Nokia phones have featured Zeiss optics for many years, thanks to a deal that the two companies made a long time ago. We haven’t heard of any Nokia-branded devices featuring Zeiss optics for a while, but now we know why.
In a statement sent to NokiaMob, HMD Global has officially announced that it has ended its partnership with Zeiss. The decision to not continue the partnership was mutual, though no specific reason was given as to why they chose to end things.
The last Nokia smartphone to feature Zeiss was the Nokia XR20. And before that, the Vivo X60 also featured Zeiss-optimized cameras. As confirmed later on by HMD Global, the deal between the two brands is not exclusive. In fact, the camera company also lists Sony as one of its partners.
Nokia is a mobile brand with a long history. The company first partnered with Zeiss to improve the camera performance of its phones. After its fall, Nokia’s smartphone business was sold to Microsoft, and the brand name was licensed to HMD Global when things didn’t work out.
HMD Global will continue to release Nokia-branded handsets, but we will no longer see one equipped with Zeiss optics.