New Xiaomi 12S Ultra with a detachable lens may be unveiled today

Can you remember the slogan “Never Settle“? It belongs to OnePlus, and it is derived from consumer perspective; meaning consumers should Never Settle for less. But from a producer or manufacturer perspective, that slogan should belong to Xiaomi, because in reality, Xiaomi is the company not willing to settle for the norm.

Apart from having a firm footing from the entry-level, all the way to the bleeding-edge flagship market, Xiaomi is also known for it R&D prowess that has birthed multiple tech innovations in the past, especially within the mobile and smartphone industry.

New Xiaomi 12S Ultra with a detachable lens may be unveiled today Xiaomi mi mix alpha
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha

One such remarkable innovations and technology breakthrough was seen with the company’s Mi Mix Alpha, the first and only all-screen smartphone rated above 180% screen-to-body ratio according to GSMArena. The company has got many other “First stamps” since the release of the Mix Alpha, and yet another of such titles might go official today.

So we are talking about a variant of the recently announced flagship Xiaomi 12S Ultra. What is new? Well, according to a Weibo video linked below, this new upcoming model will sport a detachable camera module on the rear, making it the first flagship smartphone with a detachable camera lens.

The phone was teased in a somewhat short 6-second video, so a lot are yet to be known about the phone. But being a variant of the 12S Ultra, we are expecting a device with a minimum of 6.7-inche 2K display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen+ 1 CPU, and possibly Google Android 12 OS.

But what we are yet to know is how the rear camera module will look like. Since it is detachable, is the phone still going to have another rear camera, or just the detachable lens? What happens when the lens is removed? Are we going to see the image sensor like the case of a DSLR when the rear lens is removed? Will the phone have an extra rear camera, or buyer will have to carry a separate lens every they go?

Xiaomi is obviously trying to bridge the gap between smartphones and full fledge DSLRAs. But as interesting as this concept is, a lot of explanations are still required. We’ll find out more about the camera specification and mechanism after it announcement today at 2PM China time, or 7:00 AM GMT+1.

Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.