Xiaomi 14 Ultra Launched: A Flagship to Challenge Apple and Samsung

Xiaomi 14 Ultra

Xiaomi has launched its most powerful smartphone to the global market, three days after its launch in China. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and has top-notch specifications to compete with the flagships of Samsung and Apple.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Xiaomi 14 Ultra.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Specifications

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
DisplayCeramic back, aluminum frame
IP68 rating, dust, and water resistance
Memory16GB LPDDR5X
Storage512 GB UFS 4.0
Camera SystemPrimary Sensor: 1-inch Sony IMX989
Ultra-wide lens / Macro lens
Leica image processing and filters
Display6.73-inch AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
DesignCeramic back, aluminum frame
IP68 rating, dust and water resistance
Battery & ChargingCapacity: 5300 mAh
90W fast charging, 80W fast wireless charging
Pricing€1,200 [around ₹76,000]

Powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Under the hood, the Xiaomi 14 Ultra is a beast of a performer. It is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, which delivers lightning-fast speeds, smooth multitasking, and exceptional power efficiency.

Paired with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 is 16GB RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. There are no other memory/storage variants apart from this.

A Leica-Powered Camera Experience

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra’s most striking feature is its camera system in collaboration with legendary camera maker Leica. At the heart of this system lies a
1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, the largest of its kind found in a modern smartphone. This sensor allows for exceptional light-gathering capabilities and image quality, especially in low-light conditions.

Complementing the primary sensor is an array of equally impressive lenses:

  • Ultra-wide lens: Capable of capturing sweeping landscapes or tight spaces, this lens also doubles as a macro lens for incredibly detailed close-up shots.
  • 3.2x Telephoto lens: This lens brings subjects closer with exceptional clarity.
  • 5x Periscope Telephoto lens: Get incredibly close to distant objects with this impressive telephoto zoom.

Xiaomi didn’t skimp on processing power either. The 14 Ultra utilizes advanced image processing algorithms and Leica’s renowned image filters to create stunningly beautiful photos and videos.

This collaboration with Leica is an effort to rival the likes of Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel in terms of photography.

Stunning Display and Immersive Audio

For display, Xiaomi 14 Ultra has a large 6.73-inch QHD+ OLED display with a fast 120Hz refresh rate. Since it uses LTPO technology, it has a 1Hz-120Hz variable refresh rate display.

The refresh rate can range from 1Hz to 120Hz based on what content you are watching on the phone. It also features HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 1920Hz PWM dimming, and a bright 3000-nit peak.

For audio, the Xiaomi 14 Ultra features a premium stereo speaker system tuned by Harman Kardon. This setup delivers rich and powerful audio.

Design and Build Quality

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra stands apart with its sophisticated design reflecting its status as a top-tier flagship. The phone features a sleek ceramic back panel, available in classic black or elegant white, adding an air of refinement.

The aluminum frame provides a premium feel and sturdy build, while IP68 certification ensures the device can withstand the elements with dust and water resistance.

A unique element of the Xiaomi 14 Ultra’s design is the pronounced circular camera island on the back. It houses an impressive camera array and adds a touch of individuality to set it apart in a crowded smartphone market.

Battery and Charging

Keeping this powerhouse running all day is a generously sized 5,300 mAh battery. Xiaomi’s battery optimization techniques, combined with the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, should ensure the phone lasts through a full day of demanding use with ease.

When it’s time to juice up, the Xiaomi 14 Ultra supports blazing-fast 90W wired charging. Even more impressive is its 80W wireless charging capability, a rarity among smartphones. You’ll be able to quickly top up your phone’s battery without being tethered to a charging cable.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is expected to start at around €1,200 [around ₹76,000] for the base model. There are no other variants apart from the 512GB/16GB.

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