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Xiaomi 12 Ultra to feature Leica-tuned cameras as Xiaomi 12 turns up at Chinese retailer

Leica could have found a new smartphone partner in Xiaomi. (Image source: Digital Chat Station - concept)
Leica could have found a new smartphone partner in Xiaomi. (Image source: Digital Chat Station - concept)
According to reports, Leica will co-engineer Xiaomi's flagship smartphone cameras, starting with the Xiaomi 12 Ultra. Incidentally, a major Chinese retailer listed the Xiaomi 12, which is believed to be arriving in just over a month's time.

Xiaomi is not expected to reveal the 12 Ultra for a while yet, but Digital Chat Station has teased one of the device's features. Supposedly, Xiaomi has partnered with Leica for at least the 12 Ultra, although it remains to be seen if the rest of the 12 series will rely on Leica-tuning, too.

For a long time, Huawei adorned Leica-branding on its smartphones, such as with the P30 Pro. Reputedly, Huawei and Leica's partnership ended with the P50 series, which arrived in July. Two months earlier, Sharp unveiled the Aquos R6, a device with a Leica co-engineered 1-inch camera sensor. Unfortunately, Sharp is unlikely to sell the Aquos R6 outside Japan.

Camera details for the Xiaomi 12 Ultra remain scarce for the time being, but JD.com briefly listed the Xiaomi 12 on its website. Caught by @stufflistings, the listing lacks many concrete details about the Xiaomi 12 that could not already be guessed. For example, JD.com claims that the Xiaomi 12 has a Snapdragon 898 and 12 GB of RAM. However, Qualcomm is rumoured to be launching the flagship SoC as the Snapdragon 8 Gen1, building off its naming scheme for laptop chipsets.

Qualcomm is thought to be unveiling the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 at its next Tech Summit, which begins November 30. By contrast, the Xiaomi 12 is tipped to arrive in China at the end of December, with a global launch sometime in early 2022.

(Image source: JD.com via @stufflistings)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-11-16 (Update: 2021-11-16)