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Leica, a company well-known for camera sensors has partnered with with Chinese giant Huawei, to launch its first self-branded smartphone targeted at the Japanese market — Leitz Phone 1, as a SoftBank exclusive device.

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The Leitz Phone 1 is pretty similar to the Sharp Aquos R6 which was also launched exclusively in Japan. The phone is touted to offer a “true Leica experience” down to the level of industrial design and user interface.

As for the design, the Leitz Phone 1 comes with Leica Red Dot and a magnetic circular lens cap. It also has a matte black glass cover on the “Leica Silver” metallic body. The device measures 9.5mm in thickness and weighs around 212 grams.

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The smartphone features a 6.6-inch IGZO OLED display and offers a 2730 x 1260 pixels screen resolution along with an adaptive 240Hz refresh rate. Underneath, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset, paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage with support for expandable storage.

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The key selling point of the phone is the massive 1-inch camera sensor on the back that has a 20-megapixel shooter with f/1.9 aperture and 19mm equivalent focal length. On the front side, there’s a 12.6-megapixel selfie snapper.

The device run Android 11 out-of-the-box with the company’s own custom user interface. The phone, which has an IP68 rating to make it water-resistant, is powered by a 5,000mAh battery.

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Leitz Phone 1 Specifications

Design

  • Dimension: 162.0 x 74.0 x 9.5mm
  • Weight: 212g
  • Color: Leica Silver
  • SIM: Nano-SIM
  • Waterproof (IPX5 / IP8X) Dustproof (IP6X)

Display

  • Type: Pro IGZO OLED, 120Hz (1Hz- 240Hz)
  • Size: 6.6 inch
  • Resolution: 1260 x 2730 × 1260 19.5: 9
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Hardware

  • Chipset: Snapdragon 888 SM8350
  • CPU: 2.84GHz Octacore
  • GPU: Adreno 660
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Memory Card Slot: microSDXC

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Dual
    • 20 MP, 1 inch sensor, 19mm, f/1.9
    • ToF
  • Selfie Camera: 12.6 MP, 27mm, f/2.3

Operating System

  • Android 11

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax Wi-Fi6
  • Bluetooth: v5.2
  • USB: USB Type-C
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • NFC: Yes

 

Battery

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging: Fast charging

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in the screen Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max), accelerometer, gyro, proximity
  • Osaifu Keitai

Network: 5G Support with Maximum downlink 2.4Gbps

Leitz Phone 1 Price and Availability

Leitz Phone 1

The Leitz Phone 1, which is a SoftBank-exclusive device, is priced at 187,920 yen in Japan that roughly converts to $1,700. The phone will be up for pre-orders from 18th June and will be available for purchase in late July.

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