In 2021, Leica partnered with Sharp and SoftBank to launch its first self-branded smartphone called Leitz Phone 1 in Japan. Today, the German camera maker has launched its second-generation handset aptly named Leitz Phone 2.

LEITZ PHONE 2 Announced

Just like the last year model, which was based on the Sharp Aquos R6, the latest Leitz Phone 2 is built on the Aquos R7 released this year. The only major differences between the original phone and the rebranded model are colorway and software.

The Leica Leitz Phone 2 comes in a single white color option called ‘Leica White’. For the unaware, the Leitz Phone 1 came in black.

Interestingly, there’s no ‘Leica’ branding anywhere on the smartphone’s body. Instead, it uses ‘Leitz’ branding. It can be seen on the camera ring, at the center of the rear panel, and on the aluminum lens cap accessory included in the box.

The device boots Android 12 with a customized interface inspired by Leica. It comes with a special LFI widget showcasing pictures shot by Leica photographers.

The camera app offers features like ‘Leitz looks’ that stimulate Leica M lenses. The quick settings in the app are based on the Leica camera UI and there are also options to choose Leica M series shutter sound and Leica filters.

Apart from the aforementioned differences, the Leica Leitz Phone 2 is a Sharp Aquos R7 inside out.

Hence, it comes with a 47.2MP 1-inch image sensor sporting an f/1.9 lens. This main camera is paired with a 1.9MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 12.6MP snapper for selfies and video calls.

LEITZ PHONE 2 cameras

The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC paired with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. It has a MicroSD card slot to further expand the storage by up to 1TB.

LEITZ PHONE 2 with magnet type dedicated lens cap
LEITZ PHONE 2 with magnet type dedicated lens cap

It flaunts a Pro IGZO OLED display with a resolution of 2730 x 1260 pixels (WUXGA+), 10-bit color depth, 240Hz refresh rate, and 2,000 nits peak brightness. The centered punch-hole panel supports Dolby Vision and houses an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor underneath it.

Other features of the smartphone include a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 rating (dust and water resistant), sub-6GHz 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GNSS, NFC, USB Type-C, 5,000mAh battery, USB PD (PPS) charging, and wireless charging.

LEITZ PHONE 2 unveiled

Leica Leitz Phone 2 Specifications

CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SM8450 3.0GHz Octa-Core

GPU: Adreno 730

Display: 6.6″ WUXGA+ 2730×1260, Pro IGZO OLED Display, 120Hz (1Hz-240Hz)

RAM: 12GB LPDDR5

Storage: 512GB UFS3.1 (upto1TB for microSD)

Main camera: Dual

  • 2 MP (1-inch sensor, 19mm, f/1.9)
  • 9 MP (ranging sensor)

Selfie camera: 12.6 MP (27mm, f/2.3)

OS: Android 12

Dimension: 161.0× 77.0×9.3 mm

Weight: 211g

Battery: 5000mAh

Colors: Leica white

Wi-Fi Standard: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi6

Bluetooth: v5.2

Waterproof and dustproof: Waterproof (IPX5/IP8X) Dustproof (IP6X)

USB: USB Type-C

Earphone Jack: Yes

Authentication method: Fingerprint sensor (in-screen 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max), Face ID

Others: VoLTE, nanoSIM/eSIM, Osaifu-Keitai/NFC

Network: 5G support

Leica Leitz Phone 2 Price and Availability

The Leica Leitz Phone 2 is priced at ¥225,360 ($1,540) in Japan. It will be available for purchase starting November 18.

LEITZ PHONE 2

Just like the Leitz Phone 1, this one may also remain exclusive to the Japanese market.

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