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:

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.

DigitalOptics Announces First mems|cam Purchase Order by OPPO, a Leading China Smartphone Maker

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 8, 2013 – DigitalOptics Corporation (DOC™), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA) announced today that Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd (OPPO), a leading Chinese smartphone OEM, has placed the first mems|camTM volume production purchase order.

The mems|cam module provides speed, power, and precision advantages compared to VCM (voice coil motor) camera modules and enables highly differentiated features when coupled with DOC’s world-class software.

“We are proud to announce that OPPO and DOC are exclusive launch partners. OPPO will be the first smartphone OEM to incorporate mems|cam products in volume,” stated John Thode, president of DigitalOptics Corporation. “OPPO has an excellent premium brand in China as demonstrated by the September 23 launch of the innovative N1 Smartphone platform. Integrating mems|cam modules into OPPO’s best-in-class smartphones will bring an exciting computational imaging user experience that further delivers on OPPO’s brand promise.”

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.

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  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)
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1. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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.

5. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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".

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

sarcasm hahaha.

7. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

sarcasm will never work on the internet :P

11. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

8. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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.

4. silver

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

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

10. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

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

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