A massive one-inch camera sensor on a phone? Xiaomi 12S Ultra has it

The smartphone has a 48MP periscope-style telephoto lens, a 48MP ultra-wide lens and a 50.3MP wide lens

Xiaomi has three new smartphones and one of them comes with a feature everyone’s talking about —

A one-inch camera sensor, which is massive for a smartphone.

The three phones are Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro, and 12S Ultra and all three phones have camera modules developed in partnership with Leica

The Ultra has a 48MP periscope-style telephoto lens, a 48MP ultra-wide lens and a 50.3MP wide lens.

The headline feature is the one-inch sensor — the Sony IMX 989, for the main camera (wide lens).

The sensor is also found in Sony’s high-end point-and-shoot camera, the RX100 VII.

It’s important to remember that this won’t turn a phone into a DSLR, but it can be an important step forward for the smartphone camera.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun Lei, it’ll be made available to his local competitors after the launch of the 12S Ultra

As for Leica’s part on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, you get a “Leica Summicron 1:1.9-4.1 / 13-120 ASPH camera system” covering all three rear cameras.

The Xiaomi 12S Series is presently available for pre-ordering in China.