Stark Xiaomi 13 price hike over Xiaomi 12 causes leaker to justify rationale
It has been reported that the Xiaomi 13 series could be slapped with price tags that are 15% to 20% higher than those for the smartphones in the Xiaomi 12 range. While the regular Xiaomi 12 was released in China with a price tag of 3,699 yuan (currently about US$517), the base model of the Xiaomi 13 range could end up costing from around 4,500 yuan (US$629) according to one Chinese-language outlet.
A 15% price hike for the Xiaomi 13 would put it at 4,253 yuan while 20% would leave the flagship smartphone selling at 4,438 yuan, so the above estimated figure is an even higher price hike of 21.65%. Such an increase over a period of a year is enough to send any smartphone fan to their nearest social media site to complain about how Xiaomi had deserted its customers of yesteryear, who enjoyed reasonably well-configured devices at extraordinarily competitive prices.
However, Digital Chat Station has already nipped some of this complaint potential in the bud by not only reminding followers about unfavorable exchange rates but also the fact that the MIUI 14-powered Xiaomi 13 series will feature much beefier phones than the Xiaomi 12 lineup, with the Xiaomi 13 Pro allegedly incoming with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and Leica telephoto lenses. But that won’t stop Xiaomi receiving reminders that Apple launched the iPhone 13 at a starting price of US$799 and then launched the iPhone 14 the following year with the same price tag.
Weibo (in Chinese) & CLS (in Chinese) via SparrowsNews
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