Chinese electronics and home appliance maker Xiaomi today announced the launch of “Long-term strategic cooperation” with the German manufacturer of cameras and lenses Leica. Against this background, Huawei announced the termination of a multi-year partnership with Leica.
“We can confirm that the cooperation between our companies ended on March 31”– said a representative of Huawei in response to a request from representatives of the Android Authority portal regarding future cooperation with Leica.
That means the Huawei P50 smartphones, which went on sale outside of its home market earlier this year, are the Chinese manufacturer’s latest devices to be built with Leica. Most likely, the devices of the Mate 50 series, which will be launched later this year, will no longer be able to boast cameras from Leica.
The partnership between Huawei and Leica began in 2016, and the first joint smartphones were devices P9, and later Mate 9. The period of joint work of the companies coincided with the period of strong growth of Huawei’s cellular business, which, among other things, was supported by high-quality cameras made possible by Leica. While US sanctions imposed in 2019 haven’t hampered Huawei’s ability to build smartphones with quality cameras, as the recent P50 Pro confirms, the restrictions have hurt the supplier’s sales, especially outside of China.
Xiaomi has become a new partner of Leica. According to available data, the first flagship device developed as part of this partnership will be unveiled in July this year. The vendor is expected to launch a productive device aimed at photography enthusiasts.