Xiaomi has partnered with Sony on the enormous 1-inch IMX989 sensor, which will be used by the Xiaomi 12 S Ultra, after announcing a relationship with Leica to fine-tune optics.

As the latest Sony Xperia Pro-I and the Sharp Aquos R6 and R7 have gone far beyond the sensor size were were accustomed to in the smartphone business, this is not the first 1-inch smartphone sensor ever used. Xiaomi and Sony co-developed this new sensor, which cost about $15 million, according to a statement on Weibo (h/t Android Authority ).

The Sony IMX989 sensor’s total resolution, however, was not disclosed. The sensor will have zero crop, which is something that the aforementioned devices with 1-inch sensors that are presently out in the market cannot boast, as this announcement article did affirm.

Additionally, according to Xiaomi’s post, the partnership with company founder Lei Jun confirming will result in greater light gathering abilities, quicker focusing, and better dynamic range performance. At the official Xiaomi 12S Ultra launch in China on July 4, complete information on the Sony IMX989 will be disclosed. The Chinese company made no mention of the next flagship’s availability outside of China, but we anticipate finding out more information very soon.

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