The Ultra, Xiaomi's newest flagship, is now available. With the assistance of Leica and the most recent Snapdragon powerhouse, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra offers a significantly better camera.
With two half-inch sensors for the focusing ultrawide and periscope zoom cameras, the additional camera specifications are comparable to those of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. However, the primary camera is brand-new and firmly asserts its title as the most remarkable smartphone camera in the world.
Pioneering Sony's top-tier 1-inch IMX989 sensor is the 50.3MP 23mm wide-angle camera. In its 4-in-1 binned 12.5MP mode, this smartphone's imager produces the most prominent individual pixels, measuring 3.2 mm.
In terms of the optics design and image software, Leica is contributing its imaging knowledge to the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The 8P element lens in front of the 1-inch sensor corrects problems, including flare, chromatic aberration, and ghosting. Additionally, cyclic olefin copolymer material, lens edge ink coating, and infrared light filters with spin coating technology are available. Leica has applied its recognisable Summicron branding to the whole back camera module.
Two photographic looks are available in terms of software: "Leica Authentic Look" and "Leica Vibrant Look." The realistic approach focuses on light and shadow contrast to give images depth and aims for a natural-looking image. Leveraging computational photography expertise from Xiaomi and the Leica aesthetic, the colourful appearance. The Leica filters Leica Vivid, Leica Natural, Leica BW Natural, and Leica BW High Contrast are further options.
The 48MP Sony IMX586 1/2.0-inch sensor from the Mi 11 Ultra is utilised by the other two cameras on the back of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. A 13mm f/2.2 ultrawide lens with autofocus and macro capabilities is used. There is a 120mm f/4.1 periscope on the telephoto camera. Both devices can take 12MP still photos with 1.6 m pixels.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra can record images in 8-bit JPEG or high-efficiency HEIF format and 10-bit DNG RAW files with an inbuilt Lightroom profile.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android smartphone to offer Dolby Vision HDR recording on the video side. In 4K and FullHD, the 10-bit h.265 videos are recorded in HLG using the Rec.2020 colour scheme. Compared to 1080p, which offers 60fps at 55Mbps and 30fps at 35Mbps, 4K offers 30fps and 60fps at up to 80Mbps.
Here are the Xiaomi 12S Ultra's components for smartphones. The 6.73-inch E5 Super AMOLED display up front has a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels and supports AdaptiveSync Pro, which allows for variable refresh rates between 1Hz and 120Hz. The 4,860mAh battery may be charged at a 67W wired or 50W wireless rate (10W reverse wireless charging).
Xiaomi offers two unique Surge chips for managing batteries: the Xiaomi Surge P1 Charging chip guards against overcharging and extends battery life. At the same time, the Xiaomi Surge G1 controls battery usage to increase endurance.
The latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, along with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, powers the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Compared to the 8 Gen 1, the new Snapdragon promises a 10% increase in GPU and CPU performance and a 30% increase in power efficiency.
According to Xiaomi, the 12S Ultra has a brand-new 3D liquid cooling system that uses a capillary network to circulate cooling liquid condensed on the side opposite the warm area.
Similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers of the 12S Ultra support Dolby Atmos. MIUI 13 is the operating system running on top of Android 12.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and weighs 225g. It features a leather-like rear surface and is available in Classic Black and Verdant Green. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has confirmed that the phone costs CNY 5,999 for the 8/256GB model, CNY 6,499 for the 12/256GB model, and CNY 6999 for the 12/512GB model, and won't be sold outside of China.