A new leak has seemingly revealed some of the critical details about the cameras on Google’s upcoming Pixel 7 and 7 Pro smartphones. Google originally gave a sneak peak of its Pixel 7-series devices at this year’s I/O developer conference in May. Alongside the new phones, Google also teased the much-rumored Pixel Watch and the Pixel tablet at the event, and unveiled the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro, making it a petty eventful I/O keynote this year.
While Google kept much of the details about its Pixel 7 and 7 Pro under wraps, the company did reveal that there will be a change in the look and feel of the phones this year. Unlike the Pixel 6-series, the Pixel 7 lineup will use an aluminum camera bar at the back to give it a more premium look and feel. The two devices are also expected to be powered by Google’s second-generation Tensor chip that should offer improved performance when compared to the first gen silicon.
Developer Kuba Wojciechowski claims to have spotted the camera hardware configurations for the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel Tablet, and a surprise device while digging through Google’s code. According to the Twitter thread, both phones will sport Samsung’s 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN1 sensor as the primary camera and Sony’s 12-megapixel IMX381 sensor as the ultra-wide camera, like the Pixel 6 series. In addition, the Pixel 7 Pro will come with a 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM1 sensor for the telephoto camera instead of the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor found on the Pixel 6 Pro. On the front, both devices will have an 11MP Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 sensor for selfies and video chats.
Wojciechowski also shared details about the camera sensors in the Pixel tablet (code-named Tangor). The device, which is expected to be launched next year, will reportedly come with two Sony IMX355 sensors — one at the front and one at the back. The sensor has been used by Google in its earlier devices, including the Pixel 6, where it works as the selfie camera.
Alongside the aforementioned devices, Wojciechowski also shared findings about an unidentified Pixel device code-named ‘Lynx,’ which will also reportedly ship with the same Samsung GN1 main sensor as the Pixel 7 duo. It will also reportedly feature the 64-megapixel Sony IMX787 sensor, presumably for telephotos shots, while the 13-megapixel Sony IMX712 will be the selfie-camera hardware. Finally, there’s another mystery ‘P7’ device with the code-name ‘Pipit’ or ‘Passport.’ Its four sensors will be the GN1, IMX363, IMX386 and IMX355. Interestingly, the penultimate sensor is listed as ‘FOLDED’ but it’s not immediately clear if it has anything to do with the much-rumored Pixel Fold.
Explaining how the information was unearthed, Wojciechowski said that he had to go through great lengths to figure everything out as Google had obfuscated all the sensors’ names in its code. Once he obtained the sensor IDs from the code, they had to be matched to actual camera hardware using various resources, such as camera drivers on Github, to come to his conclusion about the sensors on the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and the Pixel tablet.