Xiaomi is introducing a trio of latest smartphones right now, and certainly one of them comes with a fairly enormous new characteristic: a 1-inch digital camera sensor, which is comparatively large for a smartphone.

Every thing about Xiaomi’s new flagship smartphone, the Mi 12S Extremely, is large. It has a 6.73-inch OLED show, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 system on a chip, and a camera-lens formed bulge on that again that takes up a couple of third of the telephone’s rear aspect.

Inside that faux-lens are the telephone’s three cameras: a 48 megapixel ultrawide, a 48 megapixel telephoto with 5x optical zoom (and “120x” digital zoom that can most likely not look excellent), and at last, the 50 megapixel major digital camera, which makes use of that 1-inch sensor.

A number of totally different corporations have put 1-inch sensors of their telephones earlier than, but it surely hasn’t been quite common — you’re extra more likely to discover 1-inch sensors in higher-end point-and-shoots like Sony’s RX100 collection. The bigger dimension permits the sensor to assemble extra gentle and seize extra detailed photographs. It received’t flip a telephone right into a DSLR, but it surely could possibly be a step up from the everyday smartphone digital camera; the iPhone 13 Professional, for example, has a sensor dimension of 1/1.65-inch, based on DPReview. (Although for reference, the precise dimension of a sensor’s imaging space is smaller than its said measurement lets on.)

Xiaomi says the telephone’s digital camera system was “co-engineered with Leica,” and the corporate told Engadget that it break up the price of growing the 1-inch picture sensor with Sony. Sony really launched a telephone utilizing a 1-inch sensor late final 12 months, nonetheless it solely captured on a part of the sensor, whereas Xiaomi’s telephone will reportedly use the entire thing.

Digicam apart, the Mi 12S Extremely in any other case has the everyday hallmarks of a flagship telephone. It has IP68 water and mud resistance, a big 4,860 mAh battery, 67W wired quick charging, and a 120Hz refresh fee show. The telephone can also be alleged to be the primary Android system able to capturing in Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR.

The 12S Extremely will launch first in China. A mannequin with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will promote for RMB 5,999 (round $900 USD), whereas a high-end model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will go for RMB 6,999 (round $1,050 USD).

Along with the 12S Extremely, Xiaomi can also be introducing two lower-end fashions: the 12S and 12S Professional. These two telephones have a major digital camera sensor with a 1/1.28-inch dimension, which is smaller than the Extremely however nonetheless larger than the everyday smartphone sensor. The 12S has a smaller 6.28-inch 120Hz show, whereas the 12S Professional has a 6.73-inch 120Hz OLED show, just like the Extremely. Each get the identical Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. Pricing for the 12S begins at RMB 3,999 ($600 USD) and pricing for the 12S Professional begins at RMB 4,699 ($700 USD).


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