Another week down, and as big ones go, this was it. Right on cue, Xiaomi unveiled the 12S series with the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro, and the highly-anticipated 12S Ultra.
We’ll start with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, as it’s been one of the most read-about devices on our website. It finally broke the 1-inch type barrier on a phone with the Sony IMX989. The behemoth sensor is around 30% larger than the 1/1.12″ sensor in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which in itself was already the largest imager on a smartphone.
The new main camera can lean on Leica’s photographic expertise. There are two photographic styles on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra – Leica Authentic and Leica Vivid, as the names suggest, one is a toned-down look, while the other is a more common punchy and HDR look.
The other two rear cameras are a 5x telephoto, and a 13mm ultrawide with AF and macro.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has a 4,860mAh battery with 67W charging, and a 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED with 120Hz variable refresh rate.
Processing is done by the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The same chip is at the helm of the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro. Those two get a 50MP, 1/1.28″ main camera. It’s the same IMX707 sensor as on the 12 and 12 Pro, however, all three S-series models were “co-engineered with Leica”.
Sadly, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will be China exclusive, so we only have the other two members of the series to look forward to in Western markets.
Asus launched the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro. The latest gaming phones bring a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the Pro offers up to 18GB of RAM. Both phones share a 6.78-inch 1080x2448px with 165Hz with a bonkers touch sampling rate of up to 720Hz. The camera department also received an update with a 50MP Sony IMX766 main shooter next to a 13MP ultrawide module and a 5MP macro cam. The selfie shooter is now a 12MP Sony IMX663.
ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro are still utilizing a 6,000mAh battery split into two 3,000mAh cells and you get dual USB-C ports – one on the bottom and another one on the side. Wired charging is still capped at 65W just like the ROG Phone 5 series. The software front is covered by Android 12 with ROG UI and Zen UI.
ROG Phone 6 with its 12GB RAM and 256GB storage will retail for €999/£899 in Europe and INR 71,999 in India while the top-specd ROG Phone 6 Pro with 18GB RAM and 512GB storage will retail for €1,299/£1,099 and INR 89,999 respectively.
Those are the key stories of the week but you can find a full list of our best read stories below.
The two models improve the camera hardware and software compared to the 12 and 12 Pro and bring a more efficient chipset.
The module makes full use of the 1″ sensor, unlike certain previous efforts. But it is a rather large and thick module.
The Mi Band 7 Pro has a wider display, offering more room for showing health data and notifications. The laptops come in 14″ and 16″ sizes.
Lava is promising 2 years of security patches for the phone, a free screen replacement for the first 100 days and free service at home.
The cooler has to go in the middle – this keeps the phone comfortable to hold and gives you access to the four buttons on the cooler.