Leica just launched its third-gen smartphone


Leica is a brand many of you might be familiar with as a camera brand. In the mobile space, they have worked with companies like Xiaomi to lend their technology and expertise. But in case you didn’t know, a few years ago, the company launched their first-ever smartphone, the Leica Leitz Phone, and now they’re back with the Leitz Phone 3.

The Leitz Phone 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This is a bit unfortunate given that we’re in 2024 and the Gen 3 is already available. It also comes with a 6.6-inch display with a 240Hz refresh rate. It is accompanied by 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and it’s also IP65 and IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.

The smartphone also packs a 5,000mAh battery and comes with Android 14 preinstalled. The cameras are probably the most interesting aspect of the phone. Instead of going with a multiple camera setup like we’ve seen on the majority of smartphones, Leica has opted for a single 47.2MP 1-inch CMOS sensor. It also has a 12.6MP front-facing shooter.

The software is also where this phone shines. According to the company, the camera software will help to simulate some of Leica’s most iconic lenses. This includes the Noctilux-M 1:1.2/50, Summilux-M 1:1.4/28, and Summilux-M 1:1.4/35. They have also introduced “Leica Perspective Control” that can help correct the perspective of falling vertical lines. There are also different color tones that users can use to create different moods, such as Monochrom, Cinema Classic and Cinema Contemporary.

It is clear that Leica isn’t trying to compete with Apple or Samsung with the Leitz Phone 3. Instead they focused on creating a true camera smartphone. Unfortunately, it seems that much like its predecessors, the Leitz Phone 3 will only be available in Japan. Unless you get a gray market import, you won’t be able to get your hands on it.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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