The first Leica smartphone – Wired


Leitz Phone 1 has a giant one-inch sensor and is based on the recent Sharp Aquos R6

(Photo: Leica)

After collaborating with Huawei for several years, the historic photographic brand Leica presents its first smartphone called Leitz Phone 1 which will debut in Japan with an attractive design, a gigantic one one-inch sensor (already seen recently in Japan) and an equally exclusive price.

The name of the device itself is a tribute to the German firm founded in Wetzlar in 1869 by Ernst Leitz: Leica is in fact the abbreviation for Leitz (sche) Ca (mera). The aesthetic of the model is admirable, which incorporates the same feeling of the brand’s cameras, with the contrast between the metallic edge and a black matte finish with theiconic logo on red background on the back, next to the abundant photographic compartment in a round housing with the gem of the protection offered by a magnetic lens cap very similar to that of Leica lenses.

The massive single sensor on board is the same one that debuted a few weeks ago with Sharp Aquos R6 that is a 1-inch 20 megapixel camera with f / 1.9 aperture, while on the front there is a 12.6 megapixel selfie camera. The interface of the application for taking pictures incorporates in design and sound the same experience of Leica cameras, also enjoying proprietary algorithms and solutions.

leitz phone interface 1
(Photo: Leica)

At the hardware level, Leitz Phone 1 is a top of the range with 6.6-inch oled display with 2730 x 1260 pixel resolution with variable frequency update up to 240 Hz, the performing Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with 12 gb of ram and 256 gb of internal memory (double compared to the Sharp). expandable via micro sd up to 1 additional tb, a real rarity nowadays. The picture is completed by a fast rechargeable 5000 mAh battery and an ip68 certified body to survive dust and water. The operating system is Android 11 with a striking Leica interface in black and white.

In short, a smart smartphone with a refined camera intended for true connoisseurs. You pay for a lot of quality: the price of Leitz Phone 1 is 187,920 yen or more 1400 euro at the exchange. It is not clear if it will open up to international trade, for now it is an exclusive of the Japanese telephone operator Softbank.


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