Xiaomi put a huge camera sensor in its new Mi 12S Ultra flagship smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra Flagship Smartphone Has Huge Camera Sensor

Three new smartphones from Xiaomi are being shown today, one of which has a fairly significant new feature for a phone: a 1-inch digital camera sensor.

The Mi 12S Ultra, Xiaomi's newest flagship device, is large in every way. It has a 6.73-inch OLED display, the finest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 system on a chip, and a bulge on the back that resembles a digital camera lens and occupies about a third of the phone's back.

The telecellsmartphone's three cameras are housed inside that fake lens: a 48 megapixel ultrawide, a 48 megapixel telephoto with 5x optical zoom (and "120x" virtual zoom to maybe no longer seem very good), and finally, the 50-megapixel primary digital camera, which uses the 1-inch sensor.

It hasn't been trendy, but a few unique companies have installed 1-inch sensors in their phones in the past. You're much more likely to find 1-inch sensors in higher-end point-and-shoot cameras like Sony's RX100 series. The extended length enables the sensor to gather more light and capture more precise images. It won't turn a telecell smartphone into a DSLR, but it can be an improvement above the typical phone camera. According to DPReview, the iPhone thirteen Pro has a sensor length of 1/1.65 inches. (However, as a point of comparison, the actual length of a sensor's image zone is shorter than its stated dimension.)

Xiaomi claims that the digital camera on the telecell smartphone was "co-engineered with Leica," and the company told Engadget that it split the cost of developing the 1-inch image sensor with Sony. Sony actually released a 1-inch telecell smartphone late last year, but it only used a portion of the sensor, whereas Xiaomi's telecell smartphone is rumoured to use the entire thing.

With the exception of the camera, the Mi 12S Ultra has all the characteristics of a top-tier telecell smartphone. It boasts a large 4,860 mAh battery, 67W stressed quick charging, a 120Hz refresh rate display, IP68 water and dirt protection, and all of these features. The telecell smartphone is also considered the first Android device capable of Dolby Vision HDR photography.

China will be the first to offer the 12S Ultra. A high-end variant with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will sell for RMB 6,999 (about $1,050 USD), while a version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will advertise for RMB 5,999 (about $900 USD).

Xiaomi is also releasing two lower-end variants in addition to the 12S Ultra: the 12S and 12S Pro. These phones have a top digital camera sensor smaller than the Ultra but larger than the typical phone sensor, measuring 1/1.28 inches in length. While the 12S Pro, like the Ultra, has a 6.73-inch 120Hz OLED display, the 12S has a smaller 6.28-inch 120Hz display. Both receive the identical Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor. The starting price for the 12S is RMB 3,999 ($600 USD), while the starting price for the 12S Pro is RMB 4,699 ($700 USD).