Snippets of code vaguely suggest that a future Google Pixel phone will have a Samsung camera sensor


A speculative tweet based on snippets of code suggests that a future Google Pixel smartphone may use a smartphone sensor made by Samsung.

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 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.

Samsung is new A candidate could be 50MP ISOCELL GN2, which is currently the largest smartphone sensor. It’s 1 / 1.12-inch and has 1.4 μm pixels. Larger sensors are theoretically able to take better pictures in poor lighting conditions and to capture a larger dynamic range of tones.

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.

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