The future flagship model of the brand, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra, will soon be presented. The new elements evoke its design and indicate that the smartphone could stand out from its competitors. It would have an impressive photographic module.
Xiaomi will soon offer its Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro in Europe, but an even higher-end model is expected. The one known as Xiaomi 12 Ultra will succeed the 11 Ultra to position itself in the ultra premium segment. When the 12-series was announced in China, this very high-end variant was absent, but it should appear in the coming months. To compete with the best, Xiaomi intends to put the small dishes in the big ones.
A new Sony sensor for Xiaomi’s flagship
While eyes are on a 12 series whose price would reach peaks, the surprise could come from the Ultra version. According to the latest information from Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra would ship a new Sony IMX8xx sensor. Mentioned for a few months, this module was expected to make its debut in the Huawei P50. Particularly exciting, this 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8mm) smartphone sensor would take advantage of its size to absorb more light. This would improve the quality of the shots, especially in low light conditions and at night.
The Sony IMX800 would offer a definition of 50 megapixels and photosites of 1.52 µm. Pixel binning technology would deliver 12.5-megapixel shots with pixels as small as 3 microns. This sensor would perform better than the ISOCELL GN2 (50 megapixels, 1/1.12″ size, 1.4 µm pixels); Already impressive, Samsung’s sensor is present in the current Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
A “giant” circular photo module
To accommodate this huge sensor, Xiaomi would opt for an imposing circular photographic module. It would house four sensors on the back of the device, but rumors from the corridors assure that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could offer three… or five. In fact, this smartphone could take the approach of its predecessor with a 50-megapixel main sensor; It would be accompanied by a 48 megapixel ultra wide angle and another 48 megapixel sensor topped by a telephoto lens capable of offering 5x optical zoom. The question now is what is hidden behind the main sensor; with a possible IMX800 to replace the GN2.
The Xiaomi 12 Ultra will be based on a very high-end configuration. The time that the brand has been around is explained by the desire to offer the successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The latter’s heating problems would have cooled the Chinese manufacturer who prefers to wait for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. It is also expected to have a larger battery than the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The latter has a 4,600mAh battery, supporting 120W fast charging.
120W HyperCharge should still be around, with a battery of around 5,000mAh. Its presence would allow to offer a better autonomy. For now, Xiaomi is silent about its 12 Ultra and has not officially confirmed its launch.