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Samsung Loosens Sony's Grip on Cutting-Edge China Phone Cameras

  • Xiaomi unveils a tie-up with Samsung on camera sensor chips
  • It’s choosing Samsung over Sony for extreme high-res cameras
An attendee inspects a Xiaomi Redmi smartphone on display during a product launch in China.

An attendee inspects a Xiaomi Redmi smartphone on display during a product launch in China.

Photographer: Shawn Koh/Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics Co. scored a victory over Sony Corp. after a major Chinese customer declared it was going with the Korean company’s camera sensors in future smartphones.

On Wednesday, Xiaomi Corp. said it will turn to Samsung for a future line of its mainstream Redmi smartphones with an impressive 64-megapixel camera. That’s part of a strategic alliance under which the two companies will collaborate on developing next-generation camera technology, Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin told reporters in Beijing.