In the absence of Huawei, Xiaomi is turning out to be the main competitor to Samsung in the Android world. The recently launched MI 11 Ultra from Xiaomi is one of the best Android phones released so far this year that goes toe to toe with the best offering from Samsung, the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

 

Now, Xiaomi is going to do what Samsung wouldn't do with the next flagship S lineup the Galaxy S22 Ultra and that is to equip this novel technology on the Mi 12 Ultra at the end of this year.

 

You see for months it was expected that the Galaxy S22 Ultra would be the first mainstream smartphone to get the under-display camera technology but Samsung decided not to go with it for two reasons.

 

A) Low yield rates, I mean the percentage of non-defective under-display cameras of all produced items were low and weren't enough to equip in the tens of millions of Galaxy S22 Ultra phones Samsung is expected to sell.

 

 B) There was this mosaic pattern that appears in certain backgrounds.

 

For that reason, Samsung has decided to only equip the tech on the Z Fold 3 that's scheduled to launch in a couple of months. But Xiaomi, on the other hand, thinks the tech is ready for prime time and will implement it on their next flagship.

 

Galaxy S22 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra, Under Display Camera, Quality Comparison

The Mi 12 Ultra scheduled to launch at the end of the year. They have showcased 3 prototypes already and according to the company the 3rd gen tech they showcased last year can “perfectly disguise” the selfie camera underneath, since the area of the display above the camera has the same density of pixels as the rest of the screen. That's a lie because in its promotional video there still appears to be a small square shadow visible behind the display.

 

Anyway, while we have mostly adjusted to the hole-punch cameras at this point, I'm sure no one is going to miss them either. So bring on the UDCs, and here's hoping the tech evolves quickly.

 

The Mi 12 Ultra will also have an Ultra Wideband chip (UWB), which calculates locations to within less than a half-inch, something we already see on Apple and Samsung devices.

 

Even carmakers including Audi, BMW, and Ford are hot for UWB. The uses of the Ultra Wideband chip are way more than just file sharing and location finding. So good to see more OEMs are on board for this tech.

 

The handset will have a 120W wired charging while the wireless charging is going to be 70W which is an intermediate step between the highest-end 120W/50W specs from the Mi 10 Ultra and the upcoming 200W wired and 120W wireless major upgrade.

 

And finally, the handset will continue the high-quality screen specifications of the current Mi 11 and will be further upgraded to an LTPO adaptive refresh rate screen that can achieve 1-120Hz adaptive refresh.

 

Xiaomi is expected to unveil the handset in December.

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