Redmi Note 13 Pro+ review: A good choice at the high end of the market, but at what price?

At the beginning of the year, Xiaomi performed well in all aspects. While we impatiently await the future Xiaomi Mi 14, the brand has recently launched a couple of smartphones, the POCO X6 Pro and currently the Redmi Note 13.

A strong new series with at least five references (4G and 5G versions required), of which Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is the last link in the chain.Tested on a smartphone borrowed from the manufacturer. Redmi Note 13 Pro+: Technical sheetXiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus technical sheet inside the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ boxXiaomi’s packaging is always so generous. Among the current smartphones we find: Design: Mid-range smartphone certified IP68

If we stay with the existing smartphone with a 6.67-inch screen, the Xiaomi subsidiary is slightly changing the design of its flagship device. It’s slightly lower in height and width and weights 10 grams less than the Redmi Note 12 Pro+, for a total weight of 199 grams. Lately, competitors tend to prefer phones over flat edges (and we wonder why), but Xiaomi is sticking with it and offering a deal on the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ with slightly rounded edges. Even if the recent Honor Magic 6 Lite is a step ahead in this regard, this gives the product a pretty premium look.As usual, the fingerprint scanner is placed a little too low to activate it without twisting your thumb. We deal with it. The other buttons are located on the right edge and are easily accessible.

No, specifically, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ does have two major differences compared to its predecessor: the removal of the 3.5mm jack (still present on the 13 Pro and 13 models) and IP68 certification. A rarity at this price point. It’s also protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, commonly used in high- end phones. There are a lot of really good advantages in terms of durability.Screen: Very bright panelThe smartphones released in the Xiaomi series have screens that are similar to each other, and are starting to look more and more similar. This is good. This is someone who knows how to trickle down its flagship tech to its more modest models, as the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ has the same 1.5K resolution at 2720 x 1220 pixels as the POCO X6 Pro we recently tested.

Enough to benefit from a sharper display, with absolutely indistinguishable pixels and always running at 120 Hz to ensure smoothness at all times. But 120 Hz screens are no longer brand new in 2024. Additionally, this year Redmi has chosen to increase the brightness. According to him, this time we reach a peak of 1800 nits, compared to 900 nits in the previous generation. It’s just a doubling of the brightness, which you’ll actually feel when you’re at the sun’s highest point.As usual, the white balance defaults to a bit cold. But the MIUI interface is tasteful and leaves us with a color wheel that allows us to correct and warm up the panel. We recommend doing this to get a closer true white and more accurate color Compatible with HDR, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+’s screen also offers nearly 90% of the display area. Have some fun while watching movies or catching up on your favorite series on the go.Performance: Fast smartphone (but not top-notch)You have to understand where you come from. We just finished testing the POCO X6 Pro.

Priced at €349, this smartphone exceeded all our expectations with the performance of the Dimensity 8300 Ultra. Here, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ may be 100 euros more In other words, the SoC is less efficient. And not just expensive a little bit.Technical information confirms that Redmi’s CPU frequency is capped at 2.8 GHz, while POCO’s clocks in at an impressive 3.35 GHz. This is a significant difference, and the various tests we conducted clearly illustrate this.Frankly, we can assume that the current Note 13 Pro+ is almost half as efficient as its sibling. Rest assured: in daily work, this is almost impossible to achieve.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is a high-performance smartphone that responds very well to simple navigation and can handle the simultaneous launch of multiple apps without any problem. Only in games can we discover our limits faster. For example, in our usual Genshin Impact we would be limited to average quality levels and 45 frames per second. This is still entirely true, especially since the phone barely gets warm even after extended use.Interface: What about HyperOS?Let’s move on to the comparison with the POCO X6 Pro because it’s quite interesting. Even after reading the incomprehensible Xiaomi catalog, we know that the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ is supposed to be the ultimate mid-range model, but again it is ahead of its cousin with a price of 349 euros! reason ? The latter benefits already from Android 14 and HyperOS (Xiaomi’s new overlay).ui-1 Don’t worry, HyperOS is clearly planned for the smartphone we tested today. we just surprised that it is not in place from the first start. We will therefore avoid holding your leg too much by describing the current interface of the Xiaomi offspring, likely to change a lot in the coming months.

With MIUI 14 we find a very customizable interface , although quite loaded with pre-installed applications (a great habit of Xiaomi). The top drop-down panel is, like on iOS, now divided into two parts.

The main one displays the latest notifications, and the right side brings together the shortcuts (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flashlight, etc.). It takes a little time to get used to, but we find it quite practical on a daily basis.The good news is that – like POCO – Redmi will now support its smartphones for four years. This concerns security updates, but we will also take into account three major Android upgrades in the batch. However, the present Note 13 Pro+ being launched under Android 13, it will therefore only go up to Android 16. Another advantage for the POCO X6 Pro… yes, we are making a fix.As is often the case with this type of product, sound is not really part of the sales pitch.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ has two speakers that are good enough for listening to podcasts or watching short videos, but unsatisfactory for music. The fault, as usual, is a driver that is too small, which struggles to reproduce all the nuances of sound.On the other hand, it is important to point out that, unlike all previously marketed Redmi Notes, the Note 13 Pro+ does not include the jack socket. You will therefore have to fall back on wireless solutions, or on an adapter, to take advantage of your wired headset or earphones. The smartphone is Bluetooth 5.3 compatible. 

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