A few details about the cameras employed by the upcoming Google Pixel XL smartphone have been leaked today by a person with a reasonably good track record. According to him, the bigger of Google's duo of devices being outed on October 4 will go with Sony-made sensors for both rear and front-facing shooters.
The main camera will have 12 MP resolution and will use the Sony IMX378 sensor. There aren't any details about this model yet, but if you keep in mind that last year's LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P both featured the Sony IMX278, it stands to reason that the new sensor comes with improvements compared to that. And that would be great, since the IMX278 was no slouch at all.
Taking care of selfies will be the Sony IMX179, with 8 MP resolution ensuring you can print your ego-stroking creations on very large sheets of paper if need be. The smaller Pixel may share both of the cameras with the Pixel XL, but today's rumor only mentioned the bigger sibling.
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Improvements could mean smaller, more compact camera body. It doesn't always mean image quality will improve, or won't degrade. But I surely hope it'll be at least as good as 5X. Can't wait for these new pixels.
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