Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: Camera hardware
According to Wojciechowski, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could come with the same broadband Samsung GN1 and IMX381 primary sensor as we’ve seen before on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This is not surprising, as Google’s imaging strategy relies more on frequent software updates each year rather than hardware upgrades. This allows the company to get the most out of existing hardware, often resulting in better results than devices that are objectively superior to other phones.
The front camera on both Pixel 7 devices changes, with Google now opting for the same sensor across the range, the 11MP Samsung 3J1. The lens is supposed to offer more secure face unlock capabilities, although there likely won’t be anything quite like the Pixel 4 or iPhone. Since Google has been looking to activate face unlock on the Pixel 6 Pro, it’s a welcome sign to know that both Pixel 7 units may support it.
Things are also interesting when it comes to the Pixel 7 Pro’s telephoto zoom camera. Based on the leak, it appears that Google has chosen the Samsung GM1 over the 6 Pro’s Sony IMX586. Both offer similar performance, but Wojciechowski speculates that Google chose a Samsung lens to make the look more consistent across the base GN1 and telephoto GM1. Relying on the same manufacturer makes it easy to match shape and colors.
Lynx has two familiar products
Wojciechowski has discovered another interesting device in the code, currently called the “Lynx” or L10. It’s supposed to be another high-end Pixel phone that Google might have in the pipeline for this year, although it might just be a device for internal testing of new hardware. While the primary camera is the same GN1 as the 6 Series, it has a secondary Sony IMX787 and an unrecognized 13MP IMX712 as a selfie camera.
The Lynx name has already appeared before in May 2022, when it was revealed in an earlier leak. However, not much has been heard about it since then, so it is possible that this is further than that or it is really just an internal prototype for cameras and chips.
The leaker also dug up information about the upcoming Pixel Tablet, which is supposed to have two cameras, both the IMX355, the selfie camera that shipped with the Pixel 6. He then also shared details about the ‘P7’, which will likely be the elusive Pixel Foldable. . So far, it’s not clear what lenses will be placed on it, but he does have a list of devices we can expect. There’s the Pixel’s GN1 sensor for the main camera, the IMX363, the ultrawide IMX386, and the IMX355, which is likely a selfie camera.
As with any leaks based on details etched into the code, take all of this with caution. The leaker himself says a lot, because the details he revealed may not be accurate or still subject to change before launch. The latter is especially true of the three other Pixel devices that were leaked alongside the 7 and 7 Pro. We’re probably looking forward to the fall release of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, so we might not have to wait long to know everything there is to know about them.