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Xiaomi 12 Ultra might not get much of a camera upgrade

Could we maybe see a new sensor join the party? It's probably too early to say.
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January 11, 2022
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra rear view on table
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TL;DR
  • A new leak has possibly shed light on the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s camera layout.
  • The phone may not see massive upgrades over the Mi 11 Ultra.
  • This means it could retain the triple camera specs of its predecessor.

The Xiaomi 12 series launched at the end of 2021 with a selection of three devices, but despite this variety, there was no Ultra option. However, this premium model could still be on the way and might again pack high-resolution cameras.

According to prominent tipster Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could retain the 50MP+48MP+48MP triple-camera layout as its predecessor. Per the machine-translated Weibo post, this may include a main, ultrawide, and a “super-telephoto periscope” shooter. The tipster doesn’t overtly mention the Ultra by name in the post but does imply the device using a bunny emoji denoting Xiaomi and an image of the Mi 11 Ultra.

At face value, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s purported camera hardware doesn’t seem too exciting, but there’s no mention of the actual sensors at play or the additional tech used alongside each.

Xiaomi did switch sensor providers with the 12 series. The Xiaomi 12 Pro uses the new 50MP Sony IMX707 sensor in its primary shooter, not the Samsung Isocell GN2 used in the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. It wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the Xiaomi 12 Ultra following suit. Even if it didn’t, though, the Mi 11 Ultra has a more than capable camera array in our experience.

There are also no official details relating to the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s launch date but expect more information to emerge ahead of its debut.