Nexus 5 won’t pack MEMS camera, but Oppo will be the first company to use such cameras

October 9, 2013
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Nexus 5 leak

One questionable Nexus 5 rumor that said the next Google phone will pack a MEMS camera has been officially debunked by the developer of said camera technology.

Without naming names, DigitalOptics said that last week’s reports that claimed the Nexus 5 will come with a MEMS camera were not accurate.

Here’s what the company said about the Nexus 5 in a short press release whose purpose was to announce that it’s actually Oppo the first company to order MEMS cameras modules for a smartphone:

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.

As for Oppo, the company will be the first Android maker to include MEMS cameras in future smartphones, although Digital Optics did not name any of these upcoming handset models in the press release.

Show Press Release

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.

Comments

  • APai

    It’s a nexus, the cameras were always decent, but nothing spectacular. perhaps it’s for a reason, they already sell it pretty much at cost, packing extra would cost more. So, paying top dollar does indeed get you good stuff. let’s hope at least 32gb+3000mah rumor is one course!

    …so, back from those floating castles to good old earth :(

    • The ARMATA

      it wont have 3000mah. it may have 2600 ir sth like that

      • APai

        I doubted that – extra 700mah in a tight space, how would they cram in that extra bit (unless it has spare internal space), although I’m keeping my fingers crosssed

  • Rogue

    This article isn’t accurate as the Meizu Mx3 has a Mems sensor and I think it’s the best 8mp camera on the android platform but doesn’t get recognition because it’s a chinese phone.

    • Tamás Nehr

      MX3 has a Sony sensor. See yourself on the Meizu homepage.

      • Enrico Conca

        MEMS does not refer to the sensor, but only to the autofocus (and possibly stabiliser) mechanism. The sensor that the so-called MEMS cameras will have is in fact a Sony Exmor, packed with MEMS AF. – At least according to what I could find online until now.

        • Rogue

          Exactly thank you was about to tell the guy that MEMS is the tech behind the focus of the sensor and not the name of the sensor and as I said the Meizu Mx3 does use this already meaning Oppo isn’t first how ever Oppo is first to market it on a wider scale.

  • Luka Mlinar

    OPPO <3

    • NW_Raver

      Also with Oppo you get an outdated Snapdragon 600, no LTE, and their phone is the size of a tablet.

      • foolish_fool

        a snapdragon 600 is outdated? not the latest and greatest, but man, really? Krait is still the current qualcomm micoarchitecture last i checked. (and will be for most/all the upcoming year)

        • Enrico Conca

          Well, there are actually different implementations. The S4 Pro with DDR2 memory adopt the Krait 200 uArchitecture, the DDR3 S4 Pro and the 600 have Krait 300, and the 800 has Krait 400. There have been minor yet perceptible efficiency increments.

  • MasterMuffin

    damn I read the headline incorrectly “will pack”, BRAINS WHY?