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Xiaomi 14 and 14 Ultra launches globally, with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Leica cameras and more

By Cheryl Tan - on 26 Feb 2024, 6:24pm

Xiaomi 14 and 14 Ultra launches globally, with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Leica cameras and more

Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Source: Xiaomi.

Smartphone photography enthusiasts, rejoice. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra is finally launched globally, and we'll be able to get our hands on both the Xiaomi 14 Ultra and base Xiaomi 14 phones when it launches here in Singapore on 8 March 2024

Debuting globally at MWC 2024, we've covered the Xiaomi 14 when it launched in China so that we won't go into too much detail here. The show-stopper is definitely the flagship Xiaomi 14 Ultra.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Source: Xiaomi.

Packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and up to 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage, the phone looks very similar to its predecessor, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. You get the same massive circular camera bump on the rear with four 50MP Leica cameras, thanks to that smartphone imaging collaboration announced in 2022.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Source: Xiaomi.

Some of the cameras have been changed, however, with a new 50MP main camera using the 1-inch Sony LYT-900 sensor and boasting a new step-less variable aperture from f/1.63 to f/4.0 compared to the predecessor, which could only go from f/1.9 to f/4.0. The lenses have also changed from the previous Leica Vario-Summicron 1:1.8-3.0/12-120 ASPH. to the new Leica Vario-Summilux 1:1.63-2.5/12-120 ASPH. lens.

The dual telephoto lens setup is still present here, with a 75mm floating telephoto camera at f/1.8 and a 120mm periscope camera at f/2.5.The ultra-wide camera appears to be the same 50MP 12mm f/1.8 unit with a 122-degree FOV. 

Xiaomi 14 Ultra. Source: Xiaomi.

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra can now capture 16-bit UltraRAW shots, and the Leica Authentic and Leica Vibrant looks and filters remain. To prevent overheating when out and about on photoshoots, Xiaomi has adopted a new Dual-Channel IceLoop liquid cooling system with a dedicated thermal loop for the cameras. 

80W wireless HyperCharge. Source: Xiaomi.

While the battery capacity remains at 5,000mAh, Xiaomi has improved the wireless charging speeds up to 80W instead of the previous 50W. Wired charging remains at 90W, and the USB-C port is a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port that offers transfer speeds up to 10Gbps. 

Local availability and pricing are yet to be announced, and we'll update this article with more information when we have it. 

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