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Xiaomi to launch its next ‘ultra’ phone in more markets globally, CEO Lei Jun confirms

Xiaomi will launch its next Ultra-branded smartphone in more markets globally, CEO Lei Jun has confirmed.

Xiaomi to launch its next ‘ultra’ phone in more markets globally, CEO Lei Jun confirms
The 12S Ultra has been receiving a lot of rave reviews.

Xiaomi will launch its next Ultra-branded smartphone in more markets globally, CEO Lei Jun has confirmed. That phone does not have a name yet, there’s no information available on its probable specs either, but two things are certain. It will be co-engineered with Leica, and it will not be a China-exclusive like Xiaomi’s current heavyweight Xiaomi 12S Ultra.

The 12S Ultra has been receiving a lot of rave reviews from almost everyone who’s managed to get their hands on it. Financial Express spent some hands-on time with it recently and came out very impressed with the hardware. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is, as we said in our first impressions, a great story-teller phone with an almost perfect camera.

But as impressive as it is, it is also disappointing that the phone would never launch outside of China. Xiaomi had pulled a miracle with its last ultra-phone, aka the Mi 11 Ultra, leading many to hope something similar would happen with the 12S Ultra, too. Lei Jun’s confirmation about the next ultra-Xiaomi phone coming to more markets also puts to rest all rumours about the 12S Ultra’s future roadmap with regards to a wider release.

The marquee feature of the 12S Ultra is its massive true “1-inch-type” Sony IMX989 camera sensor and Leica optics. The rest of the hardware, too, is top-notch. The phone has a 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED display with a 1440p resolution and up to 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip paired with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. Software is MIUI 13 based on Android 12.

Powering the phone is a 4,860mAh battery with 67W wired and 50W wireless charging support. The phone also supports 10W reverse wireless charging as well. Rounding off the package are Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support and IP68 dust and water resistance.

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