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1" sensor and Leica optics for a highly advanced smartphone

1″ sensor and Leica optics for a highly advanced smartphone

The Chinese manufacturer has formalized its new high-end smartphone, Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The latter has the peculiarity of being equipped with a large 1-inch image sensor and benefiting from the expertise of the German camera manufacturer Leica in the optical part.

successor Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra So it will not be Mi 12 Ultra, but Xiaomi 12S Ultra, which was presented alongside two other models, 12S and 12S Pro. The Ultra variant logically takes advantage of some advantages, including a promising image block that aims to position itself as a new reference in the small world of Photophones ».

Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra plays a big role in the picture

It is enough to take a simple look at the official images of the phone to deduce the prominent position occupied by the photo module of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. This new range of smartphones is also Realizing the photo partnership between Xiaomi and Leica. The German brand brought to the Chinese manufacturer its expertise in imaging and optical design. There are also some plugins with two photographic styles as well as “Leica style” filters.

© Xiaomi

The core of the image unit is powered by the Sony IMX989 sensor. If this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a sensor of this size in a smartphone, Hello Sony Xperia Pro-Iwhich the Chinese manufacturer has used on its new smartphone costing at least $15 million in development costs. A tidy sum shared by Sony and Xiaomi.

It’s a 50.3MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.9 aperture that offers a focal length of 23mm. This stable sensor captures 12.5MP images using the . method pixel binning which combines four adjacent pixels to form a single, larger, 3.2 µm display thus improving the display of photographs.

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The photo module is complemented by a 48 MP (f / 2.2) Sony IMX586 ultra-wide-angle sensor with autofocus and capable of handling macro photography. Provides a focal length of 12 mm. Finally, the third sensor is a telephoto lens and is also 48 MP (f / 4.1), with optical stabilization and 5x optical zoom. The two sensors capture 12-megapixel images with a resolution of 1.6 μm. On the video side, the 12S Ultra will be able to shoot up to 8K at 24 frames per second.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra has other threads

The rest of the spec sheet is also high quality. Thus, there is a 6.73-inch AMOLED display with LTPO2 technology that allows the panel to go from 1 to 120 Hz depending on the content displayed. Good point for autonomy. The promised maximum brightness is a maximum of 1500 cd / m² for viewing content in HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. Finally, the screen is in a 20:9 format with a QHD + resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and protection by Gorilla Glass Victus.

Xiaomi Ultra 12s
© Xiaomi

Autonomy will be provided by a 4860 mAh battery, and the Xiaomi 12S will be able to fully recharge in 41 minutes thanks to the 67W fast charging. Wireless charging is included, but at 50W. Under these conditions, count 52 minutes to find 100% battery. 10W reverse charging is also welcome to charge other devices.

With a weight of 225 grams and generous dimensions of 163.2 x 75 x 9.1 mm, the phone will not forget you in your pocket. Like any self-respecting high-end mobile phone, there is IP68 waterproof certification, as well as Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G. The performance will be provided by Qualcomm’s latest high-end processor, Snapdragon 8+ Gen1.

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The version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage is offered at 5999 yuan, or about 859 euros. The version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage goes for 6,499 yuan, or 930 euros, with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage priced at 6,999 yuan, or 1,002 euros. Unfortunately for us, the bill will have to be increased by a few hundred euros when crossing the borders of Europe. The Old Continent’s release date has not been announced.

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