Xiaomi 14 Civi review

Leica thin and small smartphone

from ₹ 39,999

8GB + 256 GB | ₹44,999 for 12GB + 512 GB.

The Xiaomi 14 series has been among the best batch of flagship smartphones from Xiaomi in recent years. It has powerful innards and amazing cameras thanks to the partnership with Leica. As is with flagships, the 14 series demands a fair bit of dough from your pocket but the Civi is set to change that. Promising three key pillars of smartphone features in this price range — a flagship processor, top-notch camera and incredible design. How many of those does the Civi deliver we'll find out in this review.


You don't need a spyglass to tell you that Xiaomi is bringing Leica camera science to the masses. After all the Civi in the name stands for Cinematic Vision. With a robust camera module, the Civi can click photos just as well as its more expensive siblings.

It won’t give Apple, Vivo X series and Google sleepless nights but between OnePlus, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo, we're drowning in choices. All of which have fantastic camera systems as well. The Xiaomi 14 Civi comes with a 50MP main with 50MP telephoto and 12MP ultrawide around the back and an interesting dual camera up front. There’s a 32MP main selfie and a 32MP ultrawide camera for including more friends in the group shot.

Once the Leica sheen fades, the Civi seems a tad bit regular to anyone who doesn’t understand the Leica colour science. The triple cameras are as dynamic as the 14 series but in terms of colour and saturation, the Civi tends to push for exaggerated tones. The Leica colours have an oil painting-like look which makes them very pleasing and attractive (somewhat typical Leica) but compared to other smartphones, it scrubs out the details.

Leica Portraits tend to smoothen a lot of the textures from your subject as well, especially faces. Compared to the Google Pixel 8a, the Xiaomi 14 Civi is not even close in terms of details, texture, tone and shadows. Xiaomi is aware that the Civi camera tends to add warmth and vibrancy to the photos and portraits and hence, it’s a deliberate decision and one that I understand. Although, the podgy details are something we’re not convinced of.

The colours are a bit overcooked with eye-popping saturation and deeper shadows. There are moments of brilliance from the camera but only if you like your photos the way Xiaomi and Leica see it. The underlying tone is that you can get great shots from the Xiaomi 14 Civi but it’s always a vivid palette.

Cinematic Vision also boils down to video chops which now have plenty of modes and settings. Movie mode shoots in a widescreen aspect ratio of 2:4:1. You can adjust the amount of blur and also have subject tracking for your videos. Although, it can add a bit of jitter when you’re moving too fast in this mode. I think because the frame rate is capped and you can’t change the resolution and frame rate in this mode. Regular video recording will give you a lot more flexibility and up to 4K@60 too.

The fantastic Leica filters work across all modes in the camera and you can even add them later from the Gallery app. Something the Vivo lacked in even the high-end smartphones.

The dual front cameras don’t get any of the Leica love (read as filters) in photos and videos. The 100° FOV lets you bring a lot of your friends into the frame. In low light or video, it can get a bit noisy and yes, for video the 14 Civi uses a cropped aspect ratio for stabilisation. Regardless, we like this selfie camera. It does apply skin smoothening and the bokeh effect has a shimmering effect while moving your head in videos. You can’t apply bokeh for stills here which we think should’ve been here.

Design and display

Every Xiaomi 14 Civi Matcha Green variant is different from the back. The vegan leather is the same on all Matcha Green variants but the glass inlay in the other half of the phone is unique to every Xiaomi 14 Civi. The soft vegan leather edges with a brushed aluminium side frame make this a very comfortable smartphone to hold. At just 7.4mm, it’s also hella slim and lightweight which surprised us. There are three colour variants, the Matcha Green, Cruise Blue and Shadow Black starting at ₹39,999 for the 8GB + 256 GB and ₹44,999 for 12GB + 512 GB. Our review unit is the 12GB version which might output better performance in some areas.
Up front, the 14 Civi takes notes from the 14 series and gets a quad-curve display which reduces distortion because it doesn’t bend the display around the edges, just the glass, and that brings a very pleasurable viewing experience. You’ll feel like you’re using a premium smartphone when you look at the display. All four edges of the smartphone are curved which technically could be bad for drop and impact resistance but we all know you’ll put a case on it. Even if it does fall, the smartphone is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2.
The 6.55-inch AMOLED display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ for content with a P3 colour gamut. The 1.5K resolution keeps the content on the display sharp and the 120Hz refresh rate will keep up with social media doom scrolling and gaming. Godzilla Minus One on this is pretty gorgeous. The sharpness, tone and colour balance are very well judged by this display. For entertainment aficionados, the dual camera pill cutout might pose the same challenges as an iPhone. The audio is also crisp but doesn’t have a wide soundstage.


That brings us to the third pillar of Civi’s branding — performance. Technically, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor is as good as the last-gen flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 which you’ll find on the iQOO Neo 9 Pro in this price range. However, the slim dimensions of the Xiaomi 14 Civi are not good at keeping the heat away. It’s not for gaming or crushing benchmarks. It’s for folks who juggle work on Slack and Outlook and envy influencers on Instagram for earning twice as much. The Xiaomi 14 Civi could turn envy into opportunity with its fantastic front cameras and video chops but if you throw video editing at it, it might bake your hands. The slim profile lacks proper cooling chops, which may make this a fantastic daily driver for regular folks who are not creators or gamers.

Compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the 8s on the Civi is only half as powerful on benchmarks. Albeit, that’s also half the story. You’ll never see it struggle for daily tasks but if you keep the camera on for too long, the heat might throw a wrench in your smooth life.

The HyperOS from Xiaomi is filled with little features that make a smartphone truly smart and capable but it’s also always trying to ping you with ads and notifications. There’s a way to completely turn all of it off but unless you’re nerdy enough to put in the effort, Xiaomi’s HyperOS will try to sneak in an ad or two from time to time.
The Xiaomi 14 Civi is also a dual SIM smartphone with no eSIM support so keep that in mind.


The Xiaomi 14 Civi is a good-looking phone with a Leica camera and a gorgeous display, but it's not perfect. The camera adds a ton of colour and smooths out details, which might not be for everyone. Plus, the slim design makes it overheat a bit, so it's not ideal for gamers or creators.
Overall, the Xiaomi 14 Civi is a great choice for everyday users who prioritise looks, photos, and social media over hardcore gaming or video editing. If you're a casual user who wants a powerful phone with none of the bulk, the Civi is a solid option.

Stuff Says

Powerful, smooth and capable, the Civi is a good option for daily use without adding a bulge in your pocket
Good stuff
Bad stuff
  1. Powerful

  1. Lightweight

  1. Good display with GG Victus 2

  1. Feels premium

  1. Dual front cameras

  1. HyperOS has ads, still

  1. Camera lacks details

Weight: 177.6 or 179.3g
Display: 6.55 in, AMOLED, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1236 x 2750 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2
OS: Android 14, HyperOS
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen 3
Storage and RAM: 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, UFS 4.0
Camera: 50 MP + 50 MP + 12 MP, Front Dual 32 MP
Battery: 4700 mAh, 67W wired, PD3.0