Xiaomi’s continued push of new and premium-grade Android phones has certainly turned a lot of heads, and continued to build a name for the company on the global smartphone market. As such, its latest 12S Ultra has been the center of attention, prompting a lot of discussion and and debate among online tech communities.
A while back, we mentioned that Xiaomi’s 12S Ultra is expected to come with some rather impressive camera hardware, which includes a Sony IMX sensor, as well as collaborative add-ons to the camera software as a result of its partnership with Leica.
More recently, the company’s official Twitter page has shared the full specs list on the new device, detailing several key hardware components of the high-powered handset. If you’re curious about the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, then we’ve prepared this handly little specs guide for you.
Display and Design
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes with a large 6.73 AMOLED display with WQHD+ resolution, which offers high resolution viewing at 522 ppi, as well as a maximum of 1500 nits of brightness. The display is covered under a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus, which should add some much-needed protection to the screen.
The phone itself is made out of aluminum sides which go all the way around the phone, as well as a back panel made out of what Xiaomi describes as “environmentally-friendly silicone leather,” which is supposedly water and dirt-resistant. The rear panel also houses the main camera module, which we’ll talk about later. It’s definitely an interesting choice of design and material, although we imagine it would be a subjective point of discussion.
The design also features stereo speakers, although the phone lacks a micro-SD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which unfortunately has become the status quo as far as modern smartphones are concerned.
Internal Specs and Software
The new device is the latest addition to Xiaomi’s line-up of high-performance phones, which includes handsets like the POCO F4 GT. Powering the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is Qualcomm’s newest mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The new chipset succeeds the (still fairly new) 8 Gen 1 processor, and it’s interesting to see the latest snapdragon chip inside the new flagship. This is accompanied by up to 512GB of internal storage and up to 12GB of RAM (lower storage variants are available), which is most likely as high-end as a 2022 android phone can get.
Xiaomi also says that the phone comes with an all-new liquid cooling system, which should with heat dissipation during performance-heavy tasks like gaming and whatnot. The phone runs on a 4,860 mAh battery, which comes with support for 67W wired fast-charging, and 50W wireless fast-charging.
The phone will also ship with Android 12 pre-installed, although this will of course come with Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 13, which comes with all the usual slew of Xiaomi-centric apps and software features.
So far, one of the biggest highlights of the phone’s specs sheets its camera hardware. There’s a large camera module on the rear panel which houses a 50.3 MP camera, a 48 MP periscope telephoto lens, and a 48 MP ultrawide sensor, which Xiaomi collectively brands as a “Leica Professional Optical Lens.”
The camera will offer several photographic features, which include Leica “Authentic Look” and “Vibrant Look” modes, HyperOIS, Dolby Vision HDR Recording, as well as built-in AI camera modes. In terms of video capture, the phone will be able to record up to a maximum of 8K video in 24fps, 4K video in 30/60fps, in addition to the usual array of video recording modes.
Price and Regional Availability
Looking at the phone from a pure hardware basis, it would seem that the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will be a very powerful device that will be able to compete with a lot of competing smartphones from big-name brands. It’s expected that the phone might ship with a retail price of $1,199, although interested buyers might have a hard time getting their hands on the device, as it’s currently only available in China. There’s no word if it will come to more regions outside the country, however.
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