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Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra: Smartphone photography powered by Leica

The Mobile World Congress 2024 has closed its doors and I too have returned from Barcelona. A highlight of the trade fair was the appearance of Xiaomi. The company presented the Xiaomi 14 and also brought the new camera flagship Xiaomi 14 Ultra.

Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra

Xiaomi set off a real product fireworks display at this year's Mobile Word Congress and, among other things, presented the eagerly awaited Xiaomi 14 series.

"The Xiaomi 14 series is our most ambitious project to date", explained a visibly proud product manager at the presentation on Xiaomi's shiny white exhibition stand. Ambitious because Xiaomi seriously wants to compete with top dog Samsung with the 14 series.

The series includes the Xiaomi 14 as a standard model and the even better equipped top smartphone Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Both devices benefit from the partnership with the German camera veteran Leica, which has existed since 2022. "By collaborating with Leica, we can raise the bar in smartphone photography to a new level", explains the product manager.

True hand flatterers

Both 14s actually feel great in the hand. At 152 x 71 x 8 millimeters, the standard model is pleasantly compact and can be easily operated with one hand. The slightly larger Ultra model also sits comfortably in the hand with its dimensions of 161 x 75 x 9 millimeters. The workmanship seems to be of very high quality, I particularly liked the white Xiaomi 14.

Xiaomi 14 back in white

The Xiaomi 14 is a compact flagship smartphone.

Lots of power and AI features

Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. This means that even complex 3D games or applications with artificial intelligence have enough power available - a must for a flagship smartphone in 2024, because artificial intelligence was clearly the focus at this year's MWC.

In this context, Xiaomi introduced an "AI Portrait" function that creates photorealistic 3D avatars of users, which can then be positioned in virtual environments such as winter landscapes or beaches. Thanks to AI generators, the result appears surprisingly realistic – ideal for creative posts on social media. In addition, the Xiaomi 14 series offers other AI-based functions such as AI image expansion, subtitling, translation and photo search, which are intended to improve the user experience.

As far as memory is concerned, the small Xiaomi 14 is equipped with 12GB of RAM and either 256 GB or 512 GB of internal data storage. The Ultra model goes one step further and boasts 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space.

The 14 series displays are also impressive: the Ultra model has a 6,73-inch AMOLED panel, while the standard model comes with a smaller 6,36-inch screen. Thanks to LTPO technology, both screens offer a variable refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hertz, which protects the battery and at the same time ensures smooth scrolling and gaming.

Xiaomi 14 Displays

The display of the Xiaomi 14 remains readable even in sunshine.

Speaking of battery, the Xiaomi 14 offers a 4610 mAh battery with 90W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra relies on a slightly larger 5000 mAh battery, which enables 90W wireless charging in addition to 80W fast charging.

Ultimate camera setup

But the real star of the show is the camera setup. Xiaomi equips the standard model with a new 50 MP main camera that uses an extra-large 1/1.31 inch sensor and a bright f/1.6 aperture for impressive night shots. The main camera is supported by a 3,2x telephoto camera and an ultra wide-angle lens, which also have a resolution of 50 MP.

The camera on the Xiaomi 14 Ultra is even more impressive. Leica developed four lenses exclusively for the smartphone - including two telephoto cameras with 75 and 120 mm focal length and a super wide-angle lens with 12 mm focal length. The core of the quad camera setup is the 50 megapixel main camera with stepless f/1,63 to f/4,0 Aperture that promises phenomenal light capture thanks to the ultra-large 1-inch LYT-900 image sensor and should therefore enable spectacular photos.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra camera on the back

Xiaomi and Leica are taking smartphone photography to a new level with the Xiaomi 14 Ultra.

"This flexibility allows you to effortlessly capture the perfect photo in almost any everyday situation imaginable.", explained Marius Eschweiler, Vice President Business Unit Mobile at Leica Camera AG. Portraits, landscape shots, architecture photography - the quad camera should impress in all areas.

To further explore the limits of smartphone photography, Xiaomi and Leica even founded a joint research institute - the  "Xiaomi x Leica Optical Institute" . The aim here is to work on next-generation optics and image processing algorithms.

Technical data in comparison

 Model   Xiaomi 14   Xiaomi 14Ultra 
 chip  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen3
 CPU  1 Prime Core (X4), 3,3GHz
3 performance cores (A720), 3,2GHz
2 performance cores (A720), 3,0GHz
2 efficiency cores (A520), 2,3GHz
1 Prime Core (X4), 3,3GHz
3 performance cores (A720), 3,2GHz
2 performance cores (A720), 3,0GHz
2 efficiency cores (A520), 2,3GHz
 GPU  Adreno 750 Adreno 750
 Storage  12+256GB / 12+512GB (LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0) 16+512GB (LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0)
 Display  6,36 inch AMOLED
3000 nits max brightness
dynamic 1 - 120 Hz screen frequency
240 Hz sampling rate
2670 x 1200 pixel resolution
DCI-P3 color space
Dolby Vision - HDR10+
DC dimming
6,63 inch AMOLED
3000 nits max brightness
dynamic 1 - 120 Hz screen frequency
240 Hz sampling rate
3200 x 1440 pixel resolution
DCI-P3 color space
Dolby Vision - HDR10+
1920Hz PWM
 Cameras (rear)  50MP Light Fusion 900, 23mm, f/1,6
50MP, 75mm, f/2.0, 10cm macro telephoto lens
50MP, 14mm, f/2.2, 115° ultra wide angle
50MP Sony LYT-900, 23mm, f/1,63 to f/4,0
50MP Sony IMX 858, 75mm, f/1.8, 10cm macro telephoto lens
50MP Sony IMX 858, 120mm, f/2.5, 30cm macro periscope
50MP Sony IMX 858, 12mm, f/1.8, 122°, 5cm macro ultra wide angle
 Cameras (front)  32MP, f/2.0, 89,6° 32 MP, 1/3,14'' sensor size, f/2.0, 90°
 Loudspeakers  stereo stereo
 connectivity  5G NR, WiFi 7, Dual BT 5.4, NFC, GPS L1+L5 5G NR, WiFi 7, Dual BT 5.4, NFC, GPS L1+L5
 Battery  4.610 mAh
90W HyperCharge
50W Wireless HyperCharge
5.000 mAh
90W HyperCharge
80W Wireless HyperCharge
 water conservation  IP68 IP68
 Height Weight  152,8 x 71,5 x 8,2mm - 193g 161,4 x 75,3 x 9,2mm - 219,8g

Price and availability

The Xiaomi 14 starts at 999 euros, the Ultra version costs an impressive 1499 euros. Those who pre-order the Xiaomi 14 Ultra will receive the Leica Photography Kit (RRP 199,99 euros) for free. The kit includes a camera handle with an integrated 1500 mAh battery, which transforms the smartphone into a compact camera for your pocket.

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Timo is the founder of and a real technology expert. From smartphones to e-bikes, from home cinema to smart homes, he always has his finger on the pulse of the latest trends.

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