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Xiaomi 12S Ultra: a teardown video reveals its huge photo module

A disassembly video posted on YouTube makes it possible to discover the entrails of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and, in particular, its imposing main photographic module.

The disassembled photographic module of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The disassembled photographic module of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra // Source: WekiHome

After a month and a half of waiting, this week Xiaomi has presented the result of its collaboration with the camera manufacturer Leica. These are three smartphones that were presented on Monday, July 4 in China -and that will not be released in France- the Xiaomi 12S, 12 S Pro and 12S Ultra.

The most interesting model is undoubtedly the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. It must be said that this smartphone incorporates a 1-inch format main photosensor, such as the Sharp Aquos R6 and R7, already developed in collaboration with Leica, the Leica Leitz Phone 1 and the Sony Xperia Pro-I. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra also benefits from a photographic module with a rather original design, with a circular shape that takes up a lot of space on the back of the smartphone. However, if one might a priori think that the main photo module was placed in the center of the photo block, this is not the case as a teardown video reveals.

A massive main photography module

Posted by the Chinese YouTube channel WekiHome, this video focuses on the various components of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s large photo block. Which allows not only to discover the electronic circuit, but also the lenses used, as well as the various sensors integrated into the phone. In particular, we can see the impressive Sony IMX989 sensor format used for the Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s wide-angle camera. With its 1-inch type format, it offers dimensions of 8.8 x 13.2 mm. Remember that it is a 50.3 megapixel sensor with 1.6 μm lateral photosites. Therefore, it is capable of taking 12.58 megapixel photos in pixel binning — grouping the pixels in groups of four — with pixels 3.2 μm on a side.

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Above all, whoever says a bigger photosensor also says a bigger lens. To associate a 23mm equivalent lens, Xiaomi had to offer a photographic module, sensor included, 11.06mm thick. This explains the bubble shape of the photo block.

The video also allows you to discover all the other components of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, be it its 4860 mAh battery, its wireless charging coil or the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip.

As a reminder, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is available in China in three configurations, 8/128 GB, 12/256 GB or 12/512 GB, starting at 5,999 yuan or 857 euros. On the other hand, the marketing in France of this high-end smartphone is not planned.

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