Leica’s Leitz Phone 1 is as expensive as iPhone 12 Pro Max


The first Leica smartphone, which was announced in June this year, went on sale . The device is dubbed the Leitz Phone 1. The smartphone is only sold in Japan and is available in Softbank’s online and retail stores for about $ 1,700 which makes it as expensive as the iPhone Pro Max model.

The main camera of the Leitz Phone 1 is equipped with 1 inch CMOS sensor featuring a 20.2-megapixel image sensor, an F / 1.9 aperture lens, electronic image stabilization and autofocus with 6x digital zoom. The front camera has a resolution of 12.6 megapixels, a lens with an aperture of f / 2.3 and a viewing angle of 78 degrees.

Since its invention, photography has undergone many changes and in different ways, and the end of this process is in no way visible. Images captured with a smartphone have become a way of instant communication, a visual language without limits. Our customers combine smartphones and Leica cameras to meet the needs of any given situation, the moment in time and the desired result. Considering our leading expertise in optical engineering, design, image processing software, our own smartphone is a logical consequence that further emphasizes Leica’s innovative potential.

-Leica CEO Matthias Harsch

Leica Leitz Phone 1 camera specs

Created as a tribute to company founder Ernst Leitz and only available in Japan, the Leitz Phone 1 retains the core specs of the Sharp Aquos R6.

It has a Snapdragon 888 SoC with 5G connectivity and Wi-Fi 6, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, a 6.6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1260 x 2730 pixels. The smartphone runs on Android 11 operating system.

The main camera module is now circular like a camera lens, and even comes with a protective cap that’s held in place with magnets. The camera can produce both RAW and JPEG file formats, and Leica has included its own proprietary Leitz imaging engine for the promise of “state-of-the-art computational bokeh, color correction, edge refinement and realistic noise reduction.”

Leitz Phone 1 Specifications

    • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform*
      Octa-core 2.8 GHz + 1.8 GHz
    • 6.6” WUXGA+ (1260 x 2730) Pro IGZO OLED
    • 12 GB RAM/256 GB ROM
    • Main camera:
      • 1” CMOS image sensor, 20.2 MP
      • Aperture: f/1.9
      • Focal length: 19 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
      • Angle of view: 98°
      • Low light ToF AF
      • Electronic image stabilization
    • Front Camera:
      • CMOS image sensor with 12.6 MP effective pixel count
      • Aperture: f/2.3
      • Focal length: 27 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
      • Angle of view: 78°
  • Wifi : IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Bluetooth : version 5.2
  • Battery : 5000 mAh (inbuilt battery)
  • IP5X** and IP68***
  • Face scan and fingerprint sensor (Qualcomm® 3D Sonic Max
  • Mobile wallet/NFC
  • 5G / 4G / 3G
  • Android™ 11

Price and Availibility

The Leitz Phone 1 has been produced exclusively for the Japanese market, and is priced at JPY 187,920 (about US$1,700).


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