Xiaomi 13 Pro made its way to markets outside China at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. The latest flagship phone was launched in most European, as well as Indian markets, but the pricing for buyers in India was revealed only today. The Xiaomi 13 Pro is priced at Rs 79,999, but with a host of offers including bank discounts, it will cost you a lot. But if you are buying the phone without the offer, then the price of Rs 79,999 should make sense with its specifications and features. This is not true, at least not for the Indian version.
After confusion prevailed on social media regarding the IP rating of the Xiaomi 13 Pro, Xiaomi has come forward and clarified that the Indian variant of the phone does not carry an IP rating. Sandeep Sarma, Senior Marketing Manager, Xiaomi India, said in a tweet that even though the Indian Xiaomi 13 Pro units do not come with an IP rating, they have the same level of water and dust resistance as their European counterparts. In other words, the Xiaomi 13 Pro units that will be sold in India will be water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters in fresh water for up to 30 minutes and protected from dust – all without the need for additional cases or covers. It’s just that Xiaomi doesn’t have any ratings or certifications to prove it when buying the phone in India.
Indian retail unit of #Xiaomi13Pro Comes with the same level of protection against dust and water as the global unit.
We wanted everyone to experience the device globally. Due to time constraints, it was a challenge to get the certification for IP rating in a short span of time.
— Sandeep Sarma (@Sandeep9Sarma) February 27, 2023
IP stands for Ingress Protection and the rating refers to its levels. IP68 means that a device can completely withstand the ingress of dust and resist the ingress of water when submerged to a depth of 1.5 meters for half an hour. This also means that the device can easily withstand splashes of water. The rating guarantees that type of security and is a validation for the customers. But it comes with a premium that smartphone brands have to pay. The cost of obtaining an IP rating for a phone is ideally factored into the final price of the phone. However, demarcation of cost is not available.
If the European Xiaomi 13 Pro has an IP68 rating at its EUR 1,299 price tag, then the Indian variant without that rating should cost less. Well, it does – by a huge margin. Instead of the European price being equivalent to around Rs 1.14 lakh, the Xiaomi 13 Pro is priced at Rs 79,999. If you opt for the bank discount and exchange offer, the phone could cost even less than Rs 50,000.
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