Nokia and Carl-Zeiss announced their partnership on April 27, 2005. Here is the snippet from 2005 press release.
The outstanding scientific expertise from Carl Zeiss in camera optics and the industry-leading position of Nokia in the mobile phone market offers a solid foundation for the cooperation. Both parties regard this agreement as the beginning of a long-term relationship. The first Nokia product to incorporate Carl Zeiss optics and carry the ZEISS brand is the Nokia N90 Multimedia, also launched today.
“The close collaboration with Carl Zeiss, one of the most respected companies in the camera industry, underlines Nokia’s dedication to excel in mobile imaging products,” says Juha Putkiranta, Senior Vice President, Imaging, Nokia. “We are proud to be the first camera phone manufacturer in the world to introduce ZEISS-quality products to consumers. Through continuous knowledge exchange and determination for hard work, we strive to set a new benchmark for the mobile imaging industry.“
“We are delighted to join forces with the world leader in mobility, and recognize this collaboration as an important step in creating a high-end camera phone market,” comments Dr. Dieter Kurz, CEO at Carl Zeiss. “Nokia’s technological expertise and market understanding of mobile devices combined with Carl Zeiss’ proven proficiency of optics and lens solutions makes us a strong team.”
Today these two companies are proud of their imaging milestones such as Nokia N8 and the ‘new’ benchmark in Smartphone camera Nokia 808 PureView.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Carl Zeiss today announced that the exclusive partnership between the two companies, which has resulted in some of the industry’s best camera smartphones such as the Nokia N8 and the Nokia 808 PureView, has been extended.
The Nokia 808 PureView, which starts rolling out in May, combines high-performance Carl Zeiss optics with Nokia developed algorithms and a super-high resolution sensor to set a new standard in high-end smartphone imaging.
“Carl Zeiss was a crucial partner in the creation of the first PureView experience,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. “The benefits of our ongoing collaboration will be more PureView innovation and further advancements in smartphone imaging in the coming months and years.“
Michael Kaschke, CEO, Carl Zeiss AG: “When joining forces with Nokia in 2005, we wanted to push the boundaries of mobile photography. Looking back at seven years of successful partnership, we are proud of the innovations and outstanding products created in this shared journey. Today we are celebrating the extension of our collaboration with a new technology that sets another real benchmark in this sector.”
Can’t wait to see the first Pureview Windows phone. But will you wait till then or buy the 808 which is launching this month. I prefer the latter 😀