Merely six months after its old flagship launch, today Xiaomi announced a trio of familiar-having a glimpse smartphones to mark the starting place of its partnership with Leica. The brand new 12S Sequence features MIUI 13 based on Android 12, and it runs on Qualcomm’s allegedly more efficient Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship processor, with the headlining 12S Ultra packing a massive 1-swagger, 50.3-megapixel Sony IMX989 main sensor. This translates to a generous pixel dimension of 1.6um, which then doubles to 3.2um via pixel binning for a supposedly boosted shade accuracy and low gentle performance. And unlike the Sony Xperia Professional-I, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra apparently uses your total allotment of its 1-swagger sensor.

According to CEO Lei Jun, Xiaomi took part in the Sony IMX989’s vogue, and the $15 million value was also split evenly between the 2 companies. Apparently, the sensor received’t be strange to Xiaomi; Lei added that it may be made available to his local competitors after the launch of the 12S Ultra, in command to “promote the advancement of mobile imaging collectively.”

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As for Leica’s part on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, you get a “Leica Summicron 1:1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH camera draw” covering all three rear cameras: the aforementioned 50.3-megapixel main camera (23mm, f/1.9), along with the 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera (13mm, f/2.2) and the 48-megapixel periscopic camera (120mm, f/4.1). Each 48-megapixel cameras utilize a 1/2-swagger Sony IMX586 sensor. The total circular camera island — now with “Leica” co-branding — advantages from some coating magic to mitigate lens glare and toughen image consistency across each lens. Oh, and there may be a 23Adequate gold rim here as well.

In addition to a few Leica filters, users will be able to swap between two photographic sorts: “Leica Authentic Notice” for natural-having a glimpse photos with stronger three dimensional depth, and “Leica Vibrant Notice” which adds Xiaomi’s enter on vibrancy while keeping authenticity (someway). You can also toggle the watermark banner at the underside of your photographs, which is able to add Leica’s iconic purple logo, picture metadata and location coordinates to the suitable, along with mobile phone model and timestamp on the left.


On the several facet of the mobile phone, there may be a 32-megapixel selfie camera powered by an unknown RGBW sensor. Most of those cameras are capable of Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR video recording (as much as 4K@60fps) and playback, thus making the 12S Ultra the first Android tool to sport these features. Some also make essentially the quite a lot of the motor-based “HyperOIS” for more stable footage. As for calm photos, your total 12S Sequence helps 10-bit RAW format calibrated by Adobe Labs, with shade correction metadata embedded in the files for easier submit-manufacturing with the likes of Adobe Lightroom.

The 12S Ultra also happens to carry two proprietary Xiaomi Surge chips: a Surge P1 fast-charging chipset and a Surge G1 battery management chipset. These present succor for 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging and 10W reverse charging for the 4,860mAh single cell silicon oxygen anode battery. Display that some fast-charging solutions utilize a dual cell battery instead to separate the brand new load, which is why it is a suitable thing that the Surge P1 can handle an output contemporary of as much as 16A here, and apparently with 96.8% conversion effectivity. Love Oppo’s and ASUS’ latest handsets, the 12S Ultra provide adaptive charging as well, which allegedly increases the variety of charge cycles by 25 percent.

Keeping the mobile phone cool is also key to a healthier battery, no longer to say a more stable performance while gaming. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is geared up with a “three dimensional cooling pump” which moves cooling liquid across warm surfaces utilizing a capillary mechanism similar to that on leaves. This apparently improves thermal conductivity significantly, compared to conventional vapor cooling modules.


The remainder of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is standard flagship affair. For the display, you get a 6.73-swagger Samsung E5 AMOLED panel (3,200 x 1,440, 522ppi; LTPO 2.0), with a peak brightness of as much as 1,500 nits, a 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Professional refresh rate, native 10-bit shade depth and succor for P3 shade gamut. As you can declare from the camera features, the display mask can handle Dolby Imaginative and prescient, as well as HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG; these will trip well with the Harman Kardon speakers which also succor Dolby Atmos audio. The tool is IP68-rated, meaning it would calm dwell on accidental dives into sinks and swimming pools. You are going to also web an infrared distant port at the cease for controlling house appliances.

Choices encompass as much as 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, as much as 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage — featuring Xiaomi’s self-developed FBO (File-Based Optimization) storage refresh tech, which supposedly maintains the same read/write performance for at least four years (and Lei added that FBO has already been written into the following-gen UFS 4.0 storage specification). Traders can recall between a “Classic Black” and a “Verdant Inexperienced,” both wrapped in vegan leather. 

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The lesser Xiaomi 12S Professional shares the same 6.73-swagger display and Surge P1 fast charging-chipset as the 12S Ultra, although it helps a whopping 120W wired charging for its smaller 4,600mAh battery, but lacks 10W reverse charging. It features a more regular (but apparently calm expensive) 1/1.28-swagger, 50-megapixel Sony IMX707 main sensor, which is a variant of the IMX700 beforehand came across on Huawei’s Mate 40 Professional sequence. This calm offers a suitable pixel dimension of 1.22um (or 2.44um after pixel binning), and it matches the resolution of its ultra-wide camera (14mm) and telephoto camera (50mm) — all supreme-tuned by Leica as well, obviously. 

As for the “basic” Xiaomi 12S, it has the same main camera as the 12S Professional and the same fast-charging features as the 12S Ultra, but with a smaller 4,500mAh battery in a more palm-pleasant physique under the 6.28-swagger 120Hz display. Apparently there may be calm a sizeable demand for small flagship telephones, according to Lei.

The Xiaomi 12S Sequence is now available 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 Professional is cheaper, asking for 4,699 yuan (8GB RAM, 128GB storage; around $700) to 5,899 yuan (12GB RAM, 512GB storage; around $880). The 12S is essentially the most affordable chance here, starting from 3,999 yuan (8GB RAM, 128GB storage; around $600) and capping at 5,199 yuan (12GB RAM, 512GB storage; around $780). We’ll defend an witness out for international availability later.

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