All the birds on the tree know already that Huawei’s smartphone division is in trouble, at least in a global market. In the local market, they are still a big player and a major innovator. But, all those troubles that the US-China trade war brought them forced Leica to question their exclusive deal with Huawei. The same happened with Nokia and Zeiss when Nokia Mobile didn’t manage to become the third manufacturer in the past four years.
Anyways, some stories popped up about Leica searching for a new smartphone manufacturer partner which should benefit from their expertise in camera technology. Some were saying (hoping) that Xiaomi might be that manufacturer, but it turned out that the next smartphone brand to partner with Leica is SoftBank’s Leitz Phone 1.
Now, you might wonder and even comment, why is non-Nokia phones even being mentioned here, but when you check the design and looks of Leitz Phone 1, you’ll know the answer. When we saw this phone, it instantly reminded us of the Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 920 that came under the direction of Marko Ahtisaari. The curved edges of a body backplate and aluminum frame are like the cookie from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. The design that Leitz Phone 1 brought back has some roots in the first Lumia devices too, or Nokia N9, to be truthful. But, when you check the back of the phone, you spot immediately that Nokia Lumia 1020 like camera modul
Leitz Phone 1 definitely looks astonishing on the official renders, and its hardware is astonishing too. Softbank packed Snapdragon 888 inside the phone, 12 GB of RAM, 256GB of internal memory, 5000 mAh battery, and applied IP68 rating to the body.
There is also a 6.6-inch IGZO OLED 2K display with an adaptive 240Hz refresh rate, which is something Nokia fans can only dream of. The camera will have a large 1-inch sensor that counts 20MP and has an f/1.9 aperture. Leica is covering the software part of the camera app. The selfie camera is a bit underspeced with a sensor that has just 12.6 MP.
The only thing that is not that great about Leitz Phone 1 is its price which is set at $1,700 or 1430€.
If we put aside the price, something like this would be perfectly fine to see from Nokia Mobile. It doesn’t have to have a Nokia 9 PureView type of technology breakthrough or to be that much innovative, it just has to be good, nicely built with the right amount of hardware specs. Would you save for Nokia Phone 1 if it miraculously happens this summer? It could be an Only fans edition :).