Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has set up a research and development unit in Finland focusing on camera technologies, according to Finnish media.
Why it matters: The Beijing-based handset maker joins Huawei in setting up a research arm in Tampere, Finland, where there is an abundance of experts thanks to the presence of one-time industry leader Nokia.
- Set up three years ago, Huawei’s Tampere operation focuses on camera, audio, and imaging technologies.
- Huawei has four models in the global top 10 rankings of mobile phone cameras from independent benchmark Dxomark, while Xiaomi has one.
- Nokia once led the market prior to Apple’s entry in 2007.
“At first, Xiaomi Finland Oy will focus on product development for camera technologies in Tampere.”
— Jomio Nikkanen, Director of Xiaomi Finland, to SuomiMobile
- Xiaomi is investing 2 million euro into the unit, according to registration documents cited by SuomiMobile.
- All of the company’s 2 million shares are registered with Xiaomi Technology Netherlands BV.
- The arm’s business scope includes software, IT systems, telecommunications equipment, and related services, SuomiMobile reported.
- Nokia and Xiaomi previously inked a collaboration agreement two years ago for cross-licensing on essential cellular patents.