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Xiaomi 12 Ultra to launch with a 3D ToF camera and Surge C2 ISP

The Mi 11 Ultra's successor could benefit from a 3F ToF camera and Surge C2 image signal processor. (Image source: Xingye Jiang)
The Mi 11 Ultra's successor could benefit from a 3F ToF camera and Surge C2 image signal processor. (Image source: Xingye Jiang)
According to reports, Xiaomi is considering introducing two innovations with the upcoming Xiaomi 12 Ultra. Supposedly, the company has already added references for a 3D ToF camera and a Surge C2 ISP, both aimed at improving image quality on its next flagship smartphone.

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.

(Image source: Xiaomiui)
(Image source: Xiaomiui)
(Image source: Xiaomiui)
(Image source: Xiaomiui)

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Xiaomiui (1) (2), Xingye Jiang - Image credit

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Alex Alderson, 2022-05-12 (Update: 2022-05-12)