If the beginning of 2022 marked for Xiaomi the advent of the top range of the 12 series, Including the 12X, the second part of the year is dedicated to big shots, including Xiaomi 12S Ultra (initially known as 12 Ultra). The super flagship par excellence has been configured on the market with high-level technical specifications, a partnership that is not bad at the camera level and many other qualities, with the price framed by the features.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Leica Imaging: all the news of the super top range for multimedia
Design and display
The name of the device has changed compared to the first leaks: from 12 Ultra we went to Xiaomi 12S Ultra Leica Imaging, as previously and officially confirmed by the same company. So what does the new top of the range look like in terms of design? The form factor gives us a smartphone that remembers in an important way a camera produced by Leica, that is, with a plate that acts as a camera bumper placed at the top to cover the whole area, which houses a porthole which contains the style sensors Honor Magic 4 Pro, albeit with different deployment.
In addition, thanks to the collaboration with Leica, finds the wording of the German optical house, as well as the younger brothers 12S e 12SPro. Excellent choice of materials too, since we have for the first time a silicone imitation leather, the same one used for airplane seats and yachts. Without forgetting, finally, the IP68 certification in terms of waterproofing.
And for the screen? We have a display AMOLED E5 with technology LTPO 2.0: it is a panel of 6.73" with resolution 2K+, dynamic refresh rate a 120 Hz, touch sampling a 240 Hz and color depth a 10 bit. There is also a fingerprint reader ad ultrasound, positioned under the screen, which greatly speeds up the release of the same.
Features and technical specifications
The 12S Ultra hardware description inevitably starts from presence the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, Qualcomm's latest champion in terms of SoC, which with its peculiarities aims to lower consumption and bring out performance. As for the memory cuts, we therefore have RAM from 8 / 12 GB and, above all, storage 256 / 512 GB, which therefore satisfies every user need and in addition, makes the price of the smartphone itself more balanced.
On the battery side we find a surprise on the "downside". In fact, although a refill at 120W, Xiaomi 12S Ultra you find a recharge yourself "alone" 67W, but with one wireless charging from 50W and reverse charging 10W. The battery capacity is then from 4.860 mAh. With regard to battery and recharge then, Xiaomi has integrated two proprietary chips into the 12S Ultra, that is Surge P1 e Surge G1, where the first manages charging performance, while the other optimizes consumption.
It then continues with a Dual Speaker Harman / Kardon configuration supported by Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res certifications, Dual-Frequency GPS, Wi-Fi 6+, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC. On the software side, the inevitable presence of Android 12, in the form of MIUI 13.
The most interesting sector or at least the one with the most attention paid by Xiaomi, is undoubtedly that of the camera. The 12S Ultra, after many rumors, it is officially the first smartphone of the company optimized through the partnership with Leica. This collaboration is a lot much deeper compared to what seen with Huawei, given that the German company intervenes in a clear way in the creation of the sector, with optimized filters, that is Leica Authentic Look e Vibrant Look, as well as the Summicron certification and much more.
Moving on to mere sensor technology, we should have a respectable quartet. It starts from the main sensor, from 50.3 MP, the first Sony IMX989 on the market, the first especially from 1 ″, so really huge. Next, there are two sensors from 48 MP, one ultra-wide angle and another a periscope with Optical Zoom 5x e 120x Digital Zoom, both Sony IMX586. For the first time, we also have optical stabilization HyperOIS, which guarantees a 12S Ultra to be the first Android with Dolby Vision HDR in the videos. The selfie camera is finally a sensor from 32 MP OmniVision OV32C.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra - price and availability
Xiaomi 12S Ultra arrives on the Chinese market in three configurations, in colors Classic Black e Fir green (fir green): 8 / 256 GB about € 858 (5.999 yuan), 12 / 256 GB about €929 (6.499 yuan) e 12 / 512 GB for about € 1.046 (6.999 yuan). The configured prices are certainly to be included in the high quality technical data sheet, but still remain optimized for what is the history of the Ultra series, which has always been quite expensive. We do not know now if we will find a Global version of this smartphone, but it would be perfectly capable of competing with the giants of OPPO and vivo in multimedia terms.Currently this product is not yet available for sale online in the most popular stores and in Italy. As soon as it is, you will find it on GizDeals at the best price, so subscribe to our Telegram channel, which you can see below with the latest offers, and on the page Facebook for all offers at the lowest price!