Xiaomi officially presented its new series Xiaomi 12S “Co-designed with Leica”. This outstanding series is the first fruit of the Strategic Imaging Technology Partnership between Xiaomi and Leica. The entire series features different imaging systems jointly developed by both companies. But of course: the one who steals the film is the new “Flagship” of the company, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
For Xiaomi, these phones – three new models, in particular – mark a new era of mobile photography, setting “a new standard in smartphone photography”. Combining Leica’s deep understanding of optics, image processing, image quality, and Xiaomi’s rich experience, they promise unprecedented imaging.
The top model, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, uses Leica’s optical design capabilities in its three-lens system, with strict optical quality testing standards and implementing Xiaomi’s expertise in image processing.
The camera system includes a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, a 48-megapixel telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, and 120x digital zoom. Plus, of course, the 50-megapixel main camera, which uses that 1-inch sensor. It is something huge, never seen before on a cell phone.
The camera system is covered with a spherical lens to address common mobile photography issues such as flare, ghosting, and chromatic aberration. Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s camera module also adds anti-glare lens coating, lens edge ink coating and infrared light filter with spin-on coating technology. Together, these technologies offer an overall image more faithful to what our eyes see without a camera.
In addition to advanced optical design, the Xiaomi 12S series uses Leica image profiles, inheriting “Leica’s century-old image aesthetics” and reproducing Leica’s tone and aesthetics with the help of cutting-edge algorithms. This means that there will be two photographic styles: “Leica Authentic Look” and “Leica Vibrant Look”, which will offer greater creative freedom when taking pictures.
In addition, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android device to support Dolby Vision HDR video recording and playback, which enhances your videos with vivid colors, sharper contrast ratio, and richer details, giving you vibrant and vivid picture quality. refined. Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses HyperOIS for ultra-stable performance, offering continuous compensation for movement during video recording. HyperOIS uses the space between two frames to bring the OIS engine back to its original position, giving each frame a full and effective stabilization range.
According to the manufacturer itself, the Xiaomi 12S series has been designed to be more friendly to photographers in post-production. The entire series supports Adobe Labs calibrated 10-bit RAW format, with color correction metadata embedded in the files. When using Adobe Lightroom to open photos taken on the Xiaomi 12S series, Adobe Camera RAW software will automatically optimize photos based on metadata, providing professional photographers with a good starting point for post production.
As Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the Xiaomi 12S series “is powered by the new mobile platform Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Compared with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the core area of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is 21% smaller, and both CPU and GPU improve 10% performance and 30% power efficiency.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature a 6.73-inch AMOLED color screen with E5 luminescent material, offering a maximum brightness of 1500 nits, 2K resolution, P3 color gamut and 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro. Xiaomi 12S is a slightly more compact at just 6.28 inches.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra supports 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. At the core of the management system is a single-cell 4860mAh silicon-oxygen anode battery. and a Xiaomi Surge P1 fast charging chipset, which also supports up to 16A output current with 96.8% conversion efficiency.
As it is logical to suppose, the 12S Ultra will be launched first in China. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model will retail for around $900, while the higher-end version with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage will cost around $1,050 at current exchange rates.