Xiaomi and Leica – Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology

Continental Xiaomi 12S Series, "co-engineered with Leica", launched today in Mainland China

Xiaomi today officially introduced the new Xiaomi 12S series “co-engineered with Leica”. This exceptional series of imaging products is the first result of the Strategic Partnership in Imaging Technology between Xiaomi and Leica.

The complete series features different imaging systems jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, with Leica Summicron lenses and supporting Leica imaging profiles, the aim of which is to enable individual creators to express their creativity without giving up the authentic style of Leica imaging.

Authentic Leica images and Leica imaging profiles

In this new era of mobile photography, Xiaomi and Leica have jointly created a new standard for smartphone photography. Combining Leica’s deep knowledge of optics, processing, and image quality, with Xiaomi’s rich experience in smartphone computing photography, the Xiaomi 12S series “co-engineered with Leica” delivers unprecedented smartphone image quality. , with colors that match the look and feel of Leica’s signature.

In order to help push imaging technology to new limits, Xiaomi and Leica co-developed sophisticated optical lenses. As a flagship model, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, utilizes Leica’s world-class optical design capabilities in its lens system, while adhering to its rigorous optical quality testing standards and implementing Xiaomi’s expertise in Component miniaturization to ensure ultra-high-resolution, high light sensitivity, reduced scatter, and lower light noise.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra camera adopts an 8P spherical lens to address common photographic issues such as excess light, ghosting, and chromatic aberration. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra camera module also includes anti-glare lens coating as well as lens edge ink coating, cyclic olefin copolymer material, and infrared light filter with spin coating technology. Together, these features deliver a clearer, more consistent overall image across the entire lens.

In addition to advanced optical design, the Xiaomi 12S series “co-engineered with Leica” also utilizes Leica imaging profiles, inheriting the brand’s century-old imaging aesthetics and reproducing its tone and aesthetics with the help of cutting-edge algorithms. For the end-user, this means access to two photographic modes: The “Leica Authentic Look” and the “Leica Vibrant Look“, both offering greater creative freedom.

  • The “Leica Authentic Look” mode follows the natural imagery for which Leica is known. By retaining light and shadow contrast, it adds a sense of three-dimensional depth to photographs, with the hallmark excellence of light and shadow aesthetics proven by Leica since the beginning of its history.
  • The “Leica Vibrant Look” mode reflects influences from both Xiaomi and Leica. Combining Xiaomi’s expertise in smartphone photography with Leica’s leading aesthetic, photographers can strive to capture the emotion of the moment, symbolizing Leica’s exploration within the smartphone photography space.

The Xiaomi 12S series “co-engineered with Leica” brings the authentic “Leica Image Look” to a smartphone.

Professional wide-angle camera with a super-wide 1″ sensor

Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with a sensor from SONY, IMX 989 1″, which implements a set of Quad-Bayer pixels with individual pixel sizes that reach 1.6μm. When pixel chaining, this sensor reaches 3.2 μm, reducing noise, extending dynamic range, increasing light captured, and achieving better images in low light conditions. This innovation sets a new precedent in smartphone cameras, which now approaches traditional cameras in terms of hardware specifications.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra is the first Android device to support Dolby Vision HDR video recording and playback. Dolby Vision improves the quality of videos by making the colors more vivid, creating a sharper contrast ratio, and richer details, giving you vibrant and refined image quality.

This smartphone – Xiaomi 12S Ultra – also uses HyperOIS for ultra-stable performance, offering continuous motion compensation during video recording. HyperOIS uses the gap between two frames to drive the OIS engine to its original position, giving each frame a full and effective range of stabilization.

Both Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro features SONY’s IMX 707 as their primary sensor, which incorporates a large sensor and large pixels, at 1/1.28 inch and 2.44μm after pixel graying. With the support of Xiaomi’s AI Image Solution and ProFocus, these sensors achieve fast start-up in capture and continuous capture. These devices support an industry-leading 30fps ultra-fast shooting mode and exceptional low-light shooting capabilities. In addition, they also implement All-scene photography in their cameras, making it easy to capture the decisive moment.

The Xiaomi 12S series “co-engineered with Leica” is also designed to be more photographer-friendly in post-production. The entire series supports the 10-bit RAW format, calibrated by Adobe Labs, with color correction metadata embedded in the files. When using Adobe Lightroom to open photographs taken on the Xiaomi 12S series, Adobe Camera RAW software will automatically optimize photographs based on metadata, providing professional photographers with a good starting point for post-production.

One smartphone, two Xiaomi Surge chips

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra “co-engineered with Leica” is the first flagship model to be equipped with two Xiaomi Surge chips: the Xiaomi Surge P1 fast charge chipset and Xiaomi Surge G1 battery management chipset, offering major improvements in battery management and overall user experience.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra supports 67W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. At the core of the Xiaomi Surge Battery Management System is a 4,860mAh single-cell silicon-oxygen anode battery and a Xiaomi Surge P1 fast charge chipset, which also supports up to an output current of 16A, with a conversion efficiency of 96.8%. In addition, Xiaomi Surge G1 offers a series of battery management algorithms, incorporating self-developed battery management algorithms to protect battery health and monitor the charge to accurately predict the device’s available battery life. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra also supports adaptive charging to avoid overcharging the battery, thus increasing the number of charge cycles by 25%.

The Xiaomi 12S Pro features the Xiaomi Surge P1 fast charge chipset and supports 120W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and a 4,600mAh single-cell battery, while the Xiaomi 12S offers 67W wired charging. , 50W wireless charging, and a 4,500mAh battery.

Top performance and display

The new flagship Xiaomi 12S series, “co-engineered with Leica”, is powered by the Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1, built on the TSMC 4nm process. In comparison with the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1, this Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 has a 21% smaller core area, has had a 10% improvement in CPU and GPU performance, and a 30% improvement in energy efficiency. This not only significantly reduces the power consumption of the Xiaomi 12S series but also enables lower heat emission and power consumption in high-load computing scenarios.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is equipped with an entirely new heat dissipation system, similar to the biological mechanism that a plant’s leaves can use to absorb water. This three-dimensional coolant pump is ingeniously designed with a series of channels, which use a capillary network to actively pump condensed coolant on the opposite side of hot areas, greatly improving efficiency and increasing the thermal conductivity of a single unit by 100%, compared to traditional VC heat dissipation systems.

Both the Xiaomi 12S Ultra and Xiaomi 12S Pro feature a 6.73″ AMOLED color display with E5 luminescent material that delivers a professional level of detail, brightness, and color performance, as well as a peak brightness of 1500 nits, a 2K resolution, a P3 color gamut, and AdaptiveSync Pro of 1-120Hz. The Xiaomi 12S is slightly more compact at only 6.28″, and it also supports P3, HDR10+, and AdaptiveSync 120Hz color gamut display.

Xiaomi 12 Pro Dimensity Edition, Xiaomi Book Pro 16, Xiaomi Book Pro 14, Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro, and Xiaomi Home WiFi were also announced.

Xiaomi will make the Xiaomi12S Series available exclusively in Mainland China. Our strategic partnership in imaging technology will have a long-term impact, it will not just be limited to this series and will have an impact on Xiaomi’s other international markets.

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