The Chinese company Xiaomi will present new smartphones on July 4th. Fans of the brand are waiting for three models at once: the basic Xiaomi 12S, the advanced Xiaomi 12S Pro and the flagship Xiaomi 12S Ultra. In anticipation of the announcement, it was revealed that the flagship model’s camera will be based on an all-new 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor.
Little is known about the IMX989 sensor at this time. According to available data, the sensor has 1.5 micron pixels. Larger pixels have the benefit of higher light sensitivity, which increases the dynamic range of daytime shots as well as image quality in low light.
Whether the IMX989 will use the entire area of the sensor or only part of it, like similar sensors in other smartphones, is not clear. For example, the Sony Xperia Pro-I also uses a 1-inch sensor, but this is complemented by an optical system that always only uses the central part of the sensor surface. It is difficult to say whether Xiaomi will go this route or whether the entire sensor surface will be used in the camera of the new flagship.
Even before the announcement, the characteristics of the base Xiaomi 12S became known. The device is equipped with a 6.28-inch display that is made using AMOLED technology and supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Users can choose between versions of the device with 8 or 12 GB of RAM and onboard storage with a capacity of 128 or 256 GB. The main camera of the Xiaomi 12S is based on a 50-megapixel sensor, complemented by a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. The front camera is based on a 32-megapixel sensor.
Many features of the Xiaomi 12S repeat those of the Xiaomi 12. The difference is that the new smartphone uses a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and cameras co-developed with Leica.
In a few days, Xiaomi will officially launch new items. There are rumors that the 12S series will only be available in China and it is difficult to say whether the supplier plans to sell these smartphones outside of the home market.