In addition to Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, is Google preparing a third smartphone?

Google’s next flagships, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, won’t be released until this fall. But in May, during its annual I/O conference, the firm gave us a preview of these two smartphones.

However, at the moment, Google has only revealed the back design of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and has yet to present the entire technical data sheet. In addition, it is possible that the firm has developed a third smartphone, which he has not yet spoken about.

In any case, this is what is suggested by an article by our colleagues from Android Authority, which relays a publication by Kuba Wojciechowski. This engineer says he discovered information in Google’s code about its upcoming products.

And in addition to information on the future Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Tablet, and on the folding smartphone that the firm has not yet presented, it also evokes a mysterious device whose code name would be Lynx or L10 . It could be a third premium model planned for 2022.

“My theory is that Lynx is some kind of internal device for Google to evaluate new camera sensors, but they (ed. Google) might still surprise us. Either way, we’ll probably find out soon enough.”writes Wojciechowski.

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: few changes for cameras?

The code excavated by Wojciechowski also includes information on the cameras that could equip the next flagships of Google. And normally, compared to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro cameras, there shouldn’t be any significant hardware upgrades.

And this is normal, because unlike its competitors who rely heavily on sensors, Google prefers to perfect its algorithms in order to obtain better results in terms of photos and videos.

According to Wojciechowski, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should have the same main Samsung GN1 sensor and the same ultra wide-angle IMX381 as the previous generation. Both devices would otherwise have the same 11-megapixel Samsung 3J1 front sensor.

On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro would not use the same telephoto as its predecessor, since Google would have opted for Samsung’s GM1 sensor. But there shouldn’t be any significant performance changes. Besides, Wojciechowski suspects that Google may have opted for a Samsung sensor for the telephoto lens only to have uniform sensors (since the telephoto lens and the main sensor would therefore be Samsung), and therefore a better design.

In essence, hardware-wise, the cameras on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro should therefore be nothing exceptional compared to the previous generation. But as mentioned above, it will certainly be at the software level that Google will go for it. The firm could also count on better image processing thanks to its future Tensor 2 chip.

Otherwise, this developer’s series of tweets also suggests that the folding Pixel smartphone is still going strong. For this device, Google would have provided a Samsung GN1 main photo sensor.

But of course, while waiting for official information from Google, caution is always in order.


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