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

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."

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!



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

17. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

19. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

but camera without replaceable battery is a complete nonsense!

36. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

47. mariosraptor

Posts: 190; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

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


Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

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

57. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

10. XperiaUser unregistered

Sony Nexus with a revolutionary camera "JUST WOW"

14. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

well, i think they're sticking to LG

15. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

25. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

maybe next year..:(

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

46. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

or Samsung ;-)

32. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't worry, Sony and Google will make it, we just have to be patient. Sony Xperia Nexus we are waiting for you!

34. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

58. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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


Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

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

66. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Any white OLEDs?

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....

5. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

screw the camera i want a better phone.

6. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 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?

49. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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

53. Guest_star

Posts: 231; Member since: Dec 30, 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

7. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

9. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Wow they are nice. Spill? :P

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Faithfully yours, Galaxy S4.

24. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Thumbs up for you.

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