Xiaomi and Leica’s New Xiaomi 14 Series Further Improves Smartphone Photography

Xiaomi and Leica’s New Xiaomi 14 Series Further Improves Smartphone Photography

The incredible Xiaomi 14 Series smartphone was just unveiled in Singapore.

The focal point of this launch is the flagship Xiaomi 14 Ultra, which will definitely turn heads for anyone who enjoys photography despite its unusual, large camera module. It is paired with a choice of traditional black and white colors and a sleek, flat back. It’s simple but captivating.

It has an extremely durable aluminum frame, which Xiaomi refers to as a Guardian Structure. The phone is covered in Xiaomi Shield Glass and nano-tech vegan leather, which elegantly increases the device’s durability. A 6.73-inch AMOLED panel with a peak brightness of 3,000 nits, specifically designed for C8 WQHD+, serves as the display.

In this regard, you shouldn’t anticipate anything less from a device co-branded with Leica, the unchallenged heavyweight champion of camera systems and romance in photography. It also supports varying refresh rates.

The phone’s camera system is what really powers it, of course: Leica Summilux optics supporting an amazing range of focal lengths from 12mm to 120mm (35mm equivalent) may sound more like a wish list than a reality, but it’s true: The following lenses are available: a 120mm f2.5 periscope with a 30 cm macro, a 75mm f1.8 telephoto with a 10 cm macro, a 23mm primary camera with a step-less variable aperture (f1.63-f4.0) for more control over your background sharpness. All cameras have OIS, and all but the ultrawide offer 50MP-sized files.

In addition, it is the first phone to combine an adjustable step-less variable aperture with a one-inch LYT-900 sensor, which provides a 14EV dynamic range (compared to just 10.5EV for the previous generation).

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra also supports Dolby Vision in 4K 60fps and can record 8K 30fps videos with all four cameras.

In this resolution, the entire zoom range is also accessible. Other extravagant features include a Director mode that enables remote monitoring via pairing with another device (such as the Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro12.4), as well as the option to record in Log format for post-production in the style of a pro.

A further feature that attempts to replicate the look and feel of a movie theater is the new MasterCinema mode: they are used to seeing visually appealing and “natural” motion blur on screen because of the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, Rec. 2020 color range (which has more color than DCI-P3), and 180° shutter rule.

The Xiaomi 14 in its Classy, Daily Version

The Xiaomi 14 is an ideal option for individuals who are not extreme photography enthusiasts but rather just kind of zoned out after reading the above. Along with having a triple-camera setup with Leica Summilux lenses, it also has a more traditional form factor.

In addition to a flexible 75mm telephoto with optical image stabilization, you also get a wide angle of 23mm, 46mm (digital crop), and 14mm ultra-wide. Additionally, the primary camera has a large f1.6 aperture for improved bokeh effects and less grainy photos in low light. Capable of taking macro photos up to 10 cm close up, the 75mm floating lens array telephoto has a broad f2 aperture.

Although it is not as large as the sensor on the Ultra, the customized 1/1.31 Light Fusion sensor with 13.5EV dynamic range is the same size as the sensor on flagship smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. The Xiaomi 14 is capable of producing 10-bit LOG, 8K (24p) video recording, and 14-bit RAW images. Dolby Vision video recording is also possible.

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform, the Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra go full-fat milk, which will greatly satisfy Snapdragon enthusiasts in an era where manufacturers are turning to alternatives in a competitive price market.

Additionally, these phones are compatible with Xiaomi’s amazing 90W HyperCharge (31 minutes to 100% on the Xiaomi 14 and 33 minutes to 100% on the Xiaomi 14 Ultra), as well as 80W Wireless HyperCharge (18 minutes to 50% on the Xiaomi 14 Ultra) and 50W Wireless HyperCharge (46 minutes to 100% on the Xiaomi 14).


Both the 12GB + 256GB (online only) and 12GB + 512GB ($1,199) variants of the Xiaomi 14 are currently available for purchase. It will come in the following color options: Jade Green, Black, and White.

There are free gifts worth up to $718.68 that you can get from now until March 22, 2024. These gifts include a $239 Xiaomi Watch S3 and a $129 Xiaomi 14 Gift Box.

You can receive free gifts worth up to $599.68 during the pre-order, which ends on March 22, 2024. One of the gifts is a $249 Xiaomi 14 Ultra Photography Kit.

Customers who purchase between March 23 and April 7 will receive complimentary premium gifts valued up to $499.68, which includes a $149 Xiaomi 80W Adaptive Wireless Charging Stand.

Additional gifts during the aforementioned time frames include one free screen replacement (within six months of purchase), three months of access to YouTube Premium, 100GB of cloud storage on Google One for six months, and one+1 year of extended phone warranty.

Along with Xiaomi’s channel partners like Shopee (Xiaomi 14, Xiaomi 14 Ultra), the phones are accessible through M1, Singtel, and StarHub.

Free premium gifts up to $479.68, including a $129 Xiaomi 14 Gift Box, are being given away to buyers between March 23 and April 7.

Although it is not yet available for purchase, you can pre-order the Xiaomi 14 Ultra. There is only one configuration available, which is 16GB + 512GB, and it costs $1,699. You can only choose between Black and White colors.

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