Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro Flagship Phones Launched Starting at Only $598

Xiaomi’s highly anticipated 12S series is finally official including 12S, 12S Pro, and the 12S Ultra. As the names say, these phones are slight upgrades over the previously released Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro and are also the first Xiaomi phones to come with Leica branding.

Let’s have a look at Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro.

Design and Display

Xiaomi 12S maintains the “compact flagship” design from the standard Xiaomi 12. The new phones have the same design as their non-S versions, but with a prominent Leica branding on the main camera setup.

Xiaomi 12S has a 6.28-inch AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and has support for 68 billion colors, HDR10+, and 1100 nits peak brightness.

The 12S Pro has a much bigger 6.73-inch LTPO AMOLED panel with QHD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate that can dial down to 1Hz to save battery. It has 1500 nits peak brightness, 68 billion colors, and more.

Internals and Storage

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro are powered by the most powerful smartphone chipset from Qualcomm known as the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Both phones will have the same memory variants including 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, and 12GB/512GB.

The software side is covered by Android 12 OS with MIUI 13 on top on both phones.

Cameras

Xiaomi 12S will feature a triple camera setup including a 50MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultrawide camera, and a 5MP telemacro camera. It will be capable of 8K video recording as well as 4K clips at 60 FPS with HDR10+ support, just like the standard Xiaomi 12.

Xiaomi 12S Pro will also have a triple camera, but it will be a trio of 50MP shooters. This will include a main wide-angle shooter, an ultrawide lens, and a telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom.

The selfie camera should be a 32MP snapper on both phones.

Battery and Pricing

The battery capacity on Xiaomi 12S is 4,500 mAh with support for 65W wired charging and 50W fast wireless charging. There is also 5W reverse wireless charging to help you charge your accessories.

Xiaomi 12S Pro has a slightly bigger 4,600 mAh battery with 120W super-fast charging and 50W wireless charging.

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro cost $598 and $702 in China respectively.

Specifications

Xiaomi 12S Xiaomi 12S Pro
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 MediaTek Dimensity 9000+
CPU Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510) Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU Adreno 730 Adreno 610
OS Android 12, MIUI 13 Android 12, MIUI 13
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
Display 6.28″ AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 68B colors 6.73″ LTPO AMOLED, 1440 x 3088 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 68B colors
RAM 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Card Slot No No
Main Camera 50 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS
13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, 50mm (telephoto macro), AF
50 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
50 MP, f/1.9, 48mm (telephoto), PDAF, 2x optical zoom
50 MP, f/2.2, 115˚ (ultrawide)
Front Camera 32MP 32MP
Fingerprint Sensor Under-display Under-display
Battery
4500 mAh, 65W wired charging, 50W wireless, 5W reverse wireless 4,600 mAh, 120W wired charging, 50W wireless, 5W reverse wireless
Price
$598 $702



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