Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro, and Xiaomi 12S Ultra are unveiled with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipsets, Leica cameras

4 July 2022, 07:28:28

Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro, and Xiaomi 12S Ultra are unveiled with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipsets, Leica camerasAt a length conference in China, Xiaomi presented the Xiaomi 12S series. This is the first technology upgrade conference for a Xiaomi smartphone. It started with a detailed overview of the first technology upgrade - the cameras. Xiaomi has combined efforts with Leica specialists to offer unprecedented experience in shooting photos and videos with the Xiaomi 12S series. The second technological upgrade is moving to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. The upgrade is not only in offering a higher CPU clock rate but also better thermal management. The 12S models have an ANTuTu score of more than 1 million points. A third technological upgrade is about the battery. It is not only about battery capacity but also thermal management during heavy load times and battery charging. In many case scenarios, the Xiaomi 12S models prevail over the competition in terms of battery temperature management. Another upgrade is experienced through the design and the end product is compact, stylish, and comfortable to hold with one hand.

The Xiaomi 12S has a 6.28-inch AMOLED LTPO display and is only 69.9 mm wide. The device has a 10384 sq.mm. cooling system, of which 2600 sq.mm. are for the vapor chamber. The camera department of this model comprises a 50MP Sony IMX707 main shooter with a 1/1.28" optical format and 1.22 micron-pixel size which increases to 2.44-micron pixels with 4-in-1 pixel binning. The main camera is aided by PDAF and 4-axis OIS. It is adjoined by a 5MP tele-macro lens with a 3-7 cm focal distance and by a 13MP ultra-wide lens with a 123-degree FoV, 5-element lens, and an f/2.4 aperture.

The Xiaomi 12S Pro has a 2K AMOLED LTPO 2.0 display with VRR from 1 Hz to 120Hz. The device has a 10800 sq.mm. cooling system, of which 2900 sq.mm. are for the vapor chamber. The camera department of this model comprises a 50MP Sony IMX707 main shooter with a 1/1.28" optical format and 1.22 micron-pixel size which increases to 2.44-micron pixels with 4-in-1 pixel binning. The main camera is aided by PDAF and 4-axis OIS. It is adjoined by a 50MP periscope telephoto lens with a 50 mm focal length equivalent. The third rear shooter is a 50MP ultra-wide unit. Power is supplied by a 4600 mAh battery with 120W fast charging support, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses an aluminium unibody frame, a 23K gold circle frame for the camera module, and faux-leather texture on the back for a premium feel. Moreover, the device is resistant to water splashes, dust, and dirt. The main camera takes up the center of the module and the bigger circle around it houses the adjoining shooters and LED flash. The body is available in black and verdant green colors. The front is adorned with the same 2K 6.73" AMOLED display found on the Pro version with HDR10+, Dolby VIsion certification, 1500 nits of peak brightness, LTPO 2.0 backplane, 1-120Hz VRR, 10-bit gray depth. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset is aided by an all-new 3D cooling system that offers 100% improvement over VC cooling. The battery has a 4860 mAh capacity. It is aided by a Xiaomi Surge P1 and a Xiaomi Surge G1 charging chip - a technology used in EVs applied to smartphones. This is a silicon-oxide anode technology of the battery allowed for a larger battery capacity, while retaining a body that's thin enough. It supports 67W fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses the 1-inch Sony IMX989 image sensor with 1.6 micron pixels. This size increases to 3.2 micron pixels after 4-in-1 pixel binning. It uses Leica's Summicron lens system and an 8-element lens with an element that enguls UV light. For each element, there's anti-glare coating. Moreover, the other two cameras also use the IMX989 sensor - the ultra-wide and the periscope telescope cameras. Various high-end functionalities are available including HyperOIS, Adobe Lightroom calibration, 8K video recording, Dolby Vision (HDR) video recording, etc.

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