After years of collaborating with Huawei to power its camera, Leica has finally released its own smartphone. The Leitz Phone 1 is a rebranded version of the Sharp Aquos R6 – as Leica admitted when introducing the smartphone. Given that this is a Leica product, it’s understandable that the emphasis is as much on the overall aesthetics as it is on the camera, and Leica has had its say on both ends. The smartphone has a single rear camera with a large, circular module that also has a magnetic lens cover, and it looks taut and upright with sharp but smoothened angles. The signature Leica red dot logo is located just beside the camera on the back, which is made of matte black glass.
The phone will also have ‘Leica silver’ side metal frames, with a total thickness of 9.5mm and a weight of 212g. Leica has also stated that the interface will be “largely monochrome,” in keeping with the company’s overall aesthetics
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Price and availability for the Leitz Phone 1
The Leitz Phone 1 was launched as a Softbank exclusive, so it will only be available in Japan for the time being. There’s a good chance it’ll remain an elusive, limited-production model – and thus never reach a global audience. However, nothing about global availability can be said at this time. It is only available in one variant and costs JPY 187,920. (approx. Rs 1.25 lakh).
The big party piece of the Leitz Phone 1 is a 20MP, 1-inch sensor with an f/1.9 lens on the back. There’s no multi-camera magic going on here, just some old-fashioned optical precision (hopefully). The device will also include a special ‘Leitz Looks’ mode, which will allow the phone camera to produce black and white levels that are consistent with Leica’s legendary monochrome standards. It also has a front-facing camera with a 12.6MP image sensor.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 6.6-inch IGZO OLED display with 2,730 x 1,260-pixel screen resolution (which gets 120Hz variable refresh rate advertised as 240Hz with black frame insertion), 1TB expansion slot, a 5,000mAh battery, and an IP68 durability rating are among the phone’s other more mundane features. According to reports, the software interface is similar to stock Android 11, which is a good thing.