Xiaomi 12 Ultra could represent the start of a partner change for Leica : according to the well-known (and very often trusted) leaker Digital Chat Station, the prestigious German camera company would have chosen to continue its mobile adventure with another Chinese company when the contract expires with Huawei. It is easy to imagine why renewing that contract was not the most exciting choice for Leica, given that the ban inflicted by the US on the company led by Ren Zhengfei shows no sign of loosening its grip – indeed, just a few days ago, President Joe Biden made the situation even more complicated.
The source of the indiscretion simply says that Leica and Xiaomi have signed a contract, but does not expand with more details significant. We therefore do not know the magnitude , in this first year, of the collaboration. It is reasonable to expect at least some exclusive software enhancements – perhaps some filters or a specialized processing algorithm – but who knows, maybe the two companies will have time to immediately present a “co-engineered” camera as happened with Huawei.
It has been rumored for some time that Leica was looking for a new partner to continue staying in the cabinet. The names of both Xiaomi and Honor had emerged, a company born in the womb to Huawei but sold and made independent precisely to allow it to escape the American Ban. From this point of view, nothing new to report, although it is easy to imagine why the transition from Huawei to Honor, which can return to integrate Google services and therefore have relevance in the Western market, could make perfect sense.
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This summer Leica also tried a different approach: it has partnered to bring to market a smartphone “all of its own”, or rather with its own brand. It’s called Leitz Phone 1, and it’s basically a special version of SHARP Aquos R6. Despite being a top-of-the-range device in all respects, it has a very particular camera configuration – let’s say unique: only one sensor, but gigantic (1 ” ) from 20, 2 MP and with Leica lens Summicron . The IGZO Pro OLED panel is 6.6 “and reaches a refresh rate of well 240 Hz. Unfortunately it is unlikely that we will find it in our country: as for all SHARP devices, its availability is limited to Japan only – and even if it arrived, the expense would be important. The list price in the Land of the Rising Sun is comparable to just over 1. 400 € .
Regarding Xiaomi 12 Ultra, it is assumed that it will arrive a little later than expected – first quarter of Previous rumors spoke of a main sensor from 50 MP for Ultra and Pro, 200 MP for Xiaomi 12 base .