Thu. Dec 1st, 2022
Xiaomi 12 Ultra: design, photoblock, chip, price, release date... everything we know


The rumors and leaks around the Xiaomi 12 Ultra allow us to begin to glimpse the future ultra premium smartphone. Release date, price, design, photo module… Let’s recap.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra: design, photo block, chip, price, release date... everything we know
Source: Let’s Go Digital / Technizo Concept

The Xiaomi 12 are all out, or almost. There was the Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro, 12X and perhaps a 12 Lite soon, but the Chinese manufacturer has yet to reveal the pinnacle of its range: the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. However, the rumors about him begin to accumulate. We take stock.

Design: three backs for more options.

Several elements should make the Xiaomi 12 Ultra stand out strongly from the crowd of high-end smartphones. The first is also the most visible: as with the Mi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi would have chosen to install an absolutely gigantic photo block on the back of its phone, according to the Dutch site. let’s go digitalwho have had multiple 3D renderings done in Technizo concept for the occasion. Therefore, this design would change the very rectangular appearance of the 2021 block, with its integrated screen, for something round. In the center we would find the main photographic module with all the secondary modules placed in a circle around it.

However, more recent leaks from the leaker digital chat station, sometimes contradictory, suggest that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could once again opt for a rectangular design. Therefore, the case is not yet fully known.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra: design, photo block, chip, price, release date... everything we know
Source: Let’s Go Digital / Technizo Concept

Second noteworthy point, this time almost certainly a Leica logo should house as a sticker on the back of the phone, to underline the assigned association with the photography specialist.

Last differentiating point for the back of the phone: it could exist in three different versions, for as many materials. Clearly, you would have a Xiaomi 12 Ultra with a ceramic back, another with a glass back, and a last one with a “vegan” leather back (probably plastic therefore). A good customization option for a phone that will undoubtedly far exceed the budget of 1000 euros.

200 megapixel sensor or not

With such a block of photos, it will not be surprising that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra relies heavily on the photo. Therefore, a partnership with Leica would have been signed to compete with other Chinese brands, such as OnePlus and Oppo associated with Hasselblad or Vivo with Zeiss. Specifically, we still do not know what this association would be about. In general, specialist photography brands bring their science of color, as well as plenty of filters to apply to your shots.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra: design, photo block, chip, price, release date... everything we know
Source: Let’s Go Digital / Technizo Concept

Let’s move on to the hardware and, in particular, to the main photographic module. The case is debated. Some leaks mention the presence of a 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GN5 sensor, but older leaks once mentioned a much more sophisticated, but also more complicated to integrate, 192-pixel sensor.

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For the rest of the photography setup, we’re expecting an ultra-wide and X5 telephoto lens with both 48-megapixel sensors. The arrival of a second X10 telephoto lens, for example, to better compete with the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Huawei P50 Pro, therefore, does not seem to be immediate.

A Snapdragon and a QHD + screen

Apart from the photo and the design, little information has been leaked about this phone in terms of its pure and simple technical sheet. Some noises in the corridors still evoke the arrival of Qualcomm’s new SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. On paper, it would have the advantage of being recorded by TSMC, which would allow it to better control its rise in temperature.

On the RAM side, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra should align with the current standards with 12 GB or 16 GB As for storage, remember that last year, only the 256 GB version was launched in France. Xiaomi could make this choice again, as few users who can afford such a device will opt for a 128 GB version.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra: design, photo block, chip, price, release date... everything we know
Source: Let’s Go Digital / Technizo Concept

Let’s finish with the screen. Here too, although no leak allows us to move forward with more certainty, the industry standards are now quite clear for the top of the range: an Oled panel should be on the program, with a QHD + definition and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. for fluency. Side size however, the mystery remains. In fact, Xiaomi has accumulated several of its models in the 12 range. It remains to be seen if the 12 Ultra will do the same.

Finally, Xiaomi is expected to renew its partnership with Harman Kardon for the sound part.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra price and release date

The Xiaomi 12 Ultra is expected to be unveiled sometime in June in China. It is likely that we will have to wait a few weeks before seeing it reach our green meadows.

On the price side, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could perhaps be negotiated more expensive than the Mi 11 Ultra, sold for 1,200 euros when it was launched. Indeed, the Xiaomi 12 Pro went on sale at 1,100 euros. A walk of 100 euros between the two therefore seems fine to me.


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