Leica and Xiaomi co-engineered the Xiaomi 12S Series.

The Xiaomi 12S Series Launched on the Chinese mainland

Leica and Xiaomi “co-engineered” the Xiaomi 12S Series. This image product line is the first result of the imaging partnership between Xiaomi and Leica. A new benchmark for smartphones has been set by Xiaomi and Leica. Unsurpassed smartphone image quality is offered by the Xiaomi 12S Series, which also offers colors that are very similar to Leica’s aesthetic.

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Xiaomi and Leica co-developed optical lenses to advance imaging technology.

To ensure ultra-high resolution, ultra-high light sensitivity, decreased dispersion, and lessened flare, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra adheres to Leica’s exacting optical quality testing guidelines and makes use of their world-class optical design capabilities in its lens system.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s 8P aspheric lens lessens chromatic aberration, flare, and ghosting. An infrared light filter, an anti-glare lens coating, a lens edge ink coating, and cyclic olefin copolymer material are all included in the camera module thanks to spin coating technology. The improved lens produces a clearer, more consistent image.

The Xiaomi 12S Series uses Leica imaging profiles and incorporates cutting-edge algorithms while preserving Leica’s century-old aesthetic. Photographers have more creative freedom with the “Leica Authentic Look” and “Leica Vibrant Look.”

The “Authentic Look” of Leica places a focus on natural imagery. It adds depth to photos using the time-honored light and shadow aesthetics of Leica by maintaining the contrast between light and shadow.

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By combining Xiaomi’s smartphone photography know-how with Leica’s aesthetic, which represents Leica’s smartphone photography exploration, photographers can capture the emotion of the moment.

Wide-angle camera for professionals with a 1″ sensor that is incredibly large

Sony’s 1″ IMX989 sensor with 1.6m pixels is featured on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Pixel binning improves low-light imaging by lowering noise, increasing dynamic range, capturing more light, and increasing the amount of light. This establishes a new standard for smartphone cameras that approaches the specifications of traditional cameras.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra can record and playback Dolby Vision HDR videos. Dolby Vision enhances colors, contrast, and details to improve video quality. Xiaomi 12S Ultra features For extremely stable video recording, use HyperOIS. With HyperOIS, each frame has a full stabilization range because the OIS motor is driven by the time lag between two frames.

The primary sensor for the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro is Sony’s IMX707, which has large pixels (1/1.28″ and 2.44m after pixel binning). These sensors provide quick startup, capture, and continuous capture when used with Xiaomi ProFocus and Xiaomi AI Image Solution. Low-light photography and a 30fps ultra-fast burst mode are available on these devices. To capture the crucial moment, they also employ an all-scene snapshot.

Additionally, the “co-engineered with Leica” Xiaomi 12S Series is helpful for post-production photographers. The 10-bit RAW format with color correction metadata from Adobe Labs is supported throughout the entire series. Based on data, Adobe Lightroom automatically optimizes images from the Xiaomi 12S Series, offering a great place to start with post-production.

One smartphone, two Xiaomi Surge chips

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first flagship device to come with two exclusive Xiaomi Surge processors, a fast-charging chipset, and a battery management chipset.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra can charge at a rate of 67W via wire, 50W wirelessly, and 10W via reverse wirelessly.

The Xiaomi Surge P1 fast-charging microprocessor, which offers up to 16A output current with 96.8% conversion efficiency, is part of the Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System.

The battery is a 4,860mAh single-cell silicon-oxygen anode battery. The battery management chipset in the Xiaomi Surge G1 has self-created algorithms to guarantee the battery’s safe operation and monitor discharge load to estimate battery life. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra offers 25% more charge cycles and adaptive charging to prevent overcharging.

While the Xiaomi 12S has a 4,500mAh battery and 67W wired charging, the Xiaomi 12S Pro has a 4,600mAh single-cell battery, 120W wired charging, and 50W wireless charging.

Flagship Performance, Flagship Display
The Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform based on TSMC 4nm powers the Xiaomi 12S Series.

Compared to Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1’s core size is 21% smaller, with improved energy efficiency and CPU and GPU performance. As a result, the standby and high-load power consumption of the Xiaomi 12S Series are reduced.

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The method used by Xiaomi 12S Ultra to dissipate heat is comparable to how plant leaves absorb water. In comparison to conventional VC heat dissipation systems, this three-dimensional cooling pump significantly improves efficiency and increases thermal conductivity by 100% by actively pumping cooling liquid condensed at the side opposite of warm parts.

The 6.73″ AMOLED color display on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Xiaomi 12S Pro offers expert detail, brightness, and color performance. It also has a peak brightness of 1500 nits, 2K resolution, P3 color gamut, and 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro. The Xiaomi 12S is HDR10+, 120Hz AdaptiveSync, and P3 color gamut compatible.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Quick Specs

Design163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06mm225gIP68 dust and water resistanceLeather-like rearClassic Black, Verdant Green
Imaging SystemLeica Summicron 1:1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH. camera system Ultra-wide angle: 13mm f/2.2 1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)48MP Quad-Bayer pixel arrayPixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super PixelDual-PD Auto-focusSupports macro mode Wide angle: 23mm f/1.9 8P Aspheric Lens 1″ sensor (SONY’s IMX989)50.3MP Quad-Bayer pixel arrayPixel Binning: 12.5MP, 3.2µm 4-in-1 Super PixelOcta-PD Auto-focusLens edge ink coatingMulti-layer ALD ultra-low reflectance coating Telephoto: 120mm f/4.1 Periscope 1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)48MP Quad-Bayer pixel arrayPixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super PixelDual-PD Auto-focusTwo photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look, Leica Vibrant LookLeica filters: Leica Vivid, Leica Natural, Leica BW Natural, Leica BW High ContrastMaster-lens SystemHyperOIS Front camera: 32MP RGBW Image Sensor 
Image FormatJPEG / HEIF 4096 x 3072 (default)8192 x 6144 (50MP mode)8-bit sRGB DNG 4096 x 307210-bit Adobe RGBAdobe Camera RAW
Video FormatDefault (H.264 / H.265) 7680 x 4320 24FPS3840 x 2160 60FPS3840 x 2160 30FPS1920 x 1080 60FPS1920 x 1080 30FPS1280 x 720p 30FPS Dolby Vision (10-bit Rec.2020 HLG H.265) 3840 x 2160 60FPS 80Mbps VBR3840 x 2160 30FPS 80Mbps VBR1920 x 1080 60FPS 55Mbps VBR1920 x 1080 30FPS 35Mbps VBR Slow Motion (H.264 / H.265) 1920 x 1080 480FPS1920 x 1080 240FPS1920 x 1080 120FPS1280 x 720 3840FPS (95ms capture speed, supports motion detection, upscale to output 12s slow-mo video)1280 x 720 960FPS (max. 30s capture)1280 x 720 480FPS1280 x 720 240FPS1280 x 720 120FPS
PerformanceSnapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform All-new 3D cooling system8GB / 12GB LPDDR5 (6400Mbps)256GB / 512GB UFS 3.1FBO storage refresh
Charging SystemXiaomi Surge Battery Management System Xiaomi Surge G1 Battery Management ChipXiaomi Surge P1 Charging Chip4,860mAh (typical)67W wired turbo charging50W wireless turbo charging10W reverse wireless charging
Display6.73″ Dolby Vision® TrueColor Display Samsung AMOLED LTPO, E5 material3,200 x 1,440, 522ppi1,500nits peak brightness, HBM 1,000nits (typ)360° ambient light sensor1-120Hz AdaptiveSync ProNative 10-bit color depth, P3 color gamutSupports Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
AudioSymmetrical Stereo Speakers SOUND BY Harman KardonSupport Dolby Atmos® X-axis linear motor
ConnectivityDual 5GRelease 164×4 MIMOWi-Fi 6 4K QAM160MHz Channel2x2 MIMOSupports 8×8 Sounding MU-MIMOBluetooth 5.2 Supports AAC / LDAC / LHDC / aptX AdaptiveSupports BLE AudioSupports Snapdragon Sound™Multi-functional NFC
Operating SystemMIUI 13 based on Android 12
Variants8GB+256GB12GB+256GB12GB+512GB
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