Hello guys, here we are going to discuss the Xiaomi 12s ultra review. Basically what happens when you try to cram all the most extreme tech that 2022offer into one phone.
Let’s find out if it is enough to dethrone Samsung see ultra which is arguably the king of Android right now.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Review
Xiaomi 12s ultra is the best design phone Xiaomi has ever made. It’s a rounded seamless body that feels like it was designed with your hands in mind. They finally dropped that line of text that they used to have on the MI 11 which makes a newer phone cleaner. They have swapped out the glossy finish for this matte leather-like one and I think it’s perfect.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Design
Xiaomi 12s ultra is the best design phone Xiaomi has ever made it’s a rounded seamless body that feels like it was designed with your hands in mind they finally dropped that line of text that they used to have on the mi 11s which makes the newer phone cleaner they’ve swapped out the glossy finish for this matte leather-like one and I think it’s perfect I genuinely think this is the one type of finish that can feel both premium and practical it’s got a hint of softness zero fingerprints plus it’s grippy it feels like the body of a professional camera and speaking of cameras for me this is the biggest design improvement is how Xiaomi has presented them here.
You know that scattered complexity that top-end phone cameras have started to exude like the Vivo x80 pro and even Xiaomi’s last old phone where there are just so many distinct elements I think this central uniform circle is the antidote to that it doesn’t make the protrusion any less but it’s so much neater and so when compared to Samsung when you factor in that the symmetry of the Xiaomi practically eliminates all table wobbling how its curved corners are less jabby how the texture on its back is less slippery and as a bonus how it’s easier to clean the dust build-up around one big ring as opposed to five smaller rings.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Dimensions
I think Xiaomi’s made enough sensible decisions for me to give this design category to them so then you flip the phone around and you’re greeted with a familiar sight at first glance this is pretty much the cookie cutter format of how 90 of android phones now look from the front the screen has been updated to fit the 2022 spec it’s now based on funnily. it’s nothing you haven’t seen before and bizarrely since the company’s last me 11 ultras the screen bezels have gotten thicker and the viewing angles worse which I can’t help but be disappointed by and it’s enough for me to air towards Samsung in the screen category.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Animation
I started properly using the phone and I was just shocked at how fast the 12s is. It flies and when you pair that speed with the lively animated mini 13 software skin it’s a visual spectacle. I mean don’t get me wrong miui is not perfect it’s notorious.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Third-Party Apps
A little bloated with pre-installed apps and it seems quite aggressive in restricting the use of third-party launchers which is kind of a shame because that freedom is one of my favorite things about android but I like its style I like how it’s not as corporate feeling as Samsung’s one UI it’s a little less utilitarian and it’s just more color and more personality it doesn’t take itself seriously and for me.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Processor
Just more fun I spent so much time in the personalization section making sure my icons are just the size that I like them choosing my favorite fingerprint scanning animation and even how my phone behaves when it receives a notification and this whole software experience is catalyzed by the fact that this Xiaomi is not powered by the same snapdragon 8gen 1 chip that the Samsung is but in fact the new 8 plus gen 1. It’s not a complete generational gap in performance between the two but it’s enough that I can notice it when I’m deep into a prolonged gaming session it does creep out ahead which kind of makes sense because the key thing it was designed to do was to be more efficient to get less hot and therefore be better at sustaining performance over a longer period.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Speakers & Storage
Shout out to the speakers by the way loud and crisp and very much on par with Samsung’s best and the 12s ultra does also come right out of the box with twice as much storage as Samsung’s phone does start at 256 gigs.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Fingerprint
I’m giving the performance category to Xiaomi except for its fingerprint scanner which is not fast Xiaomi does have this cool feature when you’re holding your finger on the fingerprint scanner you can kind of feel the intensity of the vibration rising until the point where it kind of clicks in place and the phone unlocks it’s very satisfying but the fact that you have to hold your finger there for a noticeable period it is starting to feel a bit slow in 2022 and it’s also quite easy to miss the scanner now I do have to caveat this review with something last year.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Software Updates
It did perform better than any other but in the even longer term, I think this phone has been let down by late and a lack of software updates now whether this is just where Xiaomi’s priorities generally lie or whether it’s just because this device, in particular, didn’t sell in huge numbers I don’t know but I just got a strong feeling.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Camera
The phone was from the same year there were simple features like being able to use the full rear camera feature set while taking selfies by using the second screen on the back of the phone that I was under the impression was just a very quick update away but still over a year after launch haven’t arrived That might change this year but I’m just saying that I haven’t seen anything from Xiaomi that confirms it.
It all led us to the battle of the cameras. Can you tell us my favorite bit? The very first thing you notice about the 12s ultra camera is that much like the rest of the software it is rapid and it opens in a split second.
Thanks to a new feature that allows the camera to get ready to launch before you’ve even clicked on it and then the capture time are also dramatically quicker than last year this now sits next to the iPhone as one of the snappiest phone cameras out there which also has the knock-on effect of less motion blur in the end photos and we should probably talk about those end photos because one of the other key upgrades on this phone is a new one-inch sensor which makes this the highest end camera hardware in the entire crop of current flagships.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Videos
Xiaomi 12s ultras video is a big step up from Samsung’s it’s slightly better at those high dynamic range scenarios and it is much cleaner looking especially at night when a phone’s ability to fight grain becomes more important than ever plus Xiaomi’s done a little bit of magic when it comes to the image stabilization they’ve got a new system in place on this phone that they’re calling hyperois and what it means is that if I hold these two phones side by side and give them both a shake look at the difference the Xiaomi is just rock solid and then finally I do also like to give extra credit to companies when they can also make the camera experience fun.
Xiaomi 12s Ultra Battery
On-time Samsung does have a higher battery capacity technically but it seems to be balanced out by Xiaomi’s more efficient chip that said the charging situation is pulling me slightly more towards Xiaomi. it charges faster when physically plugged in with 67 watts of power versus 45 it charges much faster when it comes to wireless with up to 50 watts of power versus up to 15 it can reverse charge other phones faster being able to deliver up to 10 watts of power to another device versus 4.5 and I also just really like Xiaomi’s battery software it lets you set up automation to save further battery and like two clicks and it even tells you all the different settings you could change to give you extra battery and exactly how many extra minutes they’re going to give you based on your current usage.
In this case, just I love them both and I wish the two companies could come together and meld all the best features into one but we can’t so use this article to decide which things are most important to you and then which of these phones does those things the best do remember that Samsung also has an s pen so you know if that’s important to you it probably makes your decision a little easier I made a cool video digging into the future phones that companies are working on behind the scenes.