Google has already built up a pretty solid reputation in the smartphone camera department but the Pixel 4 should take things to the next level. It’s rumored to include an updated primary camera, a new telephoto alternative, and a mysterious third sensor. Reports also suggest a DSLR-like software implementation is being prepared and it now seems as though this may enable an incredible new feature.
Is 20x zoom on the cards for the Pixel 4?
As spotted by YouTuber Brandon Lee from This is Tech Today, the Director of Design at Google, Claude Zellweger, recently posted a photo to his Instagram page which was shot inside the Google Design Studio. The company’s Creative Lead and Industrial Design Manager, Alberto Villareal, subsequently complemented Zellweger on his photo, to which he replied saying it had been shot at “20x zoom” on an unspecified Pixel device.
What else will the Pixel 4 offer in the camera department?
In addition to this potential advancement in the software zoom department, the Pixel 4 is also expected to include several other upgrades that’ll be made possible by the new square-shaped camera module which is positioned in the top-left corner.
Per the latest information, Google’s next flagship will boast an updated 12-megapixel sensor on the rear that’ll act as the primary camera. Accompanying this should be an all-new 16-megapixel snapper which will reportedly be paired with a telephoto lens. It’s unclear at this stage what level of zoom this will support without the improved Super Res Zoom software, but it’ll likely be either 2x or 3x.
Accompanying these should also be an LED flash and what has previously been referred to as a ‘Spectral Sensor.’ Details about what this can do remain scarce but it could potentially capture information that isn’t available to the naked eye such as x-rays, ultraviolet, and infrared. The sensor may also capture depth data for individual pixels and better identify materials. Overall, the benefits could include better low-light photography and portrait images.
Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL specifications
The upcoming Pixel-branded smartphones are expected to arrive powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 paired with 6GB of RAM and the choice of 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable internal storage.
Completing the setups will reportedly be 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch AMOLED displays respectively. Both of these panels will support a 90Hz refresh rate but the resolutions will be different. Specifically, the Pixel 4 should offer a FHD+ (2280 x 1080p) resolution and the Pixel 4 XL will reportedly increase it to QHD+ (3040 x 1440p).
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