Xiaomi has officially unveiled the new Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica”, this is the first culmination of the Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology between Xiaomi and Leica. The entire series features different imaging systems jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, containing Leica Summicron lenses, and supports Leica imaging profiles, all of which aim to empower individual creators to express their creativity while retaining the authentic style of Leica imagery.
Authentic Leica imagery, Leica imaging profiles
In this new era of mobile photography, Xiaomi and Leica have jointly created a new standard for smartphone photography. Combining Leica’s in-depth understanding of optics, image processing, image quality, and Xiaomi’s rich experience in smartphone computing photography, the Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” offers unprecedented smartphone image quality and colours that closely adhere to Leica’s signature look and feel.
In order to help push imaging technology to new limits, Xiaomi and Leica have co-developed sophisticated optical lenses. As the top model, Xiaomi 12S Ultra utilizes Leica’s world-class optical design capabilities in its lens system while adhering to their stringent optical quality testing standards and implementing Xiaomi’s expertise in miniaturizing components to ensure ultra-high-resolution, ultra-high light sensitivity, reduced dispersion, and lower flare.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra primary camera adopts an 8P aspheric lens, in order to address common photography issues such as flare, ghosting, and chromatic aberration, the camera module of Xiaomi 12S Ultra also adds anti-glare lens coating, lens edge ink coating, cyclic olefin copolymer material, and infrared light filter with spin coating technology. Together, these features offer a clearer overall picture consistent across the lens.
In addition to the advanced optical design, Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” also utilizes Leica imaging profiles, inheriting Leica’s century-old image aesthetic and reproducing Leica’s tone and aesthetics with the aid of cutting-edge algorithms. For the end-user, this means access to two photographic styles: The “Leica Authentic Look” and the “Leica Vibrant Look”, both offerings enhanced creative freedom for the photographer.
- The “Leica Authentic Look” pursues natural imagery for which Leica is known. By retaining light and shadow contrast, it adds a sense of three-dimensional depth to photos, with the characteristic excellence of Leica’s time-proven light and shadow aesthetics.
- The “Leica Vibrant Look” features input by both Xiaomi and Leica. Combining Xiaomi’s experience in smartphone photography with Leica’s leading aesthetic, photographers can strive to capture the emotion of the moment, symbolizing Leica’s exploration of the smartphone photography space.
Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” brings authentic “Leica Image Look” to a smartphone.
Professional wide-angle camera with a super-large 1“ sensor
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with Sony’s IMX989 1″ sensor, implementing a Quad-Bayer pixel array with individual pixel sizes reaching 1.6μm. After pixel binning, this reaches 3.2μm, reducing noise, extending dynamic range, increasing light captured, and achieving overall better imagery in low-light conditions. This sets a new precedent in smartphone cameras, approaching traditional cameras regarding hardware specifications.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android device to support Dolby Vision HDR video recording and playback. Dolby Vision enhances your videos with vivid colours, a sharper contrast ratio, and richer details, providing you with vibrant and refined image quality. Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses HyperOIS for ultra-stable performance, offering continuous compensation for movement during video recording. HyperOIS utilizes the gap between two frames to drive the OIS motor to its original position, giving each frame a full effective range of stabilization.
Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature Sony’s IMX707 as their primary sensor, which incorporates both a large sensor size and large pixels, at 1/1.28” and 2 and 2.44μm after pixel binning. With the support of Xiaomi AI Image Solution and Xiaomi ProFocus, these sensors achieve fast startup, capture, and continuous capturing. These devices support an industry-leading 30fps ultra-fast burst mode and exceptional low-light photography capabilities. Further, they also implement an All-scene snapshot in their cameras, making it easier to capture the decisive moment.
Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” has also been designed to be more photographer-friendly in post-production. The entire series supports a 10-bit RAW format calibrated by Adobe Labs, with colour correction metadata embedded in the files. When using Adobe Lightroom to open photos shot on Xiaomi 12S Series, Adobe Camera RAW software will automatically optimize photos based on metadata, providing professional photographers with a good starting point for post-production.
One smartphone, two Xiaomi Surge chips
Xiaomi 12S Ultra “co-engineered with Leica” is the first flagship model to be equipped with two proprietary Xiaomi Surge chips, Xiaomi Surge P1 fast-charging chipset and Xiaomi Surge G1 battery management chipset, offering great improvements in battery management and overall user experience.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra supports 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. At the core of the Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System, is a 4,860mAh single-cell silicon-oxygen anode battery and Xiaomi Surge P1 fast-charging chipset, which also supports up to a 16A output current with 96.8% conversion efficiency. Furthermore, the Xiaomi Surge G1 battery management chipset offers a slew of battery management algorithms, embedding self-developed battery management algorithms to protect the working safety of the battery and monitor the discharge load to accurately predict the available battery life of the device. Xiaomi 12S Ultra also supports adaptive charging to prevent the battery from overcharging thereby increasing the number of charge cycles by 25%.
Xiaomi 12S Pro features Xiaomi Surge P1 fast-charging chipset, 120W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and a 4,600mAh single-cell battery, while the Xiaomi 12S offers 67W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and a 4,500mAh battery.
Flagship Performance, Flagship Display
As Xiaomi’s latest flagship, Xiaomi 12S Series “co-engineered with Leica” is powered by the all-new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, built on the TSMC 4nm process. Compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the core area of Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is 21% smaller, with both the CPU and GPU receiving a 10% improvement in performance and a 30% improvement in energy efficiency. This not only significantly reduces the standby power consumption of the Xiaomi 12S Series but also allows for lower heat emission and power consumption under high-load computing scenarios.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with a whole new heat dissipation system, similar to the biological mechanism leaves on a plant may use to absorb water. This three-dimensional cooling pump is ingeniously designed with a series of channels, which use a capillary network to actively pump cooling liquid condensed at the side opposite warm areas, greatly improving efficiency and increasing the thermal conductivity of a single unit by 100%, compared with traditional VC heat dissipation systems.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature a 6.73″ AMOLED colour display with E5 luminescent material that delivers a professional level of detail, brightness and colour performance, in addition to a peak brightness of 1500 nits, 2K resolution, P3 colour gamut, and 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro. Xiaomi 12S is slightly more compact at just 6.28”, and also supports a P3 colour gamut display, HDR10+, and 120Hz AdaptiveSync.
Pricing and availability
Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes in two colours–Classic Black and Verdant Green, with three storage variants:
8GB+256G – priced at RMB 5,999
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 6,499
12GB+512GB – priced at RMB 6,999
Xiaomi 12S Pro comes in four colours–Black, Purple, Green and White, with four storage variants:
8GB+128GB – priced at RMB 4,699
8GB+256G – priced at RMB 4,999
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 5,399
12GB+512GB – priced at RMB 5,899
Xiaomi 12S comes in four colours–Black, Purple, Green and White, with four storage variants:
8GB+128GB – priced at RMB 3,999
8GB+256G – priced at RMB 4,299
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 4,699
12GB+512GB – priced at RMB 5,199.
Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition comes in two colours–Black and Blue, with two storage variants:
8GB+128G – priced at RMB 3,999
12GB+256GB – priced at RMB 4,499
All of these devices will be available for sale via official Xiaomi channels in Mainland China.
Also announced were Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition, Xiaomi Book Pro 16, Xiaomi Book Pro 14, Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro, and Xiaomi Home WiFi.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Quick Specs
|Design||163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06mm
IP68 dust and water resistance
Classic Black, Verdant Green
|Imaging System||Leica Summicron 1:1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH. camera system
Ultra-wide angle: 13mm f/2.2
1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)
48MP Quad-Bayer pixel array
Pixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Supports macro mode
Wide-angle: 23mm f/1.9 8P Aspheric Lens
1″ sensor (SONY’s IMX989)
50.3MP Quad-Bayer pixel array
Pixel Binning: 12.5MP, 3.2µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Lens edge ink coating
Multi-layer ALD ultra-low reflectance coating
Telephoto: 120mm f/4.1 Periscope
1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)
48MP Quad-Bayer pixel array
Pixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
Two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look, Leica Vibrant Look
Leica filters: Leica Vivid, Leica Natural, Leica BW Natural, Leica BW High Contrast
Front camera: 32MP RGBW Image Sensor
|Image Format||JPEG / HEIF
4096 x 3072 (default)
8192 x 6144 (50MP mode)
4096 x 3072
10-bit Adobe RGB
Adobe Camera RAW
|Video Format||Default (H.264 / H.265)
7680 x 4320 24FPS
3840 x 2160 60FPS
3840 x 2160 30FPS
1920 x 1080 60FPS
1920 x 1080 30FPS
1280 x 720p 30FPS
Dolby Vision (10-bit Rec.2020 HLG H.265)
3840 x 2160 60FPS 80Mbps VBR
3840 x 2160 30FPS 80Mbps VBR
1920 x 1080 60FPS 55Mbps VBR
1920 x 1080 30FPS 35Mbps VBR
Slow Motion (H.264 / H.265)
1920 x 1080 480FPS
1920 x 1080 240FPS
1920 x 1080 120FPS
1280 x 720 3840FPS (95ms capture speed, supports motion detection, upscale to output 12s slow-mo video)
1280 x 720 960FPS (max. 30s capture)
1280 x 720 480FPS
1280 x 720 240FPS
1280 x 720 120FPS
|Peformance||Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform
All-new 3D cooling system
8GB / 12GB LPDDR5 (6400Mbps)
256GB / 512GB UFS 3.1
FBO storage refresh
|Charging System||Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System
Xiaomi Surge G1 Battery Management Chip
Xiaomi Surge P1 Charging Chip
67W wired turbo charging
50W wireless turbo charging
10W reverse wireless charging
|Display||6.73″ Dolby Vision® TrueColor Display
Samsung AMOLED LTPO, E5 material
3,200 x 1,440, 522ppi
1,500nits peak brightness, HBM 1,000nits (typ)
360° ambient light sensor
1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro
Native 10-bit colour depth, P3 colour gamut
Supports Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
|Audio||Symmetrical Stereo Speakers
SOUND BY Harman Kardon
Support Dolby Atmos®
X-axis linear motor
Supports 8×8 Sounding MU-MIMO
Supports AAC / LDAC / LHDC / aptX Adaptive
Supports BLE Audio
Supports Snapdragon Sound™
|Operating System||MIUI 13 based on Android 12|
Now the bad news the series will not be coming to the UK.