Xiaomi announced its association with German camera maker Leica on Monday. The Xiaomi 12 Ultra was expected to be the first imaging flagship jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, and it is expected to be officially unveiled in July of this year. However, a new image said to belong to the upcoming Xiaomi 12S phone has been leaked online with Leica branding on its camera module. The image indicates that the Xiaomi 12S series could be the first smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer to get Leica camera technology.
It appears that a guide has leaked an image on Weibo, which shows the alleged Leica-branded Xiaomi 12S on its camera module, as mentioned above. Moreover, Leica has previously entered into partnerships with Huawei, Panasonic, and Sharp. Recently, Xiaomi announced its long-term strategic cooperation with Leica to co-develop camera technologies for the company’s upcoming flagship smartphones.
The Xiaomi 12S series is said to consist of two models: Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro. The smartphones are said to be in development and said to be hitting the markets with smaller screens than other models in the Xiaomi 12 series.
Xiaomi 12S Series Specifications (Expected)
The Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro both tend to feature a flexible Full HD+ curved display with a single aperture in the middle with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The phones in the series are also expected to feature a 50MP main camera. The camera is said to come with a new hardware-level algorithm, which could be from the Leica partnership. The Xiaomi 12S series is said to have the SM8475 processor, which is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ SoC.
The upcoming Xiaomi 12S series was spotted in the IMEI database last month. The list did not reveal many details about these smartphones. However, Xiaomi 12S models are expected to have slightly upgraded features over the standard models. The Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro were seen bearing the model number 2206123SC, the abbreviated model number L3S, and 2206122SC, and the abbreviated model number L2S respectively. It has also been speculated that the phones have the codenames “diting” for the Xiaomi 12S and “unicorn” for the Xiaomi 12S Pro.