Huawei and Leica join hands, expect some killer phone photography now


Huawei isn’t the first name that springs into your head when you think smartphone photography. The folks at the company seem to be aware of it and are trying to make amends, courtesy a new partnership.

Huawei have joined hands with well-known camera maker Leica. While not too much about the partnership is known at the moment, Huawei did mention that the companies would cooperate on “research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution.”

The rate at which Huawei is growing at the moment could only get a boost from this partnership. It isn’t just the technical aspect that Huawei will touch in buyers’ minds in the future with the Leica partnership, but they’ll also touch the emotional bit.

As mentioned, Huawei is still a far way from being the most recognised brand among smartphone camera enthusiasts, but the picture quality, in general, has been on the way up. The Mate 8 is a good example.

Do you think this partnership will play a key role for Huawei (especially in the western markets)? Let us know in the comments section below.

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17 Comments

  1. MattD
    February 25, 2016

    Yes! Surely to join forces with a company with the right know-how is the best way to improve without wasting barrels of money [breaking bad’s citation needed] like Samsung is doing (sammy still doesn’t use his sensors on their own flagships, if I recall).

    Too bad we’re not going to see any results in the short run, but in the end I think this will step up things and gives huawei that “little something” it still misses regarding the other flagships (not saying they’re bad by every mean, just they’re still a little behind for now).

    I’m looking foward for a phone with dual-camera, (not that protruding) optical zoom, laser autofocus, big ass sensor with fat ass pixels, and a chunky battery to match (and, in my dreams, a usb plugged cover with bb priv-like keyboard ?)

    • balcobomber25
      February 25, 2016

      Samsung uses a combination of sensors on their phones. The S6 featured sensors from both Sony and Samsung.

  2. February 25, 2016

    I am very excited about this, very very very excited 😀

    • Muhammad Yasir
      February 25, 2016

      lol … will prolly cost $600+ !

    • MaxPower
      February 25, 2016

      Off topic:

      Please take a look here because if confirmed then this is huge:

      http://www.anandtech.com/show/10088/xiaomi-mi5-hands-on

      Look at the LTE bands.

      is there any way you can get a confirmation?

  3. Mario
    February 25, 2016

    Huawei has always had terrible camera’s, especially compared to other phones. Lets hops they can finaly get things straight

    • balcobomber25
      February 25, 2016

      The Mate 8 has an amazing camera.

    • slartiblart
      February 25, 2016

      The honor plus 6 is still an amazing camera. I still don’t see anything coming close.

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    February 25, 2016

    get ready for some Buzzkilling prices as well -_- !

  5. Freeje
    February 25, 2016

    I’m happy with my Mate 8. Camera is good enough, no lags whatsoever, fingerprint reader is quite fast and an awesome battery life.

  6. balcobomber25
    February 25, 2016

    Having used several Leica’s this could be a game changer! I think this is the future of mobile smartphone cameras. We will see more of the established camera makers getting into both the sensor and smartphone lens business. Nikkon and Cannon were both rumored to be exploring mobile sensors.

    • February 25, 2016

      Yup, I’m a Leica user too and have been hoping for something like this for a while 😀

  7. Marco Lancaster
    February 25, 2016

    Thumbs up for Huawei, I know they can do an awesome job trough this partnership.
    They have great ideas, If I’m not wrong they were pioneers with the dual-camera thing and now that is going to be a trend. Also the Huawei Nexus 6P was the first, ever, Nexus to have a great camera and produce stunning shots. Let’s see.

  8. Dante
    February 26, 2016

    used an old leica for a loong time – made a switch to sonys Ar-2 recently , class camera and great zeiss lenses , i really wonder what will be the product of leicas cooperation with Huawei

    • Steve B
      February 27, 2016

      Probably same as the one they have with Panasonic for P&S cameras, they either design or simply approve the design and stick their name on their lens, possibly have their own entirely branded phone at x times the price. Zeiss also branded pretty decent lenses for Nokia, but the excellent Largan M8 sapphire lens on the Gionee E7 and Iuni U2 show they can all do it if they put some effort in.

  9. wurstt
    February 26, 2016

    The only reason why I didn’t bought a P8 is that Huawei has an almost non existent Dev-Community. They are usin their own SoC, but still they are number 3 already in sales. Root and Custom Recover is not always enough. But also camera mods and aosp roms would be nice.