Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: a 1-inch Sony IMX989 photosensor that beats the Samsung pawn

Xiaomi’s next flagship will incorporate a new sensor from Sony. In addition to the association with Leica, the Chinese manufacturer is putting all the possibilities on its side to mark an important step in mobile photography.


Now we know that the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will be presented on July 4, 2022 with the Xiaomi 12S and 12 S Pro. Xiaomi’s next flagship is especially anticipated, because according to the brand it should open a new era in terms of mobile photography. . Behind the marketing speech, it is true that Xiaomi can present two strong arguments. The first is its new partnership with Leica for the design of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and the second is a new photosensor.

When Sony overtakes Samsung

In the photosensors market, we especially know Sony and its IMX sensors that equip many smartphones. The Japanese manufacturer, however, now has a major competitor in the sector with Samsung’s Isocell sensors. The latter surpassed Sony by launching the first sensors that exceed 100 and 200 megapixels. However, Sony was making progress on an issue that is perhaps more important when it comes to photo quality: sensor size. With the launch of the Xperia Pro-I, Sony demonstrated the first 1-inch smartphone sensor. According to Sony, it is with these advances that smartphones will approach SLR quality, and the manufacturer has convinced Leica and Sharp to release smartphones equipped with 1-inch sensors in Japan.


So we learn that Sony is marketing a new 1-inch sensor in addition to its Exmor RS, initially intended for compact cameras, the IMX989 sensor. It is this new sensor that will be found in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, the first smartphone in the world to be equipped with it. Coupled with Leica image processing, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra could be amazing in terms of photography. All of this will have to be verified during the device test. According to Xiaomi, compared to the 1/1.65-inch sensor in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the IMX989 sensor will provide a 172% larger capture area and 32.5% faster capture speed.

If Xiaomi is the first to get its hands on this sensor, it is because the firm has invested directly in its development together with Sony. In total, creating the sensor cost the two companies nearly $15 million.

The fact is that we still know very few official details in the case of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra about all the parts that make up a smartphone camera, from the lens to the processing software to the sensor and processing chips. See you on July 4 to find out more.

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