Xiaomi announced on Monday its association with German camera maker Leica. It was speculated that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra would be the first imaging flagship jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, which is expected to be officially unveiled in July this year. However, a new image that is believed to belong to the upcoming Xiaomi 12S has been leaked online with Leica branding on its camera module. The image hints that the Xiaomi 12S series could be the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer to benefit from Leica camera technology.
A tipster appears to have leaked an image on Weibo, which shows the alleged Xiaomi 12S with Leica branding on its camera module, as mentioned above. Additionally, Leica previously partnered with Huawei, Panasonic, and Sharp. Recently, Xiaomi had announced its long-term strategic cooperation with Leica to co-develop camera technologies for the company’s upcoming flagship smartphones.
The Xiaomi 12S series is said to consist of two models: the Xiaomi 12S and the 12S Pro. The smartphones are said to be under development and hitting the markets with smaller screens than other Xiaomi 12 series models.
Xiaomi 12S series specifications (expected)
The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro feature a Full HD+ flexible curved display with a single centered hole and a 120Hz refresh rate. The phones in the series are also expected to come with a 50 main camera. megapixels. The camera would come with a new algorithm at the hardware level, which could come from the Leica partnership. The Xiaomi 12S series is said to have the SM8475 processor, which is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC.
The upcoming Xiaomi 12S series was spotted on the IMEI database last month. The listing did not reveal many details about these smartphones. However, the Xiaomi 12S models are expected to have slightly improved functionality compared to the standard models. The Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro carry the model number 2206123SC and the abbreviated model number L3S, and the 2206122SC and the abbreviated model number L2S respectively. The phones were also speculated to have the codenames “diting” for Xiaomi 12S and “unicorn” for Xiaomi 12S Pro.