It’s only been a month since Xiaomi introduced the 13T series to the international market, and the company is already pushing out more flagship phones back in China. The freshly-announced Xiaomi 14 series is the first device to run the company’s supposedly more efficient and more interoperable HyperOS, which aims to bridge the gap between “human, cars, and home.” Naturally, these phones also feature Qualcomm’s AI-centric Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor launched earlier this week, with the bonus being a faster Leica Summilux lens and a floating telephoto lens for both the 14 and 14 Pro, along with a tough “Xiaomi Ceramic Glass” plus a titanium edition — literally the “one more thing” at the launch event — reserved for the Pro model.
Starting with the Xiaomi 14, its 6.36-inch screen boasts a new C8 AMOLED display panel co-developed by the phone maker and TCL CSOT. This offers an industry-leading peak brightness of 3,000 nits, as well as the common pixel density of 460 ppi and variable refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz. The phone also packs a 4,610mAh battery with 90W wired fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging. Audio-wise, you get a 4-mic array — great on paper when it comes to noise cancellation for phone calls — and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. If waterproof (and dustproof) is a must, don’t worry, as the phones in this series are all rated with IP68.
The higher-end Xiaomi 14 Pro looks very similar, except for its larger size — it’s a 6.73-inch screen here, and there’s a bigger 4,880mAh battery tucked inside (with faster 120W wired charging; same 50W wireless charging though). You won’t see it, but it’s also worth noting that the 14 Pro’s USB 3.2 port offers a whopping 10Gbps data transfer speed, which is twice as fast as the one on the 14.
If you place both models side by side, you’ll see how all four sides of both glass panels are curved on the Pro, with the top panel retaining a flat screen look to avoid distortion. The display packs a 2K (WGHD+) resolution, which equates to an impressive pixel density of 522ppi. For the first time, Xiaomi took a page out of Huawei’s book and created its own tough glass, which is aptly dubbed “Xiaomi Ceramic Glass.” This supposedly features “10 times higher drop resistance and 1.25 times higher scratch resistance.” In fact, the 14 Pro’s titanium edition even has both sides shielded by this special glass, hence its 7g (0.25oz) of extra weight when compared to the regular model’s 223g (7.87oz).
Both models come with a set of similar cameras, with the main Summilux lens featuring a new “Light Fusion 900” image sensor (50-megapixel, 1/1.3-inch, 1.2um, OIS) with a supposedly high dynamic range. While the Xiaomi 14’s main camera has an f/1.6 aperture, the Pro has a variable aperture ranging from f/1.42 to f/4.0 for more the sake of versatility. For the first time, you get the same floating telephoto lens (3.2x zoom, f/2.0, OIS) on both models (instead of just on the Pro), which lets you easily toggle between telephoto mode and close-up mode. For ultra-wide capture, it’s a 50-megapixel f/2.2 camera with a 115-degree viewing angle. For those who are nerdy enough to care, both the telephoto camera and the ultra-wide camera use a Samsung JN1 sensor.
Xiaomi is currently taking pre-orders for both models in China. The 14 Pro starts from 4,999 yuan (around $680) for the 12GB RAM with 256GB storage, and it maxes out at 5,999 yuan (about $820) with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. If you want the titanium edition, it’s the same top specs, but it’ll cost you 6,499 yuan (around $890). As for the more affordable Xiaomi 14, it starts from 3,999 yuan ($550) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, then it goes all the way up to 4,999 yuan — matching that of the 14 Pro’s base model — with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. There’s no word on when to expect international availability yet, but given the pattern of Xiaomi’s recent flagships, it’s probably just a matter of time.