The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is a camera-first smartphone

hat's immediately apparent after a single glance at it

a huge glass element atop a raised camera island surrounded by leather

The eco-leather makes gripping the 12S Ultra much easier than the slippery ceramic of its predecessor

The cameras on the back of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra are all at the pinnacle of smartphone imaging

 The main imager is the biggest on a phone at 1-inch

It combines 50.3MP in a 4-to-1 pixel binning to produce 12.5MP images

Fun fact, the 1-inch sensor isn't the one in the center of the camera module - that's the ultrawide

The main camera is the one on the top of the module (in the image below)

Xiaomi joined forces with imaging giant Leica to tune the cameras on the 12S Ultra