Earlier than diving into the brand new Xiaomi 12S Collection, let’s briefly talk about the partnership between Xioami and Leica. The ‘Strategic Partnership in Imaging Expertise’ started earlier this yr, and the brand new 12S Collection is the primary product to culminate from the connection. All the collection of smartphones contains imaging methods collectively developed by Xiaomi and Leica, together with Leica Summicron lenses and Leica imaging profiles.
Xiaomi writes, ‘On this new period of cell pictures, Xiaomi and Leica have collectively created a brand new normal for smartphone pictures. Combining Leica’s in-depth understanding of optics, picture processing, picture high quality, and Xiaomi’s wealthy expertise in smartphone computing pictures, Xiaomi 12S Collection ‘co-engineered with Leica’ presents unprecedented smartphone picture high quality, colours that intently adhere to Leica’s signature feel and look.’
The Xiaomi 12S Extremely, the flagship mannequin, makes use of Leica’s optical design in its lens system, together with using an aspheric lens designed to handle flare, ghosting and chromatic aberration. The 12S Extremely additionally incorporates anti-glare lens coating, lens edge ink coating, cyclic olefin copolymer materials, and an infrared mild filter with spin coating expertise. Collectively, Leica says these applied sciences promise a clearer total image.
All fashions within the 12S Collection embrace two Leica imaging profiles, Leica Genuine Look and Leica Vibrant Look. Leica designed the previous possibility so as to add ‘a way of three-dimensional depth’ to pictures, whereas Leica and Xiaomi collectively developed the latter possibility.
We noticed final week that the Xioami 12S Extremely would come with a 1″-type Sony IMX989 picture sensor, and certain sufficient, it does. Now we have since realized it is a 50.3MP picture sensor and it makes use of a Quad-Bayer pixel array design with particular person pixel sizes of 1.6μm. With pixel binning, the pixel dimension can successfully double, thereby lowering noise, bettering dynamic vary and producing higher picture high quality in low-light circumstances.
The sensor contains Twin-PD autofocus and helps macro focus. The sensor is paired with a 23mm F1.9 8P Aspheric lens. The 12S Extremely contains an ultra-wide 13mm F2.2 digicam with a 1/2″ Sony IMX586 sensor (48MP). This sensor additionally presents pixel binning. The third major digicam is a 120mm F4.1 telephoto lens with the identical IMX586 sensor. The telephoto lens contains optical picture stabilization. Rounding out the cameras is a 32MP entrance digicam.
As for video, the 12S Extremely data 4K UHD video at as much as 50 frames per second, together with in its new Dolby Imaginative and prescient (10-bit Rec.2020 HLG H.265) format. You may file FHD slow-motion video at as much as 480 fps. At a diminished 1280 x 720 decision, you may file at as much as 3,840 fps, with the caveat that it is 95ms seize velocity upscaled to output 12s slow-mo video).
The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Professional use the Sony IMX707 picture sensor for his or her primary cameras. The sensor is 1/1.28″ and has a 2.44μm pixel dimension after binning. These smartphones assist 30 fps picture seize as properly.
All three 12S Collection telephones assist 10-bit RAW format seize, which Adobe Labs has calibrated. Colour correction is embedded within the recordsdata, so should you use Adobe Lightroom on the telephone, the software program will carry out automated optimization.
There are another noteworthy options, together with Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR assist on the 12S Extremely, a primary for Xiaomi, two Xioami Surge chips for fast-charging, improved battery algorithms, using the all-new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Cellular Platform, and extra. The smartphones promise a ten% enchancment in efficiency and 30% enchancment in power effectivity. The Xiaomi 12S Extremely additionally features a entire new warmth dissipation system.
The 12S Extremely and 12S Professional use the identical 6.73″ AMOLED show. The display screen has a peak brightness of 1,500 nits, shows the P3 coloration gamut and has a variable fee refresh show from 1-120Hz. The usual 12S makes use of a 6.28″ show that additionally helps P3, HDR10+ and 120Hz refresh.
The Xiaomi 12S begins at 3,999 Chinese language Yuan (round $600). The 12S Professional and 12S Extremely begin at 4699 CNY ($700) and 5999 CNY ($890), respectively. As of now, availability has solely been introduced in China.