In a show of intense focus on the front of the camera, Xiaomi announced the limited launch of the Xiaomi 12S series “co-designed with Leica” in mainland China. The series contains the Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The most interesting hardware is a 1-inch sensor from Sony, completely covered in Leica glass.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Developed in partnership with Sony, the 1-inch sensor (the IMX989 1-inch sensor) will feature on Xiaomi’s new flagship smartphone, the Mi 12S Ultra. The sensor comes with 3.2μm, which reduces noise, extends dynamic range, increases light captured, and provides better overall imaging in low light conditions. Overall it seems to be capable of much better smartphone photography and is quite big for a smartphone.
The 12S Ultra is the crown jewel of the 12S series with exciting features such as a 6.73-inch OLED display and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 system on a chip. Billed as the first Android device capable of shooting Dolby Vision HDR, it also comes with IP68 water and dust resistance, a large 4,860mAh battery, 67W wired fast charging, a new system of heat dissipation and a 120Hz refresh rate display.
Available in Verdant Green and Classic Black, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is also the first flagship model to feature two proprietary Xiaomi Surge chips – the Xiaomi Surge P1 fast-charging chipset and the Xiaomi Surge G1 battery management chipset.
For those who love photography, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is an offer they simply cannot refuse. Its 50MP wide-angle main camera adopts an 8P aspherical lens and uses the 1-inch sensor. The camera also comes with protective features such as the addition of an anti-reflective lens coating and an ink coating on the edge of the lens. There is also a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 48MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom, and a 32MP front camera.
One of the variants (8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage) will cost around $900, while another variant (12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage) will cost almost $970. The high-end version (12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage) will cost around $1,050.
Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro
That’s far ahead of other 12S series devices – the Xiaomi 12S comes with 67W wired charging, 50W wireless charging and a 4,500mAh battery, while the Xiaomi 12S Pro offers the chipset Xiaomi Surge P1 fast charge, 120W wired charge, 50W wireless charge and 4600mAh single-cell battery.
Sony’s IMX707 is the primary sensor for both devices, which also come with a 6.73-inch AMOLED color display and a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro are available in black, purple, green, and white, and come with a main camera sensor that is 1/1.28 inch in size.
All three cameras use Leica Imaging Profiles, giving users access to two photographic styles – the “Leica Authentic Look” and the “Leica Vibrant Look” – and support 10-bit RAW format calibrated by Adobe Labs.
They start at just over $700 (for the Xiaomi 12S Pro) and almost $600 (for the Xiaomi 12S). The Xiaomi 12S Pro variants cost around $750, around $800, and almost $880. The same for the Xiaomi 12S costs almost $650, around $700 and almost $780.
Xiaomi’s 12S series is packed with advanced imaging sensors and Leica camera technology
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