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Leica was "deeply involved" in developing the camera module of the Huawei P9

By Cookie Monster - on 23 Apr 2016, 12:30am

Leica was "deeply involved" in developing the camera module of the Huawei P9

 Image source: Huawei

Earlier this week, a report claimed that Leica only "certified" and not designed the camera module of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. The camera module was revealed to be manufactured by a Chinese company Sunny Optical. This led to many people questioning whether Leica really "co-engineered" with Huawei on the camera module. Well, both companies have stepped in to clarify on the matter:

In February, Huawei and Leica announced a long-term strategic partnership. The camera function is the most used smartphone application and our aim is to bring it up to the high standards demanded by the Leica product philosophy. Leica brings to the cooperation their expertise gathered from decades of experience in optical engineering and optical design. The collaboration between Huawei and Leica aims to deliver the best possible picture quality in the smartphone segment.

Both companies have been working closely to co-engineer Huawei’s recently launched premium smartphone – the P9 – based on innovation and excellent craftsmanship.

The camera module of the P9 series and the achievable picture quality is the result of the intensive technological collaboration between Huawei and Leica. Leica has been deeply involved in the development of the camera-module of the P9 and P9 Plus. Our joint objective was to achieve the best possible image results and optical imaging performance in order to provide consumers in the smartphone photography segment with the best possible picture quality. The result raises smartphone photography to an entirely new level.

Our co-engineering is deeply embedded in the product and Leica’s contribution has involved:

- Collaborative development, evaluation and optimization of optical design (lens calculation) in compliance with Leica standards.
- Collaborative development of the mechanical construction of the camera module to reduce stray light effects (“ghost and flare”).
- Definition of imaging quality in terms of color rendition/color fidelity, white balance, stray light reduction (“ghost & flare effects”), exposure precision, dynamic range, sharpness and noise    characteristics.
- Processing of image data with the aid of long-standing Leica optical and signal processing expertise.
- Definition of the most stringent common quality standards and production requirements for serial production by Huawei to ensure consistently high quality.

Leica’s globally recognized expertise is based to a large extent on the ability to guarantee the narrowest tolerances on the market. This justifiable claim to excellence is naturally also an integral component of the technology partnership and is implemented in Huawei’s production processes of the P9 camera module to ensure uncompromising quality.

In a nutshell, Leica played quite a significant role in developing the camera module on the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus with its own set of high quality standards and production requirements. Both companies announced a partnership in February to reinvent smartphone photography.

Source: PhoneArena

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