Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix ( f/2.45, 1080p/60fps)
Average of 8 scores (from 35 reviews)
Reviews for the Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Xiaomi launches an impressive flagship camera smartphone in the form of the 12S Ultra. A huge 1-inch sensor is supposed to make the 12S Ultra nothing less than the best smartphone in the field of mobile photography. Read this review to find out whether the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 equipped smartphone succeeds in this regard.
We put the Xiaomi 12S Ultra through our rigorous DXOMARK Selfie test suite to measure its performance in photo and video from an end-user perspective. This article breaks down how the device fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases and is intended to highlight the most important results of our testing with an extract of the captured data.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/08/2023
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s display experience was average for an Ultra-premium device. The display was fine for viewing photos in indoor conditions, with the screen delivering good color rendering. However, outdoors under sunlight, the color rendering was very unnatural. Viewing HDR10 content was somewhat bothersome because of the screen’s inaccurate tone mapping and low brightness. The highlight of the display experience on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra was surfing the web because of its smooth interactions and its 120 Hz refresh rate.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/26/2022
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s DXOMARK Audio score of 129 is average for a device in its class. In Playback, it is most suited for listening to music, achieving slightly lower scores in the gaming and movie use cases. Dynamics could be more accurate but are overall impactful. Good wideness and localizability are accompanied by a nice high-end extension and bass. Sound is pretty much free of artifacts as well. Areas with potential for improvement include an inconsistent timbre, aggressive sound, and sub-optimal tonal balance when gaming, and an inaccurate stereo image. The 12S Ultra does quite well across all use cases as a recording device. Recordings feature great timbre with natural tonal balance, as well as excellent spatial and dynamics rendition. Wind noise reduction does a good job at retaining intelligibility in windy conditions. However, our testers also noted overall too much compression and distortion, and the results of the audio zoom feature are overall underwhelming. Some background rejection is achieved but this is paid for by a loss of bass and low-midrange as well as a decrease in volume consistency.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2022
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the Chinese brand’s latest flagship phone, featuring an impressive spec sheet, which includes a WQHD+ TrueColor display and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 top-end chipset for plenty of processing power. Special emphasis has been put on camera performance and design. The 12S Ultra comes with a leatherette-style material on the back, mimicking the look and feel of a serious camera. The large Leica-badged camera hides a lens array that offers a 50MP 1-inch image sensor in the primary camera, 48MP resolution on the other camera modules, and a long tele lens with 120mm equivalent focal length. Users can also choose between two Leica image presets that offer either a more vibrant or more subdued color response and contrast curve. We put the Xiaomi 12S Ultra through our rigorous DXOMARK Camera test suite to measure its performance in photo, video, and zoom quality from an end-user perspective.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/20/2022
Source: ben's gadget reviews
I have some thoughts on the iPhone 14 Pro Max -- then I snapped some photos with it along with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/16/2022
Source: Htxt Africa
While we normally try not to put too much weight into benchmarking scores, when we are comparing high-end smartphones, it helps to discern which is serving up the best performance on paper. In the case of the 12S Ultra, that performance also translates to the in-hand experience. The only remaining element to consider is cost. This 8GB RAM/256GB storage model is recommended to retail for 6 499 Chinese Yuan (~R16 146). We can only speculate what the local price tag would be, but given the performance on offer, there is certainly room to justify picking one of these up, especially if it’s in line with what we have seen from the likes of Samsung and its premium flagship phones.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/09/2022
Source: Phone Arena
In a smartphone world, populated by glass flagships from brands starting with an A or an S, it’s very refreshing to see a leather-back 1-inch camera phone that’s situated at the end of the alphabet (see what I did there, Xiaomi?). Truth be told, Xiaomi is one of the brands that drive smartphone innovation, no matter what other letters in the alphabet are trying to convince you in. From second screens inside the camera bump to super-fast charging and the latest in smartphone camera technology. The Xiaomi 12S looks and feels like a true flagship, even after the limited time spent with the device. The only real problem here is the global availability of the model, and let’s hope it launches outside China at some point, because competition is always good for everybody.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/09/2022
Our testers did not observe any strong artifacts in the 12S Ultra’s video footage. Overall, it is one of the best devices in this category that we have seen to date. Our testers barely noticed ringing, moiré, and color fringing. Thanks to the fast 60fps frame rate, the judder effect is especially well under control, making for very smooth panning shots.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/30/2022
The Xiaomi 12s Ultra is a showcase piece that highlights just how far Xiaomi has come as a brand and a smartphone maker. Partnerships with Leica and Harmon Kardon, world-first camera tech, and excellent real-world results make the phone a mighty option. While it's no doubt frustrating that it isn't available in the West, it should ensure photography enthusiasts keep Xiaomi firmly in their sights going into 2023.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2022
Source: Android Central
The 12S Ultra comes with meaningful upgrades over its predecessor, including a bold design at the back and a leather finish. The 120Hz AMOLED screen is among the best on Android, the phone is ideally suited for gaming, and the gigantic 1-inch camera at the back takes outstanding photos. Xiaomi's camera efforts have picked up an additional boost thanks to the Leica partnership, and overall, the 12S Ultra offers one of the strongest packages today. That said, the phone is limited to China, and you don't get the Play Store out of the box.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/17/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/05/2022
We really can’t give a fair shake for the Xiaomi 12s Ultra yet since the lendout period for the device was quite short and the fact that our unit featured China ROM but we do like what we’re seeing so far. One of our biggest concerns when it comes to Xiaomi smartphones when we get them in for review is that we know that they tend to compromise on camera performance, which is defintiely not the case here. It looks like they have the final piece of the puzzle sorted out with the Xiaomi 12s Ultra and it’s actually pretty interesting to see how far they can push their mobile photography game now that they have Leica as a powerful ally. The only downside we can see so far is the pricing for this phone isn’t the usual bang-for-your-buck pricing that we usually associate with Xiaomi prodcuts. However, we do understand the reason behind it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2022
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Review and unboxing. An in-depth look at the new Xiaomi-Leica co-engineered flagship with 6.73-inch LTPO2 120hz AMOLED, 4860mAh battery with 67W wired, 50W wireless charging, 1-inch 50MP main camera with 48MP Ultrawide, and 5x optical zoom cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/27/2022
Source: The Verge
Overall, though, I really liked shooting with the 12S Ultra, and I let myself trust it in more situations than I would with another smartphone camera. That might not be totally fair, either. I think knowing that I was working with a bigger sensor convinced me to use it in more ways than I would another phone camera. Even so, it stood up to a lot of these use cases surprisingly well, like taking a photo of my husband tossing our kid in the air or using portrait mode in less than amazing light with a moving subject. I got a lot more keepers than I expected in both of those situations.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/26/2022
Source: OI Spice Tech News
Compare to other flagship phones available in the market, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone does sound like a superb deal. It includes impressive hardware and software combinations with elegant camera quality. The phone is worth your money as you are getting the latest android, powerful chipset, decent display, great battery life, and amazing camera setup. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is an all-rounder phone when in it comes to overall usage. But the same thing can’t be said for the android updates, usually, the company delays for months and if updates are your main priority, then the Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra can consider a wonderful deal that comes with 4 years of software updates and awesome specs.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/23/2022
Source: XDA Developers
In China and Hong Kong, the phone is an absolutely easy recommendation due to it being priced lower than a Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro Max. But those who import will have to pay a markup that brings the prices closer. I can see from Reddit threads and YouTube comments that many enthusiasts are already importing this phone. But for less hardcore readers, they’re better holding off and see if Xiaomi releases this globally.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/16/2022
Source: GSM Arena
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has put us in a weird spot. On the one hand, it's easily one of the best cameraphones, and a lot of our excitement does stem from that main unit that you can't get elsewhere. It's a competent smartphone outside of imaging, too, thanks to a wonderful display, class-leading chipset performance, some of the best speakers in a non-gaming flagship, and good battery life as top-tier handsets go. It doesn't hurt that all of this is packaged in a bold-looking yet stylish body. That said, we found some missteps in the camera system - all of them petty, none of them dealbreakers, and none about the main unit, essentially. And while the whole China-only shadow was always looming over our perception of the phone, the fact that the camera wasn't perfect was enough to downgrade our enthusiasm from 'woohoo, gray-import one and live with the Chinese software' to something more along the lines of 'you know, maybe wait a year'.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/15/2022
Rating: Total score: 88%
Source: OI Spice Tech News
Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone is announced in July 2022 and the phone is expected to arrive at the price of $891 (Rs 70,690 in India) approx. As for the primary specs, let’s start with the display that renders a 6.72-inches LTPO2 AMOLED panel with an impressive 120 Hz refresh rate and 1000-1500 nits brightness. As for the internals, you can expect the Xiaomi 12S Ultra to arrive in multiple variants with 8GB/12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB internal storage. Besides this, the phone runs on the latest Android 12 OS with MIUI 13 user interface. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra smartphone is powered by a 4nm Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and Adreno 730 GPU. As for the camera section, you will get a triple rear camera setup including a 50.3MP primary camera with OIS support, 48MP ultrawide, and a 48MP telephoto lens. With this setup, you can record up to 8K videos at 24fps with gyro-EIS, and Dolby Vision HDR support. For selfies, you have a 32MP front camera on this phone. For the battery section, you will get a Li-Po 4860 mAh battery with 67W fast charging, 50W wireless, and 10W reverse charging support.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/14/2022
After Xiaomi MIX pioneered the era of full screen, Xiaomi 12S Ultra can be said to have once again “exploded”, offering a very luxurious image feast, and it can even be said to be a milestone in the history of mobile phone imaging. In other respects, Samsung E5 LTPO’s 2K primary color screen, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, X-axis linear motor, etc. are all at the top flagship level. If you are a deep lover of mobile phone photography, want to pursue a professional Leica style, and have the ultimate pursuit of mobile phone performance, then this Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra, full of images, performance, and experience, will be your “dream” Central Intelligence Machine”.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/12/2022
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2022
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/07/2022
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 100% display: 95% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
Source: Computerbild DE→EN
Positive: Very fast device; excellent cameras; premium design; solid workmanship; waterproof.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/23/2022
Source: Zona Movilidad ES→EN
Positive: Impressive cameras; attractive design; powerful hardware; high performance; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2022
Source: El Español ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; excellent cameras; premium design; great built quality; decent autonomy; quick charging.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2022
Source: El Español ES→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; excellent cameras; quick charging; powerful hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/04/2022
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 50%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/24/2022
Rating: features: 76%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/10/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
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Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 95% display: 95%
Source: Cell Phones VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; powerful processor; excellent cameras; attractive price.
Hands-On, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2022
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; large battery life; very quick charging; waterproof IP68.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2022
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Positive: Impressive design; powerful hardware; solid workmanship; excellent cameras; big screen; nice display; quick charging.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/13/2022
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Positive: Bright display; fast and wireless charging; nice cameras; premium design; stereo speakers. Negative: Inflexible fingerprint sensor; no memory card slot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/01/2022
Qualcomm Adreno 730: Graphics chip for smartphones and tablets that is integrated within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Qualcomm claims that it is 30% faster than the Adreno 660 in the Snapdragon 888 SoC. For Android it should be one of the fastest graphics cards in late 2021.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
SD 8+ Gen 1: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in late 2021 and manufactured in 4 nm at TSMC. Integrates one “Prime Core” based on a ARM Cortex-X2 architecture clocked at up to 3.2 GHz. Three more performance cores are based on the A710 but clock up to 2.5 GHz. Furthermore, four energy saving cores are integrated that are based on the ARM Cortex-A510 architecture and clock at up to 1.8 GHz. In addition to the processor cores, the SoC integrates a WiFi 6e modem, a Hexagon DSP (for AI acceleration) and a Spectra ISP. The integrated memory controller supports fast LPDDR5 memory with up to 3,200 MHz. 5G is now included in the chip with the Snapdragon X65 modem. Compared to the non plus version, the 8+ Gen 1 offers a 200 MHz higher clocked Prime Core and a 10% higher clocked GPU. Furthermore, it is now produced at TSMC and not Samsung.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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Founded in 2010, Xiaomi Corporation is a Chinese multinational electronics company and produces consumer electronics and related products, including smartphones, televisions, fitness bands, power banks, headphones, smart devices and accessories. Xiaomi offers its products under the Mi, Redmi and POCO brands.
84.23%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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