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Leica’s second-branded smartphone sports a massive 47.2MP 1-inch sensor

Leica’s second-branded smartphone sports a massive 47.2MP 1-inch sensor

And boy, does it look so familiar


Leica has existed for decades, perhaps best known as a household brand when it comes to taking incredible pictures, You may also recognize it as a company that sometimes prefers its branding on the camera lens of a smartphone. Xiaomi and Huawei. But as it turns out, the company also sells Leica-branded smartphones, and as you can imagine, they kept a strong focus on their cameras. The company has now released its second entry, the Leica Leitz Phone 2, and like its predecessor, it’s exclusive to Japan — but that’s not stopping camera enthusiasts from salivating anyway.

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Leica Leitz Phone 2 just announced by softbankAnd it’s a phone that looks like it makes a pretty appealing offering for Japanese camera enthusiasts (via) gsmArenaIt looks very similar to its predecessor, and its square corners and heavy rear camera bump are similar to those of another popular, yet very old, powerful camera phone, the Nokia Lumia 1020. The device is equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and is powered by Android 12 out-of-the-box – it is unclear when it will get Android 13 or not.

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The reason you probably buy this phone is its camera smart. It has a 47.2MP primary 1-inch sensor which, according to Leica, will work with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip to switch sensor modes based on the environment and lighting conditions. Its predecessor had a 20MP camera, so it’s quite different from what’s already available, and it will definitely be interesting to see it in action.

Of course, anyone who follows niche smartphones can recognize this device – and its camera specs – Sharp Aquos R7, This is not a case of mistaken identity; This Leica variant is, effectively, the same smartphone with the new logo. The original also shared its Leica Leitz-branded camera, as the two companies worked hand in hand to develop the sensor. There are some small visual changes to the frame, but for the most part, we’re looking at similar models here.

Sadly, you probably won’t be able to buy one. Like the Leitz Phone 1 and Sharp’s Aquos R7, and it doesn’t look like Leica is planning to bring its successor outside of Japan. However, it’s still a very good smartphone, and we definitely wish other OEMs copied a thing or two from it.



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