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Huawei's long established trading relationship with Leica to integrate the German camera maker's technology into its phones is over, the companies have confirmed. From February 2016, all Huawei flagships were slated [PDF] to have Leica-developed lenses and branding. The Reg was generally quite impressed by the combined …

  1. VoiceOfTruth

    Economic war by the world's bully

    China should have retaliated, it's the only language the USA understands. China may still do so. They could refuse to buy another Boeing.

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      Re: Economic war by the world's bully

      >China should have retaliated

      China thinks long-term - revenge will be served cold.

      1. LDS Silver badge

        Re: Economic war by the world's bully

        Cold food may be hard to digest...

    2. Danny 2 Silver badge

      Re: Economic war by the world's bully

      "They could refuse to buy another Boeing."

      Well one Chinese pilot clearly agreed with you. Even the worst Boeing doesn't hit the planet at 90°.

  2. Tom 38

    I've got one of the last google enabled Huawei, a P30 Pro with Leica lenses, and the pictures it takes are just fantastic.Think I'll keep this for at least another couple of years, but I guess it's Xiaomai next..

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      Given the spec's of the (2019) P30 range, its a shame Huawei haven't continue this model, following the 2020

      New Editon with a further refresh (including an Android upgrade?). Yes it might no longer be high-end, but it still compares well with 2023 mid-range offerings and given its secondhand price is circa £160...

      1. imanidiot Silver badge

        They probably couldn't get access to later (non EOL) chips due to the sanctions.

  3. Eclectic Man Silver badge

    Leica mobile

    Leica already produces a mobile phone: https://leica-camera.com/en-GB/World-of-Leica/Leitz-Phone-1

    But it is only available in Japan

  4. FlamingDeath Silver badge

    Customised capitalism

  5. Danny 2 Silver badge

    Putin's Law

    "German optics giant jumps ship to make smartphone cameras for Xiaomi instead"

    It's an East German company so naturally it would side with the Commies. I know, technically Leica is in NATO occupied Germany, but for how long comrades?

    [In my defence, the only time I went behind the Iron Curtain was because I got on the wrong train. It was not nice, like a nation of Grangemouths]

    1. david 12 Silver badge

      Re: Putin's Law

      It was not nice, like a nation of Grangemouths

      My brother traveled in East Germany soon after re-unification, and said it was like working with ex-prisoners: argot, odd body of knowledge, pasty skin and cigarette currency.

    2. Falmari Silver badge

      Re: Putin's Law

      @ Danny 2 “It's an East German company”

      Leitz (changed to Leica 1986) were based in Wetzlar in Hesse which was part of West Germany.

    3. imanidiot Silver badge

      Re: Putin's Law

      Did you get Leica mixed up with Zeiss perchance?

      1. Lars Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: Putin's Law

        "Did you get Leica mixed up with Zeiss perchance?".

        That won't make Danny 2s comment any less idiotic as,

        "ZEISS, is a German manufacturer of optical systems and optoelectronics, founded in Jena, Germany in 1846 by optician Carl Zeiss. Together with Ernst Abbe (joined 1866) and Otto Schott (joined 1884) he laid the foundation for today's multi-national company.".

        Do people actually believe East Germany become East Germany because they, the people, wanted it.

        East Germany lasted from 1949 to 1990, no longer than about 40 years.

        Remember "tear down the wall" by Regan.

        For some odd reason Margret Thatcher did not join all those other heads of state for those celebrations.

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