Leica is entering the crowded smartphone segment with the launch of its first handset – Leitz Phone 1. The phone’s big selling point is the cameras given the expertise of the company, and the Leitz Phone 1 packs a 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor with 19mm equivalent focal length.

The Leica Leitz Phone 1 runs on Android 11 and features a 6.6-inch UXGA + (2,730×1,260 pixels) OLED display. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with 12GB RAM. Internal storage on the phone is listed to be 256GB with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot ( up to 1TB).

The major highlight is at the back where the 1-inch camera sensor sits. Leica Leitz Phone 1 has a 20MP 1-inch sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 19mm equivalent focal length. There’s a monochrome mode at the back for taking pictures in black and white. Upfront, the phone features a 12.6MP selfie sensor.

Leica Leitz Phone 1 has a 5,000mAh battery on board and comes with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Connectivity options include USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth v5.2, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Face Unlock.

The first Leica phone, called the Leitz Phone 1, has launched in Japan. It is priced at JPY 187,920 (roughly Rs. 1,25,800) and is listed on the SoftBank site. The phone is available in a single Leica Silver colour option. Leitz Phone 1 will be on sale in Japan sometime in July.


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