Samsung could partner with Olympus to produce camera modules for the next generation of Galaxy smartphones, according to a report. Although there is no confirmation from either company on the development, it is claimed that the cameras produced by the Japanese company could debut in a special edition Galaxy Fold or in the flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra. Olympus has reportedly approached the South Korean tech giant to offer it branding as well as expertise in key areas of photography and videography. The talks are said to be at an embryonic stage.
Tipster Yogesh tweeted that Samsung could be the next brand to jump on the partnership wagon with a well-known camera brand for its smartphones. Later, a report from Tom’s Guide claimed that tipsters FrontTron and Ice Universe confirmed that Samsung and Olympus could work together for future smartphone camera technology. This partnership could allow Samsung to improve the quality of the cameras on its smartphones. Due to the lack of official confirmation, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The smartphone market has already seen various companies collaborate with camera manufacturers to improve the photography of their smartphones. Huawei has been a long-time Leica partner and Nokia uses Carl Zeiss optics with its flagship models. Chinese brand Vivo offers Zeiss optics in its recently launched X series of smartphones, and OnePlus is the latest to offer the OnePlus 9 series with optics from iconic camera brand Hasselblad.
It should be noted that Samsung, along with Sony, is one of the leading producers of smartphone camera sensors. Olympus, famous for its high-quality products, can help the South Korean company gain an advantage in the camera department. Samsung has already acquired American audio maker Harman – the parent company of brands such as JBL, Lexicon, AKG and Mark Levinson. Samsung’s flagship smartphones come with AKG headphones in the box.
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