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Leica launches the Cine 1: A new chapter in home cinema

Explore the Leica Cine 1, a premium ultra-short throw projector that marries Leica's optical legacy with cutting-edge home entertainment technology.

With a history spanning 169 years in the field of and optics, Leica has now stepped into the home entertainment arena with the introduction of the Cine 1. This ultra-short throw projector represents Leica's maiden foray into this sector.

A fusion of elegance and technology

The Cine 1 is a product of Leica's collaboration with Hisense, announced in August 2022 and showcased at the IFA Conference in Berlin the following September. Designed as a luxury item, it fits well within Leica's established reputation for superior quality in optics and imaging. The projector's is particularly noteworthy, featuring a robust aluminium body, a sliding dust cover, a front speaker grille, and the distinctive Leica red-dot logo.

State-of-the-art features and optics

The heart of the Cine 1 is its triple-laser RGB Hisense light engine, akin to those found in Hisense's top-end ultra-short throw projectors. It includes a single-chip DLP system with Texas Instrument's 0.47-inch micromirror device and XPR four-phase pixel-shifting technology, enabling it to deliver full UHD resolution (3840×2160 pixels). The projector boasts a brightness rating of 3,000 ANSI lumens and a lifespan of 25,000 hours. Its dynamic contrast ratio is a remarkable 2,000,000:1, exceeding the BT.2020 colour gamut, offering an exceptionally broad colour range.

The Cine 1 features Leica's 0.25:1 Summicron lens, incorporating four aspherical elements for sharp imaging. Leica's Image Optimisation (LIO) technology has also been applied to enhance natural colours, detailed gradations, and contrast. The Cine 1 supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision HDR processing for those keen on technology. It also includes a Google TV streaming platform, providing access to 4K content, a Next-Gen TV ATSC off-air tuner and a Dolby Atmos-compatible audio system with two 25-watt speakers.

Availability and pricing

Leica is offering two models of the Cine 1, which differ in the size of the image they project: 100-inch and 120-inch. The 100-inch model is priced at US$9,400 (S$12,790), and the 120-inch model is priced at US$9,950 (S$13,540). These projectors are currently available at the Leica Store at Raffles Hotel Arcade.

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Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia
Nurin Sofia is a news editor at Tech Edition. Her interest is in technology and startups, occasionally crunching news for gaming. Sofia enjoys playing video games, going on bike rides, and gardening when she isn't behind a keyboard.

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