Leica has officially launched its full entry into the world of smartphones with the launch of its first Leitz Phone 1 after years of working in the smartphone sector to develop cameras for other companies such as Huawei and Sharp.
The company will launch its phone via SoftBank in Japan and will be exclusive to it for now, but it is not known if it will expand its launch to other countries.
The Leitz Phone 1 features a design similar to the regular Leica camera with a metal body and curves of corners with a flat top and bottom, and a large circle for cameras on the top of the back that comes with a protective matte glass, and colors in black and gray, as is the case with the company’s regular cameras.
The phone also features a 20-megapixel camera with a 1-inch sensor, which is the largest in smartphones, accompanied by the Sharp Aquos R6 phone, which came primarily in cooperation with Leica, and the sensor features an f/1.9 shutter aperture to provide distinctive lighting, while on the opposite side there is a front camera With a 12.6 MP lens.
The Leitz Phone 1 will come with a 6.6-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2K and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and it contains a hole in the middle of the top of the front camera.
The Leica phone adds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor for flagship phones, and it carries 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage – expandable through microSD external memory cards up to 1 TB.
The phone will provide a 5,000 mAh battery, and it will support the IP68 water and dust resistance standard, in addition to supporting the Android 11 operating system.
The phone will be available at a price of approximately 1,700 USD, which is a high price compared to other smartphones, but it may be a suitable option for photography enthusiasts.