Renowned optical systems manufacturer Zeiss just stroke a deal with HMD Global that will lead to a hopefully-fruitful collaboration between the two companies and will endow future Nokia smartphones with Zeiss cameras, imaging technology, and decades' worth of photography know-how.
The new long-term agreement is sort of rekindling the collaboration between Zeiss and Nokia from more than a decade ago, which was the culprit for the camera prowess of the N-series of smartphones, the PureView lineup of Windows-running handsets, most notably the Nokia Lumia 1020.
There's no mention of how long the new deal between Zeiss and HMD Global/Nokia will last, but it's said that it will be a long-term one. It's not entirely clear and written in stone to what extent Zeiss will be responsible for the camera capabilities of future Nokia phones, but it could very well be at the helm of the whole camera package, including the sensor, the software algorithms, the DSP, and the camera itself. That's great news, given Zeiss' experience in the field.
“Collaborating with ZEISS is an important part of our commitment to always deliver the very best experience for our customers. Our fans want more than a great smartphone camera, they want a complete imaging experience that doesn’t just set the standard but redefines it. Our fans expect it and, together with ZEISS, we’re delivering it – co-developed imaging excellence for all,” said Arto Numella, CEO of HMD Global.
While we are not sure when the first Nokia handset with Zeiss camera know-how will hit the streets, the company itself could have teased the device itself. A video posted on Twitter to announce the new partnership seems to be hinting at the existence of a 4th Nokia smartphone, one with a dual camera at that.
Given that Nokia currently has three phones in the portfolio—the Nokia 3, 5, and 6—it can be speculated that the mysterious 4th handset is none other than the rumored true flagship of HMD Global, the Nokia 9. We've already heard that it might feature a dual camera, so the new collab between the two companies is perfectly fitting with the rumors. You can read more about the Nokia 9 in our extensive and detailed rumor round-up.