The result is very nice low-light photos, even in extreme darkness. While you still can’t compare the 12S Ultra’s low-light performance to a pro camera, put some effort behind the scenes for night shots or portraits, and you might be surprised at what you end up capturing with this phoenus.
But will you get the 12S Ultra?
The launch of the Mi 12S Ultra in markets outside of China, including India, has not yet been confirmed. However, some recent leaks suggest that Xiaomi is thinking about the same thing. The Mi 12S Ultra is priced at 5,999 yuan (roughly Rs 70,188), which seems like a reasonable price for the specs and cameras you get here. But if Xiaomi decides not to bring the phone to India, the only way to get the phone is to ship it from China, which will cost you more, and will also give you a phone with the Chinese version of MIUI software, and no Google . Services (including Play Store).
A quick look at the phone’s key specs:
Mi 12S Ultra specs: 6.73-inch LTPO 2.0 QHD display, 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, 1500 nits peak brightness | Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, up to 12GB RAM, 512GB UFS 3.1 storage | 50.3MP + 48MP + 48MP rear Camera + 32MP selfie camera | 4860mAh battery + 67W charging | IP68 dustproof and waterproof |
The phone also features stereo speakers, an under-display optical fingerprint sensor, and Xiaomi’s signature IR blaster. You don’t get the fastest 67W wired charging, but the phone also supports 50W wireless charging, along with USB Power Delivery 3.0 and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 support, so that’s a big deal.
Premium look and feel
I was skeptical about the Mi 12S Ultra’s design when the first leaks started appearing on the internet, but that feeling quickly faded away when I held the phone in my hand. The device is big, and yes, it’s also a bit heavy, but the premium design comes into play here. Rather than feel like the smartphone it carries is disproportionate, it feels like a phone with purpose and design to match.
Still, the overall feel of the phone isn’t much larger than other phones in its class. The Mi 12S Ultra is available in two colors, and while I can see most people prefer the more refined black, I prefer olive green, another color. After all, design is subjective.
Everything about this Leica camera
The Mi 12S camera is great and feature-rich. This starts with two shooting modes, one that preserves natural colors and the other that emphasizes colors and shows more. During the day, my photos are almost always colorful and vibrant, and image consistency between the main, telephoto, and ultra-wide cameras is excellent.
It’s hard to take bad photos with the 12S Ultra, especially if you know what to do with the settings you get, including full Pro mode (manual mode) and RAW support, though the automatic normal camera mode should suffice at most.
However, macro shots didn’t resonate with the rest of the experience from the UI’s macro-mode, and I ended up shooting closer subjects using the main lens with some zoom instead.
Leica’s new monochrome filters also produce really pleasing-looking monochrome shots in pretty much any setting, including after sundown.
Low light is where the Xiaomi 12S Ultra stands out significantly more than other phones I’ve recently used. A lot more light results in less grainy shots, along with a lot of detail. The phone encourages you to play around with the settings if you’re looking to take some more creative photos even at night, instead of restricting you to the optimal settings for the least noise and softness.
The result is some really nice low-light photos, even in extreme darkness. While you still can’t compare the low-light performance of the 12S Ultra with professional cameras, throw in some effort behind a night shot or a portrait and you may just be surprised by what you end up capturing using this phoen.
But, will you get the 12S Ultra?
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is not yet confirmed to launch in markets outside of China, including India. However, some recent leaks suggest Xiaomi may be considering the same. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra costs 5,999 yuan (about Rs 70,188) which seems like a fair price for the specifications and the camera you get here. However, if Xiaomi decides against bringing the phone to India, the only way to get the phone would be to ship it from China, which would cost you more and also get you a phone with the Chinese version of the MIUI software and no Google services (including the Play Store).