Xiaomi Now has a R&D Unit for Cameras in Finland

  • Mi’s new camera R&D team is the largest the company has established outside of China by far
  • Xiaomi had recently announced the development of a 108 MP sensor in collaboration with Samsung

Xiaomi has announced the opening of a research and development (R&D) office in Tampere, Finland. This new office focuses on smartphone camera technologies which include camera algorithms, machine learning, signal processing, image and video processing.

“The setup of this R&D team in Finnish city Tampere is a milestone in our global expansion journey. In this journey, not only do we consolidate ourselves in operations and business, but also work with local talents to further improve our products with highly innovative technologies,” said Wang Xiang, senior vice president of Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Finland Camera R&D Team

Largest camera research team outside China

This camera R&D team is the largest Xiaomi has established outside of China by far. This officse is located close to the technology campus of the Tampere University.

“With the vision of making the world class smartphone cameras, Xiaomi has arrived in Tampere in summer. The Finnish city has been greatly contributing to camera and imaging related innovations of leading smartphone brands since the 1990s, and Tampere University’s technology campus has traditionally been strong in signal processing. In the past decade, this strength in imaging R&D has been adopted at local offices of some global giants, such as Intel and Microsoft. In addition, the local talent pool in camera technologies is a perfect match for Xiaomi, which seeks to employ highly skilled engineers, “read Xiaomi’s official statement.

“Our Tampere site is Xiaomi’s largest camera team outside of China. We’re focusing on camera technologies such as camera algorithms, machine learning, signal processing, image and video processing – technologies that are driving the R&D of mobile cameras. We are a compact team of around 20 people now, but we are quickly scaling up by building up this team, especially talents specialized in camera algorithm,” said Jarno Nikkanen, senior director and head of Xiaomi Finland R&D.

108 MP camera sensor with Samsung

Korea based Samsung and China based Xiaomi had recently announced a collaboration in the field of camera sensors technology. The duo had also announced the launch of world’s first 108 MP camera sensor.

“For ISOCELL Bright HMX (108 MP Sensor), Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108 MP image sensor. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones,” Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi had shared recently.

Xiaomi had recently announced the release of Mi Mix Alpha concept smartphone. Mi Mix Alpha showcases surround screen with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 180.6 per cent. The device features the world’s first 108 MP camera, and is crafted with titanium alloy, ceramics and sapphire.

“We from Business Tampere are also delighted to welcome Xiaomi to the Tampere Imaging Ecosystem. We now have two of the top four mobile phone manufacturers in the world with R&D sites in Tampere. It proves that our region has one of the top imaging ecosystems in the world,” said Oliver Hussey, senior business advisor at Business Tampere.