Rumors, news and features of Xiaomi 12 Ultra
While the Xiaomi 12 series has been globally launched, the top-end flagship in the line, the 12 Ultra, is still unofficial, apart from being subject to a deluge of rumours and leaks about its specs and features.
If and when the Ultra is unveiled, it’s likely to be the bleeding-edge showcase of everything Xiaomi can cram into a modern phone, with upgraded camera options and the highest-end specs as far as its display and chipset are concerned
Xiaomi 12 Ultra availability and price
Possibly July, August 2022
We don’t have a firm date on the phone’s likely launch from any official source as yet, but there are whispers circulating about when the 12 Ultra might make its debut. The working assumption at this point is that the phone is bound for Q3 of 2022, sometime in July or August based on when Xiaomi has released previous Ultra variants of its smartphones.
Turning to the question of price, you can safely assume that the phone will command a high price tag, given its flagship status, and going by the example of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which landed at £1,199 when it was released.
Without any official word on the price, there’s no reason to assume the next phone will be substantially more affordable, so if you’re a big Xiaomi fan waiting for it you might want to brace yourself for another big number.
Large circular camera unit?
Ceramic and leather options?
The most consistent leaks that we’ve seen around the Xiaomi 12 Ultra have all focused on one big aspect of the phone – its camera bump. This is something that increasingly feels like the biggest factor in how a phone looks, given one side is a display and the rear is the bit that can be changed up.
And the 12 Ultra seems like it’s not interested in playing things safe – the indications are that it’s going to have a massive, complex camera system that takes up a large portion of the phone’s back in a circular shape.
On the one hand, it’s undeniably a seriously big camera unit, but we’ve also seen plenty of phones in the last few years give over as much as half their backs to cameras, and if the specs that Xiaomi can cram into the design are worth it, we can’t see anyone being too bothered by how it looks.
Aside from the actual design, there are also rumours that there will be different materials available. There’s rumour that there will be white and black ceramic options, while there may also be a leather finish available too.
Display and hardware specs
120Hz refresh rate expected
2K resolution based on precedent
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus
4900mAh battery, 120W charging
We also don’t have a firm indication of what display the 12 Ultra will employ, but we can situate you roughly thanks to the precedent set by the standard Xiaomi 12 line, which will act as the baseline for the fancier phone.
Those handsets boast 120Hz refresh rate displays, and the Pro version sits at 6.7 inches and 2K resolution, making for some really impressive pin-sharp elements. Now, whether the 12 Ultra can actually upgrade on this is an open-ended question, but we’d be very surprised if it came in with less impressive specs.
As to the core hardware, we’d expected the Xiaomi 12 Ultra to step forward over the 12 Pro. That might see it using the rumoured Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus and that might help us narrow down the launch time frame. Xiaomi has a great relationship with Qualcomm and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Xiaomi 12 Ultra as the launch device for the tweaked hardware. We’ve seen it referenced by Ice Universe, a leaker with a solid track record.
Elsewhere we’ve seen leaks suggesting that there will be a 4900mAh battery and that it will support 120W charging. These details come from Digital Chat Station on Weibo, a leaker with a good reputation.
12 Pro has three 50MP cameras
It’s clear from the leaked design of the phone’s camera bump, if that impression is accurate, that the 12 Ultra will have a serious range of cameras to leverage as you take photos and videos.
Again using the Xiaomi 12 Pro as a benchmark, that phone brings three 50MP cameras to the table, a standard shooter along with an ultrawide and telephoto option each. We’d expect those three options to remain, although they could be upgraded since the phone is coming out a while later than its sibling.
The number of cutouts in the case pictured above indicates that there could be even more going on though – these could mean there’s a depth sensor or macro lens, or simply more complicated flash systems. We’ll likely have to wait for more information to be sure.
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