Xiaomi has placed a large camera sensor in the new Mi 12S Ultra flagship smartphone

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A sensor of 1 inch is huge for the smartphone

Xiaomi has announced three new smartphones this morning one of which has a massive brand new function: the one-inch camera sensor that is quite large for the size of a smartphone.

The entire Xiaomi flagship phone called The Mi 12S Ultra, is huge. It comes with an 6.73-inch OLED display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor with a camera lens bulge on the back that covers around one-third of the rear surface.

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In the faux-lens is the three cameras on the phone that include a 48 megapixel ultrawide camera, a telephoto with 48 megapixels that has 5x zoom (and “120x” zoom digital, which is unlikely to look great) as well as the main camera with 50 megapixels that uses the 1 inch sensor.

There have been couple of various firms have included 1-inch sensors on their phones previously however it’s not been popular — you’re more likely to see 1-inch sensors on top-end point-and-shoots such as Sony’s RX100 series. 

Xiaomi has placed a large camera sensor in the new Mi 12S Ultra flagship smartphone

The bigger dimension allows the camera to collect greater light and create higher-quality pictures. The phone won’t be transformed into the equivalent of a DSLR however, it might be an improvement over the common smartphone camera.

The iPhone 13 Pro, for example, has an image sensor of 1/1.65-inch according to the DPReview. (Though to be a reference it is true that the measurement of a sensor’s image area is much smaller than the measurement it will suggest.)

Xiaomi claims the camera is “co-engineered by Leica,” and the company has told Engadget the company toldthat it shared the cost of creating the 1 inch image sensor with Sony. Sony actually launched a smartphone with one-inch sensors at the end of last year however, it only recorded only a portion of the sensor. Xiaomi’s phone is expected to utilize the entire sensor.

Camera aside The camera aside, this Mi 12S Ultra otherwise has the usual features of a top-of-the-line phone. It is the IP68 water and dust protection as well as a massive battery of 4,860 mAh with a wired fast charging 67W and the display has a refresh rate of 120Hz. The phone is also said as the world’s first Android phone to shoot with Dolby Vision HDR.

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The 12S Ultra will launch first in China. The model that comes that comes with 8GB of RAM and storage capacity of 256GB will be sold at RMB 5,999 (around $900 USD) While a higher-end version that has 12GB of RAM , and storage of 512GB will sell cost RMB 6,999 (around $1,050 USD).

Alongside The 12S Ultra, Xiaomi is offering two other models at a lower price that are the 12S and the 12S Pro. These two phones come with an underlying camera sensor that has an 1/1.28-inch size which less than that of the Ultra but is nonetheless larger than the standard sensor in smartphones. The 12S is equipped with smaller 6.28-inch 120Hz display, whereas it’s 12S Pro has a 6.73-inch OLED display with 120Hz, just like the Ultra. Both models have the same Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. The 12S’s price starts from RMB 3999 ($600 USD) and the price on 12S Pro starts at RMB 4,699 ($700 USD). 12S Pro starts at RMB 4,699 ($700 USD).

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