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Xiaomi 12 could have triple 50MP camera with 5x periscope zoom, says leaker

If this leak pans out, it would mean Xiaomi would be abandoning the 108MP sensors on the higher-end Xiaomi Mi 11 phones.
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August 30, 2021
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TL;DR
  • A prominent leaker suggests the upcoming Xiaomi 12 series could have a triple 50MP setup.
  • That would mean a 50MP main, 50MP ultra-wide, and 50MP telephoto.
  • Assuming this comes to pass, it would mean Xiaomi isn’t going for Samsung’s rumored 200MP lens. Unless, of course, it reserves that only for the 12 Ultra.

Earlier this month, Xiaomi announced it was doing away with its “Mi” branding. That means future Xiaomi phones will land with just a number after the Xiaomi name. We assume that means the next flagship phones from the brand will be within the Xiaomi 12 series.

On that note, we have a new leak from the prominent Chinese source Digital Chat Station (via GSM Arena). DCS says that the new flagships from Xiaomi could land with a triple 50MP rear camera setup. That means three 50MP lenses: a main, an ultra-wide, and a telephoto.

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This would be a pretty dramatic departure considering the higher-end phones in the Xiaomi Mi 11 family have a 108MP main sensor. However, the trade-off would be that all three lenses would produce similar results, fixing the problem of ultra-wide shots not looking as good as those coming from the main sensor, for example.

Originally, we assumed the rumored 200MP sensor from Samsung would power the premium Xiaomi 12 phones. DCS suggests that’s not the case, though. Although, it is possible that the expected Xiaomi 12 Ultra could have that sensor, giving it a 200MP main, 50MP ultra-wide, and 50MP telephoto. That’s just speculation, though.