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The Xiaomi 12S Ultra flagship is official with a huge 1-inch sensor, Leica optics, and a stunning vegan leather finish


Xiaomi has just taken the wraps off its new 12S series of smartphones that consists of the compact (ish) 12S, the 12S Pro, and the star of the show with its huge 1-inch IMX989 sensor, the 12S Ultra. All three models are powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and sport AMOLED displays along with Leica branded camera setups. We’ve got the details on Xiaomi’s 12S series for you after the break.

The Xiaomi 12S features a 120Hz 6.28-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution and 419 ppi, with the 12S Pro and 12S Ultra packing the same 6.73-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 3200 resolution, 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync refresh rate, and support for HDR10+.

While none of the new phones could be construed as anything less than flagship material, the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro aren’t quite as high-end as the 12S Ultra. Sporting a choice of 8/12GB RAM, the 12S and 12S Pro can be had with 128/256/512GB of built-in storage, without MicroSD card support. The 12S Ultra will go on sale in 8/256GB, 12/256GB, and 12/512GB variants.

The entire 12S series sports Leica branding on their rear camera setups but this is where the Xiaomi 12S Ultra pulls way ahead of its siblings thanks to the monstrous 1-inch wide-angle sensor (Sony IMX989). The 50MP camera, with its 1-inch sensor and Quad-Bayer pixel array, will allow even more light to penetrate the lens and hopefully achieve better imagery in low-light conditions with reduced noise and an extended dynamic range. The 12S Ultra also features something called HyperOIS which ‘utilizes the gap between the two frames to drive the OIS motor to its original position, giving each frame a full, effective range of stabilization’. Whatever it is, it sure sounds like Xiaomi has been working hard on improving the camera experience on the 12S series.

Accompanying the 50MP main camera is a 48MP ultra-wide lens with a 128° FoV as well as a 48MP telephoto lens that is capable of 120x digital zoom. There’s also a 32MP front-facing camera housed in the punch-hole on the display.

The Xiaomi 12S offers a more modest setup with a 50MP main sensor (Sony IMX707), a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP macro lens. The 12S Pro takes things up a notch with its trio of 50MP sensors (IMX707) for main camera, telephoto, and ultra-wide duties. As with the Ultra, both the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro have a 32MP front-facing camera.

Things get a little weird in the charging department, with the Xiaomi 12S Pro offering speedy 120W wired charging while both the 12S and 12S Ultra make do with 67W wired charging. The entire 12S series supports 50W wireless charging.

Battery Capacity:

  • Xiaomi 12S – 4,500mAh
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro – 4,600mAh
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra – 4,860mAh

The three phones will run MIUI 13 (based on Android 12) out of the box, and will go on sale in China initially before hopefully being released in other markets.

Pricing starts from:

  • Xiaomi 12S: RMB 3,999 (~$595)
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro: RMB 4,699 (~$700)
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra: RMB 5,999 (~$895)
Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Display 6.73-Inch Samsung E5 AMOLED LTPO,
3,200 x 1,440 Resolution, 522ppi,
1,500nits peak brightness,
1-120Hz Adaptive Sync,
10-bit color depth, P3 color gamut,
Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
Processor Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Memory 8/12GB LPDDR5, (6400Mbps)
Storage 256/512GB UFS 3.1,
FBO Storage Refresh
Imaging System Wide angle: 23mm f/1.9 8P Aspheric Lens 
1″ sensor (SONY’s IMX989)
50.3MP Quad-Bayer pixel array
Pixel Binning: 12.5MP, 3.2µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Octa-PD Auto-focus

Ultra-wide angle: 13mm f/2.2 
1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)
48MP Quad-Bayer pixel array
Pixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Dual-PD Auto-focus
Supports macro mode

Telephoto: 120mm f/4.1 Periscope 
1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)
48MP Quad-Bayer pixel array
Pixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Dual-PD Auto-focus
Two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look,
Leica Vibrant Look
Leica filters: Leica Vivid, Leica Natural,
Leica BW Natural, Leica BW High Contrast
Master-lens System
HyperOIS

Front Camera 32GB RGBW
Battery 4,860mAh, Xiaomi Surge G1 Battery
Management Chip
Charging 67W Turbo Charging
Wireless Charging 50W Wireless Charging, 10W Reverse
Wireless Charging
Audio Symmetrical Stereo Speakers SOUND BY Harman
Kardon,
Support Dolby Atmos X-axis linear motor
Connectivity Dual 5G, 4×4 MIMO,
Wi-Fi 6, 4K QAM, 160MHz Channel, 2×2 MIMO,
Bluetooth 5.2,
Supports BLE Audio,
Supports Snapdragon Sound,
Multi-functional NFC
Ingress Protection IP68 dust and water resistance
Operating System MIUI 13 based on Android 12
Dimensions 163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06mm
Weight 225g
Colors Vegan Leather: Classic Black/Verdant Green
Variants 8GB+256GB
12GB+256GB
12GB+512GB


He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Realme GT Neo 2 in his pockets, a Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 in his backpack, and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around the world. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).




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