We know this comparison cannot be considered a real buyer ’s guide for most readers because Xiaomi’s smartphone is only sold in China for now. But I have a feeling the 12S Ultra will see in the world debut eventually. And even if the 12S Ultra is not widely available, it is possible to still worth a comparison for the sake of curiosity, because in terms of slab smartphones, the Xiaomi 12S Ultra & Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra offer the best and “ most ” hardware right now. I have been using both smartphones heavily, and I have a unlimited thoughts, including a very detailed camera department with dozens of samples. Let’s move on.

 This comparison had done after months and weeks of testing a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra & Xiaomi 12S Ultra respectively. Each smartphone was provided by the company for review purposes, but neither the Samsung nor the Xiaomi had any input in the article.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Xiaomi 12S Ultra: Hardware and Design

The two Ultra handsets actually have a lot in common in terms of camera features and software features, so the biggest areas in which the two smartphones deviate can actually be here in the design.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is boxy, with hard corners with a minimalistic camera system design without a camera island the lenses just sit on the smartphone ’s body.

Xiaomi’s 12S Ultra, likewise, is curvy with rounded corners & a gigantic camera module which screams for attention.

The back side material is different too, obviously. Samsung company uses a matte glass panel that’s cold to the touch. Xiaomi company uses a faux-leather finish that feels textured, grippy, and warm to the touch. Personally, I really like the look of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s boxy design more,

The other major differences factor: the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a stylus included with the handset, stored inside the smartphone via a silo at bottom of the device. The Xiaomi’s 12S Ultra has no such offering, so that it loses out on all of those functions too, naturally


Other than that, the both smartphones are beginning to share a lot of similarities. The display panels, for example, are relatively same in tech despite having different shapes. They are both WQHD+ 120 Hz AMOLED developed by Samsung, and both are absolutely excellent panels. To nitpick: the Galaxy S22 Ultra does get quite brighter, but this is only notice-able if I am using the smartphone under scorching sun-light without any covering, like at a beach. In Karachi with lots of tall buildings constantly providing few shade, I almost never needed either handset display to run full brightness.


The Xiaomi 12S Ultra runs on the Qual-comm Snapdragon 8Plus Gen1, the great processor available in the Android space right now. Samsung’s smartphone, because it’s few months older, runs on either the older Snapdragon8 Gen1 or Samsung ’s own Exynos 2200, depending on the region of buyers. I haven’t used the Exynos 2200 at all, but according to some experts and other media peers, the Exynos 2200 is a problematic ( SoC ) that is little bit inferior to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. So if your region only has access to the Exynos 2200, here is likely a big gap in performance & efficiency between the both Xiaomi 12S Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Battery, memory, and other hardware

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a larger 5000mAh battery capacity than the 12S Ultra’s 4,860mAh battery capability, but for me, the Xiaomi smartphone offers better battery life because the Snapdragon 8Plus Gen 1 is more efficient than the Snapdragon 8Gen 1. RAM is the same for both devices, either 8 GB or 12GB of RAM, but Samsung offers a higher storage option up to one TB in addition to the now flagship standard 256GB / 512GB variants. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra only comes with the latter two.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Vs Xiaomi 12S Ultra : Cameras

Main Camera

Samsung’s lead shooter is a 108 MP camera using the Samsung ‘s own ISOCELL HM3 sensor. It is got a reasonably large 1 / 1.33inchs size which, coupled with the nona binning technology ( combining 9 pixels worth of data into one for a 12 MP photo ) makes for a very capable shooter which grabs a lot of light while keeping contrast.

Xiaomi’s main camera, moreover, is technically much impressive: it’s a 50 MP SonyIMX 989 camera with a 1-inch photo sensor that is 86 % larger than Samsung’s 1 / 1.33inches. It, too, uses pixel binning technology ( just four_in_one compared to Samsung’s nine_in_one ) to produce a 12.5 MP shot. The camera is also covered by an 8layer lens that ( at least according to company marketing ) was developed by Leica specifically for this camera.

To conclusion,

in this article post we have covered all the parts of the both smartphones. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us