Google’s upcoming phones have been the subject of many leaks and speculation over the past few months. From specs, to educated renders, to seemingly real images, and branding details going public, there’s little still unknown about the two devices, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. Now a new credible rumor, is reinforcing what we’ve heard previously, that the two flagships will be sporting identical cameras.
According to a known Twitter leaker, whose been quite accurate on all things HTC in the past, the upcoming devices, also known as the Pixel XL and Pixel handsets, will be using identical cameras. This was previously rumored originally when the specs of the devices came to light, and now we have a second credible voice weighing in. Luckily, we also have some more information on what cameras the devices will supposedly be using: the Sony IMX378 sensor with 12 megapixels, and Sony IMX179 sensor with 8 megapixels for the selfie cams.
The IMX 378 sensor is as of yet an unannounced model, believed to be an iterative upgrade to the existing Sony IMX377, used in the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones. If this is the case, then the Marlin and Sailfish devices, officially expected to be named Pixel XL and Pixel, should have some strong imaging features. The existing Nexus handsets were lauded for their photography chops, and both devices could go head to head with more expensive flagships in their generations. Here’s hoping the new version also comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a feature that’s missing from current devices.
The Sony IMX179 sensor is an older model, used previously in Nexus 5 phone. The same sensor is also used on the Nexus 6P handsets for the front-facing camera.
If this rumor turns out to be true, then Google is continuing its tradition of offering well-performing shooters, even on smaller devices. And that can only be good news for users.
Google is expected to unveil the Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, as well as a slew of other hardware, at an event scheduled for October 4th, so we won’t have too long to wait before we see what the company’s flagships are capable of.