Xiaomi Announces Partnership with Leica for Upcoming Smartphones, Could Feature in the Upcoming Xiaomi 12 Ultra

The Xiaomi 12 Ultra could be the first phone to feature Leica imaging technologies in a Xiaomi device. It will launch in July.


Xiaomi has confirmed that it has partnered with German camera maker, Leica for its upcoming smartphone. The upcoming Xiaomi flagship phone, which is likely to be the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will feature the Leica imaging technologies in its camera system.

Xiaomi has also confirmed that the smartphone will launch in July this year. It will launch in China first and then in international markets. The partnership was already in rumours since the previous year and with Xiaomi confirming, it would be exciting to see what this brings for the consumers.

The company took it to social media to announce the partnership. Leijun, Founder and CEO of Xiaomi writesToday, I’m delighted to announce that Xiaomi and leica_camera have developed a global strategic partnership in imagery technology. Combining a photography legend with our innovation, we’re entering a new era in mobile photography. Exciting things to come in July!” The founder of the Chinese tech giant has confirmed that the phone will launch in July 2022.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra Could Launch in July, Expected Specifications

While the company has not confirmed anything about the device and its name, it is likely to be the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. Xiaomi has also confirmed that its upcoming flagship phone will feature Qualcomm’s latest mobile chip, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Previous reports have revealed that the device will feature Sony’s upcoming IMX989 sensor. This high-end sensor could have a 1-inch size and could debut with the Xiaomi 12 Ultra.

The Xiaomi 12 Ultra could sport a large circular camera module housing four sensors on the back. One of the four sensors will include a 50MP sensor. The device is also rumoured to feature a 48MP ultrawide camera and a 48MP telephoto camera sensor with 5x optical zoom. The fourth sensor could offer more zooming capabilities.

This is not the first time Leica has collaborated with a smartphone company. Back in 2016, Huawei partnered with the German camera make company for its smartphone. Now, it is Xiaomi that is collaborating with Leica. Last year, many smartphone companies have been collaborating with camera makers to develop imaging technology for their smartphones. For example, Vivo has Zeiss, Oppo and OnePlus has Hasselblad, and Realme is also said to be in partnership with Kodak.