Xiaomi Introduces Smartphone Disguised as Leica Camera

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Xiaomi’s new flagship smartphone has been introduced in China and is expected to be introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. On the front of the 14 Ultra is the excellent Leica main camera, equipped with a state-of-the-art Sony 1-inch sensor.

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The ultra camera manages to stay in the spotlight thanks to the 50-megapixel main camera built mainly around Sony’s LYT-900 1-inch image sensor. It has a fast F1.63 aperture, 23mm equivalent focal length and optical image stabilization.

The telephoto camera, periscope lens and ultra wide-angle lens complement the main camera, making the Leica quad camera a unique environment on the back. Each lens maintains the high standards set by its predecessors, enhancing imaging capabilities with a 50MP Sony IMX858 sensor. The camera now integrates the company’s latest advanced intelligent signal processor chip, enabling the best photography from the four main models. The device also supports video recording at up to 8K/30 fps, 1080p slow motion at up to 1,920 frames per second, and 4K time-lapse photography.

Powering the device is Qualcomm’s latest flagship SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, cooled by a dual-way vapor chamber. Users can choose to equip the smartphone with 16 GB high-speed RAM and 1 TB UFS 4.0 storage.

On the front, there is a Dolby Vision OLED display with a large diagonal of 6.73 inches and a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels. It utilizes a 120 Hz conversion rate, has a maximum brightness of 3,000 nits, and supports a wide DCI-P3 color gamut.

The device is made of high-strength aluminum alloy midframe with good resistance to bending, and there is a titanium alloy variant in development. It also has improved drop resistance and has IP68 sealing to prevent dust and water ingress.

Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 7 and 5G, Bluetooth 5.4 with aptX HD support, aptX adaptive and LDAC audio decoding, and USB-C port with theoretical data transfer of up to 10 Gbps. The device has a 5,300mAh large-capacity silicon carbon battery, supports 90W wired fast charging, can be fully charged in 35 minutes, and supports 80W wireless charging.

Global release date announced at MWC 2024 in China with a starting price of 6,499 yuan. No US sales required, and optional Leica Pro grips with extra battery life and tactile controls are available.