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Rumor: Google Nexus 5 might feature a revolutionary camera with Nikon branding

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Rumor: Google Nexus 5 might feature a revolutionary camera with Nikon branding
We got tipped that Google's Nexus 5 handset won't be matching the latest speculation for an LG "Megalodon" handset, which were pretty fishy to begin with, especially the Full HD OLED display and the 3 GB RAM parts. First, because making 1080p mobile OLEDs is really, really hard, and even Samsung ran into all sorts of problems to make the one on the Galaxy S 4, and, second, since modern mobile chipsets use dual channel memory, and to have 3 GB of RAM keeping that, two 1.5 GB modules have to be placed and addressed, which sounds really out of whack.

Our source indicates that Google is actually prepping something to wow us not with the overall specs, but in the camera department, which was actually confirmed by Vic Gundotra himself in a casual conversation on Google+ last month. He posted that "we are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just wait and see."

Rumor: Google Nexus 5 might feature a revolutionary camera with Nikon branding

The tip contains what the author claims are the retail specs of the device Google will be arriving at with the manufacturer of choice - a 5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 600 processor (Snapdragon 800 is going into an eventual Google Nexus 10.2, they iterate), 2 GB of RAM, 8/16 GB of storage, and a 3140 mAh battery. This sounds suspiciously like the battery package that is into the LG Optimus G Pro, and that phone indeed has a 5" version in the ready for Japan. The source also mentions "touch sensors off screen", but we guess they mean some sort of in-cell touch tech, like the ones on the iPhone 5 or Optimus G. Naturally, the whole setup is said to run Android 5.0.

Since we can't verify these claims with an alternative source right now, it is all speculation, but the Vic Gundotra snippet is spicing it up with at least some credibility. Our tipster claims that the camera module will feature a "triple camera sensor thing" and have Nikon branding, which raises all sorts of questions for us, and we can't wait to verify the last claim: "camera is selling point, testing module now is better than everything else." 

Thanks for the tip!

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posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:10 3

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Google would seem to be motivated to up their game in the camera department. Vic's tweet would confirm that. Timing seems about right as well. I only hope Google gets their act together with the release. Especially the function of the Play store.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 05:18 10

17. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Didn't we hear last year that the camera was the least favourite module that users want upgraded? This year all we hear is camera, camera, camera!?!

Don't get me wrong, I love the fact that they are finally doing the camera some justice, It's the confusing messages I don't like.

I bet next year it will all be about wireless charging.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 05:19 4

19. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


but camera without replaceable battery is a complete nonsense!

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 07:13 2

36. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


could any one imagine a photo-camera (DSLR) with an in-built battery?? just an iD*ot :)

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:11 7

47. mariosraptor (Posts: 130; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


could you imagine an insanely big sensor with only 8gb onboard?
1.2.3 pics later. oops memory full.
FAIL

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 14:12 1

56. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Every Nexus Ive ever had had expandable memory what are you talking about?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 14:32 1

57. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Nexus 4? show me something decent, thank you :-)

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:12 21

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i want next Nexus with Sony brand on top. pleaaaaase Google.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:42 14

10. XperiaUser (unregistered)


Sony Nexus with a revolutionary camera "JUST WOW"

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:53 8

14. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


well, i think they're sticking to LG

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:58 7

15. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i think they can sell better with Sony.
it can be a great boost both for Google and Sony.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 05:55 2

25. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


maybe next year..:(

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 06:38

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


They said they're prepping one for japan, so who knows :)

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:01 3

46. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


or Samsung ;-)

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 06:54 6

32. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't worry, Sony and Google will make it, we just have to be patient.

Sony Xperia Nexus we are waiting for you!

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 06:58 3

34. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


If this Nexus 5 specs is real, LG will definitely blow all the other Nexus devices away.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 17:11

58. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Sony nexus 6! Thats what im waiting & hoping for. So im skipping every nexus device for a Sony. terminate my contract

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:37

60. DHILLON_ARSH (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


i want next Nexus with "ANY"brand on top.EXCEPT L.G
pleaaaaase Google.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 10:23 1

66. JunitoNH (Posts: 1898; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Anyone, but $amsung please..............

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:12 6

3. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Any white OLEDs?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:16 3

4. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Still waiting for an affordable 64 gigs. NAND flash would be great....Ive had enough of these camera gimmicks....if Google can at least provide an affordable handset with a whopping 64 gigs, they might take a chunk off Samsung or HTC 's pie....

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:18 3

5. blackice214 (Posts: 164; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


screw the camera i want a better phone.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:18 5

6. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


Megalodon did sound a little too good to be the truth, but not imposible...on the other hand...this, this sounds, well, just ordinary, even for todays specs, let alone for Q3 so I really think they will go either with T4 or S800...good work on the cam though...and abut that thing u said about RAM, will someone explain to me why is it whacky to put 2 modules that have 1,5GB to ake 3GB ram?

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 10:19 1

49. McLTE (Posts: 875; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Seriously.. I have a Note2 and I cannot imagine the performance being an issue this fall when the Nexus phone comes out.

Now.. the GS4 and One will whip my Note2 handily.. but I don't care!

We are at a time when processor performance is so good that phones coming out today will last for quite a long time.

As for the memory and putting 2 modules taht have 1.5 GB on them.. it's due to the way memory is created and how the math is done.. skipping the exact details, you will ALWAYS see memory in even numbers.. 2, 4, 8, 16.. etc

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 12:58

53. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


I know how it is made, they can easily put 2x1,5 GB and make it 3 GB no problem at all, I forgot if S800 or T4 support 3 channel memory, that would be awesome and it would make 3GB of RAM the most logical soluion

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:27

7. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Sounds like stacked sensors to me, probably similar to HTC One's; but if they are not going to sacrifice phone thickness and stuff in a small sensor, whatever branding they put, the camera will still be average. A big sensor is important. I believe the branding is only used as a selling point, people hearing Nikon's name on the phone will be attracted to it.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:28 3

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


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posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:39 1

9. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Wow they are nice. Spill? :P

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 04:47 5

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Faithfully yours,
Galaxy S4.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 05:52

24. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Thumbs up for you.

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