There was no Lei Jun Xiaomi mobile phone launch conference, but a “camera” was directly released

Just now, Xiaomi once again stood in the spotlight. On the stage of this press conference, we saw a familiar "new face" – Lu Weibing.

Although it lacked thunderous humor, Lu Weibing, who took over, brought the first "Full Ecology for People, Cars and Homes" conference in Xiaomi's history, in which Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra was undoubtedly the most dazzling star.

Unchanged "face", upgraded "lizi"

From the comparison of lens modules alone, there is almost no difference between Xiaomi 13 Ultra and 14 Ultra.

Behind the seemingly unchanged design, Xiaomi mobile phones have officially entered the third chapter of mobile imaging, and opened up mobile imaging by improving and optimizing the capabilities of mobile photography in the four aspects of "color", "tone", "space" and "texture" new level.

Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra's redefinition of mobile photography comes from Xiaomi's comprehensive update of the "software and hardware" of the photography module.

Since reaching a strategic cooperation with Leica in 2022, Xiaomi has made significant changes in imaging style. The "Leica Optical Summilux System" is the latest result of the cooperation between the two. Relying on this system, the 14 Ultra also has the most advanced technology in the mobile field. One of the optical designs.

Among them, the fully upgraded "four cameras and complete six focal lengths" combination is the top priority of Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra's excellent photography performance.

The four lenses combined with ISZ lossless zoom cover a total of six key focal lengths of 12mm, 23mm, 46mm, 75mm, 120mm and 240mm, with continuous stops in between.

Relying on six focal lengths, the 14 Ultra can shoot wide wide-angle and medium-focus close-ups, as well as cover distant scenery.

At the same time, each lens is equipped with a large aperture across the entire focal length, which is also the multi-camera combination with the largest aperture in the mobile field. There have been significant improvements in dark-light telephoto, high-speed shutter, and low-light shooting.

The "one-inch outsole" has long gone from alien technology back then to a flagship standard today. The main camera of Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra is equipped with the latest generation "Lightyu LYT-900" one-inch sensor from Sony. The 22 nm manufacturing process reduces power consumption by 56%. With dual native ISO Fusion Max, it can reach 14 EV single frame dynamic scope.

To put it simply, Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra can obtain a large enough latitude with just one frame (the camera can record the same exposure between the brightest value and the darkest value that contains details in the same photo). differences) to achieve high dynamic capture without relying too much on multi-frame HDR algorithm shooting.

In addition, this main camera lens is also equipped with stepless aperture adjustment. The aperture can be switched steplessly between f/1.63 – f/4.0. This is because the driving motor that controls the aperture has a 13-bit accuracy.

The physical aperture also adopts a 12-sided design, making the aperture closer to a circle, and the thickness of a single blade is only 55 μm.

The new ultra-wide-angle lens is another black technology on Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra.

While the ultra-wide angle brings a larger field of view, it also troubles many photography enthusiasts due to photo distortion. Although the post-processing algorithm can forcibly correct the picture distortion, the clarity will also be affected to a certain extent. This has always been a difficult choice. Full choice.

The ultra-wide-angle lens on Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra distorts the direct phase field to less than 1.5%, thus retaining the maximum clarity of the picture and almost getting rid of the distortion correction algorithm.

At the same time, this ultra-wide-angle lens has the largest aperture in the industry, reaching f/1.8. With the SONY IMX858 "Little Giant" sensor, the amount of light entering reaches 150% of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

In addition, the portrait-specific 75mm f/1.8 floating telephoto is a newly upgraded lens on the 14 Ultra, using Leica’s classic 75mm focal length.

Through the new "Floating Focus Group" technology, the lens is divided into two front and rear groups, extending the minimum focusing distance to 10cm to achieve super close-ups.

The other 120mm f/2.5 is the periscope telephoto lens, which has the largest aperture in the field of mobile optics and takes in twice as much light as the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The 10x lossless zoom can be extended to a focal length of 240mm and also supports a close range of 30cm. Shoot.

In addition to the stacking of hardware for mobile phone photography, software algorithms and post-production optimization are also important. In this regard, Xiaomi has integrated the world's first AI large-model computational photography platform-Xiaomi AISP on the 14 Ultra.

  • FusionLM fusion optical large model
  • UltraHDR super dynamic photos
  • UltraRAW super digital film
  • UltraSync multi-camera synchronization
  • UltraZoom beta ultra-long zoom
  • PortraitLM portrait model

Xiaomi AISP is composed of the above six model technologies, and its computing power can reach 60 TOPS, which is three times the 18 TOPS of its competitors.

In "Portrait Mode", "Super Capture" can shoot 150 photos continuously without losing speed or algorithm, which is equivalent to the phone having to process more than 30GB of raw data in 30 seconds.

Among them, PortraitLM is a large model specially customized for portrait photography. When shooting portraits, using this model technology can not only ensure that the face is fully exposed and the skin color is healthy and natural, but also prioritize the white balance to accurately tilt towards the skin color. On the basis of avoiding too radical noise reduction and beauty algorithms, the realism of portrait shooting is ensured.

PortraitLM also pays great attention to the portrait background. For shooting scenes with separated front and rear backgrounds, the large model can accurately identify and separate the subject and the background from the photo; at the same time, it uses light path tracing simulation technology to simulate the internal refraction and refraction of light in the background. The way of propagation makes the background of the picture look more natural.

The FusionLM fusion optical large model subverts the traditional HDR multi-frame synthesis. It uses multi-frame synthesis in the brightness domain and performs "brightness alignment" of each pixel in a linear manner.

UltraRAW super digital film can retain the most original optical information in RAW photos, providing professional photographers with rich post-production space.

UltraZoom beta ultra-long zoom will be used when the digital zoom is more than 30 times. After pressing the shutter, the background large model will analyze the picture. After a few seconds, the photo will become clear again. Due to the enhanced processing of the AI ​​algorithm, Xiaomi also A "dark watermark" is added to photos generated by this technology to state that the photo was created by AI.

Xiaomi takes three steps to turn a mobile phone into a camera:

First of all, the above-mentioned software and hardware combination upgrades make mobile photography possible to compete with professional cameras.

Secondly, Xiaomi has also customized a professional photography set for the entire machine, including a handle, dial and filter adapter ring. Transform your mobile phone into a professional photography equipment that is comfortable to hold in seconds.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra also supports Type-C direct connection of the handle, which has lower delay when pressing the shutter. It can also directly connect the charging cable to the external handle to power the phone, and the handle itself is also a mobile power bank.

Finally, Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra also adds a new street photography mode, which puts important parameters and adjustment buttons into the interface, imitating Leica's rangefinder camera, allowing users to capture wonderful moments in life at the fastest speed.

Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra also supports 8K shooting at all focal lengths. The main camera adds 4K 120fps high-speed shooting and has 4K 60fps full focal length zoom capabilities.

The biggest easter egg in the video presentation of the Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra conference was not the upgrade of the lens and algorithm, but Zhang Yimou, who became Xiaomi's chief consultant for influence.

Image flagship, or all-around warrior?

Although positioned as a professional imaging flagship, Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra is not just about imaging, but an all-rounder that is both internal and external.

Its middle frame is carefully made of high-strength aluminum alloy and uses Unibody unibody molding technology, which doubles the stiffness and its bending resistance is not inferior even to the titanium alloy of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The slope lines on the back of Xiaomi Mi 13 Ultra are cleverly "hidden", and the new phone presents a rare sense of lightness, as if to tell us: simple but not simple.

Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra inherits the toughness of Dragon Crystal Glass, and by imitating the microstructure of ceramics, its drop resistance soars to 10 times. The screen also adopts a congruent depth and slightly curved screen design, which not only maintains the clear vision of a straight screen, but also enjoys the comfortable touch of a curved screen. Accidental touch? nonexistent.

With 2K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 3000nit peak brightness, and DC+1920Hz eye-protection dimming, this screen lives up to its reputation as a “master screen.”

The addition of the third-generation Kona leather has taken the Mi 14 Ultra to a new level of grip, with a delicate touch and 6 times the wear resistance of the previous generation. It is also resistant to dirt, yellowing and antibacterial properties. Superior characteristics.

Communication capabilities are an important part of the "full ecology of people, cars and homes", and it is also a torture that Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra will inevitably face.

Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra is equipped with ThePaper T1 communication chip, which improves cellular network and Wi-Fi performance by 37% and 16% respectively. The underlying AI subsystem of Xiaomi ThePaper OS can intelligently learn your usage habits and pave the way for your communication experience in advance. .

As Xiaomi's first flagship phone to support two-way universal satellites, Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra is directly connected to Tiantong satellites and can maintain stable communications in extremely remote areas, always serving as a powerful assistant for the safety of explorers and photographers.

When the touch screen fails, you only need to press the power button five times in succession to activate the SOS mode, then use the volume buttons to confirm and turn on satellite communication, and the system will be able to send help text messages and phone calls with location information to emergency contacts. , realize one-click rescue.

Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra will be equipped with the innovative "Xiaomi Jinshajiang Battery". This battery technology reduces the size by 8% while increasing the power to 5300mAh and increasing battery life by 17%.

At the same time, with the blessing of Xiaomi ThePaper P2 smart fast charging chip and Xiaomi ThePaper G1 battery management chip, Xiaomi 14 Ultra is equipped with 90W ThePaper second charging and 80W ThePaper wireless second charging.

Like Xiaomi 14 Pro, Xiaomi 14 Ultra still uses the third-generation Snapdragon 8 flagship processor, coupled with a "dual-circuit ring cold pump" with an area of ​​up to 4000mm², which achieves both strong performance and efficient heat dissipation.

Of course, there are some flagship experience optimizations that must be mentioned. The memory freezing function allows you to switch heavy-load games at will; Dolby Atmos and spatial audio bring excellent audio resolution; the high-dynamic 4-MIC array allows The recording sound quality is as clear as crystal…

Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra comes in three colors: black, white, and “Dragon Crystal Blue” made of Xiaomi Dragon Crystal Ceramics. All Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra series are equipped with satellite communications and will go on sale at 10:00 am on February 27. Finally, let’s take a look at the prices of different versions of Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra:

  • 12GB + 256GB priced at 6,499 yuan
  • 16GB + 512GB priced at 6999 yuan
  • 16GB + 1TB priced at 7799 yuan

Xiaomi also launched the Mi 14 Ultra titanium special edition with 16GB + 1TB storage, priced at 8,799 yuan. The Xiaomi Mi 14 Pro titanium version equipped with satellite communications, 16GB+1TB, is priced at 6,999 yuan.

The first full ecology conference for people, cars and homes, smart devices are connected in series with screens

Xiaomi uses a screen to connect smartphones, furniture, cars and other devices together.

Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro is an important part of this.

Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro has a 12.4-inch LCD screen with a 3:2 ratio, and is equipped with the second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform. It can handle both business office and entertainment games with ease.

The powerful combination of LPDDR5X memory and UFS 4.0 flash memory, coupled with Xiaomi's storage expansion technology, allows this tablet to maintain excellent reading and writing performance after long-term use.

By adopting 10000mAh+120W ultra-fast charging, Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro greatly improves charging efficiency. At the same time, this tablet is the first to use Wi-Fi 7 (HBS) technology, which has fast speed, stable connection and low latency.

In addition, the in-depth optimization of Xiaomi HyperOS makes multi-window operations smoother and power consumption efficiency has also been improved. And it can also be seamlessly interconnected with other Xiaomi products, such as mobile phones, PCs, smart home devices, and cars.

At the press conference, Lu Weibing also officially announced the price package of Xiaomi Pad 6S Pro:

  • 8GB + 256GB priced at 3,299 yuan
  • 12GB + 256GB priced at 3599 yuan
  • 12GB + 512GB priced at 3,999 yuan
  • 16GB + 1TB priced at 4,499 yuan

Starting from Xiaomi 12S Ultra, imaging has gradually become a major signature of Xiaomi mobile phones. This is related to market competition and is also inseparable from the cooperation with Leica.

At a time when computational photography and AI optimization are rampant, Xiaomi spent two years co-branding the Ultra flagship with the fourth generation of Leica to come up with its own mobile photography version answer: want them all, and be big.

It requires a large sensor, a large aperture, and a large model.

Because of this, Xiaomi Mi 14 Ultra has been labeled with various advanced technologies and obscure terms. It is these complexities that make the Ultra series an extremely easy-to-operate camera when placed in the hands of users, without having to do anything. Be prepared, lift your hands and document life professionally.

Configurations are rolling in like crazy, hardware is accelerating and iterating, and the greatest significance technology development brings to the consumer market is that we can use the most convenient equipment and enjoy the most cutting-edge technology.

This is true for mobile phones, tablets, and cars.

Author: Xiao Fanbo and Mo Chongyu

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