Xiaomi and Leica announce partnership. The first flagship will arrive this July.

TL;DR

  • Xiaomi has teamed up with Leica for the camera technology in its flagship phones.
  • Xiaomi-Leica’s first “imaging flagship” will launch in July.

Rumors about a possible Xiaomi-Leica partnership have been confirmed today. Xiaomi has announced a long-term strategic partnership with the German camera manufacturer. The union will pay off this July in the form of an imaging-focused flagship phone.

Leica had previously joined forces with Huawei. Its camera technology has been a part of Chinese OEM phones since the launch of the P9 in 2016. However, leaks revealed last year that the camera company is looking for a new partner and that its collaboration with Huawei would end with the P50 series. While Huawei has previously denied this development, it appears that the leaks were on to something.

However, the Xiaomi-Leica partnership could first appear on the rumored Xiaomi 12 Ultra. The company hasn’t specifically said so, but data-driven renderings of a Leica-branded 12 Ultra have been doing the rounds for a while now. The phone is expected to feature a quad camera setup with a 50MP IMX800 main camera and a periscope zoom lens.

Huawei’s Leica-branded phones offered monochrome images through camera hardware and software. They also delivered color filters in the camera app. We could see similar implementations in Xiaomi’s Leica stamped devices.

“We are convinced that the first jointly developed imaging flagship smartphone makes the pioneering progress of both companies visible. We will bring consumers in the field of mobile photography exceptional image quality, classic Leica aesthetics, unrestricted creativity and usher in a new era of mobile imaging,” said Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG, in a statement. press.

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