OnePlus One to feature a 13 Megapixel Sony Exmor image sensor

by: Robert TriggsMarch 17, 2014

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Hardware specs for the new OnePlus One smartphone have been slowly trickling out for the past few weeks, and this time we’re privy to the details of the handset’s main camera.

The OnePlus One will come with a Sony Exmor IMX214 image sensor. The reason for this particular choice is because, after some real-world testing, OnePlus feels that Sony offers the best wide-aperture sensors on the market right now. OnePlus went through virtually every camera module manufacturer on the market and tested out their latest sensors, before concluding that Sony would be the best choice for its smartphone.

The IMX214 is a 13 Megapixel sensor, with an aperture of f/2.0, which should make it a decent camera for taking pictures in low lighting conditions. OnePlus has also added its own unique six lens optics to the module.

Most smartphone cameras have five lenses, but OnePlus has opted for six lenses in the One’s camera, to help correct for the camera’s low aperture. This design should help remove any low aperture distortion, whilst enhancing the images quality and colors. As a side note, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 also features a six lens camera module.

Other camera features include Image Stabilization Plus (IS+), 4K video capture, and 120fps 720p video recording for those of you know want to capture some slow-motion footage. The handset will also ship with a 5 Megapixel front facing camera for video calls.

Here’s a recap of everything that we know so far about the OnePlus One’s hardware:

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Full HD (1920×1080) display resolution
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC
  • 13 Megapixel rear camera
  • 5 Megapixel front camera
  • 3100mAh battery + “mystery” battery technology
  • 4G network ready

If you’d like a taster of what the OnePlus One’s camera can do, the developers will be uploading some shots taken with the device in the near future. So stay tuned.

  • Joseph L

    i thought that the entire final phone was being announced today???

    • Blair Davis

      Looks like we might see that on the 19th, along with the announcement of the Find 7

  • Manaf Y

    Doesn’t it seem like a copy of the OPPO Find7 (besides the battery size) ?
    In terms of specs

    • Luka Mlinar

      Yup. Also same size display. Stupid move is you ask me.

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  • Tommy

    The OnePlus One offers Samsung Galaxy S5 performance for less than half the price. If that doesn’t make it attractive it also has a customisable OS and a 1080p display. There are a few downsides, but overall the OnePlus One is amazing value for money And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.