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

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is there with its one-inch sensor, its partnership with Leica and its new generation chip. We take stock of the new.

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After months of waiting, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. If we were expecting a traditional Xiaomi 12 Ultra, it is not the case that the Chinese giant has preferred to integrate its ultra premium into a new series and thus named it the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra. It was shown along with new Xiaomi 12S and 12 S Pro as well as a Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition.

And from the start, it’s pretty good news, as it means the new phone features a better chip than the classic Xiaomi 12 series. It inherits a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which we expect a lot from, especially on heat management, one of the big black spots on the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro.

A round module like a balloon

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

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But what will stand out among the most attentive is, of course, the addition of the word Leica at the top left of the photo block. It was one of the most anticipated points in the new Ultra model from Xiaomi, and it is now confirmed that the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra is actually inaugurating a partnership with the manufacturer of cameras and optics Leica. So far, this partnership seems to result primarily in dedicated filters, work with colorimetry, and anti-reflective coatings on the lenses.

More precisely, of course, the photo configuration promises high level, starting with its main sensor, the Sony IMX989, which achieves the feat of reaching an inch size. It is therefore the fifth smartphone that integrates such a large sensor after Sony Xperia Pro-I, Sharp Aquos R6, Sharp Aquos R7 and Leica Leitz Phone 1. The sensor shows a definition of 50.3 Mpx, which gives 12.5 MP images , with 3.2 fm photo sites merging 4 to 1. By comparison, the Mi 11 Ultra offered 2.8 pixm pixel arrays. This main photo module will offer a focal length of 23 mm (f / 1.9).

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Who says ultrapremium necessarily says the presence of a telephoto lens. Here is a 120 mm (f / 4.1) periscope with a half inch (Sony IMX586) 48 megapixel sensor. The result is 12 megapixel images with 1.6mm photo sites.

Let’s quickly move on to ultra-wide angle, a 13mm (f / 2.2) module that shares the same sensor as the telephoto lens. The selfie camera displays 32 megapixels with an RGBW sensor.

The rest of the data sheet

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

The screen, on the other hand, is very well equipped. It is a 6.73-inch panel, LTPO 2.0 (with a refresh rate of 1 to 120 Hz), with a QHD definition, that is, a density of 522 pixels per second. empty. The promised maximum brightness is 1500 cd / m². It is HDR 10+, HDR 10, Dolby Vision compatible.

To continue on the multimedia part, the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra naturally continues the partnership with Harman Kardon, thus integrating two stereo speakers that are compatible with Dolby Atmos. Enough to take advantage of SVoD platforms.

Especially since the connection part obviously promises the best with WiFi 6, 5 G 4X4 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.2.

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

Xiaomi 12 S Ultra price and availability

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

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