Xiaomi announced its new premium Android handset, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, but this model is only available for the Chinese market.
The Xiaomi 12S lineup consists of three models: the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro, and 12S Ultra.The three devices have a camera alliance, including Leica and Leica, the Snapdragon 8+ processor, and a premium package. Each device differs.
If you look at the basic model, the Xiaomi 12S comes with a 6.28-inch FHD+ display, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and storage of 128/256/512GB. The device runs on a 4500 mAh battery that can charge wired up to 67W and wirelessly at up to 50W. The camera array comprises the primary camera with 50MP resolution, an ultrawide 13MP, and a 5MP Telephoto lens.
When you upgrade to the “Pro “Pro” model, there’s a slightly larger 6.73-inch display as well as a 4,600 mAh battery (120W wired and 50W wireless). Also, it comes with an upgrade to the camera. There are three sensors of 50MP for standard, ultrawide, and Telephoto focal lengths. Both phones have an 8MP selfie camera.
The phones also feature co-branding by Leica, a well-established camera manufacturer previously named Huawei. Xiaomi states that the cameras in the phones are “co-engineered” with Leica.
The display can also be upgraded to an LPTO AMOLED display at 120Hz in contrast to the 120Hz standard AMOLED display on the lower model.There’s also a variant that’s called Xiaomi 12S Pro. Xiaomi 12S Pro uses MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000+ chipset instead of Qualcomm’s.
MediaTek's new Dimensity 9000 processor is way ahead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. Throwing down the gauntlet for whatever Qualcomm does in two weeks. pic.twitter.com/sQbJ5tSmJs— Sascha C-Band (@saschasegan) November 18, 2021
However, the main draw here is the flagship Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The top-of-the-line smartphone is primarily focused on being the top piece of camera hardware for mobile phones.
Alongside the standard specifications in the form of Snapdragon 8+ Generation 1 with 8/12GB RAM with 256 or 512GB of storage, 6.73-inch LCD QHD+ with 67W charging, waterproof IP68 The Xiaomi uses Sony’s camera sensor IMX989, which is a 50.3MP camera sensor that is a massive 1-inch sensor.
Sony recently announced that it was launching the IMX989 last month, and it’s one of the largest camera sensors on mobile devices that have ever been made. It’s certainly not the first one, and we’ve seen 1-inch sensors on several previous models.
The main benefit of an enormous physical sensor is improved bokeh and lighting capture. The result will usually be closer than what a point-and-shoot camera can achieve. Sony owns one-inch sensors within its RX100 range.
Lecia helps to strengthen the sensor by supplying Lecia’s 8P-element lens as well as its coating. The program also has the “Leica Authentic Look” and “Leica Vibrant Look” options.
Beyond the primary sensor, it is worth noting that Xiaomi 12S Ultra also packs a periscope telephoto lens with 48MP and a 48MP sensor that can be used for ultrawide images.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is also the first Android phone that supports Dolby Vision HDR video recording, which includes 10-bit h.265 videos that can be recorded in HDLG. The three devices come running Android 12.3 along with MIUI 13. Xiaomi’s MIUI 13.
The main issue here for those not from China However, the biggest problem for people outside China is that Xiaomi does not have plans to make the phone available globally. Xiaomi usually releases the international versions of their flagship phones for Europe and the rest of Asia However, that won’t be this time, Richard Lei from Engadget China says.
"Xiaomi will offer Xiaomi 12S Series exclusively in Mainland China. Our Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology will have long-term impacts beyond the scope of this series, into Xiaomi's international markets."— Richard Lai (@richardlai) July 4, 2022
So we will have to wait until Xiaomi 13 for Leica goodies.
The price of the 12S family starts at CNY 4,700 for the 12S model, CNY 4,700 for Pro, while the ultra is priced at CNY 5,999.