Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept: Xiaomi’s most brutal mobile would use Leica M lenses


Xiaomi 12S UltraIt seems that the collaboration between Leica and Xiaomi has gone a step further to let us see the strangest and also most promising phone, why not say it, of this 2022 course and probably of the last two or three years.

We are talking of course about the recently presented Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept, a smartphone that, as its name indicates, is not a commercial development but a concept, which advances unparalleled photographic possibilities, being able to mount on its back and use professional photographic modules with Leica M optics .

As the colleagues from Android Authority told us, the base used for this design exercise with touches of R&D has been the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, currently the flagship of the Haidian giant in terms of mobile photography that unfortunately is not even known. sells in Europe.

Thus, on this smartphone, a photographic module has been integrated that does not have an optic as such, but following the trends of the professional photographic market with DSLR cameras, this time it has a module to which it is possible to attach Leica lenses, specifically and as we mentioned those of the M series of the German house.

From what the experts tell us, the CMOS sensor is the same 1-inch one that mounts the original device, assuming it is the IMX989 of Sony origin and would continue to be accompanied by two 48-megapixel ultrawide and telephoto sensors, to use we suppose in mobility. and when we do not have external objectives at hand.

In addition, the protection of the entire rear module has been improved with a more premium and performance-enhancing sapphire crystal in terms of durability.

As for the optics shown and tested, Xiaomi itself reports that the particular lens that we can see is Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH with manual focus, which honestly makes us doubt a lot that this smartphone will dare to dispense with autofocus.

In the photographic hardware there would be no modifications except for the Sony IMX989 sensor that has been mounted without lenses, thus seeking to let the Leica M modules work like this ‘Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH’ that they are testing in the video.

And finally speaking of possibilities, advanced options such as histogram, focus peaking, zebra patterns, or RAW shooting with up to 10 bits of color depth are confirmed in the video.

Be that as it may, do not get your hopes up because a device like this would cost a lot, so much so that Xiaomi has already confirmed that it will not become a commercial smartphone in any case.

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The idea is to use it as a design exercise, in order to test and show trends of how the smartphones of the future could evolve in order to get the most out of mobile photography.


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