The Xiaomi 12S series is a work of art that helped create the Leica, but which is not for us

The Xiaomi 12S series is a work of art

Today, the series of Xiaomi 12S smartphones was officially presented , i.e. Xiaomi 12S , Xiaomi 12S Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra . The three new devices have a lot in common. They are also smartphones that have a lot to offer in terms of cameras. This is where the Leica dipped its fingers . So let’s check out what the devices have to offer.

Xiaomi 12S series officially presented – Leica enters the game

Xiaomi 12S series officially presented

We already had manufacturers on the market who collaborated with Leica, but Xiaomi is doing it for the first time. This is good news, but in we are unlikely to be happy about it. The new smartphones are intended for the Chinese market and there is little chance that they will ever leave it at all. One can only hope that a similar type of specification will appear in other Xiaomi smartphones over time. 

The new devices are similar to each other, and the differences between the specifications are not huge. Xiaomi 12S is the smallest of smartphones, but still with an AMOLED display or refreshing up to 120 Hz . Added to this is fast charging and the latest flagship Snapdragon   on board. The Pro and Ultra smartphones are additionally equipped with chipsXiaomi Surge for energy management and fast charging.

All smartphones from the Xiaomi 12S series are to use Leica Summicron lenses and support Leica imaging profiles . In addition, there are two new photo modes: Leica Authentic Look and Leica Vibrant Look . As for the most pampered of the phones, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, its main camera uses an 8P aspherical lens. This is to eliminate phenomena such as flares, ghosting and chromatic aberration. The camera module itself also has an anti-reflective coating.

Cameras in the Xiaomi 12S series – photography is to enter a higher level

Cameras in the Xiaomi 12S series

In addition to the flagship specification of all smartphones in the series, it is the photographic possibilities that distinguish the devices from other devices from the manufacturer’s portfolio. This is how the main features of the new smartphones are presented in the press release.

  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with a 1-inch IMX989 sensor from Sony, with a Quad-Bayer matrix with pixels up to 1.6 μm. Thanks to pixel binning, the pixel reaches 3.2 μm, which reduces noise, extends the dynamic range, increases the amount of light captured, and also obtains an overall better image in low light conditions.
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android device to support Dolby Vision HDR video recording and playback. This means vivid colors, a high contrast ratio and richer details.
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses HyperOIS optical stabilization, which is of particular importance for video recording. HyperOIS uses the gap between the two frames to trigger stabilization and correct the position of the optics. As a result, the image is stable and has a natural character, without artifacts and unnatural movement.
  • Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro use the IMX707 sensor from Sony (1 / 1.28 inch, 2.44 μm pixels after grouping). Thanks to the Xiaomi AI Image Solution and Xiaomi ProFocus technologies, this matrix starts up quickly and efficiently records the image in a continuous mode. Both of these smartphones have the “All-Scene Snapshot” function implemented, which makes it easier to capture the optimal moment in the frame.
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Xiaomi 12S specification

  • Display: AMOLED E4, 6.28 inch diagonal, FULL HD + resolution, refreshing up to 120 Hz
  • Processor: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12 GB
  • Flash memory: 128/256/512 GB
  • Front camera: 32 Mpix
  • Rear cameras: 50 Mpix (Sony IMX707, 1 / 1.28 ″, 1.22 μm, OIS); 13 Mpix (123 degrees ultra wide angle lens); 5 Mpix (macro telephoto)
  • Battery: 4500 mAh with 67 W quick charge (wireless 50 W, 10 W reverse)
  • Additionally: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Dual GPS, fingerprint reader in the display, stereo speakers
  • System: Android 12 with MIUI 13
  • Dimensions: 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm
  • Weight: 182 grams

Xiaomi 12S Pro specification

Xiaomi 12S Pro specification
  • Display: AMOLED E5, 6.73 inch diagonal, 2K resolution, refresh up to 120 Hz, brightness up to 1500 nits, 10-bit color depth
  • Processor: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12 GB (LPDDR5)
  • Flash memory: 128/256/512 GB (UFS 3.1)
  • Front camera: 32 Mpix
  • Rear cameras: 50 Mpix (Sony IMX707, 1 / 1.28 ″, 1.22 μm, OIS); 50 Mpix (ultra wide angle 114 degrees); 50 Mpix (telephoto, double optical zoom)
  • Battery: 4600mAh with 120W fast charge (50W wireless, 10W reverse charge)
  • Additionally: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Dual GPS, fingerprint reader in the display, stereo speakers
  • System: Android 12 with MIUI 13
  • Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16 mm
  • Weight: 204 grams

Xiaomi 12S Ultra specification

Xiaomi 12S Ultra specification
  • Display: AMOLED E5, 6.73 inch diagonal, 2K resolution, refresh up to 120 Hz, brightness up to 1500 nits, 10-bit color depth
  • Processor: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12 GB (LPDDR5)
  • Flash memory: 128/256/512 GB (UFS 3.1)
  • Front camera: 32 Mpix
  • Back cameras: 50 Mpix (Sony IMX989, 1 ″, 1.6μm OIS); 48 Mpix (ultra wide angle 128 degrees); 48 Mpix (periscope telephoto lens, 5x optical zoom, OIS)
  • Battery: 4860 mAh with 67 W quick charge (wireless 50 W, 10 W reverse)
  • Additionally: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Dual GPS, fingerprint reader in the display, stereo speakers, IP68
  • System: Android 12 with MIUI 13
  • Dimensions: 163.17 x 74.97 x 9.06 mm
  • Weight: 225 grams

Xiaomi 12S series – the price of individual variants

Xiaomi 12S series - the price of individual variants

As we have already mentioned, the Xiaomi 12S series will be available in China and hence the prices there. These look really decent, but after adding taxes and other fees in India, it would probably be a few hundred more. However, there is no need to think about it for too long, because the equipment will not come to us anyway. This is how their prices are presented.

  • Xiaomi 12S price
    • 8/128 GB – 3999 yuan (about USD 600 )
    • 8/256 GB – 4299 yuan (about USD 640)
    • 12/512 GB – 4699 yuan (about USD 700)
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro price
    • 8/128 GB – 4699 yuan (about USD 700)
    • 8/256 GB – 4999 yuan (about USD 750)
    • 12/256 GB – 5399 yuan (about USD 800)
    • 12/512 GB – 5899 yuan (about USD 880)
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra price
    • 8/256 GB – 5999 yuan (about USD 900)
    • 12/256 GB – 6499 yuan (about USD 970)
    • 12/512 GB – 6999 yuan (about USD 1050)

Source: Xiaomi press release

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