Bundled devices for the Leitz Phone 1.
SoftBank has actually announced a Leica-branded phone for the Japanese market. Leica has actually lent its name to phone cam systems before, but this Leitz Phone 1 is the very first time the Leica brand and renowned red dot has taken precedence on a mobile phone.
The electronic camera system is obviously going to be critical for a device like this, and the hardware here is definitely uncommon. Theres a single 20-megapixel 1-inch sensing unit– the greatest in any phone– with a 19mm-equivalent f/1.9 ultrawide lens, indicating other focal lengths require to utilize digital zoom.
If that sounds familiar, well, Sharp announced the precise very same thing a month earlier. The Aquos R6 has the same Leica-branded video camera system– though the Leitz Phone 1 makes it look a lot bigger– and other specs like its 120Hz Pro IGZO OLED screen are likewise a match.
On the other hand, the Aquos R6 doesnt included a lens cap and matching case.
SoftBank is also selling the Aquos R6 along with the Leitz Phone 1, and isnt attempting to hide the resemblances behind the two phones. Instead, its placing the R6 as a design for somebody who just wants the Leica video camera, and the Leitz Phone 1 for those who value Leicas hardware style. And besides, what could be more in keeping with Leica tradition than tweaking existing items with a red dot?
Preorders for the Leitz Phone 1 start tomorrow in Japan. Itll cost 187,920 yen, or about $1,700.