If you think you’ve already seen the thinnest smartphones and tablets ever, think again. Toshiba has just finished putting together what is currently the world’s thinnest 13-megapixel camera module, which means that compatible devices can soon be made even thinner than they already are. Future devices might measure in with impressive sub-5mm thin profiles, to be exact.
Toshiba’s newest camera module, called the TCM9930MD, features a 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor and a pixel size of just 1.12μm in a 4.7mm-thin profile. So it’s both thin and small, meaning it can be put to use on future models of smartphones and tablets while hardly registering much of a footprint at all. Toshiba has been working with 13MP camera sensors for mobile devices since 2012.
According to information coming from Toshiba itself, it is made with a total of four plastic lenses, which is what helps to make it as slim as it is. Also, it uses a dedicated signal processing circuit in order to improve its overall lens performance and make sure it functions well even at a small size.
Right now, this new 13-megapixel camera module from Toshiba is not in production yet. But Toshiba is schedule to start shipping samples of the same at some point in May for ¥7,000 or about $74 a piece. And as for mass production, it will begin in December of this year.