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Redmi 13 5G Review: High-End Features at a Budget Price


Tech  •  9 Jul, 2024  •  6,742 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Xiaomi's Redmi brand continues to impress with its latest budget-friendly offering, the Redmi 13 5G. Building on the success of its predecessor, the Redmi 12 5G, this new model features the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 AE processor and a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM6 main camera sensor, promising a significant upgrade in performance and camera capabilities. This review delves into the specifications and real-world performance of the Redmi 13 5G, highlighting its strengths and addressing any potential shortcomings.

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Design

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The Redmi 13 5G stands out with its striking Crystal Glass Design. Available in three colours—Hawaiian Blue, Black Diamond, and Orchid Pink—the phone exudes a premium look and feel, belying its budget price. The advanced Color, Material, Finish (CMF) technology used in the glass finish creates a captivating effect by refracting light, giving it an upscale appearance.
Comfortable to hold and lightweight, the phone is designed for ease of use. The familiar layout includes a USB Type-C port and speaker grille at the bottom, a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster at the top, a volume rocker and power button with an integrated fast-side fingerprint sensor on the right, and a SIM tray on the left.

Display

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The Redmi 13 5G boasts a 6.79-inch LCD with a 2400x1080 (FHD+) resolution and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, offering a smooth and immersive viewing experience. The adaptive sync technology, which adjusts between 30Hz and 120Hz based on the content, optimizes both performance and battery life.
With a peak brightness of 550 nits (HBM), the display performs adequately in most lighting conditions, though it may fall short in direct sunlight compared to higher-end OLED screens. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light emission and flicker-free technology, ensuring comfort during extended use. The “Wet Finger Touch” feature adds practicality, allowing the screen to function even with wet fingertips.

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Operating System, Processor and Performance

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Out of the box, the Redmi 13 5G runs on Xiaomi’s HyperOS, based on Android 14. This ensures that users have access to the latest Android features and security updates from the start, enhancing the overall user experience. Powered by the Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 AE processor, the Redmi 13 5G offers robust performance for a budget device. The octa-core CPU, featuring two Arm Cortex-A78 cores (up to 2.3GHz) and six Arm Cortex-A55 cores (up to 1.95GHz), paired with an Adreno 613 GPU, handles everyday tasks and light to moderate gaming with ease. The 4nm process technology suggests improved power efficiency over older chipsets in this segment.
Xiaomi claims a “36-month lag-free experience,” and during extensive testing, the phone performed well, though it did heat up slightly during intense gaming sessions. Available in 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB configurations, the device offers ample storage for most users, though the lack of a 256GB option may be a drawback for some.
The Redmi 13 5G's performance is validated by its Geekbench scores, with a single-core score of 900 and a multi-core score of 1899, indicating solid performance for daily use and moderate multitasking.

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