Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Xiaomi’s new beast is a camera attached to a high-end phone

Xiaomi has just presented, along with the new Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro, the most ambitious mobile in its catalog, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Despite the change in nomenclature, this is the direct successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, a photographic beast that managed to surprise us in its analysis.

With more power, a one-inch sensor, and hardware that competes with the best of the best, the 12S Ultra has the challenge of competing with the best phones of 2022. Here are its specs and spec sheet.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Datasheet

Xiaomi 12S Ultra
6.73-inch LTPO-type AMOLED
2K (3,200 x 1,440 pixels)
1Hz-120Hz refresh rate
1,500 nits maximum brightness
Dolby Vision /HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 @ 3.19GHz (5nm TSMC)
Adreno 730 GPU
Rear CamerasMain: 50 megapixels f/2.0, PDAF, OIS
Wide: 48 megapixels f/2.22, PDAF, 128ยบ
Zoom: 48 megapixels f/4.1, PDAF, OIS, 5X Zoom
Depth: ToF 3D sensor
Front Camera32-megapixel OmniVision f/2.0
Battery4,860 mAh
67W fast charging
50W wireless charging
10W wireless reverse charging
SystemAndroid 12
Connectivity5G Dual
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
USB-C 2.0
Dimensions and Weight
OthersFingerprint reader under the screen
Stereo speakers
IP68 against dust and water
Price5,999 yuan

A beast with a one-inch sensor

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

We will start the house from the housetop, and the camera is the most crucial point in this Xiaomi 12S Ultra. It debuts a new Sony IMX 989 sensor with a one-inch size, the largest ever mounted on a Xiaomi phone. The 11 Ultra was already one of the best photographic exponents by far, and this 12S Ultra has all the chances to follow the same path.

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According to Xiaomi, it’s not just about introducing a large sensor; they finally seem to be getting serious about processing. They have developed the various ISP modules to be more accurate in colorimetry, being less aggressive with skin processing.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra and iPhone 13 pro max

The lenses are top-notch, promising to correct some of the current problems in reflections, present in some of its direct rivals. Specifically, they are lenses coated with a cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) that reduces lens flare, especially when shooting at night at objects such as streetlights.

If we talk about the secondary cameras, we have an optical zoom of five periscopic magnification and a resolution of 48 megapixels, capable of jumping to 120X digital zoom. The other sensor is ultra wide-angle, also 48 megapixels.

The hardware expected in a flagship

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

The panel of this Xiaomi 12S Ultra is 6.73 inches, with AMOLED technology, 120 Hz adaptive up to 1 Hz thanks to LTPO, and the promise of having an outstanding calibration. It supports Dolby Vision content and has a maximum brightness of up to 1,500 nits.

The memory configuration goes up to 12 + 512 GB, with LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1 memory types. The processor, as it could not be otherwise, is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, manufactured in TSMC process and much more efficient than the previous Gen 1, with Samsung process and very inefficient at energy and temperature level.

The battery is 4,860mAh, mainly due to the cameras taking up most of the phone. Fast charging is 67W (strange that they didn’t go for 120W), with 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse.

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Versions and price of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra will not go on sale in the international market, being a version reserved for the Chinese market. There is still the hope that it may arrive under another model, but according to official sources it will not land in the international market.

  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra 8/256 GB: 5,999 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra 12/256 GB: 6,499 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra 12/512 GB: 6,999 yuan

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