LG Nexus expected this October with 3D camera, Android M

LG really is making another Nexus, sources claim. Photo: Google

LG really is making another Nexus, sources claim. Photo: Google

A new Nexus made by LG will launch this October with a “3D camera solution” that aims to deliver better photos, according to a new report. The device is expected to have Google’s next-generation Android M software pre-installed, and could be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 processor.

South Korean news outlet iNews24 claims that a local manufacturer has already begun suppling LG with the 3D camera modules that will be used in the new Nexus, though it’s unlikely you’ll use them to take 3D photos; you’d also need a glasses-free 3D display to view them, and the 3D fad died out years ago.

Instead, the camera — which is thought to have two sensors — will likely deliver faster autofocus, greater color accuracy, and better photos in low light. And it probably won’t be the only camera of its kind that we’ll see over the next year.

Recent reports have claimed Apple and Samsung are also working on dual-camera modules that will produce better smartphone photos.

The single-sensor setups we are already used to seeing in smartphones and tablets are almost as good as they’re going to get for a while. Improving upon what we have without making the sensors larger isn’t easy, but combining two sensors can provide improved photos with the slender devices we’re now accustomed to.

In addition to this dual-camera sensor, iNews24 promises the new Nexus will run Android M — which is to be expected — and will be powered by the Snapdragon 810.

Google has been using Snapdragon chips inside its Nexus devices since the Nexus 4, so that’s hardly surprising — but we’d hope that the company will avoid the Snapdragon 810 until Qualcomm has been able to eliminate its overheating issues once and for all. It’s been problematic inside the Sony Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4, and initially caused the HTC One M9 to run abnormally hot, too.

As a huge fan of 2013’s Nexus 5, I’d be delighted to see another Nexus smartphone made by LG. In fact, a Nexus 5 with a Quad HD display, and improved camera, speaker, and battery would be my idea of a perfect Android.