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Xiaomi 12S Extremely overview: Leica to the fore

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely is the primary smartphone by which the comparatively new collaboration with digital camera skilled Leica manifests itself, regardless that the tiny brand is straightforward sufficient to overlook on the massive digital camera array on the again. Xiaomi equips the digital camera flagship the 1-inch Sony IMX989 picture sensor for this special day for the very first time in its personal historical past. We take a more in-depth have a look at the 12S Extremely within the NextPit overview.



  • Superb LTPO AMOLED show (WQHD/120 Hz)
  • Most important digital camera works nice beneath all conditions
  • Lengthy battery life
  • IP67 certification
  • Good haptics regardless of heavy weight
  • “Harman Kardon” sound high quality


  • CPU throttling
  • 20, 28, and 32 bands not supported
  • No EU ROM
  • No secondary show
  • 67-watt energy provide
  • Costly

Xiaomi 12S Extremely launch date and value

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely was formally launched in China in July 2022. Nonetheless, in contrast to its predecessor, the mannequin by no means arrived within the US as with different Xiaomi smartphones. Maybe issues may change with the Xiaomi 13 Extremely slated for a spring launch in 2023.

Nonetheless, you’ll be able to nonetheless import a unit from established firms like TradingShenzhen, having gained its repute as a dependable import retailer over the previous few years. The net retailer sells the smartphone in Verdant Inexperienced and Basic Black with imitation leather-based in three completely different storage configurations:

  • Xiaomi 12S Extremely with 8/256 GB for presently $975
  • Xiaomi 12S Extremely with 12/256 GB for presently $1,015
  • Xiaomi 12S Extremely with 12/512 GB for presently $1,095

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely is already an actual consideration grabber with its 1-inch Sony sensor and the somewhat apparent triple digital camera array: The flagship delivers glorious photographs beneath virtually all circumstances. Though the opposite parts such because the WQHD show, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, an virtually 5,000 mAh battery, and loads of cupboard space are fairly convincing, we is not going to instantly suggest it wholeheartedly.

As a result of “China solely” coverage, the LTE bands, that are urgently wanted in nations outdoors of China, and naturally, the corresponding system language proceed to be a bane. The secondary show, which was nonetheless current within the predecessor, has additionally fallen sufferer by not showing this time round. The underside line is both to suggest its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely or to attend for the Xiaomi 13 Extremely.

Xiaomi 12S Extremely design and construct high quality

Wir sehen die riesengroße Kamera des Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The Xiaomi 12S Extremely options the look of an analog Leica digital camera. / © NextPit

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely doesn’t go away you guessing when it considerations the design:
Xiaomi wished to function an previous, compact digital camera on the again
– and so they succeeded. The dominant round digital camera unit takes up a 3rd of the complete again and can also be tough to cover. Presumably, that is alleged to pay homage to its cooperation with Leica, whose brand is now discreetly immortalized on the again.

What I favored:

  • Design are nice to the eyes.
  • Imitation leather-based is good to the contact.
  • Strong construct high quality.
  • IP68 certification.

What I disliked:

  • Golden body is cheesy (this can be a matter of non-public choice)
  • “Harman Kardon” sound might use extra bass
  • One speaker is at all times coated when held in panorama mode
  • No secondary show
  • 225 grams of weight is unpleasantly heavy within the pocket

Wir sehen die riesengroße Kamera des Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The Xiaomi 12S Extremely does not wobble when mendacity susceptible on the desk because of an enormous digital camera array. / © NextPit

Anybody who will get to carry the Xiaomi 12S Extremely of their hand for the primary time will most likely be unable to keep away from a giant grin. This very first collaboration with Leica ideas the scales at a whopping 225 grams with a dimension of 163.2 x 75 x 9.3 millimeters. That’s most likely additionally a document, identical to the large and round digital camera array on the again. It protrudes one other 4 millimeters from the again along with its one mm “base plate”.

At the least it does not tilt on the desk when mendacity susceptible on the again, taking over the complete width and a few third of the peak of the again. The great posterior can also be somewhat charming in its personal proper.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra
One of many two audio system is roofed when held in panorama mode. / © NextPit

However, the heavyweight chassis feels extraordinarily safe within the hand most likely due to the imitation leather-based that is available in both inexperienced or black shades. It options very high-quality good workmanship, an aluminum body, and good button placement on the best aspect that characterizes the Extremely flagship.

In entrance, as is so typically within the case of flagships, there are rounded edges throughout the show. Not everybody likes it, however I can reassure you this: I didn’t discover any enter errors throughout my every day use. I solely had my finger too far within the show as soon as when taking photos, so the shutter didn’t work. Nonetheless, this may be adjusted within the settings.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
All buttons are simply inside attain. / © NextPit

The stereo audio system from Harman Kardon on the prime and backside reside as much as their title, however might nonetheless have pumped out a bit extra bass for my style, if that’s in any respect possible for a smartphone. Nonetheless, one of many two audio system stays coated in panorama mode when gaming, which I additionally contemplate as unfavorable.

The higher and decrease sides are flat, so the Xiaomi 12S Extremely might theoretically stand on them if you happen to would not have a tripod at hand in windless environments.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Stereo audio system from Harman/Kardon and an IR blaster. / © NextPit

Xiaomi 12S Extremely show

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely is provided with a 6.73-inch curved AMOLED show.
The utmost decision stands at an unbelievable 3,200 x 1,440 pixels (WQHD+) with a refresh price of 120 frames per second. Over right here, we’ve the second-generation LTPO expertise in play. Customers have the selection to pick out between 60, 90, and 120 Hertz refresh charges or you’ll be able to let the substitute intelligence determine for you and get an optimized frequency of 1 to 120 Hertz refresh price, relying on the state of affairs.

What I favored:

  • Curved show.
  • Crisp colours and wealthy blacks.
  • AOD with a big theme choice.
  • Lastly, it’s readable beneath daylight.

What I disliked:

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The 6.73-inch AMOLED show merely appears to be like incredible. / © NextPit

What else is there to say about Samsung’s very high-quality show? In fact, the panel presents a excessive viewing angle stability, the distinction is wealthy, and the colours are additionally pleasing. Aside from that, Xiaomi additionally presents quite a few settings. I used to be happy by the extraordinarily legible display screen even beneath direct daylight circumstances.

The official specs declare a most brightness of 1,000 nits in handbook mode (HBM) and 1,500 nits (peak) is feasible within the automated setting beneath direct daylight. Our measurements resulted in 614 nits (HBM) and 954 nits for peak brightness, however beneath simulated daylight.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Xiaomi presents a variety of AOD themes as traditional. / © NextPit

In fact, the Xiaomi 12S Extremely additionally options the At all times-On Show (AOD) that’s accessible in MIUI 13 with its manifold themes and settings. Thus, the person can individually set completely different choices to activate the AOD. The so-called “Detect gaze” perform is new, which is principally nothing else than that the display screen remaining activated so long as you have a look at it.

Wir sehen Screenshoots der Display-Einstellungen des Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The show of the Xiaomi 12S Extremely presents quite a lot of setting choices. / © NextPit

Xiaomi 12S Extremely software program

Xiaomi 12S Extremely arrived for the NextPit editorial group to select aside with Android 12 preinstalled 
and the customized pores and skin person in model 13.0.5. The Google safety patch is dated July 1, 2022. Because the Xiaomi 12S Extremely can’t be bought instantly within the US however solely by way of an import retailer, statements concerning the “assured” updates stay unclear.

If we wish to stick with the official Xiaomi safety bulletins, we are going to obtain three “main updates” and 4 years of safety updates. In fact, that’s successfully simply 2 Android updates since Android 13 is already accessible this 12 months.

What I favored:

  • Three main Android updates.
  • 4 years of safety updates.
  • MIUI and its many options.

What I disliked:

  • An excessive amount of bloatware
  • Solely accessible in Chinese language and English language choices.

Though Google is definitely banned in China, the Android working system remains to be accessible in China by way of Google Cell Providers (GMS). You’ll search in useless for the Google Play Retailer and functions that we’re all aware of, comparable to Gmail, Google Calendar, or the Chrome browser.

In our case, TradingShenzhen was form sufficient to put in the Play Retailer and another helpful functions earlier than supply. Nonetheless, the net retailer left fairly various Chinese language apps on the smartphone. Give your self a number of days to scrub up and banish all Chinese language notifications from the notification bar.

The take a look at for the SafetyNet standing has been handed, so paying with Google Pay shouldn’t be an issue, both. The Widevine DRM expertise stands at stage 1, so there are not any restrictions when it comes to decision for Amazon Prime Video and Netflix right here. I might additionally prefer to explicitly level out that the system language is obtainable in solely English and Chinese language. The answer for different language choices can be to flash an EU ROM, which I don’t suggest to the common person.

Wir sehen Screenshoots von Tests und den System des Xiaomi 12S Ultra
The Xiaomi 12S Extremely handed all exams—however sadly can solely be utilized in Chinese language or English. / © NextPit

Xiaomi 12S Extremely efficiency

eight cores of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 energy the Xiaomi 12S Extremely
, which is taken into account the present spearhead of what the Californian chip producer Qualcomm has to supply. At the least, till the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is formally offered. China has at all times been well-positioned when it comes to cupboard space, this the Xiaomi 12S Extremely presents both 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 working reminiscence.

By way of inner program reminiscence, the buyer can select between 256 and 512 GB of UFS-3.1 inner cupboard space. With a lot accessible reminiscence, nobody will ask for an choice for gradual microSD card storage, which might be what Xiaomi is hoping  for.

What I favored:

  • Very high-performance functionality.
  • Barely noticeable warmth improvement.

What I disliked:

  • Thermal throttling kics in very early on.
  • No choice for reminiscence growth functions.

Das Xiaomi 12S Ultra entwickelt Hitze beim Stresstest.
The thick digital camera base plate and the imitation leather-based present nice insulation for the Xiaomi 12S Extremely. / © NextPit

In our customary benchmark, 3D Mark’s WildLife, the software program was no match for the sheer energy of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. With the easy comment “Maxed Out!” our take a look at ended with none values being proven. Nonetheless, the CPU stress take a look at confirmed that the SoC (System on a Chip) was already closely throttled after simply lower than three minutes.

This may additionally be the rationale that the again didn’t get uncomfortably heat in any approach at any time. The thick rectangular steel plate beneath the digital camera array nor the imitation leather-based additionally didn’t point out any warmth.

In every day use that can, after all, embrace enjoying performance-hungry video games like Actual Racing 3 or Name of Obligation: Cell, there have been no issues with the efficiency in any respect. It goes by all menus swiftly, and having quite a few apps opened concurrently wouldn’t be a priority for the Xiaomi 12S Extremely’s proprietor.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Actual Racing 3 isn’t any downside for the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (seen right here with the sport menu). / © NextPit
  Xiaomi 12S Extremely Motorola Edge 30 Extremely Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Huawei Mate XS 2
3D Mark Wild Life Maxed Out! 8108 5682 5683 5793
3D Mark Wild Life Stress Check

Finest Loop: 8.896

Worst Loop: 3.958

Finest Loop: 10.250

Worst Loop: 6.101

Finest Loop: 5741
Worst Loop: 3351
Finest Loop: 5579
Worst Loop: 3435
Finest Loop: 5782
Worst Loop: 3267
Geekbench 5 Single: 1322
A number of: 4303
Easy: 1325
A number of: 4310
Single: 1155
A number of: 3356
Single: 1095
A number of: 3239
Single: 840
A number of: 2759

Xiaomi 12S Extremely digital camera

Visually-speaking, we are actually in crucial part of our in-depth overview of the Xiaomi 12S Extremely. I don’t imply solely the visually dominant digital camera array, but additionally the primary Xiaomi smartphone that resulted from its cooperation with Leica.

I can say this a lot immediately: Aside from the small lettering on the array, I don’t sense a lot contribution from the Wetzlar digital camera specialists. At the least Carl Zeiss nonetheless has the particular T* lenses.
However don’t be concerned, the picture outcomes nonetheless proved convincing.

What I favored

  • The 1-inch IMX989 isn’t precisely one.
  • Photographs look nice beneath all circumstances.

What I disliked:

  • Too little Leica efficiency aside from the emblem.
  • No secondary show for selfies.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
The digital camera array of the Xiaomi 12S Extremely takes up an enormous 1/3 of the complete again. / © NextPit

I do not wish to beat across the bush: The Xiaomi 12S Extremely is provided with a 1-inch Sony IMX989 picture sensor that contains a 50 MP decision in the most effective case (or not). By default, it does so by way of 4:1 pixel binning, which shrinks the picture to 12.5 megapixels however will increase the “digital” pixel dimension from 1.6 to three.2 micrometers.

The truth that the picture sensor isn’t actually 1-inch in dimension has already been sufficiently reported by us and I actually need not clarify that after once more. Moreover, there are two Sony IMX585 picture sensors for a 48 MP ultra-wide angle and a 48 MP telephoto digital camera. These two candidates had been already put in within the predecessor, thus the 1-inch sensor has to take the helm this time round.

It was virtually to not be anticipated in any other case: The Xiaomi 12S Extremely delivers, for instance, superb daytime photographs. Even the depth impact (portrait photographs) is wise sufficient to separate our three girls from the background properly because of the Time-of-Flight sensor. There are additionally no disagreeable surprises in wide-angle photographs so far as the an identical colours are involved.

Magnification can vary from 2x to 5x with none loss and with optical picture stabilization. The end result additionally appears to be like acceptable relying on the topic as properly. After that, the telezoom digital camera nonetheless presents a 10x to 120x magnification. I prefer to name this “spy zoom” as a result of the end result is not good for far more.

You’ve got already seen what the 50 MP digital camera is able to with out pixel binning within the blind take a look at. I’ve added two of the photographs to the image gallery beneath. Even when hardly anybody is , there are additionally macro photographs that had been additionally pleasing to the attention. Night time photographs are and stay the supreme self-discipline for smartphone cameras.

These work throughout all three cameras within the Xiaomi 12S Extremely. Whereas the massive Sony sensor does work somewhat properly on this division, detailed accuracy is misplaced in wide-angle or zoom photographs.

We already talked about it firstly: The Xiaomi 12S Extremely is the primary smartphone proof of the cooperation between Xiaomi and Leica. What does the person get out of it? There’s a so-called “Leica Vibrant” and a “Leica Genuine” mode, which will likely be current in a distinguished bar within the picture. The mode’s title says all of it—as with Zeiss, you get a photograph with out a lot shade correction.

You are able to do that by yourself as properly, however I anticipated a bit extra from a cooperative effort with Leica. Maybe we must anticipate the Xiaomi 13 Extremely, which can also be alleged to see a wider worldwide launch in accordance with CEO Lei Jung.

Final however not least, two sentences in regards to the 32 MP front-facing digital camera. If you happen to discover the best distance, the selfies are pleasing even at evening. Nonetheless, we’ve to check it with its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely, as soon as once more. It had a secondary show on the again which additionally allowed utilizing the “main” cameras for self-portraits. In fact, the OmniVision sensor does what it’s alleged to right here once more.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra
In entrance, the Xiaomi 12S Extremely contains a 32 MP sensor. / © NextPit

Xiaomi 12S Extremely battery

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely has a 4,860 mAh battery put in.
That isn’t a record-breaking capability, however the flagship smartphone is heavy sufficient within the first place. You possibly can handle properly with the just about 5,000 mAh for every day use, offered you permit the everyday show settings to the substitute intelligence to deal with.

In my case, which means I can use it for one and a half days with quite a lot of Slack visitors. In case you are a bit extra frugal when it comes to social media exchanges, it is likely to be very attainable to attain two days of use.

What I favored:

  • 4,860 mAh battery.
  • All-day battery life.
  • Wi-fi charging at 50 watts.

What I disliked:

  • No 120-watt energy provide.

Das Xiaomi 12S beim Schnellladen.
Sadly, the Xiaomi 12S Extremely can “solely” be charged at 67 watts. / © NextPit

However, the included 67-watt energy adapter is an actual disappointment for me. Admittedly, this can be a luxurious in comparison with Samsung. However even the recently unveiled Xiaomi 12T (review) got here with a 120-Watt HyperCharge energy provide.

Thus, an entire charging cycle additionally takes slightly below 58 minutes. After 5 minutes, the battery is charged by 15 p.c and after 20 minutes, you hit 47 p.c of battery life. The half hour mark will yield a 65 p.c cost with the 67-watt HyperCharge.

Within the PCMark Work 3.0 battery stress take a look at, the 12S Extremely ran for 9 hours and 57 minutes with a brightness of 200 nits, full WQHD decision, and a hard and fast 120 Hertz refresh price. It then achieved 12 hours and seven minutes of runtime with an automated refresh price and FHD decision.

General, that is virtually one hour lower than Motorola’s Edge 30 Ultra, which has a 4,610 mAh battery put in. That doesn’t end in any level deductions however neither does it end in any plus factors.

The Xiaomi 12S Extremely can be charged wirelessly at 50 watts, though that determine stood at 80 watts in its predecessor. Reverse wi-fi charging can also be attainable at 10 watts, and it may be somewhat tough to grasp such regression in {hardware} specs. 

Xiaomi 12S Extremely technical specs

  Technical specs
Picture Das Xiaomi 12S Ultra mit riesigem, rundem Kameramodul
Display 6.73-inch AMOLED, 3,200 x 1,440 pixels (WQHD) decision, 120 Hertz refresh price (LTPO)
Dimensions 163.17 x 74.92 x 9.06 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 225 g (incl. battery)
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1
(varies relying on area)
256/512GB UFS 3.1 ROM
Software program Android 12 | MIUI
Expandable reminiscence None
Most important digital camera 50 MP | f1.9 aperture | Sony IMX989 | 1 inch | 23 mm focal size | 4:1 pixel binning for 3.2 µm pixel dimension | OIS | Twin Pixel PDAF
Extremely Huge Angle Digital camera 48 MP | f/2.2 aperture | Sony IMX586 | 13 mm focal size | 1/2.0 inch | 128° viewing angle | PDAF
Telephoto digital camera 48 MP | f/4.1 aperture | Sony IMX586 | 120 mm focal size | 1/2.0 inch | 5x optical telezoom | OIS
Selfie 32 MP | f/2.4 | OV32c |
Video 4K at 60/30 fps | 1080p at 60/30 fps
Audio Harman Kardon stereo audio system | Dolby Atmos
Battery 4,860 mAh
Charging by way of cable Max. 67 W
Wi-fi charging (Qi) Max. 50 W wi-fi charging | 10 W reverse charging
IP certification IP68

Last verdict

Those that lay their eyes on the Xiaomi 12S Extremely for the primary time and even maintain it of their palms will most likely have two first impressions: First, the smartphone is especially heavy at 225 grams and second, it has a cumbersome Leica digital camera on the again. However, the Xiaomi 12S Extremely feels notably good within the hand because of the “vegan leather-based” materials.

The round digital camera array that takes up one-third of the again, alternatively, not solely appears to be like large, but additionally delivers convincing picture outcomes beneath all circumstances. The Android smartphone can also be top-tier within the {hardware} division, though a 120-watt energy provide would have suited the 4,860 mAh battery significantly better than the included 67-watt unit.

Wir sehen das Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
The digital camera array of the Xiaomi 12S Extremely takes up an enormous 1/3 of the complete again. / © NextPit

Beneath the hood lies the quickest Qualcomm processor presently with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and reminiscence to spare. The 6.73-inch AMOLED show with a 3200 x 1440 pixels decision and put in LTPO expertise can also be spectacular. However, the digital camera monster can’t utterly persuade us right here at NextPit.

That isn’t solely because of the lack of LTE bands and system languages, however somewhat as a result of it has hardly improved on its predecessor, whereas omitting the helpful secondary display screen. In that case, we suggest shopping for the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely and having to reside with out a lot much less. Or you’ll be able to anticipate the Xiaomi 13 Extremely, which was formally promised to us by Lei Jun, however not earlier than the NextPit editors overview it.

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