These are Toshiba's camera modules for Project Ara

These are Toshiba's camera modules for Project Ara
True smartphone geeks have all the reasons to be quite excited about Google's Project Ara, which will be attending this year's MWC. 

Both the modular smartphone and a number of available modules for it will be showcased there - probably the ingenious Li-ion battery that is half the size of a regular one with the same capacity will be present, as well as the Ara modules of some other manufacturers. Who knows, maybe Toshiba will join the ranks of these with the camera modules for Project Ara  that it recently unveiled.

The Japan-based company showcased a trio of camera parts for the Ara - a 2MP front-facing selfie snapper, as well as two regular rear-positioned cameras, a 5MP and a 13MP ones. The sensor of the former is 1.4um in size, while the larger module is 1.12um in size. 

The parts are expected to get into mass production and be available to the wider public sometime next year, according to Toshiba's three-year development plans. This also falls in line with the purported wider availability of Project Ara. As you probably know, Google will be launching it in Puerto Rico later this year, but it's likely to expand starting 2016.

Unfortunately, there are no sample images from the modules, but at least we get to see the 5MP camera for Project Ara in action (check out the video below).



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17 Comments

1. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Let the games begin! So damn excited...!

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The wait is killing me, it is like all these amazing things are just one step ahead. Project Ara, self driving cars, drone deliveries... just can't wait.

13. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Drone deliveries are dead following recent regulations.

2. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I wonder if there's going to be a module that doubles as a back cover...

16. AndroidLollipop unregistered

great. back cover module with additional battery with different capacities. choices of 2000mah, 3000mah, 5000mah :)

3. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

I doubt Sony will join the Ara bandwagon this time. As much as the project becomes successful, that will be the time they will produce Exmor RS sensors for Ara.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Toshiba actually make great cameras too E.g. Lumia 1020 and PureView 808

6. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

They should have added a case at the back of the Project Ara phone, that way the parts would be safe & hidden also the phone would look a whole lot better imo.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Cant wait for a Fleshlight module. LOL!

8. aipom

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Only 2mp front camera '-'

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1569; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

2mp is beyond 1080p, so...

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

So what, you can change it at any time...

10. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

They should keep the promise of having a low base price.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a dream. To DIY on own Windows Notebook. But this is BETTER! DIY my own phone!

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1703; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

wow that bump. they totally copied samsung. jks

15. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I hope 35mm module. haha

17. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Great company as always.

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