Leica announces Leitz Phone 1, its first self-branded smartphone


German digital camera maker Leica has labored with many smartphone makers earlier than however by no means launched a cellphone beneath its personal banner. That adjustments immediately with the Leitz Phone 1. This is the first smartphone that not solely includes a Leica-made digital camera system but in addition will get its signature branding.

Announced at a Tokyo press occasion (through Engadget Japan), the brand new Leica cellphone might sound acquainted to many. It comes bearing a single, big 20MP 1-inch digital camera sensor, the largest one there might be on a cellphone. The digital camera module additionally will get a magnetic round lens cap.

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There’s a 12.6MP selfie shooter on the 6.6-inch OLED show with a scalable 240Hz refresh charge. At the core of the cellphone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. A 5,000mAh battery powers the Leitz Phone 1.

These are the precise specs of the Sharp Aquos R6, proper right down to the 1-inch digital camera sensor. Leica wasn’t shy of acknowledging that the 2 telephones are basically the identical, aside from the digital camera module form.

Leica Leitz Phone 1 value and availability

Leica Leitz Phone 1 lens cover

The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is just obtainable via Softbank in Japan as of now. There’s no phrase on world availability, identical to the Aquos R6.

As far as pricing is anxious, the Leica Leitz Phone 1 will retail for 187,920 yen or about $1,700.


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