Xiaomi 13 Ultra Confirmed to Feature Variable Aperture, New Camera Sensors; Here’s Why It is a Big Deal

Xiaomi 13 Ultra will feature a quad-camera setup on the back tuned in collaboration with Leica.

  1. Xiaomi 13 Ultra will launch on April 18.
  2. The flagship phone will feature a quad-camera setup.
  3. Xiaomi has confirmed that the 13 Ultra will have Leica-tuned cameras.


Xiaomi is gearing up for the launch of its next flagship phone, the 13 Ultra. The top-of-the-line Xiaomi flagship smartphone will sit above the 13 Pro and 13 5G worldwide. The 13 Ultra is set to make its global debut on April 18. At the time of writing this, Xiaomi has not confirmed any details about launching its ultra flagship phone in India. The Xiaomi 13 Pro continues to be the top-end flagship from the company in India for the time being. Meanwhile, the company has revealed some key details about the Xiaomi 13 Ultra camera ahead of its launch.

Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship phone will get some massive improvements in the camera hardware. The company has now revealed the camera sensor details of the device. It will continue to feature a 1-inch camera sensor, which was found in its predecessor. Let’s take a look at the Xiaomi 13 Ultra specifications, features and other details known so far.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra Might Fix The 1-inch Camera Sensor’s Problem

Xiaomi has confirmed that the 13 Ultra, its upcoming flagship phone, will feature a quad-camera setup on the back tuned in collaboration with Leica. The upcoming Ultra flagship is now confirmed to feature a Sony IMX989 1-inch camera sensor, which is also found in the Xiaomi 13 Pro and the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Another piece of detail confirmed ahead of the launch is the support for a variable aperture. The company confirmed that the main camera will allow users to adjust the aperture between f/1.9 and f/4.0. At the moment, it is unknown if the aperture stops will actually between the two steps or specifically f/1.9 and f/4.0. 

Theoretically, this should help tackle the one major issue with 1-inch sensors, which often tend to not focus parts of the subject completely as you move closer. A narrower aperture should help focus the entirety of a subject. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra will not be the first flagship phone to feature the tech as Samsung has done so in the past with the Galaxy S9 series. However, it is possible that the 13 Ultra might well be the first smartphone to offer a variable aperture when paired with a 1-inch sensor.

In addition to the main camera, the company also revealed that the 13 Ultra will feature three new Sony IMX858 sensors on the back. These will be for the ultra-wide lens and two optical telephoto zoom at 3x and 5x, respectively. Xiaomi has already confirmed that the camera sensors have received the Leica touch. 

The company will announce more details about the flagship ahead of the April 18 launch event. However, the rumour mill has shared some specs too.

The device will feature the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC under the hood. It will also pack a 4900mAh battery with support for 90W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. There will be up to 16GB of LPDDR5x RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. The phone will feature a 32MP front camera.

On the front, there will be a tall 6.7-inch 2K AMOLED display with curved edges. The screen will refresh between 1Hz and 120Hz. Lastly, the 13 Ultra will boot MIUI 14 based on Android 13 out of the box.