The Google Nexus 5, the next handset in the search giant’s line of self-designed mobile devices, is rumored to include camera technology designed by Nikon. The rumor’s source goes so far as to say that this camera will be the “selling point” of the smartphone, which is expected to arrive later this year.
According to TechCrunch, the camera technology (which includes a “triple sensor” array) is only part of the story. The source also lists a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a large 3140 mAh battery as other specs we can expect to see in the device. This stands in contrast to rumored specs previously reported by Android and Me, which included a 5.2-inch display and 3GB of RAM.
— Nikon Rumors (@nikonrumors) March 18, 2013
This development seemingly corroborate’s Vic Gundotra’s comments about what to expect from the Google Nexus 5’s camera. The Google Senior Vice President of Engineering recently posited on Google+ that his company is “committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras.” The critical panning of the camera found in the otherwise-unimpeachable Nexus 4 has almost certainly informed Google’s desire to beef up their next phone’s imaging capabilities. Nikon is no stranger to Google’s mobile platform: The Coolpix S800c DSLR featured an Android-based interface.
Last week, Android and Me released a purported screen capture of the Google Nexus 5. Besides showcasing the phone in portrait and landscape positions, a series of partner logos appear above the device. LG appears to be the principal hardware partner for this iteration, as it was for the Nexus 4. However, no official sources have confirmed this design as of yet, and the inclusion of OmniVision as the camera supply partner may betray this to be an unfounded rumor if Nikon technology is truly powering the Nexus 5’s camera.
For now, it remains to be seen if this new set of specs is founded in truth. Will a Nikon-caliber camera in the Google Nexus 5 tempt you to make this your next phone? Is this enough to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S4 and the next iPhone? Only time will tell.
[ Via Android and Me ]