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We have been following the Redmi Note series since 2018 with the release of the Redmi Note 5 series. It was then that the Redmi Note series started to become popular, especially among the young generation of Bangladesh. Since then Xiaomi didn’t have to look back. The popularity kept on growing and reached a level where this series has become the favorite choice of people. We were eager to know if the Note 13 series could keep on with its demand, style and expectations. And now the Redmi Note 13 has finally arrived and we are very glad to review it.
The regular Note 13 Pricing started from 1199 元 (Chinese Yuan) on its release date in China which was approximately about ৳18,200 in Bangladeshi Taka on that day. The currency rate goes up and down, it’s about ৳18,500 today. There is a 1000 元 discount at the moment on the Xiaomi China website. So, the starting price as of today is ৳16,900 (6/128 GB) in China which makes it a highly attractive deal right now for the unofficial market of Bangladesh (without any official brand warranty / private sellers and retail stores).
We were a bit disappointed with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 and also the Redmi Note 11 design. The Redmi Note 10 looked highly promising and offered a very nice design for its time but then for the last two series, we didn’t see much of an upgrade. Now, we are seeing a real upgrade that matches the style of the current time. It’s still a subjective experience but the pattern of the design looks more clean, minimal, boxy and elegant which are very common and appreciative elements in contemporary art, design and business industry. It looks more solid, more bold and more premium. The center punch-hole display and the 7.6-millimeter slimness complement it.
The backside is made of plastic if you have any doubt. There is no glass, no protection, it’s plain polycarbonate. On the front, the Gorilla Glass 5 returns. It also has IP54-rated dust and splash resistance. The back part does not attract fingerprints which is much relished. We are satisfied with the build considering its price.
We are getting a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 1 billion colors, 120Hz refresh rate and 1000 nits peak brightness. We were surprised to see that it has no Widevine L1 certification. There is Widevine L3 though. The colors are still very crisp and vivid. The high refresh rate makes it smooth and the AMOLED panels are generally just great to watch. The 1000 nits brightness allows very good viewability under sunlight, also there is no issue when you look at the display while using the camera.
The 100 MP f/1.7 aperture main lens comes with a Samsung ISOCELL HM3 sensor and a 2 MP depth camera. Some of you may miss an ultrawide lens or a dedicated Macro camera. But these capture low-quality shots and we find this dual setup is better considering the quality fact. The photos can capture great shots in daylight conditions. The colors look vivid but not over-saturated. There are enough details, the portrait mode looked good with fine edge detection. Yes, the back camera quality is pleasant. The video recording option is a maximum of 1080p@30fps. Some of you may want 60fps. There is also no stabilization but it is less shakey than a regular phone. But we did wish for at least 60fps recording with EIS. It’s reasonable that there is no 4K recording at this price.
The 16 MP front camera is good in clear daylight scenarios as well. The dynamic range and edge detection looked good here too.
Battery and performance
It’s one of those two-day battery phones with a 33W charger. Very decent around this cost. We were overall satisfied with its battery life and charging capacity.
The chipset used is a 6 nm MediaTek Dimensity 6080 which is a fine chipset for smooth gaming at a lower price. It gets an AnTuTu (v10) score of 414918 on this Xiaomi device. The phone supports 5G too. So, it’s sort of future-proof in terms of overall speed and also for gaming. We are talking about a good two to three years of fine performance and gaming support for those with a lower budget. You’ll definitely be a winner if you choose this for its performance at this cost. Great value for money, and great performance, Xiaomi has done it again. But don’t expect too much though, because you can compare with a chipset like the Helio G99 which has a Nanoreview gaming score of 22 out of 100 and the Dimensity 6080 gets 26 out of 100 and it supports 5G, so, you are getting that extra boost. It’s not a premium chipset.
There are different RAM options 6, 8 or 12. We suggest taking the 8 GB model if you can if a couple of years of fine long-term gaming is your goal. A 6 GB model would be more than enough for everyday usage, net browsing and so on.
We are glad to see that the 3.5mm jack remains. Some brands started to drop this feature even at mid-range or lower-mid-range phones. There is a noise-cancellation microphone as well. The 24-bit/192kHz audio provides clear sound even at full volume. We didn’t mark any distortion.
Some other features are IR Blaster, a fast and accurate side-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, dual Nano SIM and so on. A MicroSD slot is missing so, if in-built storage is important to you, consider the 256 GB model but for most 128 GB is sufficient.