FotoNation Brings Its Computational Imaging Features to MEIZU’s New MX4 and MX4 Pro Smartphones
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of fotonation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) and the leading provider of computational imaging solutions for smartphones and digital still cameras, and MEIZU, a fast-growing, top ten Chinese smartphone OEM with a strong focus on imaging in their innovative, high-end products, are pleased to announce a collaboration which brings FotoNation’s next-generation computational imaging to the new MX4 & MX4 Pro smartphone platforms.
By leveraging FotoNation’s full suite of groundbreaking imaging frameworks and features, MEIZU’s MX4 and MX4 Pro enable users to capture dynamic images and video through a simple and intuitive interface. The smartphone platforms support FotoNation’s panorama, face beautification, and other new features, which are the result of over 10 years of developing and fine-tuning computational imaging algorithms.
“The MEIZU MX4 and MX4 Pro smartphones deliver a one-of-a-kind mobile experience. We are excited to be a part of this compelling fusion of vision, software, and hardware,” said Sumat Mehra, senior vice president of marketing and business development at FotoNation.
“Our partnership with FotoNation will drive more intuitive and innovative mobile experiences for our customers globally,” said MEIZU’s Wang Wenxi, who heads camera software. “FotoNation has gone well beyond camera pixels to develop a deep understanding of the smartphone market from both the phone maker and user perspective, which is why they are our choice for the MX4 and MX4 Pro platforms.”
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FotoNation is giving life to computational imaging by merging technology with emotion. With technology in more than 60 percent of global tier-1 smartphones, FotoNation develops technologies that serve the computational imaging space for handsets and cameras, as well as the automotive, surveillance, security, and augmented reality markets. We create, innovate and deliver the next generation of computational imaging algorithms. We engineer new ways to reach the highest possible performance while keeping system requirements to a minimum. We have a long history of innovating and advancing the state of the art in image processing. More than a decade ago, we were the first to integrate a computational imaging solution in an embedded mobile device. Today we’re still the unchallenged leader in computational photography and computer vision. Nearly 2 billion digital cameras and smart devices are powered by the imaging technologies designed by the sharp minds and passionate hearts of FotoNation engineers. For more information visit www.fotonation.com.
Established in 2003 and headquartered in Zhuhai, China, MEIZU Technology Co., Ltd. expanded into the smartphone market in 2006 and has been committed to developing high-end smartphones ever since. Based on a business philosophy and commitment to pursue perfection and long-term development, MEIZU remains laser focused on developing innovative and user-friendly smartphones for consumers. With more than 1,000 employees and 700 retail stores as well as 100 patents in China, the company has built a global presence in Hong Kong, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. MEIZU products have earned a wide range of awards dating back to its beginnings offering an MP3 player in China to emerge as a bellwether in the Chinese smartphone industry. Additional information on MEIZU smartphones is available at http://en.meizu.com/.
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