Google Accidentally Reveals Radical Pixel 7 Camera Upgrade


Important new hardware details have been revealed about Google’s next-gen Pixel devices, including the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and an upcoming tablet.

According to leakcourtesy of Android developer and leaker Kuba Wojciechowski, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will use Samsung’s 11-megapixel Isocell 3J1 sensor in their forward-facing “selfie” cameras. The Isocell 3J1 supports Dual Pixel Autofocus for improved focus and facial authentication performance, as well as Samsung’s “Smart WDR” feature for improved dynamic range.

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This configuration marks a radical departure from the equivalent Pixel 6 models, where the Pro model comes with a similar 11-megapixel sensor, but the ‘non-Pro’ edition has to make do with a lower resolution 8-megapixel version. , offering lower image quality and completely lacking in 4K selfie videos.

According to the same leak, both Pixel 7 models are expected to retain the same rear camera sensors as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Samsung’s 50-megapixels. Isocell GN1 for the main lens, paired with a Sony IMX381 for the ultra-wide lens. One exception is that the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto sensor has been replaced with a Sony IMX586 rather than the same spec Isocell GM1 found in the current Pixel 6 Pro.

Wojciechowski also discovered references to an unknown Google device codenamed “Lynx – L10”, again featuring a 50-megapixel Isocell GN1, but this time paired with a new 64-megapixel Sony IMX787, as found in the recent launch of ZTE. Axone 40 Ultra. The Lynx L10 would use an as yet unreleased Sony IMX712 sensor in its front camera. This indicates that Google may finally be developing a device that combines state-of-the-art camera hardware with its already excellent image processing software. Whether or not it appears as a commercial product remains to be seen.

Finally, Google’s code also reveals a new Pixel T6 tablet with two 8-megapixel Sony IMX355 sensors and a new “P7” device that is expected to be a foldable smartphone with the 50-megapixel Isocell GN1 alongside an 11-megapixel Sony IMX363 and an 8-megapixel IMX355.

As is often the case with leaks of this type, these unannounced details were gleaned from text found in code recently released by Google. What’s different this time is that the relevant information appears to have been intentionally obfuscated to make it harder for leakers like Wojciechowski to uncover never-before-seen specs. This strongly suggests that Google wanted this information to remain secret for the time being.

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are expected to launch in October this year.

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