Xiaomi, a global leader in innovation, is proud to announce Xiaomi 14 Series with next-generation Leica optics – powered by Xiaomi HyperOS. This is the latest flagship smartphone in Xiaomi lineup, a significant milestone in Xiaomi’s commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to consumers worldwide.

For photographers, as well as those into smartphone/mobile phone photography, this strategic partnership between Xiaomi and Leica that was formalised in 2022, they have both jointly revolutionised the mobile imaging industry. The Xiaomi 14 Series is more than just the flagship smartphone, it’s also the pinnacle of Xiaomi and Leica collaboration, incorporating Leica Summilux optics, showcasing the most advanced optical concepts and product designs, solidifying Xiaomi’s position as a global leader in mobile imaging innovation. 

As a photographer myself who is into mobile imaging with smartphone, I tested Leica’s mobile imaging technology previously. They are in a class of its own in the mobile imaging sector, a great complement to any photographer who wish to have a smartphone with powerful mobile imaging technology and quality. 

Xiaomi 14 Ultra – Lens to Legend

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra – Lens to Legend, this is the professional imagery flagship smartphone, unmatched performance with an innovative design. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra draws inspiration from traditional camera aesthetics, showcasing a distinctive circular camera module with streamlined flat back design. They come in two classic colours, Black and White.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Engineering Marvels

Xiaomi 14 Ultra is engineered around the robust Xiaomi Guardian Structure, comprising of high-strength aluminium frame, Xiaomi nano-tech vegan leather, and Xiaomi Shield Glass. They are crafted from a single aluminium block, offering a remarkable 1.38x improved frame strength. The Xiaomi nano-tech vegan leather features a newly developed formula, resulting in a thinner and lighter finish with 6x improved wear resistance. The Xiaomi Shield Glass on the Xiaomi 14 Ultra is the innovative All Around Liquid Display, redefining display by achieving constant curvature on all sides and corners, seamlessly blending the visual appeal of a flat screen with the tactile feedback of a curved edge. The Xiaomi-custom C8 WQHD+ 6.73″ AMOLED display gives users an immersive visual experience, featuring a stunning WQHD+ (3200 x 1440) resolution, pixel density of 522 ppi, and variable 1-120Hz refresh rate, all backed by an impressive peak brightness of 3000 nits.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Powerful Photography and Videography Capabilities 

For those who love photography and smartphone photography, Xiaomi 14 Ultra is equipped with a professional quad-camera configuration range of focal lengths spanning from 12mm to 120mm.

  • Main camera: equipped with a f/1.63-f/4.0 steeples variable aperture, offering seamless exposure adjustments in diverse scenarios. It has an ultra-large 1-inch LYT-900 image sensor with a dynamic range of up to 14EV. This guarantees outstanding image quality even in challenging environments. 
  • The other cameras completing the quad-camera setup are the Leica 75mm floating telephoto camera, the Leica 120mm periscope camera, and the Leica 12mm ultra-wide camera.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra leads the mobile imaging world with the 8K 30fps shooting support on all 4 cameras. Powered by Leica optics and a 50MP sensor, allowing it to capture unparalleled clarity in 8K videos, this would allow professional post-production editing. Its main camera supports 4K 120fps and is adaptable to 5x slow-motion effects. At 4K resolution, it offers full-range zooming at 60fps. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra also offers Dolby Vision®️ shooting at 4K 60fps and features stabilisation for smooth video capture. An additional microphone has been added to form a 4-Mic array, enabling both surround sound recording and directional sound recording.

You can also have a professional videography experience, with the new Movie mode that introduces cinematic industry practices such as the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and 180° shutter rule, delivering videos with an authentic cinematic look and motion blur. 

The all-new MasterCinema encodes HDR videos in 10-bit Rec.2020 to capture richer details, highlights and shadows, surpassing the previous 8-bit BT.709 standard, especially on HDR screens. Director mode offers professional-grade interface with advanced parameter controls and Log format recording for flexible post-production. Xiaomi 14 Ultra can be integrated with other Xiaomi devices as external monitors for an immersive production experience, including the new Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro 12.4.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Photography Kit 

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra Photography Kit is designed for photography and videography enthusiasts, offering extended features in a dedicated grip and case. It includes a two-stage shutter button, a zoom lever, a customisable video recording button, and an additional custom dial. It also functions as an external charging battery bank, providing 1500mAh of battery life. This accessory is available for separate purchase.

Xiaomi 14

The Xiaomi 14 is designed as a compact size daily companion smartphone, measuring just 152.8mm x 71.5mm x 8.20mm. It has a gentle curved back panel, ensuring a comfortable and secure grip, allowing for extended periods of use. 

It has a minimalist aesthetic that is achieved by relocating the speaker to the display and the infra-red port to the camera deco, giving the Xiaomi 14 a clean look on the top and side frames. The ultra-thin bezel design utilises advanced FIAA technology to integrate panel circuits within the display, resulting in a slim 1.71mm bottom bezel for an immersive viewing experience. 

Xiaomi 14 Photography Capabilities 

The Xiaomi 14 is powered by a comprehensive 3 cameras configuration, providing a well-rounded photography experience, covering an extensive focal length from 14mm to 75mm. The Xiaomi 14 has been engineered with Leica Summilux optical lenses with an upgraded ƒ/1.6 aperture on the main camera, combined with the Light Fusion 900 image sensor and boasting up to 13.5 EV of dynamic range. Moreover, the resolution of the Leica 14mm ultra-wide camera has been upgraded to 50MP while also offering the highly acclaimed Leica 75mm floating telephoto lens, with a minimum focus distance of just 10cm. 

Xiaomi 14 Display

The Xiaomi 14 display features a striking 6.36″ CrystalRes AMOLED 1.5K (2670 x 1200) screen.

The screen pixel density has been enhanced to 460ppi, delivering more details than ever. With an

outstanding peak brightness of 3000 nits, colours are vibrant, and visuals remain clear even under direct sunlight. Additionally, its variable refresh rate, ranging from 1 to 120Hz, guarantees smooth and seamless viewing experience across various activities, including browsing, reading, and gaming.

Xiaomi Technology – Uncompromising hardware unlocking full performance potential

Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra are both powered by the leading Snapdragon®️ 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform, boasting an impressive 32% CPU performance boost and 34% power consumption decrease, along with a remarkable 34% GPU performance boost and 38% power consumption decrease, compared to the previous generation. Xiaomi 14 Series is equipped with Qualcomm FastConnect 7800, which brings Wi-Fi 7 with an impressive 320MHz capacity. Xiaomi 14 Ultra goes a step above with High Band Simultaneous (HBS) Multi-Link, ensuring the widest channel and lowest latency available, revolutionising high-speed multi-device connectivity.

Xiaomi IceLoop

The Xiaomi IceLoop cooling system offers an unparalleled level of smoothness under demanding scenarios such as video recording, computational photography, real-time AI, and intensive gaming. The Xiaomi 14 Ultra goes a step above with the new Xiaomi Dual-Channel IceLoop system, which introduces a dedicated 2nd thermal channel exclusively for the camera module for smoother photography and videography.

Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra battery and charging, they are both equipped with the Xiaomi Surge battery management system, guaranteeing extended performance throughout the day. Xiaomi 14 is powered by a 4610mAh battery supported by 90W HyperCharge and 50W wireless HyperCharge. Xiaomi 14 Ultra is powered by a larger 5000mAh battery with 90W HyperCharge along with the latest 80W wireless HyperCharge technology.

Xiaomi HyperOS – The future of Smart Ecosystem 

Xiaomi cutting edge Xiaomi HyperOS operating system powers the Xiaomi 14 Series. This is a culmination of 7 year of dedicated development by Xiaomi. This human-centric system is

designed for the “Human X Car X Home” smart ecosystem, focusing on four major goals:

Comprehensive Refactoring, Cross-Device Intelligent Connectivity, Proactive Intelligence, and

End-to-End Security. With Xiaomi HyperOS, Xiaomi 14 Series users may experience elevated system fluidity with advanced file and memory management capabilities, a revamped UI enriched by the graphics subsystem, seamless connectivity between devices, and comprehensive security and privacy features to ensure a safe, connected experience.

This human-centric system is designed for the “Human X Car X Home” smart ecosystem, focusing on four major goals: Comprehensive Refactoring, Cross-Device Intelligent Connectivity, Proactive Intelligence, and End-to-End Security. With Xiaomi HyperOS, Xiaomi 14 Series users may experience elevated system fluidity with advanced file and memory management capabilities, a revamped UI enriched by the graphics subsystem, seamless connectivity between devices, and comprehensive security and privacy features to ensure a safe, connected experience.

New integration with Google Photos

New integration with Google Photos will allow users to securely back up their photos and videos to Google Photos within the Xiaomi Gallery. Users will also be able to seamlessly view, edit, and share content backed up in Google Photos right from their Xiaomi Gallery. This functionality will be available on Xiaomi devices globally in Spring 2024.

Xiaomi 14 Series fully embraces AI technology

Xiaomi 14 Series fully embraces cutting-edge AI technology enabled by Xiaomi HyperOS to bring users a smarter life. Large AI models are integrated into various system applications, providing more streamlined and intelligent features. AI Subtitles enable real-time transcription of spoken content during video conferences. AI Album Search employs natural language processing, allowing users to locate specific images within their photo collections by describing what they are looking for. AI Portraits utilises advanced algorithms to create novel portrait compositions derived from pre-existing images. Additionally, AI Expansion facilitates realistic extensions of existing image content, providing new creative possibilities.

Xiaomi HyperMInd 

Proactive Intelligence is achieved through Xiaomi HyperMind, enabling devices to proactively

understand user needs and act accordingly. Xiaomi HyperMind utilises the four perceptual capabilities of devices – environment, vision, sound, and behaviour, to learn user preferences and automatically adapt devices to their needs. For instance, if a user habitually turns on the living room light upon unlocking their smart door lock, Xiaomi HyperMind will automatically illuminate the room after learning this pattern, after gaining user consent.

From “Smartphone x AIoT” to “Human x Car x Home” smart ecosystem

At the end of October last year, Xiaomi announced a comprehensive upgrade of its group strategy, transitioning from “Smartphone x AIoT” to “Human x Car x Home” smart ecosystem, with automobiles becoming a new and crucial component of Xiaomi’s strategic focus. With the global launch of Xiaomi 14 Series, new IoT devices, and the reveal of Xiaomi SU7, all driven and connected by Xiaomi HyperOS,

Xiaomi further establishes its leading role in technological innovation. The advancements in this portfolio underscores Xiaomi’s unwavering commitment to innovation and exceptional user experience

Pricing and Availability 

Xiaomi 14 is priced at SGD 999 (12GB + 256GB) and SGD 1,199 (12GB + 512GB).

Available in 3 colours – Black, White and Jade Green

Xiaomi 14 Ultra is priced at SGD 1,699 (16GB + 512GB)

Available in two colours – Black and White

The Xiaomi 14 Series can be purchased via Authorized Xiaomi Stores, partner stores and Shopee

(Xiaomi 14, Xiaomi 14 Ultra).

[Photos shot with Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 5G during Xiaomi media launch event in Singapore]

* Information courtesy of Xiaomi and APRW *

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