1-inch sensor with Leica, QHD display, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 67W charging

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes with its one-inch sensor, the partnership with Leica and its new generation chip. Let’s check out what’s new.

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After months of waiting, Xiaomi has finally revealed the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. If we’re expecting a traditional Xiaomi 12 Ultra, that’s not it, the Chinese giant wants to integrate its ultrapremium into a new range, so it’s named the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra. It is featured alongside the new Xiaomi 12S and 12 S Pro, as well as a Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition.

And from the start, this is good news, because it means that the new phone is equipped with a much better chip than the classic Xiaomi 12 range. It inherits a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which we expected a lot, especially in heat management, one of the big black spots on the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro.

A round module is like a balloon

The phone has a bold design with a titanic photo module with a round shape and a relatively thick look. The back of the phone seems to adopt a faux leather case to the most beautiful effect. It will undoubtedly weigh its weight with 225 g on the scales and generous dimensions: 163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06 mm.

Xiaomi 12S Series New Product Launch Event 1-50-29 screenshot

But what jumps to the most attention is the obvious addition of the word Leica to the high left of the photo block. This is one of the most anticipated points of the new Ultra model from Xiaomi, and it is now confirmed, the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra is actually inaugurating a partnership with cameras and optics manufacturer Leica. Currently, this association seems to have primarily resulted in dedicated filters, colorimetry work as well as anti-reflective coatings on lenses.

More precisely, the photo configuration promises of course high levels, starting with its main sensor, the Sony IMX989, which has achieved the success of reaching a size of one inch. So this is the fifth smartphone to integrate such a large sensor after the Sony Xperia Pro-I, the Sharp Aquos R6, the Sharp Aquos R7 and the Leica Leitz Phone 1. The sensor shows a definition of 50.3 Mpx , which delivers 12.5MP shots, with 3.2µm photosites, combines 4 to 1. For comparison, the Mi 11 Ultra offers 2.8µm pixel arrays. This main photo module will offer a focal length of 23 mm (f / 1.9).

Xiaomi 12S Series New Product Launch Event 1-50-36 screenshot

Who says ultrapremium should say that there is a telephoto lens. Here it is a 120mm (f/4.1) periscope with a half-inch (Sony IMX586) 48-megapixel sensor. The result is 12 megapixel shots with 1.6 µm photosites.

We will then move on to the ultra-wide-angle, a 13mm (f/2.2) module with the same sensor as the telephoto lens. The selfie camera features 32 megapixels with an RGBW sensor.

The rest of the data sheet

For once, the most expensive smartphone in a range is not the one with the highest load. In fact, the Xiaomi 12S ultra only provides 67W of charging (50W wireless) for its 4860 mAh battery, whereas the 12 S Pro goes up to 120W for a 4600 mAh battery.

The screen for this part is very well equipped. It is a 6.73-inch panel, LTPO 2.0 (with a refresh rate of 1 to 120 Hz), with QHD definition, i.e. a density of 522 pixels per inch. The promised maximum brightness is 1500 cd/m². It is HDR 10+, HDR 10, Dolby Vision compatible.

To keep up with the multimedia side, the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra of course continues the partnership with Harman Kardon and thus integrates two stereo speakers compatible with Dolby Atmos. Enough to take advantage of SVoD platforms.

Especially since the connectivity part clearly promises the most with WiFi 6, 5 G 4X4 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.2.

To complete the owner’s tour, let’s discuss the IP68 certification that best protects it against water and dust. It also comes with MIUI 13 (Android 12). We don’t yet know how long the updates will be supported at this time.

Price and availability of Xiaomi 12 S Ultra

The phone will be available in three versions, 8 +256 GB, 12 +256 GB and 12 +512 GB. Prices can be 5999, 6499 and 6999 yuan each, or 857, 929 and 1000 euros if we make a simple conversion. For once, we expect to see a price increase of a few hundred euros with the arrival of European models. Two colors are available: black or green.


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