Xiaomi 12S Ultra will have 1-inch Sony IMX989 camera sensor
Xiaomi will introduce the 12S series on July 4, and today it confirmed the trio of phones that will appear. We expect a small vanilla Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro flagship and a Xiaomi 12S Ultra camera beast.
The company revealed the latter will have a completely new 1” camera sensor by Sony, called IMX989. However, rumors are the global market is not going to see them as Xiaomi intends to make the 12S lineup exclusive to China.
Xiaomi advertised the new IMX989 to be 1” from one corner to another but this is misleading information – it is a 1-inch type, similar to the Xperia Pro-I camera sensor. An actual platform with a diagonal of 1 inch/2.54 cm would require a tremendous amount of lenses, making the phone thicker than any other competitor.
Of course, Xiaomi might decide to go that way in the end. The Mi 11 Ultra is also heavy and anything but thin in the camera area. We’ll know for sure once the device is next week.
Xiaomi 12S trio
In the meantime, specs of the vanilla Xiaomi 12S suggest a small 6.28” AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It will have two RAM and two storage options – 8/12 GB and 128/256 GB, respectively. The rear camera ensemble will be 50 MP main + 13 MP ultra-wide-angle + 5 MP macro, while the front-facing shooter is said to be 32 MP.
All these specs seem the same as the Xiaomi 12 – the difference will be the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset while the cameras will receive the Leica treatment.
Xiaomi 12S Pro leaked image
Xiaomi set up a landing page on JD.com, a popular Chinese retailer, for the trio of smartphones. At the time of writing this article, each 12S smartphone has over 200,000 reservations, which are a testament for the massive interest from potential customers.