Xiaomi 12S Ultra presented with a giant camera: is it still a cell phone?

Xiaomi 12S Ultra presented with a giant camera: is it still a cell phone?

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Black hero
© Xiaomi

Here are three more strong smartphones from Xiaomi: The Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro and the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The phones rely on a Leica partnership and have the  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 on board. The three models were presented yesterday, initially for China.

  • Xiaomi presented both the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and the 12S Ultra in its online event.
  • All models have a Leica camera system and Qualcomm’s flagship SoC.
  • The devices are currently only available in China.

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro

The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro look exactly the same at first glance, until you take a closer look at the screen size and the specifics of the rear cameras. The slightly smaller 12S sports a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, while the larger 12S Pro’s screen increases to 6.73-inches. Both have a standard refresh rate of 120 Hertz.

The 12S and 12S Pro use the Sony IMX707 sensor for the camera – very good! The 12S also has a 13MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro/telephoto camera, while the 12S Pro brings two more 50MP cameras – one with a 50mm lens (2x magnification) and another with a 14mm ultra-wide lens. Yeah!

The 12S has a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging. The Pro has 4,600mAh and 120W fast charging, also wired. Both can also be wirelessly charged at 50W and feature 10W reverse wireless charging. Both are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

Back of the Xiaomi 12S in four different colors
In contrast to the Ultra model, the “normal” 12S lacks the huge Cyclops camera eye. / © Xiaomi

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

The Xiaomi Ultra is the flagship of the series. It features the same 6.73″ LTPO AMOLED display (120Hz) as the 12S Pro, displaying 1,440 x 3,200 pixels. Internal storage starts at 256GB (up to 512GB) with 8GB (up to 12GB) RAM and here, too, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 provides a lot of steam.

The decisive factor in the 12S Ultra is certainly the huge camera element, which almost gives the cell phone a compact camera look. The camera setup is led by a 1-inch Sony IMX989 50.3MP sensor. Certainly this is one of the largest sensors ever installed in a smartphone. This is joined by a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a 48-megapixel periscope telephoto zoom sensor. All of the cameras in the 12S series benefit from Xiaomi’s new Leica partnership. 

The Ultra’s battery is the same as the 12S, with 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging and 10W reverse charging.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra with a huge, round camera module
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has perhaps the fanciest camera module currently on the market / © Xiaomi

Xiaomi 12S series: prices and availability

For the time being, the Chinese manufacturer’s new cell phones are only available in China. The Xiaomi 12S Pro is available from around 670 USD in the version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The larger variant with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage would be about 840 USD. The base model 12S starts at around 570 USD, the larger variant (identical storage options as with the Pro) is around 740 USD. 

The top-of-the-range 12S Ultra is available in Classic Black and Verdant Green. It starts at around 860 USD and offers 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage the price climbs to the 1,000 euro mark. Please note that these are pre-tax prices.

We don’t yet know when the devices will also be launched in US, but as soon as there is new information, you will of course find it here at phoneblogcrazy. 

Which of this year’s smartphones are you most excited about? Write us your opinion in the comment section.

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