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Nexus 5 won't have MEMS camera, first batch order for the modules goes to Oppo

Nexus 5 won't have MEMS camera, first batch order for the modules goes to Oppo

Last week's wild speculation that the Nexus 5 might sport a MEMS camera module was debunked by DigitalOptics themselves. The company sent us an official confirmation that they have nothing to do with the camera module in the Nexus 5, but it's rather just going to sport a Sony IMX179 sensor, like we thought after some additional digging. You can find the full press debunk below, but the gist of it is that:


There has been speculation on who would be the first to bring the significant benefits of mems|cam to the mobile imaging market. Last week, several technology news blogs reported that mems|cam was first being brought to market in another smartphone platform. Those reports were inaccurate.


DigitalOptics, however, is ready for mass production, and has their first client for a batch order of smartphone mems|cam camera modules, and you can never guess who that is. Why, Oppo, of course! The second most profitable phone maker in China has been churning our remarkable handsets lately, like the camera-centric Oppo N1 you see above, and we can't wait to see what it will do with the MEMS modules this time.

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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 02:37 13

1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


While tech giants like Apple and Samsung are sitting back and enjoying their profits, smaller companies like Oppo are actually doing some work.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 02:58 2

2. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


rude. cant you see samsung is making flexy phones for all of us! and apple is on their way to find a new design for their next model after two generations of having elongated their last one 4 years ago.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 03:59 2

5. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Not sure if serious or sarcastic.
If not sarcastic, then:
a) Samsung's bendy screen phone is pointless, they're just trying to rush out half-baked products for the sake of being first.
b) Apple finding a new design? I doubt it, seeing as it's Apple, they'll probably change the radius of their corners by a few millimeters and market it as a "revolutionary design".

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 04:03 3

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


sarcasm hahaha.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 04:06 1

7. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Oh, ok then. You got me there for a sec. ;)

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 04:45 2

9. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


sarcasm will never work on the internet :P

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:09

11. duder52 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Yes, a flex panel that doesn't break when dropped is pointless. It's also pointless that they are so thin bigger batteries can be put into phones.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 03:19 2

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2445; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Google is unlucky here for not getting MEMS for Nexus 5 as Sammy was for OIS for their Note III.

Oppos is bringing something RAW here.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 04:40

8. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


RAW maybe, But in theory Oppo N1 camera is much more superior than the Note 3 camera.

Sony 13MP Camera sensor with F/2.0 aperture and 6 lenses.
Long exposure up to 8 seconds.
dual LED flash and fujitsu image processor.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 03:52

4. silver (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


too bad googel will not use that technology I wanted them to bring something new

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 06:08 4

10. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Oppo is the company that I want to see a nexus from.

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