Just six months after its previous launch, Xiaomi announced three new smartphones to celebrate the launch of its partnership con Leica. So let’s get ready for the arrival of the new 12S series, which will be equipped with MIUI 13, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship processor and a prominent photographic sector. In particular, as you can imagine, the new “little gem” of the company will be Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which will boast a truly noteworthy camera. So let’s go find out something more.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: all the features of the smartphone in preview
Considering that the new Xiaomi 12S series celebrates the start of the collaboration between the Chinese company and Leica, it is not surprising that the expectations on the photographic sector are high. But the characteristics of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra seem to be designed to respond perfectly to the requests of the most demanding users. And now we will see why.
Let’s start immediately from one of the strengths of the Ultra model of the new 12S series, the photographic sector. The smartphone will in fact be equipped with a main sensor Sony IMX989 1-inch e 50.3 MP, which results in a generous 1.6 um Pixel size – which doubles to 3.2 um via Pixel binning in low light -. A novelty that Xiaomi and Sony have worked on together, as announced by the CEO Lei Jun. Indeed, Jun himself revealed that the sensor will also be made available to local competitors after the launch of the S12 Ultra. The reason? “Together promote the advancement of mobile imaging,” Jun said.
As for Leica’s collaboration with the smartphone, however, there will be the “Leica Summicron 1: 1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH photographic system” on all three rear cameras: the main 50.3 MP (23 mm, f / 1.9), the48MP ultra wide angle (13 mm, f/2.2) e la 48 MP periscope (120 mm, f / 4.1). Additionally, both 48MP cameras will have a 1/2 inch Sony IMX586 sensor. And they will be enclosed, together with the main one, in a circular space where the Leica logo stands out. The collaboration with the German company, in fact, brings some interesting ones to the smartphone filters so i two different photographic styles. Users can then choose between “Leica Authentic Look“, For natural-looking shots with greater three-dimensional depth. AND “Leica Vibrant Look“, Which adds Xiaomi’s input on liveliness while preserving its authenticity.
Furthermore, it will also be possible to activate the banner of the watermark at the bottom of the photos, which will add the red Leica logo, photo metadata and location coordinates on the right, and the phone model and timestamp on the left. As for the other side of the phone, users will have one 32 MP front camera, powered by an unknown RGBW sensor. Most of these cameras allow you to record and play Dolby Vision HDR video, which would make the Xiaomi 12S Ultra the first Android smartphone to have these features. As for photos, the entire 12S series supports the 10 bit RAW format calibrated by Adobe Labs, with color correction metadata embedded in the files for easier post-production.
As for the design, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra confirms itself to all intents and purposes as a high-end smartphone. The model will be equipped, in fact, with a display 6.73 inch Samsung E5 AMOLEDwith peak brightness up to 1500 nits, AdaptiveSync Pro refresh rate of 1-120 Hz, and support for color gamut P3. Also, given the camera features, it’s clear that the display will support Dolby Vision, as well as HDR10 +, HDR10, and HLG. And in order not to miss anything, the smartphone is classified IP68, which means it should survive accidental immersion in sinks and pools. In short, a very respectable device. As for the details, we know that the S12 Ultra will have up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Finally, the available colors will be two: Classic Black and Verdant Green.
Among the novelties of Xiaomi 12S Ultra there are also two proprietary Xiaomi Surge chips: a Surge P1 for fast charging, and Surge G1 for battery management. Together, these allow support for the 67W wired fast chargingthe 50W wireless fast charging and the 10W reverse charging. All on a single cell silicon oxygen anode battery from 4860 mAh. But these aren’t the only specs worth mentioning. The smartphone will be equipped, in fact, with a “three-dimensional cooling pump”, so as to keep the temperature of the device stable and safeguard the battery.
Currently, the Xiaomi 12S series is available for pre-order in China, ahead of the actual launch on July 6th. From what we know, the Ultra model is available in two variants:
- 8 GB of RAM + 256 GB of storage space, for around € 860
- 12 GB of RAM + 512 GB of storage, for around € 1000.
In short, now that you have a clear understanding of the characteristics of Xiaomi 12S Ultra, all you have to do is prepare yourself to have the first smartphone that marks the company’s partnership with Leica.