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Xiaomi 12 tipped to launch with a Samsung ISOCELL GN1 or a Sony IMX700 50 MP camera

The Xiaomi 12 is thought to feature a different 50 MP camera than the Mi 11 Pro, pictured. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi 12 is thought to feature a different 50 MP camera than the Mi 11 Pro, pictured. (Image source: Xiaomi)
According to a new report, the Xiaomi 12 will launch next month with a 50 MP primary camera that also has approximately a 1/1.3-inch optical format. If correct, then it would rule out the Xiaomi 12 from inheriting the ISOCELL GN2 that Xiaomi uses in the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra.

Digital Chat Station has shed more light on the Xiaomi 12, having recently compared the upcoming flagship against the MIX 4. Previously, the leaker claimed that the Xiaomi 12 would feature a 50 MP primary camera, a much lower megapixel sensor than the 108 MP one in the Mi 11. Having a lower megapixel camera could still be an upgrade for the Xiaomi 12 though; the Mi 11's 108 MP sensor did not excel in our tests.

Previously, we speculated that Xiaomi would opt for the ISOCELL GN2 or ISOCELL GN5, with the company already using the former in the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. Samsung unveiled the ISOCELL GN5 in September, so we are yet to know what image quality it offers compared to other ISOCELL GN sensors.

However, Digital Chat Station has implied that the ISOCELL GN5 will not be making its way to the Xiaomi 12. Reputedly, Xiaomi has chosen a 50 MP camera with an optical format much larger than 1/1.5-inches; the GN5 has a 1/1.57-inch optical format. Instead, they assert that the camera's sensor size will be closer to 1/1.3-inches, which also excludes the ISOCELL GN2.

As far as we can tell, a 50 MP and a roughly 1/1.3-inch sensor narrows the potential candidates to two possibilities, the ISOCELL GN1 and the IMX700. The IMX700 measures 1/1.28-inches, for reference, while the ISOCELL GN1 is a 1/1.33-inch sensor.

Xiaomi is expected to reveal the Xiaomi 12 next month in China. The device is also thought to feature 100 W wired charging, along with a large battery, a Snapdragon 898 SoC and a high refresh rate display.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-11-12 (Update: 2021-11-12)