Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and 12S Ultra official: the Leica revolution starts

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The official presentation of the new ones arrives Xiaomi 12S, 12SPro e 12S Ultra, putting an end to the doubts around the new top of the range of the Chinese company. For months we had wondered if Xiaomi 12 Ultra would ever see the light, coming to hypothesize one of its own rebirth in the form of a MIX 5 that in reality it really shouldn't come. In the end, after two years of Ultra variants for its annual tops, Xiaomi decided to act differently. And it did so by launching an S series that has never been so stratified: so let's see what the news is, including technical data, price and availability.

Xiaomi officially presents the 12S series, between Pro and Ultra models: here are all the news

Aesthetically speaking, Xiaomi 12S e 12SPro they have the same look introduced with the 12 series, both front and back.

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On the base model there is an AMOLED HDR10 + screen from 6,28 "Full HD + a 120 Hz, while on the Pro one a more advanced LTPO da 6,73 "Quad HD + able to vary dynamically from 1 to 120 Hz. In both cases, we find a protective glass of the type Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and an optical fingerprint sensor in the screen.

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Change the cards on the table with Xiaomi 12S Ultra, with a back that showcases the eye-catching photographic module. Available with a shell in faux leather which brings to mind the DSLR cameras (in two shades Classic Black and Verdant Green) and certification IP68, always integrates a screen LTPO to 120 Hz da 6,73 "Quad HD +.

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One of the main innovations is called Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, an intermediate but important upgrade compared to what was tested with the Snap 8 Gen 1. Especially in the case of Xiaomi, the last SoC caused overheating problems that prompted the company to slow down his smartphones. Thanks to TSMC's 4nm manufacturing process, the new Snap 8+ Gen 1 promises one better energy efficiency, as well as having a CPU that goes up from 3 to 3,2 GHz and an Adreno 730 GPU that goes up from 818 to 900 MHz.

This translates into a performance boost of + 13,7% for the CPU and an energy saving of -33%, while for the GPU a boost of + 11% and a saving of -30%. Obviously, the support for the latest generation memories remains L e UFS 3.1.

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Moving on to the battery compartment, on Xiaomi 12S we have one 4.500 mAh with quick charge a 67W, wireless to 50W and inverse to 10W, while the 4.600 mAh Xiaomi's 12S Pro can boast more powerful wired charging at 120W. It goes even better at Xiaomi 12S Ultra, with a larger one 4.860 mAh with recharging which however drops to 67W. Thanks to the efficiency of the Snap 8+ Gen 1, all three smartphones offer 1,24 days of autonomy according to Xiaomi, compared to about 1 day in the last generation.

Inside Xiaomi 12S Ultra we also find two proprietary chipsets, Surge P1 e Surge G1, in charge of managing and improving recharging and autonomy. Additionally, the 12S Ultra is the first smartphone to use a cooling system 3D inspired by the veins of the leaves, with an improved conductivity of + 100% compared to traditional vapor chambers.

Let's talk now about the elephant in the room. After the collaboration with Huawei, Leica has decided to work alongside Xiaomi to work on its photographic sector. On the two standard models we do not find big news compared to the 12 series: on the back of Xiaomi 12S there is a triple camera from 50 + 13 + 5 MP with OIS, 707 / 1 ″ Sony IMX1.28, wide angle and telemacro, on 12S Pro a 50 + 50 + 50 MP with OIS, Sony IMX707, wide angle and 2x telephoto lens. Xiaomi promises a + 22,7% faster opening of the photo app and a + 20,9% faster burst shot obtaining 30 shots per second.

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The real novelty is represented by Xiaomi 12S Ultra and from his Sony IMX989, that is the first 1 ″ sensor debuting on a mainstream smartphone. It was made in cooperation between Sony and Xiaomi, with a development cost that amounted to 15 million dollars. We therefore have a configuration from 50 + 48 + 48 MP, complete with HyperOIS, 3,2 µm Pixel Binning, 128 ° wide angle e 5x periscopial telephoto lens with OIS that reaches digitally up to 120x. In addition there is also a Flicker sensor and a dToF laser autofocus system, as well as Dolby Vision HDR support for videos and 10bit RAW for professional shots. The punch-hole selfie camera, on the other hand, is a 32 MP, with a multimedia sector that includes stereo speaker Harman Kardon.

Thanks to the collaboration with Leica, then, Xiaomi introduced the le Summicron aspherical lenses 8P. This type of lens allows for a low reflectivity of 0,2% (reducing glare and anomalous artifacts) but at the same time a better light conductivity up to 93%. There are also new features from the software point of view. User can shoot using Leica filters developed ad hoc to return a feeling closer to reality.

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Price and availability

Here are the prices at which Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and 12S Ultra are offered:

  • Xiaomi 12S
    • 8/128 GB - ¥ 3.999 (approx €571)
    • 8/256 GB - ¥ 4.299 (approx €614)
    • 12/256 GB - ¥ 4.699 (approx €671)
    • 12/512 GB - ¥ 5.199 (approx €743)
  • xiaomi 12s pro
    • 8/128 GB - ¥ 4.699 (approx €671)
    • 8/256 GB - ¥ 4.999 (approx €714)
    • 12/256 GB - ¥ 5.399 (approx €771)
    • 12/512 GB - ¥ 5.899 (approx €843)
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra
    • 8/256 GB - ¥ 5.999 (approx €857)
    • 12/256 GB - ¥ 6.499 (approx €929)
    • 12/512 GB - ¥ 6.999 (approx €1.000)

For the moment, all three smartphones have been presented only in China and we do not know if and when they will also be brought to Italy.

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