MWC 2023

Xiaomi launches Xiaomi 13 series

With three models



This week, Barcelona is host to one of the most anticipated extravaganzas for technology. At MWC 2023, several smartphone brands are showcasing what’s next on their respective lineups. Not playing around, Xiaomi has unveiled its next flagship series, the Xiaomi 13 series.

Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro

Co-engineered with Leica, Xiaomi aims to bring smartphone photography to the forefront of its user experience. In particular, the Xiaomi 13 Pro carries a Leica Vario-Summicron 1.19-2.2/14-75 ASPH camera system. The co-engineered system consists of a 23mm wide-angle camera with a 1-inch IMX989 sensor, a 75mm telephoto camera, and a 14mm ultra-wide camera. For zooming, the camera features an optical zoom range going from 0.6x to 3.2x.

Bolstering the hardware, the Xiaomi 13 uses the Xiaomi Imaging Engine to enhance photos. Two photographic styles, called Leica Authentic Look and Leica Vibrant Look, offer a good blend between color accuracy and aesthetic enhancement.

Under the hood, the Xiaomi 13 series sports the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Both models offer up to 12GB of RAM. Both will also offer 256GB of internal storage; however, the Xiaomi 13 Pro comes with a beefier 512GB variant. Out of the box, the series will come with MIUI 14 based on Android 13.

Outside, the regular model comes with a 2.5D curved back design, sporting a 6.36-inch FHD+ AMOLED display in front. Meanwhile, the pro variant comes with a 3D-curved ceramic body and a 6.73-inch 120Hz WQHD+ AMOLED display.

The Xiaomi 13 Pro has a sizable 4820mAh battery, compatible with Xiaomi 120W HyperCharge. Meanwhile, the regular version comes with a 4500mAh battery with 67W wired turbo charging.

Xiaomi 13 Lite

A more bite-sized version of the flagship series, the Xiaomi 13 Lite expands the lineup to cater to younger users. The smartphone’s triple rear camera setup consists of a 50-megapixel main sensor (with a Sony IMX766 sensor), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

Inside, the Lite has a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage. It will come with MIUI 14, based on Android 12, out of the box. It will also have a 4500mAh battery, compatible with up to 67W of wired turbo charging.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi 13 Pro will come in two colors: Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. It starts at EUR 1,299.

The Xiaomi 13 will come in three colors: Black, White, and Flora Green. It starts at EUR 999.

Finally, the Xiaomi 13 Lite comes in three colors: Lite Blue, Lite Pink, and Black. It starts at EUR 499.

All three models will drop on March 8.

MWC 2023

Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass showcased at MWC 2023

A cutting-edge AR device



Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass

At the MWC 2023, Xiaomi revealed its cutting-edge Wireless AR Glass Discovery Edition, the brand’s first device of its kind.

The Xiaomi AR Glass has a free-form optical module. It comprises a pair of MicroOLED screens, and free-form light-guiding prisms that help users see a clear picture display.

When paired with a Xiaomi 13 or other Snapdragon Spaces ready device, the lightweight glasses connect with low latency, and offer a wide range of possibilities from a retina-level adaptive display which best simulates virtual objects as if they’re just seen by the naked eye.

Gesture Control

Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass

The device also features an innovative micro-gesture interaction that enables users to utilize their inner fingers as basic keys for movement operations.

How this is done is the AR Glass detects the second joints of the hand’s middle and index fingers. Thumb-tapping is also used for text input.

In the future, Xiaomi is exploring how to take advantage of sliding and tapping motions to integrate it seamlessly as part of the glasses’ controls.

A more connected experience

Xiaomi Wireless AR Glass

Lastly, the AR Glass also supports a variety of large-screen applications, enabled by Mi Share’s app-streaming capability.

TikTok and YouTube, for instance, can optimize the display area usage of the glasses, turning them into a portable large screen which you can take anywhere with you.

Users may also transfer a stream from a television screencast and continue watching it on the glasses. Xiaomi’s integrated spatial audio also makes the listening experience part more immersive.

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GCash represents Philippines, SEA at MWC 2023

An innovator in the fintech scene



GCash MWC 2023

The Philippines was well-represented at the recent MWC 2023 in Barcelona, Spain, with GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon delivering a keynote speech there.

Sazon’s talk revolved around emphasizing the e-wallet’s innovative and game-changing solutions aimed at financial inclusion, as she even called GCash “a national champion that helps transform a nation”.

The leading financial app in the country now has over 76 million registered users, and is believed to be one of few fintech solutions that are sustainable in the Southeast Asian scene.

As GCash and its parent company Globe Group were not only representing the Philippines but also the entire Southeast Asia at the event, the brand prided itself in being a benchmark for innovative financial services and solutions.

Likewise, the platform’s net promoter score (NPS), a gauge measuring customer experience and predicts business growth, has been at par with globally recognized brands at 83.9%.

This year’s MWC, the second in-person gathering since the pandemic, garnered over 88,500 total attendees.

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motorola rizr Hands-On

Hello Moto! from my rollable



If you’re an oldie (but goldie) gadget nerd, you would probably remember the stylish slider Motorola RIZR Z3 from 2006.

Fast forward this 2023, we might actually hear “Hello Moto” in this new form factor.

Originally unveiled at Lenovo Tech World ’22, motorola’s rollable concept made its way through the eyes of many at MWC 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

Are you excited to see the future of smartphones with rollables?

Here’s our brief hands-on with motorola’s rollable concept A.K.A the moto rizr.


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