Xiaomi 12S Ultra has a Leica cam with a huge 1-inch sensing unit

Merely 6 months after its previous flagship launch, today Xiaomi revealed a trio of familiar-looking smart devices to mark the start of its collaboration with Leica The brand-new 12 S Series includes MIUI 13 based upon Android 12, and it works on Qualcomm’s supposedly more effective Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship processor, with the headlining 12 S Ultra loading an enormous 1-inch, 50.3- megapixel Sony IMX989 primary sensing unit. This equates to a generous pixel size of 1.6 um, which then doubles to 3.2 um by means of pixel binning for an allegedly enhanced color precision and low light efficiency. And unlike the Sony Xperia Pro-I, the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra obviously utilizes the whole part of its 1-inch sensing unit.

According to CEO Lei Jun, Xiaomi participated in the Sony IMX989’s advancement, and the $15 million expense was likewise divided uniformly in between the 2 business. Remarkably, the sensing unit will not be special to Xiaomi; Lei included that it’ll be offered to his regional rivals after the launch of the 12 S Ultra, in order to “promote the improvement of mobile imaging together.”

A close-up of Xiaomi 12S Ultra's rear camera module, co-engineered with Leica.
Xiaomi 12 S Ultra


As for Leica’s part on the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra, you get a “Leica Summicron 1:1.9 -4.1/ 13-120 ASPH cam system” covering all 3 rear cams: the abovementioned 50.3- megapixel primary cam (23 mm, f/1.9), in addition to the 48- megapixel ultra-wide video camera (13 mm, f/2.2) and the 48- megapixel periscopic electronic camera (120 mm, f/4.1). Both 48- megapixel video cameras utilize a 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 sensing unit. The whole circular cam island– now with “Leica” co-branding– gain from some finish magic to alleviate lens glare and enhance image consistency throughout each lens. Oh, and there’s a 23 K gold rim here.

In addition to some Leica filters, users will have the ability to change in between 2 photographic designs: “Leica Authentic Look” for natural-looking shots with more powerful 3 dimensional depth, and “Leica Vibrant Look” which includes Xiaomi’s input on vibrancy while maintaining credibility (in some way). You can likewise toggle the watermark banner at the bottom of your images, which will include Leica’s renowned red logo design, image metadata and place collaborates to the right, along with phone design and timestamp on the.

A sample shot taken with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, featuring a cyclist on a river bank in the early morning before sunrise.


On the other side of the phone, there’s a 32- megapixel selfie video camera powered by an unidentified RGBW sensing unit. The majority of these video cameras can Dolby Vision HDR video recording (as much as 4K @60 fps) and playback, therefore making the 12 S Ultra the very first Android gadget to sport these functions. Some likewise use the motor-based “HyperOIS” for more steady video footage. When it comes to still shots, the whole 12 S Series supports 10- bit RAW format adjusted by Adobe Labs, with color correction metadata embedded in the declare simpler post-production with the similarity Adobe Lightroom.

The 12 S Ultra likewise takes place to bring 2 exclusive Xiaomi Surge chips: a Surge P1 fast-charging chipset and a Surge G1 battery management chipset. These supply assistance for 67 W wired quick charging, 50 W cordless quick charging and 10 W reverse charging for the 4,860 mAh single cell silicon oxygen anode battery. Keep in mind that some fast-charging options utilize a double cell battery rather to divide the present load, which is why it’s a good idea that the Surge P1 can deal with an output current of approximately 16 A here, and obviously with 96.8% conversion performance. Like Oppo’s and ASUS’ current handsets, the 12 S Ultra deal adaptive charging also, which apparently increases the variety of charge cycles by 25 percent.

Keeping the phone cool is likewise crucial to a much healthier battery, not to discuss a more steady efficiency while video gaming. The Xiaomi 12 S Ultra is geared up with a “3 dimensional cooling pump” which moves cooling liquid throughout warm surface areas utilizing a capillary system comparable to that on leaves. This obviously enhances thermal conductivity considerably, compared to standard vapor cooling modules.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra


The remainder of the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra is basic flagship affair. For the screen, you get a 6.73- inch Samsung E5 AMOLED panel (3,200 x 1,440, 522 ppi; LTPO 2.0), with a peak brightness of as much as 1,500 nits, a 1-120 Hz AdaptiveSync Pro revitalize rate, native 10- bit color depth and assistance for P3 color range. As you can distinguish the cam functions, the screen can manage Dolby Vision, along with HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG; these will match the Harman Kardon speakers which likewise support Dolby Atmos audio. The gadget is IP68- ranked, indicating it needs to make it through unexpected dives into sinks and swimming pools. You’ll likewise discover an infrared remote port at the top for managing house devices.

Options consist of as much as 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, as much as 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage– including Xiaomi’s self-developed FBO (File-Based Optimization) storage revitalize tech, which allegedly preserves the exact same read/write efficiency for a minimum of 4 years (and Lei included that FBO has actually currently been composed into the next-gen UFS 4.0 storage requirements). Purchasers can pick in between a “Classic Black” and a “Verdant Green,” both covered in vegan leather.

A close-up of the Xiaomi 12S Pro's Leica Vario-Summicron 1:1.9-2.4/14-50 ASPH camera system, with all three cameras featuring a 50-megapixel sensor.
Xiaomi 12 S Pro


The lower Xiaomi 12 S Pro shares the very same 6.73- inch display screen and Surge P1 quick charging-chipset as the 12 S Ultra, though it supports a massive 120 W wired charging for its smaller sized 4,600 mAh battery, however does not have 10 W reverse charging. It includes a more routine (however obviously still expensive) 1/1.28- inch, 50- megapixel Sony IMX707 primary sensing unit, which is a variation of the IMX700 formerly discovered on Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro series. This still uses an excellent pixel size of 1.22 um (or 2.44 um after pixel binning), and it matches the resolution of its ultra-wide video camera (14 mm) and telephoto cam (50 mm)– all fine-tuned by Leica also, naturally.

As for the “standard” Xiaomi 12 S, it has the exact same primary cam as the 12 S Pro and the exact same fast-charging functions as the 12 S Ultra, however with a smaller sized 4,500 mAh battery in a more palm-friendly body under the 6.28- inch 120 Hz screen. Obviously there is still a considerable need for little flagship phones, according to Lei.

The Xiaomi 12 S Series is now readily available for pre-ordering in China ahead of retail launch on July 6th. The 12 S Ultra is priced from 5,999 yuan (8GB RAM, 256 GB storage; around $900) to 6,999 yuan (12 GB RAM, 512 GB storage; around $1,000). The 12 S Pro is more affordable, requesting for 4,699 yuan (8GB RAM, 128 GB storage; around $700) to 5,899 yuan (12 GB RAM, 512 GB storage; around $880). The 12 S is the most cost effective choice here, beginning with 3,999 yuan (8GB RAM, 128 GB storage; around $600) and topping at 5,199 yuan (12 GB RAM, 512 GB storage; around $780). We’ll watch out for global schedule later on.

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