Leica Unveils the Leitz Telephone 1: 1-Inch Sensor, B&W UI, and Lens Cap

Leica Unveils the Leitz Telephone 1: 1-Inch Sensor, B&W UI, and Lens Cap

Leica is launching its personal smartphone –the Leitz Telephone 1 — that will likely be completely out there by means of Softbank in Japan when it turns into out there in Japan. Whereas it’s a Leica telephone, it shares the identical guts because the Aquos R6, a smartphone that boasts a 1-inch sensor digicam that Sharp introduced in partnership with Leica in Might. Based on a report on Engadget, Leica was not afraid to confess that the Leitz Telephone 1 was only a rebadged model of the Sharp Aquos R6, however because it has finished previously, Leica centered on giving the telephone a “true Leica expertise” with completely different exterior design and consumer interface. So whereas the precise {hardware} is identical because the Aquos R6, the expertise of holding and utilizing the telephone seems to be fairly completely different. Beginning with what’s completely different, the Leitz Telephone 1 runs on Android 11 and options what Leica calls a “largely monochrome” consumer interface designed by the German digicam firm. That description doesn’t imply the telephone isn’t in coloration, however fairly the inventory apps just like the digicam telephone function desaturated menus and buttons. The house display screen of the telephone in addition to app icons are nonetheless in coloration, and the digicam can even nonetheless shoot in full coloration. That stated, the digicam app comes pre-loaded with “Leitz Seems to be” which concentrate on black and white photos. Apart from these adjustments, reportedly the precise interface and expertise of utilizing the telephone are fairly just like inventory Android. The design of the outside is touted as inheriting “Leica’s DNA,” which the corporate says implies that it solely incorporates parts that it thought had been “actually essential.” That mainly interprets to a minimalistic, all-metal exterior and a round digicam array that enables for the attachment of a steel lens cap that mimics an precise Leica digicam expertise. The digicam’s physique is 9.5 millimeters thick and weighs 212 grams. On the within, the telephone is equivalent to the Sharp Aquos R6. It options the identical massive 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor outfitted with a 19mm f/1.9 ASPH. Summicron, seven-element ultrawide lens. Together with the unique Sharp smartphone, it’s the largest sensor out there on any smartphone. It’s a prime lens nevertheless, so some other focal lengths are carried out fully with digital zoom. It additionally has the identical 6.6-inch IGZO OLED show that additionally homes a 3D ultrasonic fingerprint sensor beneath it that may learn as much as two fingerprints concurrently for elevated safety. Identical to the Aquos R6, the Leitz Telephone 1 is supplied with a Snapdragon 888 processor, 12-gigabytes of RAM. It does, nevertheless, present 256-gigabytes of cupboard space which is double what was supplied on the Sharp smartphone. The Leitz Telephone 1 is out there completely by means of Softbank Japan and can retail for 187,920 yen, or about $1,700 when it hits the market in July. Pre-orders begin on June 18. No point out of worldwide availability was revealed on the time of publication.

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