Leica launches its first smartphone in Japan (but it’s really a re-branded Sharp Aquos R6)

Camera maker Leica has been partnering with smartphone makers for years, with companies including Huawei, Panasonic, and Sharp shipping phones with Leica-branded cameras. Now Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank has introduced the first Lecia-branded smartphone. The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is available exclusively in Japan, where it goes up for pre-order June 18 for ¥187,920 (~$1700). The phone […]

Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III smartphones feature variable telephoto lenses

Sony makes high-end cameras. Sony makes high-end smartphones. And Sony makes the smartphone camera image sensors found in many of the best phones for snapping photos, including Google’s Pixel series. But Sony’s smartphones have historically been… just fine for taking pictures, although things have started to look up recently. So it’s interesting to note that […]

OnePlus 9 smartphone will be the first with a Hasselblad camera system

At a time when many top smartphones have the same processor, memory, and display options, camera technology remains a way that some phone makers try to set their devices apart. Sometimes that means putting new types of cameras in a phone. Sometimes it means stepping up image quality via software. And sometimes in means partnering […]

Lilbits: AYA Neo, Google Chrome, Samsung smartphone cameras, and Alphabet’s “Wolverine” super-powered hearing moonshot

Google’s parent company Alphabet is working on a line of audio-enhancing products that could turn out to be next-gen hearing aids, or possibly something much more. Meanwhile Google has announced plans to speed up the release schedule for its Chrome web browser by 50-percent, with new stable builds now rolling out every four weeks. Samsung […]

Lilbits: Qualcomm doesn’t want NVIDIA buying ARM, and Xiaomi’s next flagship could have 120X zoom and a second screen in the camera bump

After launching in China late last year, the Xiaomi Mi 11 launched globally this week. But while the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 108MP camera, and 120 Hz display might seem like premium features, a new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has leaked, and it’s got some even more premium characteristics. among other things, there’s a camera […]

Google is bringing new health tracking features to Pixel phones (thanks to the cameras)

You can already use most smartphones as glorified pedometers thanks to apps that can use the motion sensors to track your movement. If you have a Google Pixel smartphone soon you’ll be able to use the phone’s hardware to track even more health stats. Google says in March it will bring the ability to measure […]

Sony Xperia PRO is a $2500 camera display that doubles as a 5G smartphone

The smartphone space is increasingly competitive and some companies that were once major players are now considering abandoning ship. But Sony is taking a different approach and playing to its strengths with its newest high-end smartphone. You know what products Sony is really good at? Cameras and displays. So the company’s new Sony Xperia PRO is a […]

Caviar will sell you an iPhone 12 Pro with the camera removed (for $5000 and up)

One of the key selling points for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max smartphones are their top notch camera systems. But some folks don’t want a camera on their smartphones. If you value privacy and/or have the sort of job where you regularly go places where cameras are not permitted, you might be stuck […]