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Xiaomi Partners with Leica to Enhance Smartphone Camera Technology

Leica, renowned for its top-tier cameras, is committed to upholding its standards of quality and refuses to compromise, even for budget smartphones. In collaboration with Xiaomi, they endeavor to imbue phone cameras with the distinctive “Leica look.”

Kay Plaetke, Strategy & Business Development Manager Mobile at Leica, underscores the brand’s stance on maintaining quality in smartphone cameras, stating, “We don’t want to see Leica quality in €100 or €200 smartphones. It’s not possible because then we cannot have the best lens or the best imaging.” This statement highlights Leica’s unwavering commitment to excellence and refusal to compromise on image quality due to lower-grade hardware.

Leica, in close collaboration with Xiaomi, focuses on refining the cameras of the latter’s high-end smartphones, such as the Xiaomi 14 unveiled recently at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Their shared objective is to replicate the distinctive Leica look through phone cameras, ensuring users experience the same level of quality and aesthetic appeal associated with Leica’s iconic cameras.

Kay Plaetke, speaking to at Leica’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, elaborates on their approach to integrating Leica quality into smartphone cameras. He explains, “We always start with how we can bring our quality into a smaller and more compact form factor like smartphones. We are limited by physics, but we are working on larger sensors, like a one-inch sensor.”

The latest 14 series smartphones, a result of collaboration between Xiaomi and Leica, boast different imaging systems, including a top-end model equipped with a large one-inch-type sensor with variable aperture ranging from f/1.63 to f/4.0. Plaetke emphasizes that alongside Xiaomi, they consider the smartphone’s price point and hardware components when engineering the camera system and optimizing its development. Despite being priced below €1000, smartphones like the Xiaomi 14 still achieve the Leica quality intended.

Julian Burczyk, Head of Product Management Mobile at Leica, delves into their process for assessing image quality, which includes laboratory testing and extensive field testing with millions of photos taken with new devices. He underscores that achieving the desired image quality aligning with the Leica DNA is paramount.

Burczyk notes that while the science behind cameras and photographs remains consistent, adapting it to a smartphone’s form factor presents unique challenges. However, he affirms that the fundamental functionality of creating an image remains the same, with light being the key element in both smartphone and traditional camera systems.

Xiaomi, known for its value-for-money smartphones, is shifting its focus to the high-end phone market with the new 14 series. While premium smartphones may currently constitute a small portion of Xiaomi’s total shipments, the company is prepared to compete head-to-head with the best smartphones by partnering with Leica. This strategic move marks a shift in Xiaomi’s approach, as it aims to challenge the dominance of Apple and Samsung in markets like India, where sales of premium phones are on the rise. While success is not guaranteed, entering the high-end device market presents an opportunity for Xiaomi to increase margins.

Despite Leica’s involvement in smartphone cameras, Xiaomi’s target audience isn’t solely serious photographers; it also aims to attract casual photographers seeking something unique. Anuj Sharma, CMO of Xiaomi India, emphasizes the goal of allowing people to experience and discover Leica’s color science for the first time. He acknowledges that this process takes time and involves building up awareness and appreciation among consumers.

Sharma acknowledges that selling a Leica-branded Xiaomi smartphone, which places heavy emphasis on cameras, requires a different mindset. He notes that while traditional smartphones often focus on specifications like speed and feeds, akin to PCs, what sets smartphones apart is the experiential aspect. Sharma believes that delivering a superior user experience, especially in terms of camera capabilities, is crucial for success in the high-end smartphone market.

Sharma emphasizes that effectively marketing the benefits of the Leica brand is crucial for Xiaomi, especially since the Xiaomi 14 is positioned as both a mass-market flagship and a niche device. He acknowledges that convincing consumers at the initial stage may be challenging as Leica’s quality isn’t readily apparent on spec sheets, but as users experience the quality and output firsthand, acceptance becomes easier over time.

Both Leica and Xiaomi stress that their partnership is not merely a marketing gimmick or limited to a single handset generation. Beyond increasing Xiaomi’s brand visibility globally by featuring the renowned Leica name on its phones, the collaboration also provides significant benefits to the German camera maker by granting access to the lucrative smartphone market, extending beyond its traditional audience of serious camera enthusiasts.

Julian Burczyk underscores their approach, noting that their focus has always been on achieving the best possible image quality rather than fixating on technical specifications. He emphasizes that their collaboration with Xiaomi prioritizes the end goal of delivering exceptional images, utilizing the best technical equipment without necessarily focusing on it explicitly during discussions.

Credits :- The Indian Express

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