It has confirmed today that three new smartphones will be unveiled as part of the 12S series on July 4. The Xiaomi 12S will be the vanilla phone, the Xiaomi 12S Pro will be the flagship, and Xiaomi 12S Ultra will be the camera beast.
The company said the latter will feature Sony’s new IMX989 1″ camera sensor. Rumours indicate that the 12S lineup will not be available in the global market as Xiaomi plans to keep it exclusive to China.
It was reported by Xiaomi that its IMX989 camera sensor would be 1 inch across from corner to corner; however, this is inaccurate information – in fact, it is a 1-inch sensor similar to that found in the Xperia Pro-I.
Video camera tubes are designated by the diameter required to project an image that is large enough to cover the sensor. The optical format or sensor type is roughly 1.5 times the actual diagonal of the sensor, despite the fact that there is no strict correlation between them.
According to the Xperia PRO-I, for instance, the optical system was limited to using only the center of the 1-inch sensor. As a result, it takes a smaller lens to achieve the same results, but technically, the sensor isn’t fully used.
If Xiaomi decides to take this route, we’ll keep a close eye on it.
According to Xiaomi’s specifications, the vanilla Xiaomi 12S will have a 6.28″ AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. RAM will be offered in two sizes, 8 and 12 GB; and storage will be offered in 128 and 256 GB. As for the front-facing camera, it will be 32 MP, while the rear camera is expected to be 50 MP with 13 MP ultra-wide-angle.
There isn’t much difference between these specs and those of the Xiaomi 12 – the only difference is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, as well as the Leica cameras.
The trio of smartphones found a home on JD.com, a Chinese retailer. There are currently over 200,000 reservations for each 12S smartphone at the time of writing, proving that potential customers have shown enormous interest.