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Xiaomi 12S Ultra

Specifications

Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Xiaomi 12S Ultra (12 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
Display
6.73 inch 20:9, 3200 x 1440 pixel 526 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, OLED, Gorilla Glass Victus, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 224 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer,, OTG, Miracast, IR Blaster
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 5G NR: N1 / N3 / N28a / N41 / N78 / N79; 4G: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B26 / 34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 / B42; 3G: 850/1900/2100MHz; 2G: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.1 x 163.2 x 75 ( = 0.36 x 6.43 x 2.95 in)
Battery
4860 mAh, 65 Watt charging, 50 Watt wireless charging, 10W reverse charging
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/1.9, OIS) + 48 MP (f/2.2, wide angle lens) + 48 MP (f/4.1, OIS, periscope-telephoto lens)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix ( f/​2.45, 1080p/​60fps)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, case, EU adapter, USB cable, charger , MIUI 13, 12 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, fanless, waterproof
Weight
225 g ( = 7.94 oz / 0.5 pounds), Power Supply: 182 g ( = 6.42 oz / 0.4 pounds)
Price
1100 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 88.76% - very good
Average of 5 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 90%, features: 63%, display: 94% mobility: 87%, workmanship: 91%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Xiaomi 12S Ultra

88.8% Xiaomi 12S Ultra review: 5G smartphone with huge Leica camera leaves us wondering | Notebookcheck
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.
iPhone 14 Pro Max Impressions + Camera Test vs Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Source: ben's gadget reviews English
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
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a high-specced powerhouse
Source: Htxt Africa English
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
Xiaomi 12S Ultra hands-on preview: Get into the circle!
Source: Phone Arena English
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
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Camera test
Source: DxOMark English
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
Hands on: Xiaomi 12s Ultra review
Source: Techradar English
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
80% Xiaomi 12S Ultra review: The best phone you can't buy
Source: Android Central English
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%
Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra: Camera Walkthrough Review
Source: Yugatech English
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/05/2022
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Quick Review: More Camera than Phone?
Source: Unbox English
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 Overhyped Or Really The Best?
Source: TechTablets English
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
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Field Test: An Occasionally Incredible Camera
Source: The Verge English
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
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Smartphone Review
Source: OI Spice Tech News English
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
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Review: Living up to the Ultra hype
Source: XDA Developers English
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
88% Xiaomi 12S Ultra review
Source: GSM Arena English
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%
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Specifications, Pros and Cons
Source: OI Spice Tech News English
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
Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra Review: New Leica Supports Cameras Lenses
Source: Igeekphone English
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

Foreign Reviews

Was kann die Kamera mit Riesensensor?
Source: Futurezone.at German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2022
Handy mit Giga-Kamera
Source: Heute German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2022
92% Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Source: Chinahandys.net German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/07/2022
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 100% display: 95% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
Xiaomi 12S Ultra im Praxis-Test: Was kann die Leica-Kamera?
Source: Computerbild German DE→EN
Positive: Very fast device; excellent cameras; premium design; solid workmanship; waterproof.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/23/2022
Xiaomi 12S Ultra, ver pero no tocar: el mejor móvil de Xiaomi hasta la fecha no llega a Europa
Source: Zona Movilidad Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Impressive cameras; attractive design; powerful hardware; high performance; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2022
Probamos y echamos el ojo al Xiaomi 12S Ultra: el móvil con cámara compacta pegada a la trasera
Source: El Español Spanish 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
Xiaomi 12S Ultra: características y precio del nuevo monstruo fotográfico de Xiaomi
Source: El Español Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; excellent cameras; quick charging; powerful hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/04/2022
In vacanza con lo Xiaomi 12S Ultra: che smartphone e che foto! Video
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/24/2022
Rating: features: 76%
95% Test Xiaomi 12S Ultra : une démonstration magistrale
Source: Presse Citron French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 95% display: 95%
Trên tay Xiaomi 12S Ultra: giá tới 50 triệu, camera Leica mạ vàng 23K
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
Trên tay Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Thiết kế ấn tượng, hiệu năng mạnh mẽ, viền camera có vàng 23K, nhiếp ảnh cực đỉnh
Source: Viettelstore VN→EN
Positive: Impressive design; powerful hardware; solid workmanship; excellent cameras; big screen; nice display; quick charging.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/13/2022

Comment

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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


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.


6.73":

Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.225 kg:

This weight is typical for smartphones.


Xiaomi:

Xiaomi Tech was founded as a Chinese smartphone producer in 2010 and soon reached high market shares in its home market. Although Xiaomi is not one of the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers worldwide in 2016, it is nevertheless one of the big global players in this market segment.

Since 2015 there are many reviews. The ratings have been above average since 2016.


88.76%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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