After a long collaboration with Huawei and the latest Sharp Aquos R6, Leica is finally launching its own smartphone. Announced at a Tokyo press conference earlier today, the Leitz Phone 1 is Leica’s first mobile phone, and will be a Softbank exclusive when it launches in July.
The cameraman isn’t afraid to admit that the Leitz Phone 1 is actually a revamped Aquos R6 (which isn’t bad either), with the former highlighting a “true Leica experience” down to the level of industrial design and interface. of user.
The Leitz Phone 1, named after Leica’s original brand, has a similar design language with its flagship cameras, and comes complete with a Leica Red Dot plus a magnetic circular lens cap. But instead of a leather screen, the device has a matte black glass cover to go with the “Leica silver” metal body – this one comes in 9.5mm thick and 212 heavy. You can protect the back side with the hard case in bundle.
Like the Aquos R6, the Leitz Phone 1 features a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor for its main f / 1.9 camera, with a 12.6-megapixel selfie camera on the other side. Its 6.6-inch IGZO OLED display offers a net resolution of 2,730 x 1,260, as well as a 240Hz variable refresh rate by means of black-frame insertion (to reduce motion blur; so it’s really only 120Hz).
While you’ll also find the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 flagship processor and 12 GB of RAM here, it gets 256 GB of storage space which is twice as much as the Aquos R6; and you can expand up to 1 TB with the microSD card slot. The generous 5,000mAh battery and IP68 dust / water resistance are here to stay.
The Leitz Phone 1 works with Android 11 which features a “largely monochrome” UI customized by Leica. Other than that, the interface looks largely similar to stock Android, based on the screenshots shown during today’s keynote.
For now, the Leitz Phone 1 is an exclusive Softbank in Japan, and costs 187,920 yen or about $ 1,700. Pre-orders begin June 18, and the phone will be available in late July. There’s not a word on international availability alone, so we’ll follow up carefully on other announcements.
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