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Google’s Nexus 5 rumored to boast Nikon camera tech and branding


Google’s much-discussed Nexus 5 might boast Nikon technology, according to a new rumor.

Phonearena reported on a tip Monday that claimed the handset’s camera module would feature a “triple camera sensor thing” and Nikon branding. The anonymous tipster also said the camera would be the Nexus 5’s main selling point.

It is worth mentioning that Google Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra hinted at the camera quality of upcoming Nexus devices on his Google+ profile last month. When asked by a commenter about whether a future Nexus could replace a DSLR, Gundotra responded: “We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just you wait and see.”

Also remember that Google and Nikon joined last year to launch the Android-powered, point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix S800c. Google even acquired Nik software in 2012, which Nikon gave a minority equity investment to in 2005, as TechCrunch noted.

Last but not least, the tipster provided some rumored specs for the Nexus 5: Android 5.0, 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8/16 GB of storage, a 3140 mAh battery.

The tip also alluded to “touch sensors off screen,” which Phoneareana thought meant “in-cell touch tech, like the ones on the iPhone 5 or Optimus G.”

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