The Xiaomi 14 series has arrived, and it is adorned with a new: Snapdragon chip, HyperOS and a titanium version of the design
October 27, 2023

The Xiaomi 14 series has arrived, and it is adorned with a new: Snapdragon chip, HyperOS and a titanium version of the design

As we expected, the new Xiaomi 14 phone series includes a basic and a Pro model, and both are powered by the latest Qualcomm chipset – Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, while on the software side, the new HyperOS operating system is also at their heart. The phones are also adorned with improved Leica cameras, while the Pro model stands on the line of the iPhone 15 series, at least in terms of design, as a titanium version of this phone is also available.

The flagship of the series, the Xiaomi 14 Pro moves away from the curved edges of its predecessor and instead has flat metal sides, and its frame has a mirror-like finish. The camera system on the back is placed in a square-shaped “island” in a metal mask.

The leader of the series is larger and has a 6.73-inch diagonal screen with a resolution of 1440×3200 pixels, while the panel is an LTPO OLED type with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. These are mostly the same specifications as the Xiaomi 13 Pro device. However, the new phone's screen has a maximum brightness of 3000 nits and is covered with Xiaomi Longjing Glass for durability. The company also says that the edges are thinner on each side of the screen, which have a slight slope towards the metal frame.

It's available in black, white and green, but there's also an exclusive titanium special version of this device that the base model doesn't have, with a matte titanium alloy side, as insiders have previously claimed.

When it comes to cameras, Xiaomi has abandoned the one-inch sensor and instead is premiering the new Light Hunter 900 sensor with a custom Leica Summilux lens for the main camera. It has 50 MP and is 1/1.31 inch in size with 1.2 mm pixel size and 13.5 EV dynamic range. A custom Leica 23mm lens provides a variable aperture from f/1.42 to f/4.0 that can make you feel like a professional photographer. The new lens is about 80 percent brighter than the one on the same model of the previous series.

The camera system also includes a 75 mm telephoto camera and an aperture of f/2.0 with automatic focus elements. It will be able to take “regular” photos with 40 MP, while in portrait mode it will use 50 MP.

The third, ultra-wide camera has a 50 MP if/2.2 aperture, with 5 cm field of view. On the front, just like the base model, there is a 32 MP selfie camera.

As earlier rumors suggested, this phone is powered by the newly unveiled Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset built on TSMC's 4 nm manufacturing process. It is paired with LPDDR5x RAM options of 12 or 16 GB, which in the configuration are available in combination with 256/512 GB or 1 TB of UFS 4.0 storage space.

The battery capacity is 4880 mAh, and it can be charged at 120 W . or 50 W wirelessly. Prices for this phone model, depending on the choice of configuration, range between 4999 yuan, or approximately 650 euros when the currency is converted, and up to 5999 yuan, or up to about 780 euros for the option with the most memory.

The Xiaomi 14 series also includes a solid addition to the flagship in the form of a basic model

The Xiaomi 14 phone looks like a really good addition to this series, with logically, slightly weaker specifications, but not bad.

This phone shares a new symmetrical design with the Pro model, although its 13-series predecessor also had a flat frame and more angular corners. With its predecessor, however, it shares the same dimensions: 152.8 mm in length, 71.5 mm in width and 8.20 mm in thickness.

The Xiaomi 14 comes with two finishes, which changes things when it comes to weight. The glass version weighs 193 grams, while the slightly lighter, “nano leather” leather model weighs 188 grams.

The screen has also kept the diagonal length of 6.36 inches, but has a higher resolution with 1200×2670 pixels, with the rest of the same specifications as its Pro “brother”. That is, the phone has an LTPO OLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate and the same brightness of 3000 nits.

The cameras are seemingly the same as on the better model of the series, but there are still subtle differences. The main 50 MP camera has the same 1/1.31-inch Light Hunter sensor with 1.2 mm pixel size, but its lens does not have a variable aperture but a fixed aperture of 23 mm if/1, 6.

The physical telephoto characteristics are the same and have OIS, but the ultra-wide camera, although with 50 MP, does not have autofocus and macro capabilities.

This phone too is powered by a beefy Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, with 8/12/16GB of LPDDR5x RAM and the same UFS 4.0 storage options of 256/512GB or 1TB.

The battery is slightly weaker compared to the flagship and has a capacity of 4610 mAh, which can be charged at 90 W . or 50 W wirelessly. The colors in which it is available are: white, black, dark green and light purple. Xiaomi 14 is available in China in the price range from 3999 yuan (about 520 euros) to 4999 yuan (about 650 euros) in the best version.