Earlier this month, the Xiaomi 12S series was officially unveiled in China. The latest mobile phone series includes the regular Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro, and the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. This Xiaomi flagship smartphone series launched with the Mi Smart Band 7 Pro. All three Xiaomi handsets are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. Remember, this Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor was launched in May.
Furthermore, these smartphones also come with Leica optics. These are the first set of flagship smartphones to launch after the Xiaomi Leica partnership. Besides these three smartphones under Xiaomi 12S series, the Chinese smartphone makers also launched the Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition. This variant of Xiaomi 12 Pro comes with a MediaTek Dimensity chipset. On the other hand, the Mi Smart Band 7 Pro is a new fitness-tracking smart band. This fitness tracker comes with an always-on display and carries GPS support.
Xiaomi 12S Price details
China’s all-new Xiaomi 12S price starts at CNY 3999, roughly Rs 47100 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. Another variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at CNY 4299, roughly Rs 50700. The 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the regular 12S is priced at CNY4699, roughly Rs 55400.
While the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 512GB of onboard storage comes with a price tag of CNY 5199, roughly Rs 61300. As for the availability goes, the regular variant is already available for sale in the home country. The details about its global pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
Xiaomi 12S Pro price details
Similarly, the Xiaomi 12S Pro starts at CNY 4699, roughly Rs 55400 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. Another variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage is available for CNY 4999, roughly Rs 58900. Additionally, the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of Xiaomi 12S Pro is priced at CNY 5399, roughly Rs 63700. Also Read – Upcoming Xiaomi smartphones in India with MediaTek Chipset.
The top-end variant of Xiaomi 12S Pro is priced at CNY 5899, roughly Rs 69500. As for the availability goes, the Pro variant is already available for sale in the home country. The details about its global pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra price details
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the flagship-grade smartphone under the Xiaomi 12S series. The Ultra variant starts at CNY 5999, roughly Rs 70700 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage. The smartphone also has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage configuration, priced at CNY 6499, roughly Rs 76600.
The top-end variant of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone comes with a price tag of CNY 6999, roughly Rs 82500 for the 12GB RAM and 512GB of onboard storage. As for the availability goes, the Ultra variant is already available for sale in the home country. The details about its global pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition price details
In addition to Xiaomi 12S series, the Chinese smartphone makers also launched the Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition. This Xiaomi 12 series smartphone comes with a starting price of CNY 3999, roughly Rs 47100 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration. As for availability, the Dimensity edition variant is already available for sale in the home country. Meanwhile, the details about its global pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 Pro price details
The all-new Mi Smart Band 7 Pro price is CNY 399, roughly Rs 4700. The latest fitness tracker is available for sale in China. As a part of the introductory offer, this Mi Smart Band 7 Pro is available at a discounted price of CNY 379, roughly Rs 4500. The details about its international availability and its pricing remain unknown. Also Read – Xiaomi MediaTek phone/ phones to be launched in India
Xiaomi 12S specifications
The Xiaomi 12S is the regular variant under the Xiaomi 12S series. It runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 12. Furthermore, it sports a 6.28-inch Full-HD+ display. This display has a screen resolution of 1080*2400 pixels with up to 120Hz refresh rate and up to 240Hz touch sampling rate.
Additionally, this display also gets a DCI-P3 colour gamut. Xiaomi claims this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 1100 nits. Furthermore, the regular variant also has Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support. The Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protect the screen on the regular 12S. Also Read – Xiaomi Pad 5 price in India
The regular Xiaomi 12S is powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. This chipset comes in pair with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The smartphone also comes with up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
There is a triple rear camera setup on the Xiaomi 12S smartphone. The 50MP primary camera comes with a Sony IMX707 sensor and an f/1.8 aperture. This primary camera also gets optical image stabilization (OIS). The secondary and third lenses are a dual 13MP ultra-wide shooter and a macro lens. The regular 12S smartphone has a 32MP selfie camera sensor for selfies and video calling with an f/2.4 aperture lens.
Regarding connectivity options, the Xiaomi 12S includes 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, IR blaster, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Similarly, the sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. Also Read – Xiaomi 12T, Xiaomi 12T Pro MediaTek Dimensity phones in India
The Xiaomi 12S packs a 4500mAh battery with 67W fast wired charging support for battery backup. The handset also gets 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging support. The regular 12S comes in glass and leather finish. The Glass variant measures 152.7×69.9×8.16mm and weighs 182 grams. Whereas the Leather variant measures 152.7×69.9×8.66mm and weighs 179 grams.
Xiaomi 12S Pro: Specifications
Alongside the Xiaomi 12S, the Chinese smartphone maker also launched the Xiaomi 12S Pro. The Pro variant is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone running on the latest MIUI 13 with Android 12. It features a 6.73-inch curved AMOLED display. This display comes with a screen resolution of 1440*3200 pixels. Furthermore, it can offer up to a 120Hz refresh rate and gets DCI-P3 colour gamut support. Moreover, the display also gets Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ support. Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protects the screen on the latest Xiaomi 12S Pro.
The Pro variant of the Xiaomi 12S Pro is also powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. This chipset comes in pair with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Furthermore, the smartphone carries up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
In terms of optics, the Xiaomi 12S Pro also gets a triple rear camera setup. The 50MP Sony IMX707 primary sensor comes with an f/1.8 aperture lens. This primary sensor gets Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) support. Additionally, the secondary camera is a 50MP ultra-wide-angle shooter accompanied by another 50MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom support. Xiaomi 12S Pro gets a 32MP selfie shooter at the front with an f/2.4 aperture lens for selfies and video calling.
Connectivity-wise, the Pro variant offers 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, IR blaster, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Similarly, the onboard sensor includes an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. Furthermore, the Xiaomi 12S Pro also gets an in-display fingerprint sensor for device security. Also Read – Xiaomi Mi Band 2, Realme Band Strap in India
The all-new Xiaomi 12S Pro features a 4600mAh battery with 120W fast wired charging support. Additionally, the Pro variant also comes with 50W wireless and 10W reverse wireless charging support. Xiaomi 12S Pro comes in a glass and leather finish. The Glass variant measures 163.6×74.6×8.16mm and weighs 204 grams. Whereas the Leather variant measures 163.6×74.6×8.66mm and 203 grams. Also Read – Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra launch and price in India
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Specifications
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the top-end flagship of the Xiaomi 12S series. Like the other two variants, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone running on Android 12 with MIUI 13 skin. It features a 6.73-inch 2K AMOLED micro-curved display. The display offers a screen resolution of 1440*3200 pixels. It gets up to a 120Hz screen refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate.
The Chinese smartphone maker claims this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 1500 nits. Furthermore, the display also has Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support with a DCI-P3 colour gamut. Additionally, the flagship Xiaomi 12S ultra carries the second-generation LPTO technology to enable an energy-efficient display viewing experience. Also Read – Realme Band 2 fitness tracker strap available here
Besides the top-level display, the 12S Ultra is powered by the flagship grade, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. The chipset will come along with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Furthermore, this Ultra variant carries up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Also Read – How to connect Realme Band 2 to iPhone?
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra features a triple rear camera setup like the other two. The 50MP primary camera is a 1-inch Sony IMX989 image sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. Furthermore, the primary camera also gets optical image stabilization (OIS) support. The camera setup also includes a 48MP secondary sensor under a periscope-shaped lens. Additionally, the third camera is a 48MP ultra-wide shooter.
Regarding other camera-related features, the rear camera setup also carries a laser autofocus sensor paired with an LED flash module. The Ultra variant also comes with a 32MP selfie camera sensor at the front for taking selfies and video calling.
The connectivity options on the latest Xiaomi 12S Ultra include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, Infrared (IR) blaster, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Similarly, for sensors on board, the handset comes with an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. For device security, the Ultra phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor that doubles as a heart-rate sensor.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra packs in a 4860mAh battery that comes with 67W fast wired charging support. Additionally, it also sports 50W fast wireless charging. The phone offers 10W reverse wireless charging. Additionally, it also comes with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Besides, the smartphone measures 163.17×74.97×9.06mm and weighs 225 grams.
Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition Specifications
The recently launched Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition is almost similar to Xiaomi 12 Pro in design and specifications. The significant difference comes in terms of the processor. An octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ SoC powers this Dimensity Edition smartphone. The latest processor comes along with Mali-G710 GPU. Furthermore, it packs in 5160mAh battery that comes with a 67W fast wired charging support.
Regarding camera configuration, the Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition features a triple rear camera setup, headlined by a 50MP Sony IMX707 primary sensor. The other two sensors are the 13MP ultra-wide shooter and a 5MP macro shooter.
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 Specifications
The Chinese tech giant also launched the latest fitness tracker, Mi Smart Band 7. This fitness band comes with a 1.64-inch colorful display. This display delivers a 326ppi pixel density. Furthermore, it offers a 70 percent screen-to-body ratio. Additionally, the screen is featured on a metal frame and supports always-on display technology.
In terms of other features, the Mi Smart Band 7 Pro has GPS support for precise location tracking. The fitness tracker gets a 5ATM water-resistance feature. On a single charge, the Mi Smart Band 7 Pro is rated to deliver up to 12 hours of battery life. The band also includes NFC support and has Xiao AI voice assistant. Also Read – Realme Band 2 fitness band specifications and price in India
Xiaomi 12 Ultra: Review
Are you looking for an affordable flagship smartphone in 2022? Guess what? The Chinese smartphone maker has just unveiled the 12S Ultra as the best option for you in Chinese markets. The all-new 12S Ultra comes with some of the best premium features at an affordable price. But we must determine if the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the actual 2022 Ultra phone. Here, we will discuss some of the premium features that make this smartphone a good option to buy. But first, let’s unbox the 12S Ultra phone.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Unboxing
The brand-new Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes in black-themed retail box packaging. The smartphone’s name is available on the top of the box packaging. Underneath the name of the Ultra phone is the Leica branding. Meanwhile, this Ultra variant comes in two distinct color options – Green and Black. The back of the retail box features the flagship smartphone’s key highlights and significant specifications. It also mentions the manufacturing and price details. The unit we got is the Chinese version. Luckily all the Google Play Apps come pre-installed.
On opening the retail box of 12S Ultra, we get a black rectangular section on the top, packing some documentation and paperwork in the SIM tray ejector tool. Furthermore, we also get an excellent quality transparent TPU Case that will protect the Xiaomi 12S Ultra back panel. The TPU case gets a circular cut for the camera module. Also Read – Realme Band 2 fitness band price in India
Below this, we get the flagship Xiaomi 12S Ultra mobile unit. In the bottom section, we get the 67W Xiaomi fast charger and a USB Type-A to Type-C cable. Remember, the Ultra phone also supports 50W fast and 10W reverse wireless charging.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Design, Display, Performance
At the front, the smartphone gets a punch-hole design that accommodates the selfie camera. Furthermore, the display is curved on both sides. While at the back, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone features a big circular camera module. The smartphone is made of glass at the front, which Gorilla Glass Victus protect. The back side is an eco-leather back. The Aluminium frame binds the Ultra phone. Overall, the smartphone is water and dustproof with an IP68 rating. The rear panel gets a matte finish that retains very few fingerprints. Overall, the smartphone is very comfortable to hold for a longer duration.
Physical design Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The latest Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a gorgeous smartphone for the year 2022. It comes with a smooth display and is made up of durable materials. In our opinion, it is one of the best-looking phones of 2022. Besides its design, we are highly impressed with the phone’s performance. As for the Physical design, the smartphone comes with a hole-punch display that accommodates the front selfie camera. The back of the smartphone features a big circular camera module that houses a triple rear camera setup along with an LED flash. Besides the circular module, we can see the Leica branding. The camera module is placed on the smartphone’s bumped curved edges rectangular-shaped pill.
The Aluminium Frame has a Rose Gold trim in the green variant of the flagship 12S Ultra. Compared with Mi 11 Ultra, the 12S Ultra is a lightweight handset. The Physical Design of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is similar to what we have already seen on the Xiaomi 12 Pro. The right edge gets the volume rockers along with the power button. The top edge features IR Blaster. At the same time, the left side is clean. On the bottom edge, we get the Dual SIM Tray slot, a USB Type-C port, a primary microphone, and a speaker grille.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra with AMOLED display
The all-new Xiaomi 12S Ultra sports a 6.73-inch LTPO AMOLED display. This display comes with a screen resolution of 1440*3200 pixels. Furthermore, it sports a 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and much more. The Chinese smartphone makers claim that this display has a peak brightness of up to 1500 nits.
As for our experience, these brightness level reaches in some particular condition. Our unit has a peak brightness of around 650 nits in normal conditions. Furthermore, the display is not only fast and smooth, but it also gets a variable refresh rate between 1Hz to 120Hz. The variable refresh rate will help save the battery life when the phone is idle. Overall, the display is bright and offers vibrant colors. As mentioned above, the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protect it.
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 on Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The latest flagship chipset, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, powers the Ultra phone. The new chipset is built on TSMC’s 4nm fabrication process. This chipset has got four power cores and four efficiency cores. The four Cortex-X2 cores have a top speed of 3.19GHz. Whereas the four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores have a top speed of 1.80GHz.
The latest Snapdragon flagship processor is fast. Additionally, it offers good heat management. In our usage, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra provides optimal performance for an extended period. Furthermore, the smartphone does not get that HOT under heavy use. Even on the performance graph, the performance remains consistent for a very long time.
During the launch event, Xiaomi claims that the CPU performance of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is about 10 percent better than the performance of other smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU. Furthermore, the GPU performance of the 12S Ultra improves by 20 percent, more than the competition. Moreover, in our experience, the smartphone makers have done an excellent job with heat management on the 12S Ultra. In the gaming experience also, we did not notice any frame rate drop. It can play graphic intensive games for a long time.
RAM and Storage options
The all-new Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Sadly, the Ultra phone does not get any space for storage expansion via a microSD card slot. Additionally, there is no place for a 3.5mm headphone jack either.
Triple rear cameras on Xiaomi 12S Ultra Phone
Photography and videography are the most highlighting factors of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Undoubtedly, the flagship 12S Ultra has the best camera configuration on an Android smartphone. This time, the Chinese smartphone brand has partnered with Leica to enhance the photo and video quality experience on the latest flagship 12S Ultra.
As for the camera configuration, the triple rear camera on the Ultra phone includes a 50.3MP primary camera which gets multi-directional PDAF, Laser Autofocus, and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) support. The secondary camera is a 48MP periscope lens with PDAF Autofocus. Additionally, it also gets the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature. Furthermore, we can also do 5x optical zoom with this secondary lens.
The third lens is a 48MP Ultra-wide-angle camera and a TOF camera for the depth sensor. The front gets a 32MP front camera for selfies and video calling. In terms of videography, the front camera can shoot videos at 1080p resolution. The rear camera setup can shoot videos in 8K resolution.
Besides this, the photo and video features available on the Leica lenses are Dual-LED Flash, HDR, Panorama, gyro-EIS, and Dolby Vision HDR 10-bit rec. @ 4K and 1080p resolution. Besides this, the MultiCam mode is one of the most impressive camera features on the Ultra phone. This mode allows users to see six different camera views at once.
Remember, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone is one of the fewest phones to launch with a 1-inch type camera sensor. Furthermore, it is also the first phone to use Sony’s latest IMX989 camera sensor. In our experience, the photo and video quality of the latest 12S Ultra are excellent. Interestingly, even after cropping the image, the picture also retains the quality and details.
The latest Xiaomi 12S Ultra also features a HyperOIS feature. This feature provides excellent stability while shooting videos. This feature lets us click clear and colorful images during night shots. For the camera verdict, we can only say that the 12S Ultra has a complete camera setup for the users.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Software, Battery Life
For the software part, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra boots on MIUI 13 skin based on Android 12 out of the box. The Chinese smartphone makers have promised to offer three years of major software updates and four years of security patches. We can also download and install software from Google Play Store on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra Chinese unit.
Battery Life on Xiaomi 12S Ultra Phone
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone gets its backup from a 4,800mAh battery with 67W wired and wireless fast charge, 50W wireless fast charge, and 10W reverse wireless charge capability. When ultimately charged, the 12S Ultra can last 7 hours in intensive use and 24 hours in light use.
Users can also quickly charge the battery via fast charging. Using the 67W wired quick charge, users can charge the phone from 0% to 50% in approximately 18 minutes and from 0% to 100% in about 40 minutes. Also Read – Apple iPhone 12 with a smaller notch and new sensors.
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Final Verdict
Should you buy Xiaomi 12S Ultra? The Xiaomi 12S Ultra phone has outstanding cameras, a crisp, colorful, and smooth display, excellent performance, high power efficiency, a long battery life, much-charging capabilities, and a stunning design; it is also highly robust and reasonably priced. However, some users may be put off by the rear camera module, the curved display, and the lack of a microSD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone port. The latest Xiaomi12S Ultra will compete against Vivo X80 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro, and more.