Xiaomi 12S Ultra Confirmed to Feature Sony’s Massive 1-inch IMX989 Sensor, Launch Set for July 4

In comparison, the Mi 11 Ultra came with a 50MP 1/1.12-inch Samsung GN2 sensor.


Xiaomi has confirmed the launch of the Xiaomi 12S series in China. The new 12S series will be Xiaomi’s new flagship lineup featuring top-of-the-line hardware. Xiaomi is expected to launch three smartphones in the series. These include the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and the top-end 12S Ultra. The new flagship smartphones will debut on July 4.

Reports suggest that the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is actually the 12 Ultra, which was supposed to launch in March. However, the company postponed the launch to offer its high-end flagship with the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. Xiaomi has now also confirmed one highlight spec of the Ultra smartphone.

The 12S Ultra will come with a new Sony IMX989 camera sensor, which is Sony’s largest mobile sensor. It will be a 1-inch sensor, which will be the largest on any Xiaomi smartphone to date. The Mi 11 Ultra came with a 50MP 1/1.12-inch Samsung GN2 sensor. An even-larger sensor should help capture more details, especially in lowlight conditions. Of course, the sensor should provide a high shallow depth-of-field as well.

Xiaomi did not confirm the resolution but the rumour mill claimed that the 12S Ultra will feature a 50MP main camera sensor. The company has confirmed that it has collaborated with Leica for the 12S series. Leica will contribute to tuning the 12S Ultra’s camera setup.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Specifications 

Some details of the top-end Xiaomi smartphone have leaked in the past. According to the leaked details, the 50MP main camera will be accompanied by a 48MP ultrawide camera. Xiaomi will also launch the phone with two periscope camera sensors with different focal lengths. The quad-camera setup sits on a huge camera island on the back. 

The 12S Ultra does not have a secondary display, according to the leaked design renders. At the front, there is a 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a 2K resolution. The device will come with a hole-punch cutout at the top centre and also offer a 120Hz refresh rate support.

As mentioned above, there will be a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC at heart. The device will launch with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of internal storage. Under the hood, the 12S Ultra will pack a 5000 mAh battery. It will support 120W fast charging out of the box.

Alongside the 12S Ultra, the company will launch the vanilla 12S and the 12S Pro in China. The devices might arrive in India later this year.