The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is on the way, but what happened to 12 Ultra?

Mi 11 Ultra showing rear of the phone and camera

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TL;DR

  • Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun says the Xiaomi 12 Ultra was canceled in favor of the 12S Ultra.
  • Jun said the 12 Ultra was originally scheduled to launch in March or April.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra was the company’s first ultra-premium flagship phone, packing features like a flexible triple rear camera system, IP68 rating, and fast wireless charging. We expected the Xiaomi 12 Ultra to debut in 2022, but the firm is offering the Xiaomi 12S Ultra instead.

Now, Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun has revealed in the comments of a Weibo post (h/t: ITHome and Phandroid) that the device was originally supposed to launch in the first half of the year before being canceled.

It seems like less of a cancellation and more like a case of the device undergoing a few tweaks (e.g. new chipset) and a name change. However, we’re not sure if this is the case or if the Xiaomi 12S Ultra was indeed designed from scratch.

Either way, the 12S Ultra is shaping up to be a camera beast. The Chinese brand confirmed that the phone is equipped with a new one-inch camera sensor (IMX989) co-developed with Sony. In fact, Xiaomi says the two brands spent a combined $15 million on developing the sensor. The device is also said to offer Leica lens coatings to reduce glare and purple fringing.

Xiaomi will launch the new Ultra phone alongside the standard 12S and the 12S Pro on July 4. So we’ll know more about all the devices then.

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