It seems more and more likely that the Google Pixel 6 will feature a 50MP camera from Samsung. This information actually comes from Google Camera itself, as a new version has dropped with Android 12 Beta 4.
The Google Pixel 6 could feature a camera sensor from Samsung
Now, the information itself was discovered by cstark27, a well-known Google Camera modder. He found a part of a code that mentions ‘P21’. What is that? Well, it’s Google’s internal shorthand for fall 2021 phones including the Pixel 6 and ‘GN1’.
9to5Google says that their APK insight team was also able to confirm this, based on cstark27’s report. The ‘GN1’ stands for Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 sensor, which is the company’s first sensor to offer Dual Pixel and Tetracell technologies at the same time.
Now, the ISOCELL GN1 would definitely be an improvement over a rather old 12.2-megapixel unit on current Pixel phones (from the hardware standpoint, of course). It does not guarantee great camera performance, but if Google manages to do similar software magic with it as with the 12.2-megapixel sensor, we could get some great shots from it.
Google has been using a 12.2-megapixel camera sensor for years, it’s time for a change
Google has been utilizing a 12.2-megapixel sensor for years, and it has been serving users really well. It’s time for a change, and it’s definitely coming this year. Based on the reports, the ISOCELL GN1 could be the sensor to take over. Nothing is guaranteed just yet.
Another indicator that this may happen is the Google Tensor chip. That processor is allegedly made by Samsung. That doesn’t have to mean much, but rumors are also claiming that Google essentially heavily tweaked one of Samsung’s existing chips.
Google has already announced the Pixel 6 series, kind of. The company did share images of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and it did confirm that they’ll be fueled by the company’s very first SoC, the Google Tensor. Google also confirmed some additional tidbits, but that wasn’t the full announcement. That will happen in the fall.