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The Xiaomi 13T Pro is Still a Great Phone in 2024

If you’re looking to buy a Xiaomi phone in mid-2024, you’ve got plenty of choice. The Xiaomi 14 remains my recommendation if you need a smaller phone, and the 14 Ultra offers one of the best camera packages you can find today. Then there are the budget flagship offerings – the 13T Pro in particular is a standout choice.

While most manufacturers have moved away from the idea of ​​a mid-cycle product refresh, Xiaomi’s T-series devices are a staple in its phone portfolio, and last year’s 13T series received a major upgrade: Leica integration. Xiaomi needed a way to differentiate the 13T series from the POCO F5 and F5 Pro, and adding some Leica effects and filters goes a long way toward achieving that.

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I used the 13T Pro when it launched and recently switched back to the device to see how it stacks up against the flagships of 2024. I’m still not a fan of the design; the large rectangular camera island on the back with the curved sides just doesn’t look coherent and half-finished. While the blue version of the phone has a faux leather back, the black model has a glass back with a glossy finish that’s just boring.

The plastic sides don’t feel quite the same as the Xiaomi 14’s, but they also don’t have a glossy coating, which at least makes the device a little easier to use. Still, I like the way the back curves towards the midframe. Although the front of the phone has a flat panel, the curves on the back make a noticeable difference in usability.

Xiaomi 13T Pro in long-term test

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Where the 13T Pro comes into its own is the screen; the 6.67-inch AMOLED panel has excellent colors and contrast levels, and gets incredibly bright in everyday use. The Xiaomi 14 managed to get a bit brighter in automatic mode outdoors, but the 13T Pro has absolutely no problems in this area, and as with most Xiaomi phones, the stereo sound coming out of this thing is very detailed, and loud.

Interestingly, Xiaomi has opted for a 144Hz refresh rate on the 13T series, and while I didn’t notice too much of a difference between 120Hz and 144Hz, the 13T Pro offers a level of immediacy and fluidity that I didn’t notice outside of the OnePlus 12. Of course, you’ll have to go into the settings to manually toggle the 144Hz mode.

Xiaomi 13T Pro in long-term test

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Similarly, the Dimensity 9200+ continues to deliver excellent performance. It delivers stable frame rates in demanding games and the best part is that there is no noticeable overheating. Although the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has better scores in synthetic tests, it also tends to run hotter, so if you want a gaming-focused phone that can keep heat under control, this is still a great option.

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