Leica has released its first phone for the Japanese market with the SoftBank exclusive Leitz Phone 1. The internals are shared with another Japan-exclusive phone – Sharp’s recently launched Aquos R6 with the only difference being in the phone’s design including the camera bump which is now circular and comes with its own Leica-branded lens cap.
The Leitz Phone 1 comes with a 6.6-inch IGZO OLED display with a 2,730 x 1,260-pixel resolution and an adaptive 240Hz refresh rate display. The big highlight is around the back where we find the massive 1-inch camera sensor. It’s a 20MP shooter with an f/1.9 aperture and 19mm equivalent focal length. The selfie shooter on the front comes in at 12.6MP.
The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage which is expandable via microSD. The software front is covered by Android 11 with Leica’s own custom interface on top. There’s an IP68 rating and a 5,000mAh battery to round out the spec sheet.
Pricing for the Leitz Phone 1 is set at JPY 187,920 ($1,700) with pre-orders in Japan starting tomorrow.