Xiaomi 14 series launches in China with HyperOS software and Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset
After crashing Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit to tease its 2024 phones, Xiaomi has finally introduced the Xiaomi 14 series, consisting of the Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro phones.
Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro
Both models are said to have ultra-thin bezels to uplift their premium appeal. The phones come in four colourways: Jade Green, Black, White, and Snow Mountain Pink — the last being a milky, pastel pink that uses Xiaomi’s second-generation “nano-tech skin” that first appeared on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra.
Both models are also carrying the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, with Xiaomi’s very own Loop LiquidCool technology for heat management and dissipation.
Also on both models is the iconic Leica collaboration for it’s rear lenses, using Leica’s Summilux optical lenses. Using a 1/1.3-inch Type 1 image sensor called Light Fusion 900, the Xiaomi 14 offers a 13.5EV dynamic range for registering highlights and shadows in evey take. The main camera offers f/1.6 aperture, with an overall 130% increase in light intake when compared to the Xiaomi 13. It’s also paired with a 50MP ultrawide angle camera, and a “Leica 75mm” floating telephoto lens with a focus distance of 10cm to infinity.
On the Xiaomi 14 Pro is a f/1.42 to f/4.0 variable aperture for its main camera instead, giving users even more control over its lighting capabilities and reducing overexposure.
Another core upgrade to the Pro version is USB 3.2, giving it a 10Gbps port that’s up to 20 times faster than its predecessor, per Xiaomi’s claims. Xiaomi 14’s USB 3.2 Gen1 port gets 5Gbps instead.
The Xiaomi 14 Pro also gets two Xiaomi Surge P2 charging chipsets and 120W wired HyperCharge along with 50W wireless charging for its 4,880mAh battery. Xiaomi 14 isn’t a slouch with its 4,160mAh battery either, with one Surge P2, 90W wired, and 50W wireless charging.
Finally, Xiaomi 14 Pro’s 6.7-inch display offers WQHD+ resolution on its 1-120Hz LTPO AMOLED panel, with a peak brightnes of 3,000 nits and triple eye protection certification from TÜV Rheinland. Xiaomi 14 also packs a similar display with the same refresh rates and peak brightness, but the official announcement in English doesn’t state its size or resolution.
An interesting feature coming to both devices is UltraSpace storage expansion, which gives the 256GB version of Xiaomi 14 Pro an extra 8GB, while the 512GB version of both phones can get an extra 16GB. Typically, you’d sacrifice storage space for more virtual RAM, but Xiaomi’s implementation offers more storage instead — we’re gonna have to ask what they’re up to with this technology when the chance arrives.
HyperOS for Xiaomi phones
Xiaomi 14 series comes with the new Xiaomi HyperOS, an Android reskin that also contains Xiaomi’s very own Vela systems for interoperability between its phones and AIoT devices. Xiaomi said HyperOS is designed for “Low-level Refactoring, Cross-End Intelligent Connectivity, Proactive Intelligence, and End-to-End Security”. We’ll definitely have to ask Xiaomi to elaborate on most of these ambitions for its new operating software, given it has big MIUI shoes to fill.
Pricing and availability
With its China-only launch for now, the Xiaomi 14 goes at CNY3,999 (8GB RAM, 256GB storage), CNY4,299 (12GB RAM, 256GB storage), and CNY4,599 (16GB RAM, 512GB storage). The Xiaomi 14 Pro goes at CNY4,999 (12+256GB), CNY 5,499 (16+512GB), and CNY 5,999 (16GB+1TB). We’ll update with local pricing and availability once it’s out.
Source: Xiaomi (newsroom)
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