Xiaomi 12S Ultra has world's biggest phone sensor and a triple Leica camera

Xiaomi 12S Ultra
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Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi 12S series, which consists of three new smartphones – the Xiaomi 12S, the Xiaomi 12S Pro, and the eagerly awaited Xiaomi 12S Ultra. While the 12S and 12S Pro offer relatively minor upgrades over their predecessor, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is clearly where Xiaomi have focused their efforts – the phone is a serious step up from the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi 12S Ultra upgrades include an impressive camera system featuring Sony’s huge IMX989 1-inch sensor, new camera hardware developed in collaboration with Leica, a better display and a faster SoC. In short, it looks set to give the best camera phones on the market a run for their money. 

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Smartphone sensor sizes compared
Header Cell - Column 0 Main sensor size (in)Main sensor size (mm)
Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra1 inch25.4mm
Sony Xperia Pro-I1 inch25.4mm
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra1/1.12 inch22.7mm
Huawei P40 Pro Plus1/1.28 inch19.8mm
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+1/1.28 inch19.8mm
Samsung S21 Ultra1/1.33 inch19.1mm
Xiaomi Mi 111/1.33 inch19.1mm
Oppo X3 Pro1/1.56 inch16.3mm
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max1/1.7 inch14.7mm

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Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on www.digitalcameraworld.com, she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of 5GRadar.com - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.