Xiaomi has now officially confirmed the existence of its next set of premium smartphones, the Xiaomi 12S series. There had been rumours that date back as far as a month ago of this set of devices existing but with the Chinese company finally scheduling an online launch event, this is the first time that they have admitted to their existence.
The Xiaomi 12S series set consisting of the Xiaomi 12S, Xiaomi 12S Pro and Xiaomi 12S Ultra is expected to make a debut at the event, which is scheduled for the 4th of July.
The main focus of the three devices is expected to be the camera performance thanks to a partnership with Leica, which is a company known for the manufacturing of high-end cameras and lenses.
Other than improved camera performance, the rest of the Xiaomi 12S series package does not offer much improvement compared to Xiaomi 12 series, which is the company’s current flagship. The Xiaomi 12S looks more like a mid-year refresh rather than a successor to the Xiaomi 12 series.
The teaser image that was posted on the company’s Chinese media pages has the launch date as well as the line “Xiaomi Imaging Strategy Upgrade. Xiaomi 12S series new product launch” which adds to the take that camera performance is central in this launch.
There is a camera lens with a golden band, which is supposedly used on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Leica also makes an appearance in the teaser, with Xiaomi citing the company as its “Imaging strategic partner” A Leica watermark is present across the three models.
The event is scheduled to start at 1900h in China. If you are willing to catch it live, that is around 3am in Nairobi.
It is not yet clear whether the Xiaomi 12S series will make its way to the global market, as Xiaomi has not mentioned it. However, this will probably depend on their performance in their local Chinese market. Xiaomi tends to release phones in China first, so we might still see them in the international market towards the end of the year or early 2023.
By launching the Xiaomi 12 Series on the fourth of July, Xiaomi will become the first OEM to debut a phone with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset that is produced by TSMC instead of Samsung.
We will update you with what exactly the respective three devices from Xiaomi offer in terms of performance and features once the company officially releases them on Monday.