It used to be that having a single camera on the back of our phones was good enough, but Light decided that they would kick things up a notch with the Light L16, a phone that packed a whopping 16 cameras on its back. It was not quite the revolution the company had hoped for, but it certainly sparked something.
The company has recently announced that they will be entering into a partnership with Chinese smartphone maker (and ranked number four in the world) Xiaomi, where they will be jointly developing “new imaging solutions for smartphones”. If this is what we think it is, don’t be surprised to see future Xiaomi handsets packing more than a triple camera on its back. According to Zhu Dan, VP, smartphone division, GM of camera department, Xiaomi:
“We are thrilled to partner with Light to leverage their advanced imaging solutions for our future devices. Xiaomi works tirelessly to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation, and perfecting smartphone photography is a key focus for us. We are excited to work on devices using Light’s technology so our users can produce even more amazing photos.”
Xiaomi is not the only company that Light has partnered with so far. The company had previously worked with HMD Global on the Nokia 9 PureView with its penta-camera array. Unfortunately, based on our brief hands-on, it was rather disappointing. The rep at MWC attempted to pass it off as an “R&D project”, but hopefully its release will see the kinks ironed out.