News hardware Xiaomi takes Apple and Samsung on the wrong foot with this completely crazy innovation
Published on 02/11/2022 at 20:50
Think smartphones never come close to DSLRs when it comes to taking pictures? Then this prototype currently under development at Xiaomi is likely to interest you!
Apart from the performance of the SoCs that equip the smartphones that regularly arrive on the market, the other criterion on which manufacturers seek to stand out from their competitors is none other than the photo block. On the program, ever more efficient sensors with an ambition in sight: to offer an experience as close as possible to that of an “authentic” camera.
However, it is clear that fans of the digital SLR and its interchangeable lenses are not ready to completely abandon their case in favor of a single smartphone, no matter how efficient. Xiaomi still hopes to convince them with its newly unveiled new concept.
Xiaomi unveils the 12S Ultra Concept and its Leica lens
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept is, as its name suggests, a revisited version of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, a smartphone recently made official by the Chinese manufacturer. The difference of this prototype is very visible: the camera is equipped with a mount for attaching Leica M-series lenseswhich are normally intended for SLR cameras.
This proposal would aim to transform the smartphone into a “tool for creating professional photos” with “authentic depth of field”. The hardware performance of the lens is then associated with the various software processing provided by the algorithms present within the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. In addition, it offers the capture of photos in RAW 10 bits. Enough to make you want to do a shoot to test this machine!
A Xiaomi concept soon to be on sale?
Unfortunately, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is unlikely to be marketed one day, according to the Android Authority website. Xiaomi is accustomed to presenting prototypes with high potential, but whose very niche orientation (and a price that we imagine very high) almost guarantees their commercial failure. In summary, this type of product is fun on video, but there are probably few people who would pay a lot of money to get it.. As such, we remember the smartphone prototype with a screen with four curved edges presented last year by Xiaomi, and which, unsurprisingly, never left the firm’s laboratories.
Photographers will therefore still have to juggle between their digital SLR and their smartphone to take photos in line with their desires of the moment, but we can still dream a little in the face of a concept that has continuity in its ideas.