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Two special image profiles are available to the user, they can choose between the "Leica Authentic Look" and the "Leica Vibrant Look".

Technically, the top model is equipped with a Sony 1" image sensor with 50 megapixels and a Vario-Summicron 1:1.9-4.1/13-120 ASPH. and delivers images in JPG, DNG and HEIF format.

Those flirting with a purchase will be disappointed: All products of the Xiaomi 12S Series "co-engineered with Leica" are only available in China.

Xiaomi and Leica Camera present their first jointly developed productst

The Xiaomi 12S Series "co-engineered with Leica" was officially launched in China today. In particular, the camera of the flagship model, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, sets a new standard in the area of smartphone photography.

Wetzlar, 4 July 2022. In May of this year, Xiaomi, one of the world’s leading smartphone companies, and Leica Camera AG publicly announced their strategic partnership in the mobile imaging segment. Now, the first products jointly developed by the two companies, the Xiaomi 12S series ‘co-engineered with Leica’, have been presented to the Chinese market.

For more than 100 years, Leica has stood for photographic excellence, best picture quality and the fine art of German precision engineering. ‘For almost a decade now, we have been successfully incorporating our know-how into camera systems in the smartphone segment, thereby repeatedly demonstrating our expertise and activities in future-oriented technology fields such as image processing, image quality tuning and computational imaging. Today, we and Xiaomi have come together to present the beginning of a new era in the world of smartphone photography. In particular the jointly developed flagship model, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, illustrates the innovative power of both companies, and will delight our customers with a camera module that offers them exceptional imaging quality, the classic Leica image look and unlimited creative freedom’, explains Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

Within the framework of the collaboration with Xiaomi, Leica contributed its expertise in the development and realisation of the camera module for the Xiaomi 12S series smartphones. Here, particular attention must be called to the flagship model, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. A special highlight of the flagship model, and entirely new to the smartphone segment, is the choice of two different image profiles in the camera module. Consumers can select the options ‘Leica

Authentic Look’ and ‘Leica Vibrant Look’. Developed especially by Leica, the ‘Authentic Look’ profile will delight Leica fans in particular and fascinate all other customers with smartphone images with the iconic ‘Leica Image Look’. In the creation of the ‘Authentic Look’ profile, Leica imaging experts attached particular importance to an aesthetically pleasing and natural- looking rendition of colours, good definition in shadows, realistic local contrasts and the excellent reproduction of finest details. In addition to this, the ‘Authentic Look’ profile features a reduced compensation of vignetting to ensure minimal darkening between the centre and the corners of the image and lend it the typical look and character of a photograph captured with a Leica Summicron lens.

The ‘Leica Vibrant Look’ profile was jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica. Through the combination of Xiaomi’s experience in the field of smartphone photography and the visual aesthetics typical for Leica images, photographers can use this style to perfectly capture the emotions of a moment in vibrant yet realistic colour.

Featuring a 50-megapixel Sony IMX989 1-inch image sensor and a Vario-Summicron 13–120 mm f/1.9–4.1 ASPH. lens with a zoom range of 13 mm to 120 mm, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra delivers brilliant pictures in JPG, DNG and HEIF format that impress with highest quality and true-to- life detail, especially in large-format prints. To enable consumer-friendly postprocessing, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, the Xiaomi 12S Pro and the Xiaomi 12S all support the Adobe Labs-calibrated 10-bit RAW format.

All products of the Xiaomi 12S series ‘co-engineered with Leica’ are available exclusively in China.

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Ich muss schon sagen, als ich heute bei der Vorstellung die Bilddateien gesehen habe, vor allem das Wasserzeichen.....da habe ich entschieden, das Gerät aus China zu bestellen und gegen meine SL2S antreten zu lassen. Warum 1,5 Kilo schleppen, wenn das Leben so einfach sein kann....

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not long ago there is a Japan Leica phone and then the Leitz phone one, there are many tests and have concluded that the images are not as good as the Huawei Leica phone, even the Sony has the upper hand.

Now Xiaomi has the chance to work with Leica. I have tested the Xiaomi phone before Leica and the images are just average, let see what they can do together. 

I don't enjoy using mobile phone for photography reason, and I don't chase the newest phone available, but the best on phone camera I even have is the Huawei P20 Pro, the images just doesn't give you that nasty square blocks on image. 

Xiaomi phone actually uses a lot of non-Chinese parts even this is made in China, there is not much different to an IPhone also made in China, design in California (not the US) for more comfortable statement. 

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According to Hong Kong based Tech reviewer/Forbes writer Ben Sin, this phone most likely *will* be released outside China. I've been following Ben a long time & he  knows his stuff--I may get one of these after all :)



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On 7/6/2022 at 1:50 AM, nrecob said:

According to Hong Kong based Tech reviewer/Forbes writer Ben Sin, this phone most likely *will* be released outside China.

Other 12s versions are available worldwide, so it's likely we'll get this one after initial domestic-market demand has been met.

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