After some previous rumors, Xiaomi today finally confirmed its “long-term strategic partnership” with Leica and that they have co-developed a flagship smartphone ahead of its July 2022 launch. This will be the latest mobile imaging device after Sharp, Huawei and Panasonic. collaboration of the German camera company.
Xiaomi is not the first Chinese phone manufacturer to use the photography know-how of a renowned camera brand. At the end of 2020, Vivo followed in the footsteps of Sony plus Nokia and joined forces with Zeiss, with the latest release being the X80 series. More recently, Oppo and OnePlus have started releasing handsets co-developed with Hasselblad, including the Find X5 series and the OnePlus 10 Pro.
Xiaomi hasn’t shared much else about this upcoming product, but our money is on a “Xiaomi 13” label and Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, along with some classic image aesthetics and filters on Leica’s part. In the press release, CEO Lei Jun added that “this partnership will give a strong boost to Xiaomi’s imaging strategy.”
Stay tuned for more news in July.
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