Xiaomi 12S Ultra has arrived and a new era in the field of mobile photography

Deepak Gupta July 4, 2022
Updated 2022/07/04 at 1:32 PM

Xiaomi was today presenting the new Xiaomi 12S smartphone family, with the Ultra version receiving the most attention. This smartphone brings together top technologies and has the best partners in the mobile segment, such as Sony, Leica and Qualcomm.

We are entering a new era of mobile photography.

Confirming several rumors, Xiaomi's new top-of-the-range smartphone wants to revolutionize the mobile photography market, although it is not likely that this particular model will be marketed worldwide.

Integrated in the launch of the new Xiaomi 12S series, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra has Leica technology in its development, the 1" sensor from Sony and the latest processor from Qualcomm.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra cameras

There's no way not to start describing this machine without starting by showing it to cameras. Its configuration, with a main module that occupies almost 1/3 of the rear, comes with three cameras.

The main one has Sony's new 1" sensor, the IMX989, 50 MP with f/1.9 aperture, 8P lens and a focal length of 23mm, with OIS.

The 48 MP camera is an ultra wide-angle camera with a focal length of 13mm and is ready to shoot night mode photos. Its angle is 128º.

Finally, there is a 48 MP periscope telephoto camera, to capture photos with a zoom that can go up to 120X. In optical zoom you can go up to 5x.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra has arrived and a new era in the field of mobile photography

In terms of software, there are two photographic styles: "Leica Authentic Look" and "Leica Vibrant Look". Authentic Look intends to bring natural images, with a focus on the contrast of light and shadow, adding depth to the photos. Vibrant Look takes advantage of Xiaomi's computational photography intelligence with Leica's aesthetic. In addition, there are Leica filters: Leica Vivid, Leica Natural, Leica BW Natural and Leica BW High Contrast.

With the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, you can capture high-efficiency 8-bit JPEG or HEIF photos, as well as 10-bit RAW DNG files with a built-in profile for Adobe's Lightroom.

In the video field, Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android phone to support Dolby Vision HDR recording. 10-bit h.265 videos are captured in HLG with the Rec.2020 color space in 4K and FullHD. In 4K you can shoot at 30fps and 60fps at up to 80Mbps, while in 1080p you can shoot at 60fps at 55Mbps and 30fps at 35Mbps.

beyond photography

In addition to these unique features in the field of photography and video, this is a smartphone equipped with a 6.73" E5 Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels, with AdaptiveSync Pro support that guarantees a variable refresh rate between 1Hz to 120Hz, depending on the content displayed.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra has arrived and a new era in the field of mobile photography

The battery is 4860mAh and supports 67W wired charging and 50W wireless charging (10W reverse wireless charging). In terms of wired charging, the manufacturer guarantees that 15 minutes will charge 50% of the battery, and wirelessly, it will charge 40% of the battery in the same 15 minutes.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone integrates the two custom Surge chips for battery management. The Xiaomi Surge P1 charging chip protects the battery from overcharging and prolongs its lifespan, while the Xiaomi Surge G1 manages battery usage, prolonging its lifespan.

The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 was the SoC chosen to equip this top model, with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The new Snapdragon claims a 10% improvement in GPU and CPU performance and 30% in power efficiency compared to the 8 Gen 1.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra has arrived and a new era in the field of mobile photography

Xiaomi also highlighted the inclusion of an innovative new 3D liquid cooling mechanism, which uses a capillary network to pump the condensed coolant on the opposite side of the hot area.

It also features stereo speakers from Harman Kardon with support for Dolby Atmos, has Android 12 and MIUI 13.

It will be available in classic black and green with a leather-like back finish and a bezel around the main chamber finished in 23 carat gold. It is water and dust resistant with IP68 certification.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra has arrived and a new era in the field of mobile photography

Xiaomi did not reveal whether it would be available outside of China, but most likely it will be restricted to the country. The advertised price for China is CNY 5999 (€857.63 at the current exchange rate).

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