Xiaomi quickly introduced its latest smartphones, the Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro, powered by Qualcomm’s speedy Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile platform. These new devices follow just a month after Xiaomi’s 13T series. They run on Xiaomi’s HyperOS system and feature a faster Leica Summilux lens, making them a hit with photography enthusiasts. What sets the 14 series apart from its predecessors, the Xiaomi 13 Pro and Ultra, is its use of a smaller 50-megapixel 1/1.31-inch sensor, known as the “Light Hunter 900,” with 1.2 μm pixels and an impressive 13.5 stops of dynamic range.
|Specs||Xiaomi 14 (Rumored)||Xiaomi 14 Pro (Rumored)|
2,670 x 1,200 pixels
3,220 x 1,440 pixels
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3|
|Memory||8 GB, 12 GB, 16 GB RAM||12 GB, 16 GB RAM|
|256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB ROM||256 GB, 1 TB ROM|
|OS||Hyper OS based on Android 14||Hyper OS based on Android 14|
|Camera||Main: 50 MP, f/1.6||Main: 50 MP, f/1.42|
|Ultra-wide: 50 MP, f/2.2||Ultra-wide: 50 MP, f/2.2|
|3.2x telephoto: 50 MP, f/2.0||3.2x telephoto: 50 MP, f/2.0|
|Selfie camera||32 MP||32MP|
|Battery||4,610 mAh||4,880 mAh|
|90 W wired charging||120 W wired charging|
|Connectivity||5G | Wi-Fi 7 | Bluetooth 5.4 | NFC||5G | Wi-Fi 7 | Bluetooth 5.4 | NFC|
|Dimensions and weight||152.8 x 71.5 x 8.3 mm, 193 g||161.4 x 75.3 x 8.5 mm, 223 g|
Leica’s latest Offerings for Xiaomi 14-Series
The Xiaomi 14 and 14 Pro come with remarkable camera setups. The main camera, called the “Leica super dynamic main camera,” includes a customized 23mm equivalent lens with an adjustable aperture ranging from f/1.42 to f/4. It also has optical image stabilization and a 1,024-step variable aperture, allowing pixel binning that results in 2.4 μm large effective pixels. Despite the sensor being approximately 44% smaller than that of the previous year’s 13 Pro, the faster lens ensures that the overall light-gathering performance remains nearly unchanged.
Both phones also have telephoto and ultra-wide cameras. The Leica 75mm floating telephoto lens captures regular 40-megapixel photos and 50-megapixel portrait mode photos with an f/2.0 lens, offering a close focusing distance of 10 centimeters. Meanwhile, the Leica 115° ultra-wide angle camera, with a 50-megapixel sensor, provides a 14mm equivalent focal length and has an f/2.2 aperture. It’s worth noting that the 14 Pro offers macro capabilities with its ultra-wide camera, while the standard 14 lacks autofocus on its ultra-wide camera and, therefore, doesn’t have the same macro features as the Pro model.
Another difference is that the Xiaomi 14 has a maximum aperture of f/1.6 for its main camera, whereas the 14 Pro’s is f/1.42. However, the telephoto cameras are identical, a first for Xiaomi’s standard and Pro models.
The Xiaomi 14 features a 6.36-inch C8 AMOLED panel with a peak brightness of 3,000 nits and a variable refresh rate ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz. In contrast, the Xiaomi 14 Pro has a larger 2K-resolution 6.73-inch screen and a USB 3.2 port that delivers a 10Gbps data transfer speed, twice as fast as the standard 14.
Operating System and AI
Xiaomi has equipped its latest offerings, the 14 and 14 Pro, with HyperOS, a new system developed by the company. HyperOS is built on Android and seamlessly functions across a wide range of devices, including mobile, computing, automotive, and home devices. Its primary goal is to create a cohesive Xiaomi ecosystem, allowing different devices to work harmoniously with each other. With HyperOS, you can use your phone’s camera with your computer or access your phone’s mobile data on your tablet, promoting effortless cross-device compatibility. This focus on smooth device integration aligns with the overarching theme at this year’s Snapdragon Summit, where the 8 Gen 3 chipset likely plays a significant role in achieving such synergy.
In keeping with the tech trends of 2023, the 14 and 14 Pro shine with their remarkable capability – they can directly run AI foundation models on the devices. This feature is a key aspect of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. It opens the door to various applications, from simpler tasks like summarizing webpages and transcribing videoconferences to more ambitious projects like generating AI-created portraits that transport you to diverse global settings. It’s a fusion of practicality and the captivating possibilities of AI technology.
Price and Availability of Xiaomi 14 Series
The Xiaomi 14 Pro features a design with more pronounced curved edges and incorporates “Xiaomi Ceramic Glass,” which boasts impressive durability, being ten times more drop-resistant and 1.25 times more scratch-resistant. Notably, there’s a titanium edition, housing this special glass on both sides of the phone, adding an extra seven grams to the overall weight.
While not yet listed on Xiaomi’s global website, the 14 series is available for pre-order in China. The 14 starts at 3,999 yuan (approximately $550) for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while the 14 Pro begins at 5,999 yuan (around $820) for the base model featuring 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, with the option to upgrade for additional RAM and storage.