Xiaomi 12S Ultra successor (likely Xiaomi 13 Ultra) to launch globally, CEO confirms

Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first phone from the company to feature a Leica camera system.

Highlights
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra launched in China recently and is the first to come with a 1-inch Sony sensor and Leica camera system.
  • Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s next iteration is confirmed to launch globally.
  • The company hasn’t mentioned any timeline for the unveiling. 

The Xiaomi 12S series recently debuted in China and includes the high-end Xiaomi 12S Ultra model. This flagship phone features a 1-inch Sony camera sensor and is also the first from Xiaomi to come with a Leica camera system following a recent partnership with the legacy camera maker. The phone is limited to China market and the company has no plans to expand it globally. However, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun has shared a piece of good news about the Xiaomi 12S’s successor.

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The top executive on Twitter confirmed the next iteration of the Ultra model will be available globally. However, it isn’t clear whether Lei Jun was talking about a potential successor to the Xiaomi 12S Ultra or a version of the same phone.

Possible Xiaomi 13 Ultra to launch globally

Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun has confirmed the next iteration of the Ultra flagship will launch globally. This comes after the Xiaomi 12S Ultra received terrific reviews, thanks to the top-of-the-line specifications, hardware, and impressive Leica cameras. The CEO, however, hasn’t shared the timeline for the unveiling of the possible Xiaomi 13 Ultra. We’re curious to see what the next version of the phone would pack.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra specifications

To recall the Xiaomi 12S Ultra specifications, it comes with a 6.73-inch AMOLED LTPO 2.0 display with 2K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, punch-hole cutout, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass layer, and curved edges. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 chipset paired with Adreno GPU, up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. It runs on Android 12-based MIUI 13 custom skin out of the box.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra packs a large 5000mAh battery with 120W fast charging support. The phone is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor for security, IP68 rating for water resistance, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, Hi-Res audio, and Harman Kardon speakers. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.

Moving to optics, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra has a triple camera system backed by Leica. It is the first Xiaomi phone to use the custom 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor. There’s a 48MP primary sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 48MP zoom lens. There is a 32MP shooter on the front for selfies and video chats. The Leica partnership can be seen on both hardware and software levels, with “professional lens and high-quality materials such as a refractive coating to offer cleaner pictures with better control of light and shadows, dedicated Leica modes such as Leica Vivid and Leica Natural, and the option to easily toggle between 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm focal lengths,” as stated in our first impressions of the device.

Key Specs

Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 | 12 GBProcessor
6.7 inches (17.02 cm) Display
50 MP + 48 MP + 48 MPRear camera
20 MPSelfie camera
4800 mAh Battery
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Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra Price, Launch Date
Expected Price:Rs. 72,999
Release Date:15-Oct-2022 (Expected)
Variant:12 GB RAM / 256 GB internal storage
Phone Status:Rumoured