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Rumor | Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro will launch heavier than the 12 and 12 Pro

This alleged build may have a lot of weight to it. (Source: @liujianjian29))
This alleged build may have a lot of weight to it. (Source: @liujianjian29))
According to the latest leak, the probably imminent new flagship Android smartphones from Xiaomi will outweigh their respective predecessors. On the other hand, this may be due to a choice of premium build materials. Their use may also have made the 13 Pro much thicker as well, however.

Whether news or rumor, it is starting to seem like Android OEMs are feeling the pressure to develop smartphones that don't gain mass by the generation, as has been the case for the last couple of years. However, according to the reliable tipster Bald Panda, Xiaomi missed this memo in designing its upcoming 13 and 13 Pro flagships.

The leaker purports to divulge exact dimensions for the 2 premium devices, thereby possibly revealing that the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro front panels will measure 152.8 x 71.5mm and 163 x 74.6mm respectively: not much of a change from the last generation, really.

However, Bald Panda also now asserts that the 13 will come with a choice of "plain" (vegan?) leather or glass rear panels, which will put the SKUs' height at 8.1mm and 7.98mm respectively. This is actually a slight improvement over the 8.2mm 12; however, it will also push that smartphone's predecessor's weight up to 185-189g, with the glass being the weightier option.

That is an increase of up to ~9g on the 12, and gets only more pronounced in the 13 Pro. It will reportedly drop glass altogether in favor of leather or ceramic finishes, which may leave it 8.38mm (in ceramic) to 8.7mm thick, and weighing between 210g (leather) to 229g.

Those alleged gains push it right out of 12 Pro territory into that of the 12S Ultra instead. On a more positive note, Bald Panda once again hints at Samsung E6 screens (and, thereby, the possibility of low-power refresh rate modes) across the board in the 13 series, whereas the 12 did without LTPO on its launch.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-12- 6 (Update: 2022-12- 6)