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Leica phone announced by SoftBank in Japan

SoftBank has announced a Leica-branded phone for the Japanese market. Leica has lent its identify to phone digital camera programs earlier than, however this Leitz Phone 1 is the primary time the Leica model and iconic pink dot has taken priority on a smartphone.

The digital camera system is in fact going to be paramount for a tool like this, and the {hardware} right here is definitely uncommon. There’s a single 20-megapixel 1-inch sensor — the largest in any phone — with a 19mm-equivalent f/1.9 ultrawide lens, which means different focal lengths want to make use of digital zoom.

If that sounds acquainted, properly, Sharp announced the exact same thing a month ago. The Aquos R6 has the identical Leica-branded digital camera system — although the Leitz Phone 1 makes it look quite a bit larger — and different specs like its 120Hz Professional IGZO OLED display screen are additionally a match.

Alternatively, the Aquos R6 doesn’t include a lens cap and matching case.

SoftBank can be promoting the Aquos R6 alongside the Leitz Phone 1, and isn’t making an attempt to cover the similarities behind the 2 telephones. As an alternative, it’s positioning the R6 as a mannequin for somebody who simply desires the Leica digital camera, and the Leitz Phone 1 for individuals who worth Leica’s {hardware} design. And apart from, what could possibly be extra in preserving with Leica custom than tweaking current merchandise with a pink dot?

Preorders for the Leitz Phone 1 begin tomorrow in Japan. It’ll value 187,920 yen, or about $1,700.

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