- Google might launch the Pixel 8 series with a new Samsung sensor.
- The Pixel 8 Pro will get a new ultra-wide camera sensor and a thermometer on the back.
- There will likely be some new AI-powered camera features introduced as well.
Google is expected to launch the Pixel 8 series later this year. The company is likely to unveil two flagship smartphones later this year. If previous launch timelines are to go by. The Pixel 8 series will launch in October. Google is yet to confirm any details about the Pixel 8 series. Meanwhile, like every year, details about the Pixel 8 series have started surfacing online ahead of the launch. A new leak has now revealed the camera details of the Pixel 8 series. Based on the leaked details, it looks like the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will get a new primary camera sensor.
The Pixel 8 Pro will continue to feature a triple-camera setup. An Android Authority report claims that the top-of-the-line Google Pixel flagship smartphone will get three new camera sensors on the back. Let’s take a look at the Google Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro camera specifications and features leaked ahead of the launch.
Google Pixel 8 Series Camera Specifications (Leaked)
The Google Pixel 8 series will likely launch in October. Ahead of the launch, new details about the Pixel 8 series camera have leaked online. The report by Android Authority claims that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will feature a new primary camera sensor. Currently, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro (Review) feature a 50MP Samsung GN1 primary camera sensor. The upcoming Pixel 8 series is said to feature a 50MP Samsung GN2 camera sensor. The larger sensor should help capture 35 per cent more light than the GN1.
The ultra-wide camera in the Pixel 8 series will also get some changes. Starting with the Pixel 8, the device is said to feature a 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor, which was found in the Pixel 6 series. However, the sensor in the Pixel 8 will capture wider 0.55x shots as opposed to 0.67x ultra-wide shots in the Pixel 7.
The Pixel 8 Pro’s ultra-wide camera will be brand new. According to the report, Google will ditch the 12MP IMX386 ultra-wide camera and launch its upcoming Pro model with a 64MP Sony IMX787. The device will have a 0.49x zoom ratio, which is wider than the Pixel 7 Pro’s 0.56x zoom.
Lastly, the telephoto camera. While the Pixel 8 will not feature one, the Pixel 8 Pro is said to feature a 48MP Samsung GN5 sensor with a telephoto lens that can shoot up to 5x optical zoom. Yes, the telephoto camera sensor is the same as the Pixel 7 Pro.
For selfies, there will be an 11MP Samsung 3J1 front camera sensor, which is the same as the Pixel 7 series.
Additionally, the report stated that the Pixel 8 Pro will get an improved Time-of-Flight sensor, which should ideally result in faster autofocus. Also, there is a new thermometer located next to the camera sensors on the back of the 8 Pro. The sensor is a Melexis MLX90632, primarily recommended for high-precision non-contact temperature measurements, including body temperature. It’s not a camera or anything else that could serve any purpose other than measuring temperature, according to the report.
Coming to the camera-centric software improvements, there will be a new feature called “Segmentation AWB.” The feature will segment a scene into different parts using AI to then selectively apply different processing to particular parts of the image. “Adaptive torch” is a new feature that dynamically adjusts the flash intensity based on the scene and other inputs. Lastly, Google might also add a video bokeh blur level selection for the phone’s cinematic mode, which was first introduced on the Pixel 7 series.
Some other details about the Pixel 8 series have leaked as well. There will be minor changes to the design of the upcoming Google flagship phones. The Pixel 8 will likely sport a tad smaller 6.2-inch display compared to the Pixel 7’s 6.3-inch display.