Xiaomi 12 Ultra to launch with a 3D ToF camera and Surge C2 ISP
Xiaomiui has discovered hints to the Xiaomi 12 Ultra's camera layout in MIUI code. Rumoured to be a Chinese-exclusive smartphone, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra is expected to launch with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chipset. For reference, Qualcomm is tipped to announce the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus later this month with a node switch from Samsung to TSMC.
As Xiaomiui's screenshot below shows, the website has found code snippets relating to a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) camera, which the Mi 11 Ultra lacks. Theoretically, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra would use a ToF camera to improve bokeh effects or to measure the area, height and width of objects. In short, ToF cameras measure the depth and distance between them and a given object based on the known speed of light.
Xiaomiui adds that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will also feature a 50 MP Leica-tuned primary camera, purportedly the Sony IMX989. Moreover, the handset is believed to contain dual 48 MP periscope and ultra-wide-angle cameras, potentially both with optical image stabilisation (OIS). Incidentally, Xiaomiui has reiterated specifications outlined by @Shadow_Leak, discussed separately.
Furthermore, the website claims that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will debut the Surge C2, Xiaomi's next-generation image signal processor (ISP). Presumably set to compete with the Vivo V1 Plus, the Surge C2 should free the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus from image processing duties, allowing it to focus on CPU and GPU tasks instead. You can read more about the original Surge C1 in our corresponding launch article.