Leica Just Launched Its First Smartphone with a 1-Inch Sensor

Leica announces its first smarphone with 20Mp camera

Renowned camera manufacturer Leica has launched its first-ever smartphone in the market today. Dubbed the Leitz Phone 1, the device comes with the world’s largest camera sensor on a smartphone and the flagship-grade Snapdragon 888 chipset. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the key specs and features of this device.

Leitz Phone 1: Key Specs and Features

The German camera-maker launched the Leitz Phone 1 at a press event in Tokyo recently. The device comes with a 6.6-inch Pro IGZO OLED panel with support for a 240Hz refresh rate. The panel has a resolution of 2730 x 1260p.

Leica announces its first smarphone with 20Mp camera

Under the hood, the Leica smartphone boasts Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There is also a huge 5,000mAh battery to power the device.

Now, coming to the USP of the device – the cameras, the Leitz Phone 1 comes with a 20MP 1-inch super-large sensor. It uses a 7-element lens with an f/1.9 aperture that supports an array of wide angles and up to 6x digital zoom. There is also a 12.6MP selfie snapper on the front.

The rear camera supports RAW and JPEG format and also has a “Leitz Look” mode that allows users to take Leica signature monochrome images. Furthermore, Leica includes a magnetic lens cap for the rear module to protect the large image sensor.

Leica Just Launched Its First Smartphone with a 1-Inch Sensor

Other than the cameras, the others specs match Sharp’s Aquos R6 smartphone, which was announced last month. In fact, the Leitz Phone 1 is manufactured by Sharp. However, the production process, the cameras, and the UI of the device are under Leica’s supervision. The chassis here has been developed and designed by Leica in its design studio in Munich, Germany.

Price and Availability

Now, coming to the price, the Leitz Phone 1 will retail for 187,920 yen (~Rs 1,25,000). The device is currently only available through Softbank in Japan. There is currently no word on whether the company will launch the Leitz Phone 1 in the global market.

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