Chinese smartphone and consumer electronics major, Xiaomi may have started its journey off with China and India, but the company has been steadily trying to increase its grip-hold in the European market as well. Xiaomi has recently registered a research and development company in Tampere, Finland to focus on camera technology. The city is home to camera experts, thanks to Nokia having a research center for years in this area.
Xiaomi follows the steps of Huawei which in 2016, also opened a development and research center in this Finnish city. At the time, the Chinese manufacturer has been hiring several Nokia experts for its ranks and has also partnered with Leica, putting its top-of-the-range smartphones as the best smartphone cameras on the market as proven by ranking DxOMark, that places four Huawei smartphones in the top six.
This may also be part of a Nokia and Xiaomi collaboration from two years ago. Both companies has a collaboration agreement which was centered around licensing patents between the two companies. Nokia agreed to provide network infrastructure equipment to its Chinese partner and give access to its patent-rich portfolio. This new expansion by the Chinese company might be a result from that partnership to at least some extent.
Xiaomi will definitely be doing research on products inside this facility as well, but the company has decided to start the R&D arm with camera technology research. This means in the near future, it’s fully possible that we’ll be seeing Xiaomi devices with vastly better cameras on the company’s devices. Until then, stay around on Gizmochina.com for all your Chinese technology news.