During an event held in China, Xiaomi formalized its new Xiaomi 12S series. Here are the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro, two high-end models with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and Leica cameras.
Xiaomi has just lifted the veil on its Xiaomi 12S range in China. This new series includes three models: a standard variant, Pro and an Ultra version. The latter is the best equipped, but it is the little brothers that interest us here. A little less premium, they position themselves in the very high-end segment with solid arguments.
The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro succeed the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro (read our test) and offer a similar design. They benefit from the association with Leica, which is widely promoted by the manufacturer and which should help it take a new step. The mention “Leica” also appears in the block of photos of the two models, taking advantage of a careful integration.
Before going back to the photo configuration in detail, it should be noted that the two models have different sizes. The Xiaomi 12S has a 6.28-inch AMOLED screen that is displayed in Full HD + with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. It adds a 4,500 mAh battery compatible with fast cable charging at 67 W, but also wireless at 50W.
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The Xiaomi 12S Pro goes further by integrating a 6.73-inch QHD+ AMOLED screen with LTPO 2.0 technology to offer a refresh rate that goes from 1 to 120 Hz. Its battery is somewhat larger (4,600 mAh) and above all it offers fast wired charging at 120W It also offers 50W wirelessly and adds an internal chip called Surge P1 to optimize charging efficiency. According to the manufacturer, it takes 19 minutes to go from 0 to 100%.
If the two models have some differences, they work with an identical chip. The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, presented as having lower power consumption than its predecessor, equips the range. It promises to offer great performance and better temperature management.
The Leica leg in the photos.
The main curiosity of this series continues to be the approach to Leica. The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro want to be photography specialists and the manufacturer has not reserved this privilege for the 12S Ultra. However, these models make some compromises and are not entitled to the one-inch sensor of their big brother. Instead, Xiaomi uses a proven formula by using the same 50-megapixel main sensor as in the Xiaomi 12 Pro. This 1/1.28-inch Sony IMX707 is already an interesting module and this should help you in low-light situations.
The Xiaomi 12S adds a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 5-megapixel macro. More ambitious, the 12S Pro adds two more 50-megapixel sensors: an ultra-wide and a 50mm telephoto lens that offers 2x optical zoom.
In addition to hardware developments, image quality depends on the work done by Leica. Xiaomi mentions the presence of picture profile presets, with “Leica Authentic Look” and “Leica Vibrant Look”. In addition, both models support the 10-bit RAW format calibrated by Adobe Labs. The smartphone will integrate metadata for better support of Adobe Lightroom software.
The Xiaomi 12S arrives in China in four colors (black, purple, green and white) and in four storage variants:
- 8 GB + 128 GB: priced at 3,999 yuan (about 570 euros)
- 8 GB + 256 GB: 4,299 yuan (615 euros)
- 12 GB + 256 GB: 4,699 yuan (670 euros
- 12 GB + 512 GB –: 5,199 yuan (740 euros)
The Xiaomi 12S Pro is also entitled to four different configurations and the same colors as its little brother. Here are the prices:
- 8 GB + 128 GB: 4,699 yuan (about 670 euros)
- 8 GB + 256 GB: 4,999 yuan (715 euros)
- 12 GB + 256 GB: 5,399 yuan (770 euros)
- 12GB + 512GB: 5,899 yuan (840 euros)
These prices only refer to the Chinese market. In fact, Xiaomi has not confirmed the launch of this series in Europe. Much higher prices are to be expected in our regions.
Note that the Chinese giant has also formalized a Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition. As the name suggests, this smartphone features a MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chip and that is great news. Indeed, the Taiwanese founder manages to shake Qualcomm and its Snapdragon in the high-end segment. This model will be priced at 3,999 yuan (about 570 euros) in the 8+128 GB version and 4,999 yuan (about 650 euros) with 12+256 GB.