By Heinz Richter
For several years Leica has been working with Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei. That cooperation apparently has come to an end. The Japanese electronics giant Sharp recently showed their model Aquos R6 with Leica-Branding and it appeared that Leica was switching to cooperate with Sharp on the mobile phone market.
But they went a considerable step further. Leica presented the first mobile phone in Japan that is sold under its own brand name. The Leitz Phone 1 shares most of the technical specifications with Sharps , but buyers are promised a "real Leica experience", partly because of the design and a modified user interface.
The outstanding feature of this phone is its one-inch, 22-megapixel sensor, the largest currently available in any mobile phone. This is coupled to a Leica 19mm f/1.9 lens.
Even though the Leitz Phone 1 is based on the Sharp R6, it has several exclusive features of its own. Memory is 256 gigabytes, twice as much as the R6. This can be expanded by up to one terabyte using a card. A 5,000 battery is also installed, and the device has an IP68 certification, which promises dust and water resistance. The operating system on the Leitz Phone 1 is Android 11 with a "largely monochrome" user interface, reports "".
For now, the smartphone will only appear in Japan and it is unknown when the device will also be available in other parts of the world.