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

Simply 6 months after its previous flagship launch, today Xiaomi revealed a trio of familiar-looking mobile phones to mark the start of its collaboration with Leica. The brand-new 12S Series includes MIUI 13 based upon Android 12, and it works on Qualcomm’s presumably more effective Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship processor, with the headlining 12S Ultra packaging a huge 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 through pixel binning for an apparently improved color precision and low light efficiency. And unlike the Sony Xperia Pro-I, the Xiaomi 12S 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 equally 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 12S Ultra, in order to “promote the development of mobile imaging together.”

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


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

In addition to some Leica filters, users will have the ability to change in between 2 photographic designs: “Leica Genuine Appearance” for natural-looking shots with more powerful 3 dimensional depth, and “Leica Vibrant Look” which includes Xiaomi’s input on vibrancy while protecting 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, in addition to phone design and timestamp left wing.

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

The 12S Ultra likewise takes place to bring 2 exclusive Xiaomi Rise chips: a Rise P1 fast-charging chipset and a Rise G1 battery management chipset. These offer assistance for 67W wired quick charging, 50W cordless quick charging and 10W 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 an advantage that the Rise P1 can deal with an output current of approximately 16A here, and obviously with 96.8% conversion performance. Like Oppo’s and ASUS’ current handsets, the 12S Ultra deal adaptive charging also, which presumably increases the variety of charge cycles by 25 percent.

Keeping the phone cool is likewise crucial to a much healthier battery, not to point out a more steady efficiency while video gaming. The Xiaomi 12S 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 substantially, compared to standard vapor cooling modules.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra


The remainder of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is basic flagship affair. For the display screen, you get a 6.73-inch Samsung E5 AMOLED panel (3,200 x 1,440, 522ppi; LTPO 2.0), with a peak brightness of approximately 1,500 nits, a 1-120Hz 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 deal with Dolby Vision, in addition to HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG; these will complement the Harman Kardon speakers which likewise support Dolby Atmos audio. The gadget is IP68-rated, suggesting it ought 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.

Alternatives consist of approximately 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, approximately 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage– including Xiaomi’s self-developed FBO (File-Based Optimization) storage revitalize tech, which allegedly keeps the very 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 “Timeless 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 12S Pro


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

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

The Xiaomi 12S Series is now offered for pre-ordering in China ahead of retail launch on July sixth. The 12S Ultra is priced from from 5,999 yuan (8GB RAM, 256GB storage; around $900) to 6,999 yuan (12GB RAM, 512GB storage; around $1,000). The 12S Pro is less expensive, requesting 4,699 yuan (8GB RAM, 128GB storage; around $700) to 5,899 yuan (12GB RAM, 512GB storage; around $880). The 12S is the most budget friendly alternative here, beginning with 3,999 yuan (8GB RAM, 128GB storage; around $600) and topping at 5,199 yuan (12GB RAM, 512GB storage; around $780). We’ll watch out for worldwide accessibility later on.

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