Leica, the German brand that makes camera lenses, has presented as its first smartphone. The Leica Leitz Phone 1 comes with a large 1-inch camera sensor. It is basically the Sharp Aquos R6 in a different Chassis.
Leica Leitz Phone 1
Leica announces its first phone in Japan: the Leitz Phone 1. We mainly know Leica as a company that makes high-quality camera lenses and also collaborates with smartphone brands, including Huawei. The Leitz Phone 1 is the first phone under its own brand name, according to Engadget Japan.
The main player in this premium device is without a doubt the main camera. There is a big size 1-inch 20MP sensor on the back, which is the largest camera sensor that can be found on a smartphone, except Sharp Aquos R6. Large camera sensors can capture more light, increasing the quality and versatility of the camera. Leica supplies the phone with a magnetic lens cap that you place on the camera to protect it.
Diving deeper into the specifications of the Leitz Phone 1, we notice that the characteristics of Leica’s phone correspond to the Sharp Aquos R6. That is the latest flagship of the Japanese smartphone brand. Leica makes no bones about it and confirms that it is essentially the same device, but with a larger camera sensor on the back.
The Leitz Phone 1 has a 6.6-inch OLED screen with a high 240Hz refresh rate. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset, the Snapdragon 888 along with 12GB RAM and 256 GB of storage. The phone packs a big 5000mAh battery and runs on Android 11.
At the moment, the Leitz Phone 1 is only available in Japan, just like the Sharp device, and nothing is known about its availability worldwide. I don’t understand why they have released the phone in Japan as its Sharp counterpart is also selling in Japan. As for as the price is concerned, just like its cameras, you have to pay a ridiculous price of €1423.
Recently, leaks revealed that Leica will no longer work with Huawei after the launch of the P50 range and that it is looking for new collaborations. It has certainly found its new partner in Sharp. Are you interested in this first Leica phone? Would you like to see more devices from the camera brand? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article.