Before the iPhone 7 made dual lenses cool… no, scratch that, Huawei and Leica made it cool first (and plenty others made it dorky). The result of their collaboration, the Huawei P9, has sold well enough that the two companies are taking their relationship to the next level — moving in together. In a joint research facility in Germany, that is.


The partnership isn’t out of the blue: The two companies buddied up for the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus, which were released in April of this year. While the two phones got generally mixed reviews, the cameras on the phones were widely praised for their quality. One of the reasons is the dual-camera setup, in which one lens captures color images and the other black-and-white images. Those photos can then be combined to improve contrast and show finer detail in the final product.

You can surely expect more Leica-Huawei combos soon; whether they’ll stick with the color/monochrome system or move to a multiple focal-length one, or something completely different — well, presumably they’ll figure that out in the new lab.

While the announcement of the new lab doesn’t specifically confirm that Leica will provide cameras for upcoming Huawei Mate 9 or Huawei Mate S2, considering the nature of the announcement, it seems very likely.