Huawei and Leica have been working together for several years, producing good flagships with excellent photo capabilities. As a result, their cameras have repeatedly taken the first places in the DxOMark rating. By the way, the first gadget created jointly was the Huawei P9 of 2016. But now, it seems, the Huawei-Leica collaboration is coming to an end.
Insider @RODENT950, who is known for leaks about Chinese new products, reported that the companies are splitting up, and the Huawei P50 series will be the last joint project. What’s more, the partnership between the two companies has dropped from Leica’s software and hardware to mere branding.
Therefore, most likely, you should not wait for some new Leica technologies. And all we get is the slogan “Co-engineered with Leica”.
Leica’s role in Huawei’s phones has fallen from software and hardware to just branding.
P9/Mate10 contained classical Leica expertise
P20/P50 began to go in a different direction more efficient and innovative hardware.
RYYB sensors, periscope super zooms
Freeform lenses etc pic.twitter.com/r9pt7QFZN4
— Teme (特米)😷 (@RODENT950) May 15, 2021
This is probably due to the US sanctions, because of which Huawei’s mobile phone business is already on the verge of survival. It has also been hit hard by the ongoing shortage of chips.
Rumor has it that Leica is now looking for a new partner, and Huawei’s place may be taken by companies such as Xiaomi, Honor and Sharp.