A sign advertises Xiaomi’s Mi 9 phone in a Shanghai mall on March 22, 2019. (Image credit: TechNode/Cassidy McDonald)

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.

Rachel Zhang is a reporting intern in TechNode's Shanghai office. She is earning a master's degree in journalism at the University of Hong Kong and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering....

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