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These are Toshiba's camera modules for Project Ara

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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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posted on 16 Feb 2015, 05:06 3

1. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)

Let the games begin!

So damn excited...!

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 06:10 2

5. Finalflash (Posts: 3492; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 10:43

13. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Drone deliveries are dead following recent regulations.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 05:15 1

2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 17 Feb 2015, 01:45

16. AndroidLollipop (unregistered)

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

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 05:42

3. rency0722 (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Jun 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.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 05:50 1

4. vincelongman (Posts: 5048; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 06:17 1

6. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 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.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 06:30

7. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Cant wait for a Fleshlight module. LOL!

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 06:39

8. aipom (Posts: 41; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)

Only 2mp front camera '-'

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 07:03 1

9. mixedfish (Posts: 1327; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

2mp is beyond 1080p, so...

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 10:31 1

12. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 07:28

10. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

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

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 07:59

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 10:46

14. drunkenjay (Posts: 1069; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

wow that bump. they totally copied samsung.


posted on 16 Feb 2015, 18:57

15. deepblack (Posts: 50; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

I hope 35mm module. haha

posted on 18 Feb 2015, 10:27

17. ZeeNasir (Posts: 121; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)

Great company as always.

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