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Leica’s latest phone is all about its massive camera, but good luck finding one

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TL;DR

  • Leica has announced its second smartphone.
  • The Leitz Phone 2 packs a 47.2MP 1-inch camera, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and a 240Hz display.
  • Pricing starts at ~$1,580, but availability is limited.

Leica currently lends its logo to the Xiaomi 12S series, but before this, the company revealed a phone of its own. This week, it unveiled a follow-up in the form of the Leica Leitz Phone 2 (h/t GSMArena).

Like its predecessor, the Leitz Phone 2 is based on the Sharp Aquos platform with a slightly redesigned body. It packs sharp corners and ridged edges. A predominantly white colorway makes the red Leica logo really stand out, too. Above that logo sits a dominating camera hump housing a 47.2MP 1-inch sensor fronted by an f/1.9 aperture 19mm lens. There’s also a 1.9MP portrait sensor accompanying it. The Leitz Phone 2’s camera housing includes a metal lens cap for both style and protection.

Core specs impress, too. There’s a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC powering the entire package with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of expandable storage playing support. A 5,000mAh battery keeps a 6.6-inch 240Hz display alive with a 2,730 x 1,260 resolution.

Those concerned with Android updates will have to settle for Android 12 for now.

As with most Leica products, the Leitz Phone 2 is not cheap. It’ll cost 225,360 yen (~$1,580), making it nearly as costly as a Galaxy Z Fold 4. There’s no word on global availability yet, but we suspect the Leitz Phone 2 won’t breach Japanese borders, much like its predecessor and the Sharp phone that underpins it. The device goes on sale in Japan on November 18.

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