Leica presented the second version of its “own” smartphone Leitz Phone 2. The word “own” is in quotes because it is actually Aquos R7 from Sharp, with the only difference being a red logo on the back of the case, under the main camera unit.
The Leitz Phone 2 is based on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, equipped with a 6.5-inch OLED display and a 5,500 mAh battery. The rear camera contains a single sensor, which the company calls “the largest in a smartphone” — a one-inch 47.2-megapixel CMOS matrix with an aperture of ƒ/1.9 (although it can be mentioned here that the Xiaomi 12S Ultra uses a very similar sensor from Sony). It should be noted that the previous model, Leitz Phone 1 (which, in turn, was rebranded Sharp Aquos R6) had a camera with exactly the same specifications.
The Leitz Phone 2 will be sold only in Japan starting from November 18, the price will be ¥225,360 (~$1,588). At the same time, the Sharp Aquos R7 is $200 cheaper (189,360 yen). What else will the owner of Leica get for this $200? Well, first, the red logo. Second, a magnetic protective cover for the rear camera. Third, a pair of widgets — one tracks the onset of the golden hour based on your location, the other provides access to a gallery of Leica photographers. And that seems to be all.