Smartphone makers partnering with camera firms is nothing new. In the past, we have seen Nokia, Vivo, Huawei, Sony, Oppo and OnePlus joining hands with different camera makers to fight against each other. Now, it appears that the popular Chinese phone maker, Xiaomi will be hopping on the bandwagon. After reports of a long-standing tie-up, the brand has finally revealed its new camera partner, Leica.
The German camera maker has a history of partnerships with smartphone makers. For the unversed, Leica has previously partnered with Sharp and Panasonic, and its most recent collaboration was with Huawei. It seems that with the Xiaomi partnership, the camera brand will be taking its strengths to the masses.
This partnership gives us confidence that Leica will now have a wider presence in more regions than was previously possible. How will this happen? It’s just that Xiaomi’s presence in the Asian and European regions has been quite good and is growing over the years. Also, owing to its popularity, we can expect its upcoming Leica-branded smartphone to be well accepted in many regions. Coming to the actual smartphone, we can expect the Xiaomi 12 Ultra to sport a Leica-branded lens.
Rumors have it that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra, or it may even be called the Xiaomi 13, will launch with the same camera as the predecessor Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. However, we can expect the cameras to be co-tuned by Leica.
As for the actual specs, tipster Digital Chat Station has revealed that the phone will have a camera lens with 12-120mm focal length, 120x zoom and f/1.95-4.1 aperture. This matches the 48MP ultra-wide camera of the predecessor, the Mi 11 Ultra, which has a 12mm field of view. The 120mm hints at the 120mm telephoto lens, which is again the same as the predecessor. The main camera on the phone is said to be a 50MP sensor, the same sensor as the older iteration. It will have 120x total zoom support.
Although the camera specifications are tipped to be familiar, some expect the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s cameras to be better, thanks to this new Leica partnership. But remains to be seen.
Apart from the camera, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra will also be packed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. The phone is expected to offer other cool features, so expect a killer specs sheet. The phone is going to be released in the next few months. According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, we will see more on the Leica partnership in July this year. Hence, we can expect the phone to launch in this month.
Xiaomi announced its partnership with Leica to launch a flagship phone in July, it first appeared on BGR India.