Xiaomi Ceo Lei Jun Confirms Xiaomi 13S Not Launching in 2023, but Xiaomi 13 Ultra is Coming with Huge Camera Module

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* Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirms there won’t be any Xiaomi 13S series like last year.
* This news comes amidst the Xiaomi 13 series global debut that is set for February 26th.
* Xiaomi 13 Ultra back case images have surfaced online.

Back in the last year, Xiaomi introduced the Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro, and 12S Ultra as half-year upgrades for the Xiaomi 12 series.

These phones were quite impressive bringing the world’s first 1-inch camera, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and more.

Also, they served to present the new partnership between Leica and Xiaomi.

The lineup was well received, and it’s natural for some to expect the brand to launch the Xiaomi 13S series later this.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra

Right now, Xiaomi fans are waiting for the global debut of the Xiaomi 13 series. That may happen in a few days as Xiaomi may take a ride on the MWC 2023 airplane to Barcelona.

However, in a few months, the devices will be considered “old” and the fans will be waiting for the next big thing, a possible Xiaomi 13S series. According to Xiaomi, there is no reason to expect a Xiaomi 13S, Pro or Ultra in 2023.

The info comes right from the cbrand’s founder and CEO Lei Jun. According to the top executive, Xiaomi will skip a half-year update in the form of Xiaomi 13S series. He then alerts Xiaomi fans to not wait for a Xiaomi 13S.

Xiaomi 13S Series Cancelled

Xiaomi 13 Ultra

This news comes amidst the Xiaomi 13 series global debut that is set for February 26th at the MWC 2023 show. The top executive confirmed on Weibo that Xiaomi will skip the half-year update and advised fans to not wait for the Xiaomi 13S models.

The reason for the cancellation is still unclear but we can speculate that last year, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen1 faced energy and thermal issues and for that reason, the brand introduced the Xiaomi 12S series with the TSMC-made Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. This offered better performance and battery life comparatively.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Case

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The Xiaomi 13 Ultra case image that has leaked shows the phone has a large circular module on the back, which could house at least four cameras, laser autofocus, LED flash, and other cutouts.

This doesn’t come as a surprise considering the predecessor is also a big phone. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is rumoured to launch in March or April in China. The phone’s main focus could be the cameras.

There are chances the phone might retain the 1-inch main sensor and might add gimbal stabilisation. All four cameras on the back might have autofocus support and there will be a dToF (direct Time-of-Flight) sensor too.

Not many Reasons to Launch the Xiaomi 13S Series

The reason for the cancellation is unclear. Perhaps, it’s the lack of reasons to launch a Xiaomi 13S series that prevail over the reasons to launch. Last year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 did not perform so well with energy and thermal issues.

For that reason, Qualcomm ran to launch a new variant using TSMC’s manufacturing process. That gave birth to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which was much better than its predecessor when it comes to performance and energy efficiency.

The extra performance, efficiency, and the camera upgrades with Leica branding were enough to justify the Xiaomi 12S series’ existence. In fact, almost every brand in the market launched phones with the SD8+ Gen 1.

Also, Xiaomi is expected to launch soon a Xiaomi 13 Ultra variant to complete the lineup. Last year, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra was in the plans.

However, due to delays and other issues, the company ultimately cancelled it to focus on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

This time around, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra development and launch may be under the company’s expectations. The first leaks already coming soon and we expect more to come soon.


Xiaomi 13 UltraKey Specs

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Rear Camera 50 MP + 50 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP
Front Camera 32 MP
Battery 5500 mAh
Display 6.9 inches (17.53 cm)


Launch Date June 29, 2023 (Unofficial)
Operating System Android v12
Custom UI MIUI


Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPU Octa core (3 GHz, Single core, Cortex X2 + 2.5 GHz, Tri core, Cortex A710 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A510)
Architecture 64 bit
Fabrication 4 nm
Graphics Adreno 730


Display Type AMOLED
Screen Size 6.9 inches (17.53 cm)
Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels
Pixel Density 509 ppi
Bezel-less display Yes with punch-hole display
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch


Camera Setup Quad
Resolution 50 MP, Primary Camera
50 MP, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
12 MP , Telephoto Camera
12 MP
Autofocus Yes
Flash Yes, LED Flash
Image Resolution 8150 x 6150 Pixels
Settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting Modes Continuous Shooting
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera Features Digital Zoom
Auto Flash
Face detection
Touch to focus
Camera Setup Single
Resolution 32 MP, Primary Camera


Capacity 5500 mAh
Type Li-Polymer
Removable No
Quick Charging Yes, Fast
USB Type-C Yes


Internal Memory 256 GB
Expandable Memory No

Network & Connectivity

SIM Slot(s) Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM Size SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support 5G Not Supported in India, 4G Supported in India, 3G, 2G
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2300(band 40)
FD-LTE 1800(band 3)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
4G Bands:
TD-LTE 2300(band 40)
FD-LTE 1800(band 3)
3G Bands:
UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 b/g/n)
Wi-Fi Features Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v5.1
GPS Yes with A-GPS
USB Connectivity Mass storage device, USB charging


Loudspeaker Yes
Audio Jack USB Type-C


Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Position On-screen
Fingerprint Sensor Type Optical
Other Sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope

FAQ’s on Xiaomi 13S & Xiaomi 13 Ultra

1) How is the Xiaomi 13S are out of the plans of Chinese technology?

Ans) It was through the Weibo social network that the person in charge of Xiaomi clarified the issue of Xiaomi 13S. This year, the company will release this mid-year update, so Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro will remain relevant until the arrival of Xiaomi 14.
Lei Jun did not want to say the reasons that led Xiaomi to choose this decision. She merely confirmed that the high-end “S” line will not feature new items in 2023.
In 2022, Chinese technology launched the Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro on the market as a slight update to its top of the range. A series of teams that stood out for subtle adjustments in the cameras and the presence of a new processor.

This scenario will not be repeated in 2023, but that is not necessarily bad news for fans of the brand. It means that what the Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro offer will be good enough to stay relevant through 2023.
Still, we expect the brand to present the Xiaomi 13 Ultra in the middle of this year. This will be the pinnacle of Chinese technology in 2023 and will be the flagship model for those looking for the best possible photography experience.

For now, let’s focus on the global launch of Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. This will happen next Sunday (February 26) with Xiaomi taking the stage at MWC 2023 to reveal all the details of the availability of these smartphones in Europe.

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