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Leica’s new smartphone is equipped with Leica cameras

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Leica’s new smartphone is equipped with Leica cameras


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Smartphone camera systems may be close to maxed out with regard to lens count and general capability, but Chinese brand Xiaomi has still found a way to majorly level-up its flagship model’s photographic pedigree.

Leica lenses are used in the new Xiaomi 14 Ultra, which runs on Android OS, and the Xiaomi 14, which is a camera based on Android OS. Like the best watchmakers and German camera companies, Leica offers products that have a high demand not just for their quality but also because of their collectability.

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According to CNET, the new Xiaomi is the third-biggest smartphone maker behind Apple and Samsung, despite the fact that its phones aren’t sold in the U.S.

The flagship Xiaomi 14 Ultra’s main selling point is its arrangement of four rear-facing cameras housed in a sizable camera bump. The primary camera features a 50-megapixel 1-inch sensor—among the largest available in a smartphone—allowing for more light and therefore brighter photos with more detail. The large sensor is paired to a 23mm wide-angle lens with an f/1.63 – f/4.0 aperture. This allows users to adjust light levels, depth of field, and focus.

Additionally, the 14 Ultra also has 3.2x 75mm telephoto lens, a 5x120mm telephoto lens, 12mm ultrawide angle lens, 32-megapixel front-facing camera, and an optional “Photography Kit” accessory that features a grip with a two-stage shutter button, zoom lever, customizable video recording button, customizable dial, and battery bank.

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Meanwhile, the Xiaomi 14 features a trio of lenses—wide, ultrawide and telephoto—housed in a more discreet camera bump. CNET reports both phones can safely be submerged in water up to 30 mins, support 90 watt wired charging as well as wireless charging. Both also feature AI-enhanced abilities like image searching and a portrait function which creates novel compositions from pre-existing photos.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra will be released in Europe, UK, in March. Its price starts at the equivalent of $1.650. Xiaomi 14 is priced starting at $1.080.



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