Upcoming Nokia flagships could still include Zeiss lens after all


HMD Global has recently unveiled its new lineup of Nokia-branded smartphones, which doesn't include a true flagship handset. However, it does include a feature-phone, the new Nokia 3310, which stole the show at Mobile World Congress last month.

While rumors about an upcoming Nokia-branded flagship continue to emerge, the Finnish company recently took it to Twitter to answer some questions coming from Nokia fans. One of these questions referred to the possibility of adding Zeiss optics into future smartphones.

As we reported to you last week, Nokia was pretty clear about that and said that it's no longer using Carl Zeiss technology. However, NPU has approached HMD Global in regards to the camera aspect, and the Finnish company had something else to say on the matter.

It looks like the tweet in question was referring to the current smartphone models, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, which means HMD could borrow Zeiss lens technology for any of its future flagships.

Obviously, that doesn't mean that the next Nokia-branded high-end smartphone will include Zeiss lenses, but the possibility remains open, so fans can still hope the Lumia 1020 will have a predecessor in the Android ecosystem.

source: NPU

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17 Comments

1. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Since they can't use the PureView Tech and the software is cooked by Foxconn, I doubt that their newer phones have better cameras. Judging by the Nokia 6 which has a mediocre (at best) camera, I really have no hope. Sad!

2. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

they still have all the tech...not just the names

4. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Nope, the Pureview tech and name is now solely owned by Microsoft

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

No , Microsoft only has the names , not the tech.. Their OZO VR camera has many similarities with the Pureview , The co-inventor of Pureview is also now the Head of Nokia's imaging department... and the clearblack display , whose name Microsoft owns .. They are still using that in Nokia 5 etc.. just not calling it clearblack ... Nokia never sold any tech related patents .. only design related patents were sold and BRand names .. all of the rest was licenced

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

hmm, Wikipedia said otherwise: "Following the acquisition of the Nokia Devices & Services division by Microsoft, the name and all related imaging technology became property of Microsoft."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PureView

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Carl Z is the tech, Pureview is the brand name. They only have the brand name. and Foxconn doesnt "cook the software". Thats crazy. They are a hardware manufacturing outfit. They only put on the software that the primary company gives them to finish the device. They have nothing to do with software at all other than installing it.

17. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Carl Zeiss is the brand name of the lens system (it's now Zeiss, and its not Nokia's) If you've used the Nokia 6, you would notice how clumsy the software is, especially the camera menus Nokia obviously knows exactly how and what to do with this, and if it's the one who made the software the phone wouldn't get that fcked up

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Bigger sensor & bigger pixels with great software optimization. That is all we need from Nokia.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

1inch sensor please... huge ass sensor still better than gimmicky dual camera setup..

6. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

Cosmin V., the word you were looking for is successor, not predecessor. Pre- means before, a predecessor would be an older model, a successor would be a new model.

8. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Nokia 8

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

stock android + Carl Z camera + fat battery on a SD 835 or better? I'd sell whatever I was using for that.

13. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

And HAAC mic! Man if we have all this the phone will be INSANE! Stupid Shamesung with shameful audio quality.

11. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Sounds like Nokia!

12. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Still using my Nokia pureview 808 and loving it

14. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Still using Nokia Lumia 1020. It's Video recording capability is simply great!

15. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Still using Nokia Lumia 1020. It's Video recording capability is simply great!

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