Xiaomi 12 Ultra: Rear panel leaks with specifications and apparent final camera design
It seems that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra is nearing its release, having been rumoured since last year. As we discussed over the weekend, alleged hands-on pictures of the handset emerged on Chinese social media, as did an apparent protective case designed by a third-party company. Subsequently, an image of the Xiaomi 12 Ultra's back panel has surfaced on Weibo, embedded below.
As far as we can tell, the image below has not been edited or faked in any way. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this is the Xiaomi 12 Ultra's final camera design, despite how authentic the part may look. In saying that, the eight cut-outs in the huge camera housing match those of the leaked protective case mentioned above. Seemingly then, some companies believe that the design shown will be the one that Xiaomi eventually presents as the Xiaomi 12 Ultra.
Additionally, eight cut-outs are not expected to contain eight camera lenses. Instead, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra is rumoured to rely on three rear-facing cameras, including the Sony IMX989 as its primary camera. Moreover, Xiaomi is thought to have complemented the 50 MP primary camera with dual 48 MP ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. Incidentally, Xiaomiui alleges that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will feature a 3D ToF camera as well. Presumably, the other cut-outs will be for more ancillary hardware, such as an LED flash module.
Furthermore, the back panel contains details about the Xiaomi 12 Ultra's camera specifications. If accurate, it would mean that the handset has 120x zoom, inevitably digital, plus cameras that cover a 12-120 mm equivalent focal length range. Purportedly, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will be one of the first smartphones based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, which should debut on May 20.