Leica launched the Leitz Phone-1 (1st self-branded mobile) that was launched in 2021, Japan by partnering with Sharp & SoftBank. The Deutsche image creator revealed the Leitz Phone 2, its 2nd gen smartphone, an aptly named sequel.
The renowned image expert’s new and second smartphone offers improved imaging and additional one-of-a-kind functionality to integrate consumers into the Leica brand of photographic marvel. The latest Leitz Phone-2 is made of the Sharp Aquos R7 handset, which got its launch earlier this year.
Unlike the Leitz Phone 1, which is the successor of the Aquos R6. The software and the color scheme are the only crucial difference between the first and second general Leitz models.
Leica’s signature photography experience in a smartphone
The Leitz Phone 2 from Leica, designed for photographers and those who want to be, combines unwavering quality and exceptional optics, distinctive aluminum design, and cutting-edge picture capabilities. The standalone color for the Leitz Phone 2 is “Leica White”, unlike The Leitz Phone 1 which got a black color grading.
The mobile body is different from any “Leica” promotion. But, “Leitz” branding is engraved. Being seen on the camera loop, in the center of the rear panel & on the metal lens lid accessory that has the camera.
With a user-friendly interface (inspired by Leica), the device has Android 12 as a surprise package. Additionally, Leica created the Golden Hour widget just for the Leitz Phone 2 to show the golden hour times during the sunrise and sunset when the warm light is ideal for taking beautiful images. A unique LFI widget can display pictures taken by Leica photographers.
The camera app has options like, “Leitz looks” that mimic Leica M lenses. For choosing the Leica M model shutter audio & Leica filters there are various options apart from seamless settings which cover Leica camera UI. The Leitz Phone 2 from Leica got a similar feature as the Sharp Aquos R7, except for the above tweaks.
Harnessing Leica’s outstanding features
The Leitz 2 is a smartphone with only the necessary features, allowing users to focus only on taking photos of their unique moments in the highest possible image quality.
In general, there is a 6.6-inch IGZO-OLED system with a refresh rate of 240 Hz, 2730*1260 pixel resolution & a 16 MP front-selfie camera hidden behind a punch-space outer body. It also presents a top brightness feature of 2K nits. The rear 47.2MP camera on the rear has a 1″ sensor.
7 phase Leica Summicron lens with a 19mm focal length & an F/1.9 aperture is placed alongside the Sharp & Leica co-developed device. A 1.9MP portrait sensor is also featured. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 8th Generation SoC with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM & 51 2GB of UFS 3.1 save power to the device. It contains a MicroSD card slot that can extend around 1 TB of storage.
Dolby Vision is supported by the central punch-hole panel, which also conceals an ultrasonic fingerprint reader. The Leitz Phone 2’s range of uses is equally as diverse and adaptable as the moments that a user can capture with its 6x digital zoom and 8x adjustable selfie camera zoom.
A few of the smartphone’s extra features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, sub-6GHz 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GNSS, NFC, USB Type-C, USB PD (PPS), and wireless charging. Also featured is a 5,000 mAh battery along with an IP68 rating. Beginning on November 18, 2022, it will be available for sale in Japan at JPY 225,360, or about $1,540.