The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is there with its one-inch sensor, its association with Leica and its new generation chip. We take stock of the news.
After months of waiting, Xiaomi has finally revealed the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. If we were expecting a traditional Xiaomi 12 Ultra, this is not the case, the Chinese giant having preferred to integrate its ultra-premium into a new range, calling it Xiaomi 12 S Ultra. It was displayed alongside the new Xiaomi 12S and 12 S Pro, as well as a Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition.
And to begin with, this is good news, since it means that the new phone is equipped with a better chip than the classic Xiaomi 12 range. It inherits a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, from which we expect a lot, especially in heat management. , one of the great black points of the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro.
A round module like a balloon.
The phone sports a bold design with a round-shaped titanic photo module and a rather chunky appearance. The back of the phone seems to adopt a faux leather coating of the most beautiful effect. It will certainly weigh its weight with 225g on the scale and generous dimensions: 163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06mm.
But what will catch the eye of the most attentive is obviously the addition of the word Leica at the top left of the photo block. It was one of the most anticipated points of the new Xiaomi Ultra model, and now it is confirmed, the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra indeed inaugurates an alliance with the camera and optics manufacturer Leica. At the moment, this association seems to result mainly in dedicated filters, work on colorimetry, and anti-reflective coatings on the lenses.
More precisely, the photographic configuration of course promises a high level, starting with its main sensor, the Sony IMX989, which achieves the feat of reaching a size of one inch. Therefore, it is the fifth smartphone that integrates such a large sensor after the Sony Xperia Pro-I, the Sharp Aquos R6, the Sharp Aquos R7 and the Leica Leitz Phone 1. The sensor shows a definition of 50.3 Mpx, which gives 12.5 MP in shots. , with 3.2 µm photosites, merging 4 to 1. For comparison, the Mi 11 Ultra offered 2.8 µm pixel arrays. This main photographic module will offer a focal length of 23mm (f/1.9).
Who says ultrapremium necessarily says the presence of a telephoto lens. Here’s a 120mm periscope (f/4.1) with a 48-megapixel half-inch (Sony IMX586) sensor. The result is 12 megapixel shots with 1.6 µm photosites.
Let’s quickly move on to ultra wide, a 13mm (f/2.2) module that shares the same sensor as the telephoto lens. The selfie camera displays 32 megapixels with an RGBW sensor.
The rest of the data sheet
For once, the most expensive smartphone in a range is not the one with the highest charge. In fact, the Xiaomi 12S ultra only provides 67W of charging (50W wirelessly) for its 4860mAh battery, while the 12S Pro goes up to 120W for a 4600mAh battery.
The screen for its part is very well equipped. It is a 6.73-inch panel, LTPO 2.0 (with a refresh rate of 1 to 120 Hz), with QHD definition, that is, a density of 522 pixels per inch. The promised maximum brightness is 1500 cd/m². It supports HDR 10+, HDR 10, Dolby Vision.
To continue the multimedia part, the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra of course continues the partnership with Harman Kardon and thus integrates two stereo speakers compatible with Dolby Atmos. Enough to take advantage of SVoD platforms.
Especially since the connection part obviously promises the best with WiFi 6, 5 G 4X4 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.2.
To complete the owner tour, let’s mention an IP68 certification that better protects it against water and dust. It will also come with MIUI 13 (Android 12). We don’t yet know how long updates will be supported at this time.
Xiaomi 12 S Ultra price and availability
The phone will be available in three versions, 8 +256 GB, 12 +256 GB and 12 +512 GB, the prices will be 5999, 6499 and 6999 yuan respectively, or 857, 929 and 1000 euros if we do a simple conversion. For once, we expect to see a price increase of several hundred euros with the arrival of the models in Europe. There are two colors available: black or green.
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