1 inch sensor and Leica optics for a (very) advanced smartphone

The Chinese manufacturer has formalized its new high-end smartphone, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The latter has the special feature of being equipped with a large 1-inch photosensor and having benefited from the German camera manufacturer Leica’s know-how on the optical part.

The successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will therefore not be the Mi 12 Ultra, but the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, presented along with two other models, the 12S and 12S Pro. The Ultra variant logically benefits from a few benefits, including a promising photoblock that intends to position itself as a new reference in the small world of videophones ».

Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra plays big in the picture

A simple glance at the official photos of the phone is enough to deduce the prominent space occupied by the photo module of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. This new series of smartphones is also the realization of the photo partnership between Xiaomi and Leica. The German brand brought the Chinese manufacturer its expertise in imaging and optical design. There are also some software additions with two photographic styles as well as filters reminiscent of the “Leica style”.

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The heart of the camera is powered by a Sony IMX989 sensor. If this is not the first time we’ve seen a sensor of this size in a smartphone, hey Sony Xperia Pro-I, the one that the Chinese manufacturer uses on its new smartphone, cost no less than $ 15 million in development costs. A nice sum is shared by Sony and Xiaomi.

It is a 50.3 megapixel wide angle sensor with f / 1.9 aperture that offers a focal length of 23 mm. This stabilized sensor takes pictures in 12.5 megapixels using the method pixel binning which combines four adjacent pixels to form one, larger, 3.2 µm and thus enhance the photographic reproduction.

The photo module is completed by a 48 megapixel ultra-wide-angle Sony IMX586 (f / 2.2) sensor with autofocus and capable of handling macro photography. It has a focal length of 12 mm. Finally, the third sensor is a telephoto lens, which is also 48 megapixels (f / 4.1), with optical stabilization and a x5 optical zoom. The two sensors take 12 megapixel images with 1.6µm pixels. On the video side, the 12S Ultra will be able to film up to 8K at 24 frames per second.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra has other strings for its bow

The rest of the specification sheet is also very advanced. Thus, there is a 6.73 inch AMOLED screen with LTPO2 technology, which allows the panel to go from 1 to 120 Hz depending on the displayed content. A good point for autonomy. The promised maximum brightness is a maximum of 1500 cd / m² to display content in HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. Finally, the screen is in 20: 9 format with a QHD + definition of 1440 x 3200 pixels and Gorilla Glass Victus glass protection.

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Autonomy will be powered by a 4860 mAh battery, and the Xiaomi 12S will be able to fully recharge in 41 minutes thanks to its 67W fast recharging. Wireless charging is included, but at 50W. Under these conditions, count 52 minutes to find 100% battery. 10W reverse charging is also welcome to charge other devices.

The phone is also not forgotten in the pocket with its 225 grams in weight and its generous dimensions of 163.2 x 75 x 9.1 mm. Like any self-respecting advanced mobile, IP68 waterproof certification is present, as are Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G. Performance will be provided by Qualcomm’s latest advanced processor, Snapdragon 8+ Gen1.

The version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage is shown for 5999 yuan, or about 859 euros. The version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage goes up to 6499 yuan or 930 euros, and that with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for 6999 yuan or 1002 euros. Unfortunately for us, the bill would have to increase by a few hundred euros when we cross Europe’s borders. No release date has been communicated on the old continent.

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