1 ”sensors are the holy grail of small digital cameras – are they really that good? We are in the process of finding out as we already have a Xiaomi 12S Ultra for review. Unlike the latest Xperia Pro-I (which reused the sensor from the Sony RX100 VII), this phone is the first to use Sony’s new IMX989.
The sensor is not everything, but the treatment means just as much – if not more in these form factors. This is where Leica comes in, the experienced lens manufacturer from Germany switched teams and borrowed its experience for the entire 12S series.
This includes the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro, which are based on the original 12 and 12 Pro, though they also upgrade to the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset for a little extra performance and much better efficiency.
But let’s focus on Ultra first. Compared to the 12S Pro, it replaces the telephoto lens with a 5x periscope (120 mm in front of a 48 MP sensor), the ultra-wide module is also different, although this is less effective. The second change is to the battery. The new cell has a slightly larger capacity (4,860 mAh vs. 4,600 mAh), but is slower to charge – 0-100% in 41 minutes over a wire (against 19 min) or in 52 minutes wireless (against 42 min).
12S Ultra uses the same 6.73 “screen as 12S Pro – a 1-120Hz LTPO panel with 1,440 x 3,200 px resolution. Xiaomi 12S is smaller with a 6.28” 120Hz AMOLED screen. All three support HDR10 + and Dolby Vision .
Xiaomi 12S Ultra is launched only in China at a price of 6,000 CNY. For the sake of comparison, it’s in the ballpark at $ 900 / € 880 (note: prices in China are lower than global prices). If you could, would you buy one?
The only direct comparison is to the Sony Xperia Pro-I, which also has a 1 ”sensor, but which does not take full advantage of it (uses only 12MP of the 20MP sensor). It also has a basic 2x telephoto lens (not the continuous zoom module on the Xperia 1 IV) and a 12 MP ultra-wide angle. This also uses last year’s Snapdragon 888, but it has a 4K 21: 9 OLED screen, which makes it possible to serve as an external monitor for Sony cameras. Keeping in mind that this is also intended as a professional, it sells for $ 1,600 / € 1,500.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra can not compete on sensor size, but the 108MP 1 / 1.33 ”sensor is nothing to sneeze at. The phone also includes two telephoto lenses: 3x and 10x (both with 10 MP sensors) and a 12 MP ultra wide. This is possibly Samsung’s best camera, but not everyone wants it (only) for its camera. Some want S Pen stylus, some software support, some like One UI / DeX and so on. S22 Ultra costs $ 1,200 / € 1,250.
The Vivo X80 Pro has a 50MP 1 / 1.3 ”sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide angle and two telephoto lenses: 12MP at 2x and 8MP at 5x. A legendary German lens manufacturer also has its name attached to this one, Zeiss, who contributed the T * lens coating and help with the image processing (which is also handled by the bespoke vivo V1 + chip). The X80 Pro sells for € 1,100-1,300 depending on your exact region.
Sony Xperia Pro-I • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G • vivo X80 Pro
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If you’re looking for the Xiaomi 12S Ultra for its chipset, the Asus ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro are also powered by the same 8+ Gen 1, just like any other gaming phone – the Red Magic 7S Pro. And the other two 12S phones from this week, of course, which should be available globally.
The Xiaomi 12S Pro will go on sale for CNY 4,700 ($ 700 / € 700). Global pricing is yet to be revealed, but the 12 Pro is selling for € 900, so expect the 12S Pro to be in the same ballpark (as we said, prices in China are lower than abroad).
Samsung Galaxy S22 + uses the original Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in some regions and Exynos 2200 in Europe. It does not have an LTPO panel like Xiaomi, while the cameras are a mixed bag – the 50MP main sensor has a smaller sensor (1 / 1.56 ”vs. 1 / 1.28”), the telephoto has a 3x lens, but only a 10MP sensor (mod 2x 50 MP) and the ultra wide has a basic 12 MP sensor (mod 50 MP). The Galaxy also lacks the 120W fast charging of the 12S Pro, which lags behind at 45W. And it does not even have an advantage in capacity. S22 + costs $ 1,000 / € 1,050.
The Oppo Find X5 Pro has an LTPO panel (6.7 ”120Hz QHD +, just like Xiaomi) and uses the non-plus 8 Gen 1 chip. The primary 50 MP camera sensor is not that big (1 / 1.56 “versus 1 / 1.28”), the 50M ultra wide cam is not quite as wide (110 ° vs. 115 °) but has a large 1/1 , 56 ”sensor. The telephoto is a standard 2x with a 13MP sensor (against 2x 50MP). The X5 Pro can be yours for € 1,300.
Honor Magic4 Pro also has an LTPO panel (6.81 ”120Hz, not quite QHD +) and is aimed at a 50MP head (1 / 1.56”), 50MP ultra wide and a 64MP periscope (3.5x). It also has 100W fast charging, which comes close to Ultra (00-100% in 30 min, instead of 19 min). You can get one for € 1,100.
Samsung Galaxy S22 + 5G • Oppo Find X5 Pro • Honor Magic4 Pro
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The Xiaomi 12S will cost CNY 3,700 in China ($ 550 / € 550), the original Xiaomi 12 is € 700. It has a 6.28 ”screen, which is on the small side for a flagship, but the phone is not as compact as the Galaxy S22, which costs $ 800 / € 850. The S22 and S22 + have the same cameras, like the 12S and 12S Pro, the biggest difference being in the display and the battery.
There are not really any Snapdragon 8 (+) Gen 1 phones of this size, and Xiaomi will win most price battles. The Realme GT2 Pro has an MSRP of € 750, and it has a 50 MP head (1 / 1.56 ”) and 50 MP ultra wide (150 °), but lacks a telephoto.
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G • Realme GT2 Pro
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