Weekly poll results: Xiaomi 12S Ultra gets praised, 12S and 12S Pro need to prove themselves

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Tamsin Rodriguez17 July 2022Last Update : 4 weeks ago
Weekly poll results: Xiaomi 12S Ultra gets praised, 12S and 12S Pro need to prove themselves

It comes as no surprise – the Xiaomi 12S Ultra has people excited. We are still working on the full review, but you can see the camera examples from the phone in our impromptu 12S Ultra vs. Mi 11 Ultra shootout.

Last week’s poll shows that 2 out of 3 voters are interested in the new Ultra. Many will even consider importing the phone – the 1 ”Sony sensor is unique and is supported by Leica’s know-how for lens manufacturing and the faster ISP inside the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

As some commentators point out, the import route can only be a dream – since Xiaomi does not intend the 12S Ultra to be sold outside China, it lacks the support of certain 4G and 5G bands that may be crucial in your region.

That said, it might have the right bands for your region. Or maybe Xiaomi will put together an international version (the chip shortage will subside, finally). Even if not, this is one of the most exciting smartphones of 2022 in terms of photography.

This is an important qualification, because if you do not care about the camera that much, you would be better off with the Xiaomi 12S Pro. The extra 22g weight on the Ultra, the almost full millimeter extra thickness – not to mention the massive camera bulge – really scared some people off.

Weekly poll results: Xiaomi 12S Ultra gets praise, 12S and 12S Pro must prove themselves

At the end of the day, the 12S Pro has the same screen and chipset as the Ultra, also faster charging (120W vs. 67W), and it costs less, so why not. And this one is actually coming to global markets soon.

Half of the voters would be interested in picking up the Pro, though half of them will wait for reviews before making the final decision.

As we move on to the Xiaomi 12S, the smallest phone in the trio was also the least convincing. Most people are not interested, although there are still some who might buy one. We’ll have to wait and see if they still feel the same way after Xiaomi reveals global pricing.

Weekly poll results: Xiaomi 12S Ultra gets praise, 12S and 12S Pro must prove themselves

A recurring complaint – in this poll and previous iterations – is that some just don’t like MIUI and Xiaomi’s software support plan. Some enjoy Xiaomi’s software and report timely updates, but others have had a negative experience. Xiaomi is all-in on MIUI now that the Android One trials are over, but it might not hurt to have an easier option available.

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