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The Xiaomi 13 Ultra looks weird and wonderful

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra release date is only set for China for now, and its one of the strangest-looking flagships we’ve seen in a while.

Xiaomi 13 Ultra release date -- Three phones on their side back showing, on a wooden shelf. One is green, on the left, black in the middle, white on the right. The back has a large circular camera on the right hand side.

Xiaomi has finally announced its top-end flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, following multiple rumours and leaks. The main focus is an upgraded Leica-branded quad-camera system, but the design is definitely a head-turner too.

With a faux leather back and a curve below the camera bump, it’s one of the weirder-looking flagships in a while. Rather than its little brother’s square camera bump in the top left corner, the Ultra’s bump is centred and circular, plus the faux leather is likely less of a fingerprint magnet.

Beyond the camera upgrade and strange design, other benefits beyond the step below aren’t clear. The Ultra has a slightly bigger battery with slower charging, as well as higher storage/RAM configurations, but beyond that, the camera, and design, that looks to be it. You can read our Xiaomi 13 Pro review after a week of hands-on time for more info.

When is the Xiaomi 13 Ultra release date?

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra launches in China in April 2023, with a global release coming a few months later. Don’t expect that global release to include the US, however. You can check out the launch event below.

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