Xiaomi 12S Ultra Price, availability and Specifications.
Xiaomi has launched on July 4 2022 the Xiaomi 12S series that include the Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
Xiaomi officially unveiled the new Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica”. This product series is the first launch since the Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology between Xiaomi and Leica. The entire series features different imaging systems jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, containing Leica Summicron lenses, and supports Leica imaging profiles, all of which aim to empower individual creators to express their creativity, while retaining the Leica image style.
Out of the series, the most interesting smartphone from Xiaomi is the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
Camera lenses Leica
Xiaomi and Leica have co-developed a set of optical lenses. As the top model, Xiaomi 12S Ultra utilizes Leica’s optical design capabilities in its lens system to ensure ultra-high resolution, ultra-high light sensitivity, reduced dispersion, and lower flare.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra primary camera adopts an 8P aspheric lens, in order to address common photography issues such as flare, ghosting, and chromatic aberration.
Xiaomi 12S Series also utilizes Leica imaging profiles, inheriting Leica’s century-old image aesthetic and reproducing Leica’s tone and aesthetics with the aid of modern algorithms.
The “Leica Authentic Look” pursues a natural imagery for which Leica is known. By retaining light and shadow contrast, it adds a sense of three-dimensional depth to photos, with the characteristic excellence of Leica’s time-proven light and shadow aesthetics.
The “Leica Vibrant Look” features input by both Xiaomi and Leica. Combining Xiaomi’s experience in smartphone photography with Leica’s leading aesthetic, photographers can strive to capture the emotion of the moment, symbolizing Leica’s exploration in the smartphone photography space.
Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” brings authentic “Leica Image Look” to a smartphone.
Professional wide-angle camera with a super-large 1″ sensor.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with Sony’s IMX989 1″ sensor, implementing a Quad-Bayer pixel array with individual pixel sizes reaching 1.6μm. After pixel binning, this reaches 3.2μm, reducing noise, extending dynamic range, increasing light captured, and achieving overall better imagery in low-light conditions. This sets a new precedent in smartphone cameras, approaching traditional cameras in terms of hardware specifications.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android device to support Dolby Vision HDR video recording and playback. Dolby Vision enhances your videos with vivid colors, sharper contrast ratio, and richer details, providing you with vibrant and refined image quality. Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses HyperOIS for ultra-stable performance, offering continuous compensation for movement during video recording. HyperOIS utilizes the gap between two frames to drive the OIS motor to its original position, giving each frame a full effective range of stabilization.
Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature Sony’s IMX707 as their primary sensor, which incorporates both a large sensor size and large pixels, at 1/1.28” and 2.44μm after pixel binning. With the support of Xiaomi AI Image Solution and Xiaomi ProFocus, these sensors achieve fast startup, capture, and continuous capturing. These devices support an industry-leading 30fps ultra-fast burst mode, and exceptional low-light photography capabilities. Further, they also implement All-scene snapshot in their cameras, making it easier to capture the decisive moment.
Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” has also been designed to be more photographer-friendly in post-production. The entire series supports 10-bit RAW format calibrated by Adobe Labs, with color correction metadata embedded in the files. When using Adobe Lightroom to open photos shot on 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.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra supports 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. At the core of the Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System, is a 4,860mAh single-cell silicon-oxygen anode battery and Xiaomi Surge P1 fast-charging chipset, which also supports up to a 16A output current with 96.8% conversion efficiency.
As Xiaomi’s latest flagship, Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” is powered by the all-new Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, built on the TSMC 4nm process. Compared to Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1, the core area of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is 21% smaller, with both the CPU and GPU receiving a 10% improvement in performance and a 30% improvement in energy efficiency. This not only significantly reduces the standby power consumption of Xiaomi 12S Series, but also allows for lower heat emission and power consumption under high-load computing scenarios.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with a whole new heat dissipation system, similar to the biological mechanism leaves on a plant may use to absorb water. This three-dimensional cooling pump is ingeniously designed with a series of channels, which use a capillary network to actively pump cooling liquid condensed at the side opposite of warm areas, greatly improving efficiency and increasing the thermal conductivity of a single unit by 100%, compared with traditional VC heat dissipation systems.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature a 6.73” AMOLED color display with E5 luminescent material that deliver a professional level of detail, brightness and color performance, in addition to a peak brightness of 1500 nits, 2K resolution, P3 color gamut, and 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro. Xiaomi 12S is slightly more compact at just 6.28”, and also supports P3 color gamut display, HDR10+, and 120Hz AdaptiveSync.
Price and Availability
Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes in two colors–Classic Black and Verdant Green, with three storage variants:
8GB+256G – priced at RMB 5,999
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 6,499
12GB+512GB – priced at RMB 6,999
Xiaomi 12S Pro comes in four colors–Black, Purple, Green and White, with four storage variants:
8GB+128GB – priced at RMB 4,699
8GB+256G – priced at RMB 4,999
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 5,399
12GB+512GB – priced at RMB 5,899
Xiaomi 12S comes in four colors–Black, Purple, Green and White, with four storage variants:
8GB+128GB – priced at RMB 3,999
8GB+256G – priced at RMB 4,299
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 4,699
12GB+512GB – priced at RMB 5,199
Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition comes in two colors–Black and Blue, with two storage variants: 8GB+128G – priced at RMB 3,999
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 4,499
All of these devices will be available for sale via official Xiaomi channels in Mainland China.
Also announced were Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition, Xiaomi Book Pro 16, Xiaomi Book Pro 14, Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro, and Xiaomi Home WiFi.