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Nexus 5, World’s First Smartphone to Sport MEMS Camera?

Nexus 5, the next-generation smartphone co-developed by Google and LG, is expected to debut during a press event held on October 14. Moreover, sources say that the highly-anticipated smartphone will become available for purchase by the end of the month. In the meantime, the rumor mill has something new to say about its camera sensor.

According to AndroidWorld.it (translated), the Nexus 5 could become the first smartphone in the world to pack a MEMS camera. Developed by DigitalOptics, the new camera debuted on a camera with unconventional design, with abilities that are impossible to match by the ordinary cameras.

Similar to the Lytro cameras, the MEMS sensor that will reportedly make it on the back of the Nexus 5 is capable of focusing 7 times faster than any other camera installed on a modern smartphone. The MEMS camera is also battery friendly, as its amazing focusing capabilities require less than a 1mW to function, therefore reducing the impact over battery and the stress caused to the parts sensible to heat.

Under the f/2.4 lens we will reportedly find an image sensor with 8 MP resolution, sized 1/3.2 inch and optimized for superior performance in low-light conditions.

Some recent leaks also revealed most of the Nexus 5 technical specifications, so the smartphone is expected to arrive with a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and NFC. Rumor has it that all these will be powered by a 2,300 mAh battery with support for Qi wireless charging.

As I was mentioning above, the Nexus 5 is manufactured by LG and it will be the first smartphone in the world to come pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat.