Best of Xiaomi 12S series: Xiaomi 12S Ultra is finally released!

Xiaomi 12S Ultra was launched today on Xiaomi event, July 4. Xiaomi’s top tier flagships has exclusive features on camera and performance. Here’s everything about Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra support Dolby Atmos.

MIUI 13 is the operating system, running on top of Android 12 out of the box. Xiaomi 12S Ultra has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and weighs 225g. It features a leather-like rear surface and is available in Classic Black and Verdant Green.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Display

Display of Xiaomi 12S Ultra is same as Xiaomi 12S Pro. Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature a 6.73” AMOLED color display with E5 luminescent material that deliver a professional level of detail, brightness and color performance, in addition to a peak brightness of 1500 nits, 2K resolution, P3 color gamut, and 1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro. Xiaomi 12S is slightly more compact at just 6.28”, and also supports P3 color gamut display, HDR10+, and 120Hz AdaptiveSync.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra display specifications

  • 120 Hz
  • 6.73″
  • 2K resolution with 522 ppi pixel density
  • HDR10+, Dolby Vision
  • 1000 nits screen brightness, 1500 nits (peak)

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Battery

Xiaomi 12S Ultra features a 4860 mAh of capacity on its battery. It uses Surge G1 and Surge P1 chip to avoid battery wear happening in a short period. Xiaomi 12S Pro offers 120W charging but sadly 12S Ultra can be charged at 67W maximum.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra battery specifications

  • 67W fast charging (50% full in 15 minutes)
  • 50W fast wireless charging (40% full in 15 minutes
  • 10W reverse wireless charging

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Camera

Xiaomi and Leica worked together on Xiaomi 12S series all the models have color tuning made by Leica. 12S Ultra featuring a 1″ sensor created by Sony. Leica brought 2 different modes called as “Leica Authentic” and “Leica Vibrant”.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra camera specifications

  • IMX 989 50 MP 1″ main camera
  • IMX 586 48 MP 1/2″ ultra wide angle camera
  • IMX 586 48 MP 1/2″ telephoto camera

Xiaomi announced “HyperOIS” to avoid the shakings in videos and photos. It’s an advanced OIS. We’ll see how it will perform in the videos.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra can shoot in Dolby Vision. It can take 10 bit RAW images and 8K videos. Xiaomi stated that they worked together with Adobe to optimize RAW images.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android phone to offer Dolby Vision HDR recording on video side. Both in 4K and FullHD, the 10-bit H265 videos are recorded in HLG using the Rec.2020 color space. In comparison to 1080p, which offers 60 FPS at 55Mbps and 30 FPS at 35Mbps, 4K offers 30 FPS and 60 FPS at up to 80Mbps.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Performance

Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses custom liquid cooling solution developed by Xiaomi. Read the related article here. It’s equipped with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 with FBO technology. Read this article to learn about FBO.

All the Xiaomi 12S series will be featured with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. In the even Xiaomi made some comparisons and presentations to explain sustainability of performance in Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

Xiaomi kept both phones running WeChat app for 1 hour in a room with 25 degrees temperature. Xiaomi 12S Ultra got heated to 29.5 degrees and iPhone 13 Pro Max did to 31.2 degrees.

And in this one, the test is conducted in a temperature of 35 degrees enviroment.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra Price and Storage options

Xiaomi 12S Ultra comes in 3 different storage and RAM combinations.

8/256 – 5999 CNY – 900 USD

12/256 – 6499 CNY – 970 USD

12/512 – 6999 CNY – 1045 USD

Xiaomi 12S Technical Specs



163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06mm


IP68 dust and water resistance

Leather-like rear

Classic Black, Verdant Green

Imaging System Leica Summicron 1:1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH. camera system

Ultra-wide angle: 13mm f/2.2

1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)

48MP Quad-Bayer pixel array

Pixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel

Dual-PD Auto-focus

Supports macro mode


Wide angle: 23mm f/1.9 8P Aspheric Lens

1″ sensor (SONY’s IMX989)

50.3MP Quad-Bayer pixel array

Pixel Binning: 12.5MP, 3.2µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel

Octa-PD Auto-focus

Lens edge ink coating

Multi-layer ALD ultra-low reflectance coating


Telephoto: 120mm f/4.1 Periscope

1/2″ sensor (SONY’s IMX586)

48MP Quad-Bayer pixel array

Pixel Binning: 12MP, 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel

Dual-PD Auto-focus

Two photographic styles: Leica Authentic Look, Leica Vibrant Look

Leica filters: Leica Vivid, Leica Natural, Leica BW Natural, Leica BW High Contrast

Master-lens System



Front camera: 32MP RGBW Image Sensor

Image Format JPEG / HEIF

4096 x 3072 (default)

8192 x 6144 (50MP mode)

8-bit sRGB



4096 x 3072

10-bit Adobe RGB

Adobe Camera RAW

Video Format Default (H.264 / H.265)

7680 x 4320 24FPS

3840 x 2160 60FPS

3840 x 2160 30FPS

1920 x 1080 60FPS

1920 x 1080 30FPS

1280 x 720p 30FPS


Dolby Vision (10-bit Rec.2020 HLG H.265)

3840 x 2160 60FPS 80Mbps VBR

3840 x 2160 30FPS 80Mbps VBR

1920 x 1080 60FPS 55Mbps VBR

1920 x 1080 30FPS 35Mbps VBR


Slow Motion (H.264 / H.265)

1920 x 1080 480FPS

1920 x 1080 240FPS

1920 x 1080 120FPS

1280 x 720 3840FPS (95ms capture speed, supports motion detection, upscale to output 12s slow-mo video)

1280 x 720 960FPS (max. 30s capture)

1280 x 720 480FPS

1280 x 720 240FPS

1280 x 720 120FPS

Performance Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform

All-new 3D cooling system

8GB / 12GB LPDDR5 (6400Mbps)

256GB / 512GB UFS 3.1

FBO storage refresh

Charging System Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System

Xiaomi Surge G1 Battery Management Chip

Xiaomi Surge P1 Charging Chip

4,860mAh (typical)

67W wired turbo charging

50W wireless turbo charging

10W reverse wireless charging

Display 6.73″ Dolby Vision® TrueColor Display

Samsung AMOLED LTPO, E5 material

3,200 x 1,440, 522ppi

1,500nits peak brightness, HBM 1,000nits (typ)

360° ambient light sensor

1-120Hz AdaptiveSync Pro

Native 10-bit color depth, P3 color gamut

Supports Dolby Vision®, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG

Audio Symmetrical Stereo Speakers

SOUND BY Harman Kardon

Support Dolby Atmos®

X-axis linear motor

Connectivity Dual 5G

Release 16

4×4 MIMO

Wi-Fi 6


160MHz Channel

2×2 MIMO

Supports 8×8 Sounding MU-MIMO

Bluetooth 5.2

Supports AAC / LDAC / LHDC / aptX Adaptive

Supports BLE Audio

Supports Snapdragon Sound™

Multi-functional NFC

Operating System MIUI 13 based on Android 12
Variants 8GB+256GB



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