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New items from Xiaomi's big presentation

Xiaomi does not trade in trifles: the company held an online presentation lasting 2.5 hours, during

who shared many thoughts, and was alsoannounced a cascade of new products. We'll talk about a laptop and a router in a separate article on Wednesday. There are a couple of interesting points there, and we have time, because so far, even on the official Chinese website of Xiaomi, these products have not gone on sale. In this article, we will go over the main smartphones and the new fitness bracelet.

Table of Contents

  • New smartphones Xiaomi 12S Ultra, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12 Pro (Dimensity)</ p>
    • Specifications
  • Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro
  • Conclusion

New smartphones Xiaomi 12S Ultra, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12 Pro (Dimensity)

It seems that modern smartphones are finallyturned into cameras. Although, perhaps in the absence of other innovations, companies need at least something to intrigue buyers. As you may have guessed, the new 12th series of Xiaomi flagships is all about photography.

Previously, viewers were reminded that Xiaomi knocks out the maximum points with its smartphones in the DXOMARK rating every year.

But in partnership with Leica, infinity is notlimit, and the company is ready to go further. Along the way, the founder of Xiaomi, Lei Hong (pictured above), assured that the partnership with Leica is not marketing, but a collaboration of two brilliant hearts in the field of photography. The partnership was given a lot of time and a lot of photos were shown, which, as expected in such cases, looked stunning (especially in the 720p broadcast). At least send it to the exhibition now.

The strategic partnership culminates with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

And this is what the entire Xiaomi 12S Pro line looks like:

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One glance at the smartphone is enough to understandthat the designers were inspired by Leica devices. The back panel of the device is covered with eco-leather. The rest of the materials are aluminum and Gorilla Glass Victus. The smartphone turned out to be impressive, 163.2 x 75 x 9.1 mm, and the weight is 225 grams.

Unfortunately, as in the previous line, only the top-end device (Ultra) received water protection. The rest were left behind. In principle, this is logical. It is necessary to somehow differentiate the models.

The screen size is 6.73 inches.This is an LTPO2 AMOLED panel with a resolution of 3200 by 1400 pixels, an adaptive refresh rate of 1-120 Hz and a dot density of 521 ppi. The maximum brightness in automatic mode will be 1000 nits. The screen will support all modern standards: Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10, HLG.

By the way, the screen manufacturer is Samsung.The screen is made according to the E5 standard. As I understand it, this means increased energy efficiency, durability, as well as a reduced carbon footprint in production.

As a chipset in all devices (of course,except for the Dimensity version) uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, made using the 4 nm process technology. Probably, it is because of the new version of the chipset that the letter S appeared in the name of smartphones. Let's see how it will be in the future, but it seems that smartphones with second edition chipsets will receive the letter S in the name (next year it will be Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2) .

Speaking about the chipset, Xiaomi has placed particular emphasis onenergy efficiency. The viewer was shown a lot of slides showing the superiority of the new Xiaomi line over the whole world, and more specifically, over Apple smartphones. So, for example, the Xiaomi 12S smartphone is colder than the iPhone 13 when viewing tiktok, and holds the battery even longer (12.6 hours versus 9.7 hours for the iPhone).

But perhaps the most interesting moment, for whichXiaomi must be given credit, this is a screenshot comparing the iPhone 13 Pro Max with Xiaomi 12S Ultra. As you can see, here the iPhone took the lead for half an hour. And honest Xiaomi took and showed. It's funny.

Achieve wins in terms of cooling with Xiaomithanks to the new cooling system. The description sounded interesting: “The three-dimensional cooling pump is ingeniously designed with a series of channels that use a capillary network to actively pump coolant condensing on the side opposite to warm areas, which greatly improves efficiency and increases the thermal conductivity of a single unit by 100%.” Xiaomi compared its cooling system to plants.

At this rate, it seems that in 5 years, smartphones should begin to gurgle when you turn them over.

An interesting point that every smartphone has receivedyour adapter. For example, the PRO version received 120W charging, which charges the smartphone from 0 to 100% in 19 minutes. But Xiaomi 12S Ultra is just 67W charging. I would venture to guess that this was done so that Ultra users would have a more premium experience. A 67W charger can be small and light, while a 120W adapter is a solid piece. And, of course, all smartphones are equipped with 10W reverse wireless charging.

Xiaomi separately emphasized that in smartphonesuses as many as two specialized chips of its own production, which are responsible for charging. Xiaomi Surge P1 monitors fast charging, Xiaomi Surge G1, which contains many algorithms, generally manages energy efficiency. Xiaomi says that smartphones have become much more accurate in predicting remaining battery life.

Another funny moment: Xiaomi did not hesitate to compare their new smartphones with those available on the market. Everyone got under the distribution - from Apple to Huawei and Samsung.

However, the star of the evening is, of course, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. The device should win everyone in terms of photo capabilities, because it installed Sony IMX989, positioned as a 1-inch sensor.

But here, of course, it is worth paying attention tocorrect spelling: Sony IMX989 is said to be 1-inch type. Brief history: 50 years ago, when the world was powered by vacuum tubes, video cameras used electron tubes as image sensors. Accordingly, the type designation refers to the diameter of the tube required to project an image that covers the size of the sensor.

Accordingly, the designation ½ inch or 2/3 inchmeant the active zone that covered the tube. There are no lamps left in modern technology, but manufacturers continue to use the terminology. Even if it doesn't make sense to some extent. Here the most striking example is the Xperia PRO-I, which only uses the center of its 1-inch sensor, as otherwise it would need a much larger lens. You can read more about this on Ken Rockwell's website.

Accordingly, we have yet to find out how the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is doing.

The main camera of Xiaomi 12S Ultra has50.3 MP resolution. The pixels are 1.6 microns in size and will collapse down to 3.2μm using pixel-binning technology. This will give the main advantage when shooting in poor lighting conditions.

Speaking about 12S Ultra, I would also like to notehyper optical stabilization - HyperOIS. Probably because the smartphone is Ultra, and its stabilization could not be less than “hyper”. This stabilization will be used when shooting Dolby Vision HDR video. The essence of the technology is explained by the increased speed of the stabilization motor (56,000 per second), which will return the lens to its original state before each frame.

By the way, it was Xiaomi that became the first Android smartphone capable of recording video in Dolby Vision. Before that, only the iPhone could boast of this.

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Perhaps one of the most interesting points isXiaomi’s story, what exactly are the 8 lenses used in the lens for: some are used to absorb ultraviolet, others to block infrared radiation, and others to reduce reflections.

All these technologies are used to givesmartphones the opportunity to shoot in two new corporate styles: authentic Leica and bright Leica (Leica Authentic Look and Leica Vibrant Look). What it is and what are the differences is not yet clear, since the broadcast was carried out in 720p. Photos on the screen showed, but the difference could not be seen.

It was also reported that Xiaomi smartphones are filmingfaster than the iPhone competitors, capturing more shots in the same amount of time. In this case, the user is given the opportunity to take a series of frames with one tap on the screen, and then it will be possible to select a photo.

In terms of photo opportunities, of course, one feelsthat Xiaomi 12S Ultra has great potential. Obviously, Xiaomi will push this topic. So, after the official presentation, a master class with photographers began.

Specifications

12S Ultra 12S Pro 12S
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm), Adreno 730 graphics
Operating system: Android 12, MIUI 13 skin (updates: 3 versions of Android and 4 years of security patches)
Memory: 8-12 GB / 128-512 GB, no memory card slot
Screen: 6.73 inches, LTPO2 AMOLED, 3200 by 1400 dots, 521 ppi, 1 billion colors, 1-120 Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1000 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 6.73 inches, LTPO AMOLED, 3200 by 1400 dots, 521 ppi dot density, 1 billion colors, 1-120 Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 1000 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 6.28 inches, AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 68 billion colors, 120 Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Battery: Li-Po 4860 mAh
67 W, 100% in 41 min
Wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 10W
Li-Po 4600 mAh
120 W, 100% for 19 min
Wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 10W
Li-Po 4500 mAh
67 W, 100% in 41 min
Wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 10W
Main camera: 50.3 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide-angle), 1.0"-type, 1.6µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
48 MP, f/4.1, 120mm (tele), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
48 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, (ultra wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, Dual-Pixel PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth)
Video recording 8K @ 24 fps, Dolby Vision
50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
50 MP, f/1.9, 50mm (tele), PDAF, 2x optical zoom
50 MP, f/2.2, 115˚ (ultra wide)
Video recording 8K @ 24 fps, Dolby Vision
50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28", 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
13 MP, f/2.4, 15mm, 123˚ (ultra wide), 1/3.06", 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, 50mm (tele + macro), AF
Video recording [email protected] fps
Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide angle), 0.7µm
SIM card: 2 Nano-SIMs
Network and data transfer: 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, Infrared, USB Type-C 2.0
Navigation A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
Sensors: Fingerprint scanner (under the screen, optical), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
Other: IP68 ULTRA only, no 3.5mm jack, no radio, no stereo speakers
Materials: aluminum, eco-leather, Gorilla Glass Victus, two younger models can have a glass back panel
Dimensions: 163.2 x 75 x 9.1 mm, weight 225 g 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2 mm, weight 203 g 152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2mm, weight 179g
Prices: 8GB + 256GB RMB 5,999
12GB + 256GB RMB 6,499
12GB + 512GB RMB 6,999
8GB + 128GB RMB 4,699
8GB + 256GB RMB 4,999
12GB + 256GB RMB 5,399
12GB + 512GB RMB 5,899
8GB + 128GB RMB 3,999
8GB + 256GB RMB 4,299
12GB + 256GB RMB 4,699
12GB + 512GB RMB 5,199

In a short line I will add that it was also shownsmartphone Xiaomi 12 Pro (Dimensity) based on the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset (4 nm). This device, with the exception of the chipset and the lack of the ability to shoot video in 8K, is no different from the Xiaomi 12S Pro. Also, Xiaomi 12 Pro (Dimensity) has a Li-Po 5160 mAh battery. Although in terms of thickness and weight, it does not differ from Xiaomi 12S Pro.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro

Now there is a Pro-version of the bracelet. Notice the name change. Here, as in the name of smartphones, the Mi brand has disappeared.

By the way, the Pro postscript is justified in fullvolume. The main innovation, besides the rectangular screen design, is the built-in GPS. The screen, by the way, although it looks huge, is actually not so big. Only 1.64 inches and with a resolution of 456x280 pixels.

The bracelet has NFC, Always-On screen, 117sports modes, 14 running courses. The bracelet (or is it already a watch?) can withstand immersion up to 5 atmospheres. And the battery will last up to 15 days. In general, there are no significant differences from the usual "seven", except for design and GPS.

The price was marked as $58, but it seems to be very cheap compared to the regular Mi Band 7, which is sold on AliExpress for 2,900 rubles ($52)

Conclusion

The appearance of the Pro-version of the bracelet is easy to explain.Xiaomi promised to become a premium brand, and this requires premium products, which the regular Mi Band does not belong to. Accordingly, Xiaomi is gradually beginning to replace and supplement the line. If my reasoning is correct, then the next version of Mi Band 8 will be worse than the current Mi Band 7. But the Pro version will improve significantly. And the price gap should become more significant.

Well, the abundance of fairly similar smartphones,presented in a crowd, to be honest, it is difficult for me to explain. It would be understandable if the company distributed devices to different markets, but no. They go on sale together. However, it cannot be said that the prices differ radically.

White matte 12S is good.

How do you like new things?I really liked the new Ultra. If Xiaomi 11 Ultra with a huge block of cameras, in which the screen was mounted, was perceived as some kind of geek background, then 12S Ultra already looks like a real flagship. Everything worked out here: a unique design, a top-end screen, a chipset, communications, there is a partnership with the famous Leica brand, which is responsible for all sorts of tricks in cameras.

It is interesting, of course, to wait for formal assessmentsDXOMARK. Since Xiaomi 11 Ultra is still in third place in the ranking (143 points). However, the fact that the new device was not given to the DXOMARK test in advance (or maybe they were, but they didn’t tell us about the results) hints that it probably couldn’t outdo the Huawei P50 Pro.