The internet giant seems to prioritize software over hardware. The same Sony IMX363 sensor has been used for the main camera since Pixel 3 and it clearly needs an upgrade.
XDA developer Editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman has come across information that easily suggests that a future Pixel handset will be equipped with a sensor made by Samsung. While playing with code, modder UltraM8 found that Google supports the GRBG Bayer pattern in the Super Res zoom algorithm.
Many Samsung image sensors have this pattern, so it is possible that the main image sensor (or telephoto lens) of a future Pixel phone will use a Samsung image sensor. Super Res Zoom in GCam 8.2 now works on Samsung image sensors without root.
– Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 11, 2021
Many Samsung image sensors use this pattern, and if Google supports it, it could mean that a future Pixel smartphone will have a Samsung sensor. Ex-Google engineer Marc Levoy proposed to the company back in September 2020 An upgrade to a new camera sensor may be performed if a module with a lower reading noise than existing solutions is released.
The rumored 1-inch 50MP Sony IMX800 sensor is also an option It remains to be seen whether it will be rolled out this year.
According to a recent report, the Pixel 6 is powered by one in-house chip, code-named Whitechapel. It is apparently made by Samsung using its 5nm manufacturing technology.
In other Google Pixel messages, the company said the Pixel 5a will only be released in the US and Japan.