Xiaomi has new flagships. The Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro are now official and are poised to become strong candidates for the best mobile of the year, with permission of the 12S Ultra model. The S versions are perhaps not the most groundbreaking, but they are an evolution that improves some of the weaknesses of the previous generation and serves to offer the latest technology available on the market.

The Chinese manufacturer is synonymous with power and access to the latest components. With the new Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor is trained, a chip with the surname ‘Plus’ that serves as the basis for this new Xiaomi 12S range that also debuts its alliance with Leica in the photographic section.

Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro Datasheet

Xiaomi 12SXiaomi 12S Pro
Screen6.28″ AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 px
120Hz
Gorilla Glass Victus
1,100 nits
6.73″ AMOLED LTPO
3,300 x 1,440 px
120Hz
Gorilla Glass Victus
1,500 nits
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
Memory8 / 12GB LPDDR512GB LPDDR5
Storage128 / 256 GB UFS 3.1256 / 512GB UFS 3.1
Battery4,500 mAh
Fast charging 67W
Wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 10W
4,600 mAh
Fast charging 120W
Wireless charging 50W
Reverse wireless charging 10W
Rear CameraMain: 50 megapixels Sony IMX707
Wide-angle: 13 megapixels
Telemacro: 5 megapixels
Processing alongside Leica
Main: 50 megapixels Sony IMX707
Wide-angle: 50 megapixels with f/1.9
Telephoto: 50 megapixels
Processing alongside Leica
Front Camera32 megapixels32 megapixels
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC, USB Type-CWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
Operating SystemAndroid 12 with MIUI 13Android 12 with MIUI 13
Dimensions and Weight152.7 x 69.9 x 8.16mm
182g
163.6 x 74.6 x 8.16mm
204g
OthersFingerprint reader under the screen, Harman Kardon stereo speakersFingerprint reader under the screen, Harman Kardon stereo speakers
PriceFrom 3,999 yuanFrom 4,699 yuan

With Qualcomm’s ‘Plus’ chip and camera signed by Leica

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro

The new Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro are closely related to their predecessors, the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro. Between them they are also quite similar, differing in screen size and especially in the photographic section.

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The Xiaomi 12S arrives with a 6.28-inch AMOLED panel with FullHD resolution, while the Pro model goes up to 6.73″ with a 2K resolution. Both offer a 120 Hz refresh rate and in the case of the latter, it opts for an LTPO panel.

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro

This generation introduces the latest processors from Qualcomm and MediaTek, the latter arriving in a specific version of the Xiaomi 12S Pro. Both will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, a chipset with cores up to 3.2 GHz, manufactured in 4 nanometers, which promises 10% more power and 30% less consumption, compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Accompanying the new processors we have up to 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and storage of up to 512 GB. As for the battery, the new Xiaomi will offer 4,500 and 4,600 mAh respectively, with up to 120 W fast charging that sets them apart from most of their competitors. As Xiaomi explains, the device has improved its autonomy thanks to the efficiency of the processor.

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro

At the photographic level, the new Xiaomi 12S arrives with the Leica signature. After a period alongside Huawei, the classic photography brand bets on Xiaomi to complement the new flagships. A collaboration where Xiaomi explains that “the result is very different” to what they had before.

The Xiaomi 12S incorporates a 50-megapixel IMX707 sensor from Sony, along with two additional 13-megapixel sensors for the wide-angle and a 5-megapixel rangefinder. In the case of the Pro model, the 50-megapixel Sony sensor is again used, but it is complemented by two other sensors with the same number of megapixels, for the wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

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Versions and prices of the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro

The new Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro have just been presented in China. At the moment it is unknown if they will reach other markets and when they will be available. These are their official prices, in the different configurations:

  • Xiaomi 12S (8 GB + 128 GB): 3,999 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S (8 GB + 256 GB): 4,299 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S (12 GB + 256 GB): 4,699 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S (12 GB + 512 GB): 5,199 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro (8 GB + 128 GB): 4,699 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro (8 GB + 256 GB): 4,999 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro (12 GB + 256 GB): 5,399 yuan
  • Xiaomi 12S Pro (12 GB + 512 GB): 5,899 yuan
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