the GPU, which is 34% better than the 8 Gen 2 but up to 38% more efficient. Finally, the AI performance has improved by 98%. Xiaomi also upgraded the cooling system with up to three times better thermal conductivity than the traditional VC.
Finally, this is the first phone to run Xiaomi’s HyperOS. There are new lock screen customization options, new widgets, a new control center UI, a built-in AI model, fast startup speeds, improved background app performance, and more.
Xiaomi 14 comes in four colors, and here is the pricing for China –
8GB +256GB – ¥3999 (~$547)
12GB + 256GB – ¥4299 (~$588)
16GB + 512GB – ¥4599 (~$629)
16GB + 1TB – ¥4999 (~$683)
XIAOMI 14 PRO
The 14 Pro is almost identical to the 14 in terms of the design, with one change on the front. The phone has a flat display, but the glass on top is curved on all four sides. Xiaomi also used its in-house glass protection, 10x stronger than the Xiaomi 13 Pro’s Gorilla Glass Victus.
The phone is bigger than the vanilla model, and it means a bigger display and battery.
Xiaomi 14 Pro has a 6.73-inch Quad-HD+ (3200 x 1440) 12-bit Huaxing C8 LTPO OLED display with 1-120Hz refresh rate, 3000 nits peak brightness, Dolby Vision, 522PPI pixel density, and 1920Hz PWM dimming.
The battery is 4,880mAh, slightly larger than the 4820mAh battery inside the Xiaomi 13 Pro. The phone supports 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The phone is IP68 certified.
The SOC is the same as the vanilla model, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. There is up to 16GB LPDDR5X RAM and 1TB UFS 4.0 storage.
Speaking of cameras, there isn’t much difference compared to the Xiaomi 14. The 14 Pro has three cameras on the rear. The primary camera has the same 50MP “Light Hunter” sensor with OIS, but the Pro gets variable aperture. So, the lens can switch between f/1.42 to f/4.0 aperture. It is worth mentioning that the Xiaomi 13 Pro had a 1-inch sensor for the primary camera, so the size has been reduced this year. But this smaller sensor captures more light than the 1-inch sensor on the 13 Pro.
The second camera takes ultrawide shots and has a 50MP sensor with AutoFocus, meaning you can take macro shots with the ultrawide camera. It is worth mentioning that the vanilla model lacks autofocus and, hence, the macro capability from the ultrawide camera.
The third camera is a telephoto with a 50MP sensor and OIS.
Xiaomi 14 Pro comes in three colors, like the Xiaomi 14. But, the phone has a special “Titanium” version as well. This one has a frame made of Titanium alloy, and since it is a special edition, it is available only with the top-end storage option.
Here is the pricing for China –
12GB + 256GB – ¥4999 (~$683)
16GB + 512GB – ¥5499 (~$752)
16GB + 1TB – ¥5999 (~$820)
16GB + 1TB (Titanium) – ¥6499 (~$888)
There is no word from Xiaomi on the global launch.