Another week down, and as the big ones go, that was it. Right off the bat, Xiaomi introduced the 12S series with the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro and the highly anticipated 12S Ultra.
We’ll start with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra because it was one of the most read devices on our site. It finally broke the 1-inch line on a phone with the Sony IMX989. The huge sensor is about 30% larger than the 1/1.12″ sensor in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which itself was already the largest display on a smartphone.
The new main camera can rely on Leica’s photography expertise. There are two photography styles on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra – Leica Authentic and Leica Vivid, as the names suggest, one is a muted look, while the other is a more mainstream impressive and HDR look.
The other two rear cameras are a 5x telephoto lens and a 13mm ultra-wide with AF and macro.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has a 4860mAh battery with 67W charging and a 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED with a 120Hz variable refresh rate.
Processing is handled by the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The same chip is at the helm of the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro. These two have a 50MP, 1/1.28″ main camera. It’s the same IMX707 sensor as the 12 and 12 Pro, but all three S-series models were “co-engineered with Leica”.
Sadly, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will be exclusive to China, so we can only look forward to the other two members of the series in Western markets.
Asus introduced the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro. The latest gaming phones bring Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the Pro offers up to 18GB of RAM. Both phones share a 6.78-inch 1080x2448px 165Hz display with a sample rate of up to 720Hz. The camera department has also received an update with a 50MP Sony IMX766 main shooter alongside a 13MP ultra-wide module and a 5MP macro camera. The selfie shooter is now a 12MP Sony IMX663.
The ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro still use a 6,000mAh battery split into two 3,000mAh cells, and you get two USB-C ports – one on the bottom and one on the side. Wired charging is still limited to 65W, just like the ROG Phone 5 series. Android 12 with ROG UI and Zen UI covers the software front.
The ROG Phone 6 with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage will retail for €999/£899 in Europe and INR 71,999 in India, while the top-of-the-line ROG Phone 6 Pro with 18GB RAM and 512GB storage will cost €1,299/£1,099 and INR. 89,999, respectively
These are the key stories of the week, but below is a full list of our most read stories.
Both models improve the camera hardware and software compared to the 12 and 12 Pro, and bring a more efficient chipset.
The module makes full use of the 1″ sensor, unlike some previous efforts. However, it is quite a large and thick module.
The Mi Band 7 Pro has a wider display that offers more space to display health data and notifications. The notebooks come in 14″ and 16″ sizes.
Lava promises 2 years of security patches for the phone, free screen replacement for the first 100 days and free in-home service.
The cooler has to go in the middle – so the phone is comfortable to hold and you have access to the four buttons on the cooler.