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Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the latest super-flagship Android smartphone to feature on the JerryRigEverything bend-test video series

The 12S Ultra on a YouTube rite of passage. (Source: JerryRigEverything)
The 12S Ultra on a YouTube rite of passage. (Source: JerryRigEverything)
The 12S Ultra is one of Xiaomi's most distinctive Android flagships to date, not the least because of its new 1-inch main camera sensor. Now, JerryRigEverything host Zach Nelson has put the extra-premium device through the classic battery of YouTube durability tests. Could the new Ultra's design make it more likely to snap in half?

Xiaomi has demonstrably put a lot of time (and money) to equip the new 12S Ultra with an updated, circular monolithic camera hump to protect the smartphone's new Sony IMX989 sensor, among others. However, as Zach Nelson has discovered, it seems one of its functions is to make the scratch-test portion of the latest JerryRigEverything durability video more difficult and inconvenient than normal.

The YouTuber initially predicted that its new rear camera hump might provide a point of weakness, as did that of the OnePlus 10 Pro in similar circumstances. Nelson also predicted that some 12S Ultra owners might face the prospect of this round window acquiring a crack or two over time, although the vlogger neglected to turn the Mohs picks on it, as with its Gorilla Glass Victus-covered display.

Otherwise, the vlogger observed that, despite the 12S flagship's beyond-premium appeal, (what with the new silicone-leather back that, as it turns out, a user should really keep away from the razor blades) the top edge of its Harmon Kardon-branded frame is plastic.

Then again, this is probably in place to ensure good connectivity on the 5G/Wi-Fi 6E/Bluetooth 5.2 phablet. On that note, Nelson ultimately found that the 12S Ultra fared no worse or better than any other high-end Android device to pass all the tests in the end - except for a "subluxation of the upper perimeter with a propinquity to the antenna line", also known as a scary popping noise and slight crack about 1/3 of the way down the frame in response to bending forces.

Nevertheless, the 12S Ultra unit remained switched on and fully functional throughout the whole of the video, suggesting it might last the course in terms of day-to-day use for most consumers who have the chance to buy the Mi 11 Ultra successor.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-07-24 (Update: 2022-07-24)