Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G Unboxing and first Impressions – An Iconic Smartphone Experience

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series, known for its unbeatable value, takes a bold leap forward with the Pro+ models. No longer just budget contenders, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G shatters expectations, becoming the most expensive Redmi phone ever. But it doesn’t come light on features.

This flagship boasts a first-ever curved display with Gorilla Glass Victus protection, a luxurious IP68 water-resistant build, and a significantly upgraded camera system. So, for a premium price tag, Redmi delivers a premium experience, blurring the lines between budget and flagship.

Quick Unboxing

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G ditches the old and ushers in the new with a sleek, all-red packaging. Gone are the generic phone silhouettes; in their place, bold text proudly proclaims the arrival of a powerhouse device.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Peel back the lid, and you’ll be greeted by the star of the show itself, nestled snugly in a protective cradle. Accompanying it are its trusty sidekicks:

  • A blazing-fast 120W charger: Power up in a flash and say goodbye to battery anxiety. ⚡️
  • A sturdy cable: Built to last, it’ll ensure a smooth connection every time.
  • A brand new all-black silicone case: Ditch the yellowing blues! This opaque beauty keeps your phone looking pristine.

Want to see it in action? Check out our unboxing video to get a closer look at this beauty:

Design

Xiaomi throws a curveball (literally) with the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, the first in the series to flaunt a sleek, curved display. Sure, it’s mostly for aesthetics, but hey, when you’re upping the price tag, you gotta look the part!

On the back, things get intriguing (but not on all options). The Fusion Purple rocks a vegan leather panel, fancy talk for textured plastic, patterned with geometric shapes. Unfortunately, this artistic flair vanishes on the Fusion Black and White models, which settle for plain glass backs with some cool light-play effects.

Now, sandwiching these panels is a flattened plastic frame, making the phone easier to hold. Ports and buttons are all in predictable places, so navigating is a breeze.

But the true mark of premium isn’t just looks – it’s durability. And the Note 13 Pro+ delivers with an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, matching top-tier flagships. No more cringing at rain or dusty pockets!

Display

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G boasts a stunning 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2712 x 1220. Featuring a swift 120Hz refresh rate, a peak brightness of 1800 nits, and complete P3 coverage, this display is fortified by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for enhanced durability.

Displaying remarkable image quality, it achieves 500 nits brightness in typical conditions and an impressive 1200 nits in direct sunlight globally. The advertised 1800 nits peak brightness is specifically designed for HDR, albeit limited to a small display section or brief durations.

Supporting major HDR standards such as HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG, the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G provides a visually immersive experience.

While the phone offers an ‘always-on’ mode, it deviates from the traditional concept. Activating it keeps the screen on for only ten seconds, requiring a tap to view the always-on screen afterward—a deviation that might prompt discussions on the intended purpose of an always-on mode.

Furthermore, the display houses a built-in optical fingerprint scanner, which doubles as a heart rate monitor. Although slightly tucked away in the settings, once discovered, this feature allows users to obtain real-time heart rate readings by simply holding their finger over the sensor.

Conclusion

So, what’s the verdict? The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G might not break the mold in terms of functionality, but it sure does look and feel the part of a premium phone. The curved display, cool Mondrian vibes (on the purple model), and flagship-grade water resistance all scream luxury. Add in the practical perks like the grippy glass back and IP68 rating, and you’ve got a phone that’s as stylish as it is dependable.

Price and Availability

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G will include a free Xiaomi Smart Band 8 for offline and online purchases from January 16 to 25, 2024. The device is also available for purchase with Home Credit on 0% interest via installment. 

  • Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G (Available in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, and Aurora Purple)
    • 12GB+512GB: ₱23,999

The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G will also have a Shopee Exclusive Early Bird Promo price and online exclusive storage variants from January 16 to 25, 2024.

  • Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, 8GB+256GB: ₱18,999 (from ₱20,999)

For its specs page, click the link below:

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