Nokia's 808 and Lumia 1020 are still regarded by some as the best camera smartphones ever made. The devices' outstanding image quality was the result of a collaboration between the Finnish handset-maker and lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss. But things have changed a lot since the 808 was launched in 2012, and HMD Global now has the exclusive rights to Nokia's brand name.

Fortunately, it seems we are going to see Nokia smartphones with a Zeiss badge once again in the near future.

HMD Global and Zeiss have announced a partnership to deliver the "ultimate imaging experience possible on a smartphone" and set "new imaging standards within the smartphone industry."

"Collaborating with ZEISS is an important part of our commitment to always deliver the very best experience for our customers," says Arto Nummela, CEO of HMD Global. "Our fans want more than a great smartphone camera, they want a complete imaging experience that doesn't just set the standard but redefines it. Our fans expect it and, together with ZEISS, we're delivering it—co-developed imaging excellence for all."

This year HMD Global has already launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 smartphones, which are aimed at the entry-level and mid-range segments of the market—we have not seen a high-end model yet.

It appears the Zeiss lenses and imaging technologies will be reserved for the upcoming Nokia 9 flagship. If the rumors are true, we should see a 13MP dual-camera in the 9.