All the time fancied proudly owning a Leica digital camera, however been postpone by their car-sized value tags? Effectively, Leica has simply launched what may very well be your dream digital camera telephone, the Leitz Telephone 1 – although it comes with a couple of massive caveats.For starters, the traditional digital camera maker’s first telephone will solely be obtainable in Japan by means of the retailer Softbank. For now, there is no information on a global launch, and there are good causes for that.First, the Leitz Telephone 1 is definitely a rebadged model of the Sharp Aquos R6, and Sharp solely sells its telephones in a couple of markets exterior Japan. Nonetheless, as an experiment for the remainder of the world to have a look at longingly, it is definitely an fascinating one – because the Aquos R6 is the primary telephone with a 1-inch sensor. That massive 20MP 1-Inch sensor alone makes the Leitz Telephone 1 an intriguing gadget, however Leica has added another touches – a couple of of that are barely questionable – with a view to make it worthy of “purple badge” standing.The lens is outwardly a seven-element f/1.9 affair with a wide-angle equal focal size of 19mm. Operating on Android 11, the Leitz Telephone 1 additionally contains a monochrome interface that is been personalized by Leica, whereas the digital camera app options ‘Leitz Seems’ on your impossibly trendy reportage images.Beneath the hood, the specs are spectacular: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB RAM, and 256GB of storage, which definitely units the Leitz Telephone 1 aside as a high-end handset.However it’s the extra touches and equipment that separate Leica’s telephone from the usual Sharp Aquos R6 – and it is right here that we discover that Leica has included a magnetic, round lens cap. We’re undecided smartphone photographers will fancy eradicating that each time they should take a fast snap, however it’s definitely in line with the telephone’s silver magnetic physique and basic air of exclusivity.Talking of which, the Leitz Telephone 1 will reportedly go on sale in July for 187,920 yen (round $1,705 / £1,225 / AU$2,255), which is not too dangerous contemplating the telephone’s purple badge and 1-Inch sensor. (Picture credit score: Softbank)Worthy of the purple badge?Leica has been dabbling in smartphone images for a couple of years now, beginning with the Panasonic CM1 in 2015. It made the lenses for that telephone, which additionally had a 1-Inch sensor, however Leica’s better-known collaboration has been with Huawei from 2016.Earlier this yr Huawei advised us that this partnership was partly right down to smartphone photographers in search of one thing apart from pure accuracy, therefore the inclusion of three coloration modes – Leica Vivid, Leica Gentle and Leica Monochrom – on the Mate 40 Professional to assist add just a little selection to the same old saturated look seen on most fashionable smartphones.The Leitz Telephone 1 is definitely one other step on that path, however it follows a well-recognized sample for them of utilizing Leica’s heritage so as to add advertising and marketing thrives to an present product, reasonably than being a brand new idea that is constructed from the bottom up. That is one thing Leica has additionally performed within the digital camera area, with a few of its fashions (just like the latest Leica SL2-S) being tweaked and rebranded Panasonic fashions. However none of those efforts appear to water down its admittedly well-earned popularity for making traditional, bomb-proof and extremely fascinating cameras just like the Leica Q2 or the gorgeous Leica M10.After all, it would be nice to see Leica design its personal smartphone within the vein of these cameras, however for now its rebranded model of Sharp’s intriguing 1-inch digital camera telephone provides us an intriguing taster of what that could be like. And, hopefully, the remainder of the world will get to see what it is able to with a wider worldwide launch.