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Week 27 in review: The 1-inch Xiaomi 12S Ultra is here, ROG

Another week down, and as big ones go, this was it. Right on cue, Xiaomi unveiled the 12S series with the Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro, and the highly-anticipated 12S Ultra.

We’ll start with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, as it’s been one of the most read-about devices on our website. It finally broke the 1-inch type barrier on a phone with the Sony IMX989. The behemoth sensor is around 30% larger than the 1/1.12″ sensor in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which in itself was already the largest imager on a smartphone.

The new main camera can lean on Leica’s photographic expertise. There are two photographic styles on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra – Leica Authentic and Leica Vivid, as the names suggest, one is a toned-down look, while the other is a more common punchy and HDR look.

The other two rear cameras are a 5x telephoto, and a 13mm ultrawide with AF and macro.

The Xiaomi 12S Ultra has a 4,860mAh battery with 67W charging, and a 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED with 120Hz variable refresh rate.

Processing is done by the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The same chip is at the helm of the Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro. Those two get a 50MP, 1/1.28″ main camera. It’s the same IMX707 sensor as on the 12 and 12 Pro, however, all three S-series models were “co-engineered with Leica”.

Sadly, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will be China exclusive, so we only have the other two members of the series to look forward to in Western markets.

Asus launched the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro. The latest gaming phones bring a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the Pro offers up to 18GB of RAM. Both phones share a 6.78-inch 1080x2448px with 165Hz with a bonkers touch sampling rate of up to 720Hz. The camera department also received an update with a 50MP Sony IMX766 main shooter next to a 13MP ultrawide module and a 5MP macro cam. The selfie shooter is now a 12MP Sony IMX663.

ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro are still utilizing a 6,000mAh battery split into two 3,000mAh cells and you get dual USB-C ports – one on the bottom and another one on the side. Wired charging is still capped at 65W just like the ROG Phone 5 series. The software front is covered by Android 12 with ROG UI and Zen UI.

ROG Phone 6 with its 12GB RAM and 256GB storage will retail for €999/£899 in Europe and INR 71,999 in India while the top-specd ROG Phone 6 Pro with 18GB RAM and 512GB storage will retail for €1,299/£1,099 and INR 89,999 respectively.

Those are the key stories of the week but you can find a full list of our best read stories below.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra brings 1-inch sensor, Leica optics and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Along with a 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED display, 4,860mAh battery with 67W charging.

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro debut: Leica cameras, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset

The two models improve the camera hardware and software compared to the 12 and 12 Pro and bring a more efficient chipset.

Disassembly video reveals the bonkers size of Xiaomi 12S Ultra's IMX989 camera module

The module makes full use of the 1″ sensor, unlike certain previous efforts. But it is a rather large and thick module.

Asus ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro debut with SD 8+ Gen 1 and up to 18GB RAM

The latest ROG Phone installments bring new chipsets, 165Hz screens and better cameras.

Oppo Reno8, Reno8 Pro launching in India on July 18

The Indian Reno8 Pro is likely a rebadged Reno8 Pro+ available in China.

Asus Zenfone 9 official product video leaks revealing phone design and specs

The next compact Android flagship from Asus is on its way.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra in for review

The pinnacle of phone imaging rounded off with the highest level of specs.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to outsell the last four Galaxy Notes

Looks like Samsung’s idea to merge the Note and S lines through this phone has paid off.

Kuo: Apple to increase iPhone 14 Pro share, non-Pro iPhone 14 to miss on A16 chipset

Such action would also benefit component suppliers which expect significant yearly growth.

nubia Red Magic 7S Pro visits Geekbench

Shows off 16GB of RAM, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and Android 12.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro comes with larger display, Xiaomi Book Pro with 12th gen Intel processors

The Mi Band 7 Pro has a wider display, offering more room for showing health data and notifications. The laptops come in 14″ and 16″ sizes.

BOE gets iPhone 14 OLED screen orders after all

A new report says Apple certified the panels last week, and mass production will start this month.

Xiaomi 12 Pro gets a Dimensity 9000+ version

The chipset is new, but also the camera setup and battery.

nubia Red Magic 7S series will arrive on July 11

The Red Magic 7S Pro will keep the looks of the 7 Pro.

OnePlus 10T price leaks via Amazon listing

The base 8/128GB trim will reportedly cost £799.

Watch the Xiaomi 12S Series launch live

The stream starts at 11AM UTC time (1PM CET).

Lava Blaze comes with glass back, stock Android 12 and agressive price

Lava is promising 2 years of security patches for the phone, a free screen replacement for the first 100 days and free service at home.

Poco C31 joins the millionaires club

It’s not a very often talked about phone, but one that sells incredibly well nevertheless.

Realme GT2 Explorer Master design revealed

It will come with a 50MP camera with OIS.

Huawei nova 10 series debuts alongside Huawei Tag

The phones go on open sale from July 8 while Huawei Tag is coming on July 30.

Nothing Phone (1) will have in-display fingerprint scanner

The detail is confirmed in a recent YouTube video and TikTok posted by the company.

Nothing phone (1) will come with a 120Hz screen

The device is scheduled to launch on July 12.

Realme announces GT2 Explorer Master is arriving on July 12

The new phone will be themed around the camping experience.

Teardown of the Asus ROG Phone 6 shows all the cooling optimizations

The cooler has to go in the middle – this keeps the phone comfortable to hold and gives you access to the four buttons on the cooler.

Realme GT2 Explorer Master will be first in the world with LPDDR5X RAM

The company also reveals more details about the screen, including a 120 Hz refresh rate.

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