Announcement. Xiaomi 12S - compact flagship

Photo Announcement. Xiaomi 12S - compact flagship

Yesterday, Xiaomi introduced three 12S series smartphones. Actually Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra. This news is about the youngest smartphone of the series, about Xiaomi 12S.

Actually, everything is rather prosaic. Xiaomi 12S is like two drops of water similar to Xiaomi 12 announced at the end of last year. I see two major differences. First, the chipset. The trio of 12S series smartphones are the world's first smartphones based on the top Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which is promised to be slightly more powerful than its predecessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, yes besidesIt is not so hot, saves precious energy better. There are still few statistics on the performance of the new chip. The only AnTuTu score I've seen is just over a million points.

The second difference is in the cameras. Now Xiaomi is working with the "Leica" brand, which is clearly evidenced by the inscription emblazoned near the island of cameras. Well, plus the sensor of the main camera has changed. There was a Sony IMX766 with a 1/1.56" matrix, and now a slightly larger Sony IMX707 1/1.28". The resolution was preserved, 50 MP.

The other two rear cameras are not so great�Interesting, 13 + 5 MP. These are standard wide and macro. Macro, however, with autofocus. Well, the front camera seems to be identical to those used in other smartphones of the 12S series, it has a resolution of 32 MP.

Other characteristics.

There is a lot of memory. 8 or 12 GB RAM. 128, 256 or even 512 GB permanent. No memory card support.

The screen is not very large by modern standards, only 6.28" (95 cm²). AMOLED matrix with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. High resolution, 1080x2400 (419 ppi).

Battery. Average capacity, 4500 mAh. Wired charging is fast thoughand faster - 67 watts. Plus there is wireless charging. And it is also, to put it mildly, not slow - 50 W.

From sad - perhaps a fingerprint scanner hidden under the screen. Everything else is available. NFC, the latest version of Wi-Fi, other, other, other...

Band 20 is missing from "our" LTE bands. All the rest, it seems, are in place.

Chinese prices are like that. ¥3999 (₽34800, $633), ¥4299 (₽37500, $680), ¥4699 (₽40900, $743) and ¥5199 (₽45300, $822) for varieties 8+128, 8+256, 12+256 and 12 +512 GB respectively.

I already see a smartphone on AliExpress, and even in two stores (times, dwa). The price starts from $730 (₽51800) for the 8+128 GB version.

Key Features of Xiaomi 12S:

ScreenAMOLED, 6.28", 1080x2400, 419 ppi, 95 cm², 120 Hz, sensor polling rate 240 Hz, touch, capacitive, multi-touch, Gorilla Glass Victus HardwareQualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
1 x Cortex-X2, 3 x Cortex-A710, 4 x Cortex-A510, Adreno 730 Memory RAM 8-12 GB, ROM 128-512 GB, no memory card, LPDDR5, UFS 3.1 Mobile Internet5G
EDGE Mobile networks5G Bands 1,3,5,8,28,38,40,41,77,78
LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,18,19,26,34,38-42
UMTS Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700), 5(850), 6(800), 8(900), 19(800)
GSM Bands 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900)
CDMA 800 Rechargeable Li-Pol, 4500 mAh, fast charge 67.00 W, no�wireless charging 50.00W, reverse wireless charging 10.00W Dimensions152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16 mm Weight179 g Rear camera: triple, flash, autofocus
- 50 MP, f/1.9, 1/1.28", 1.22μm, 24.00mm, Sony IMX707, OIS, 8K@24fps, 4K@60fps
- 13 MP, wide-angle, f/2.4, 123°, 15.00mm
- 5 MP, macro, 50.00mm, 3-7 cm
front camera: 32 MP, f/2.5, 0.70μm, no flash, no autofocus NavigationGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo OS Android 12, MIUI 13 SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Approximation, Light, Fingerprint scanner (screen), NFC USBType-C v2.0, USB-OTG

I am from Mumbai, India. I write about gadgets and novelties of mobile phones. My profession is a telecommunications engineer.