The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the brand's first phone to use Leica cameras, and here are our initial thoughts on the top smartphone.
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The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a significant addition to the company's smartphone lineup. It is the result of the brand's cooperation with iconic camera manufacturer Leica, which began a few years ago. Xiaomi has made great efforts to advance its camera technology ever since the release of the Mi 5 in 2016.Xiaomi's previous flagships, such as the Mi 10, Mi 11 Ultra, and Xiaomi 12 Pro, have only demonstrated the company's ability to produce great camera phones. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the company's attempt to produce something unique in smartphone photography.
I just spent some time using the Xiaomi 12S Ultra in Pondicherry. You should be aware that, at least for the time being, Xiaomi has no intentions to import this specific phone to India before I discuss my initial thoughts. However, a Xiaomi x Leica phone is coming soon, and I can let you know what to anticipate from this collaboration.
1. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra features a Leica camera system.
The big, spherical camera module on the back of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the most noticeable part of its design. Since the camera system on a phone identifies it, that is what Xiaomi is trying to emphasise here.
It has a 50MP 1-inch big main sensor with OIS and an 8P lens, as well as a 48MP 128-degree ultra-wide lens and a 48MP telephoto lens with up to 120x digital zoom. For uniformity, the brand believed it was critical to have uniformly good sensors on the back.
On a hardware level, the Leica collaboration enables Xiaomi to employ a professional lens and high-quality materials like as a refractive coating to provide clearer images with superior light and shadow management. On the software side, you get some exclusive Leica settings like Leica Vivid and Leica Natural, as well as the ability to quickly switch between 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm lens lengths.
Of course, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra's camera app has a tonne of additional settings that we will examine in our comprehensive camera review, but Xiaomi wants to draw attention to the ones that are tailored specifically to the Leica camera system. To put it simply, the cameras are meant to dazzle. Below are some Pondicherry photos captured using the Xiaomi 12S Ultra's Leica cameras. We'll leave it to you to decide.
Aside from the Leica cameras, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a true premium phone. The phone has a quality silicone leather-like back panel that is available in two colours: Verdant Green and Classic Black. The front panel features a 6.73-inch WQHD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro,Dolby Vision compatibility, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is powered by the most recent Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU and has a brand-new 3D cooling system to keep things cool. During my brief use of the phone, it seemed smooth and quick.
In our entire review, we'll learn more about the phone's performance and thermal efficiency.
Under the hood, there is a 4,860mAh battery that can be charged at 67W through wire, 50W wirelessly, and 10W via reverse wirelessly. A 67W charger is included in the box. Other features include IP69 dust and water resistance, two speakers with Harman/Kardon sound, NFC, IR remote control, and an X-axis linear motor.
When Xiaomi introduced the 12S Ultra in China, we figured we'd acquire a device to try out, and we weren't wrong. While the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will not be available in India, it does provide a glimpse into how cameras on future Xiaomi flagships will function. We anticipate that the firm will outperform the competition by using the Leica collaboration, as we have seen Vivo and OnePlus accomplish for several years.
To summarise, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the greatest camera smartphone that Xiaomi has produced. Nonetheless, it is unfortunate that it will not be available in India; however, we must understand the company's strengths, and as of now, it does not fall into the ultra-premium smartphone category. The successor to the Xiaomi 12 Pro is expected to be India's first Leica-branded phone next year.
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