Xiaomi puts a huge camera sensor in its new Mi 12S Ultra flagship smartphone

Xiaomi is introducing a trio of new smartphones today, and one of them comes with a pretty huge new feature: a 1-inch camera sensor, which is relatively giant for a smartphone. Everything about Xiaomi’s new flagship smartphone, the Mi 12S Ultra, is big. It has a 6.73-inch OLED display, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 system on a chip, and a camera-lens shaped bulge on that back that takes up about a third of the phone’s rear side. Inside that faux-lens are three cameras: a 48-megapixel ultrawide, a 48-megapixel telephoto with 5x optical zoom and finally, the 50-megapixel main camera, which uses that 1-inch sensor. Xiaomi says the phone’s camera system was “co-engineered with Leica,” and the company told that it split the cost of developing the 1-inch image sensor with Sony. Camera aside, the Mi 12S Ultra otherwise has the typical hallmarks of a flagship phone. It has IP68 water and dust resistance, a large 4,860 mAh battery, 67W wired fast charging, and a 120Hz refresh rate display. The phone is also supposed to be the first Android device capable of shooting in Dolby Vision HDR.