Both Leica and Huawei have confirmed that they are no longer working together. In 2016, the companies concluded a long-term cooperation agreement in the field of smartphone camera technology. From 2016 to 2022, Huawei phones got cameras bearing the Leica name.
The cooperation between Leica and Huawei has ended as of March 31 this year, Both companies confirm the record† In response, the companies said they valued the collaboration and said it brought “new technical standards and capabilities” in the field of cameras in phones. The companies did not say why the collaboration ended.
Monday Xiaomi . announced To announce a smartphone in July in collaboration with Leica. It was already clear that Leica had found a new partner, but the cooperation with Huawei had not yet been confirmed.
Huawei used the partnership with Leica for the first time in 2016 in P9 and Mate 9 smartphones. The best models of the following years also received cameras manufactured in collaboration with Leica. The Huawei P50 models It is the last of the Leica branded hardware on the back of the phone.
Leica worked with Huawei, among other things, to improve the lenses used, which were made by a third party. The two companies also worked together to fine-tune image processing and Huawei devices had settings that should mimic colors from Leica cameras.
Huawei has largely lost its smartphone market share since the United States imposed tough sanctions on it in 2019. So the Chinese manufacturer can no longer offer Google services on its smartphones, making it less interesting for the Western market.
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