The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are two smartphones considered to be one of the best phones of 2016, especially in regards with its camera performance. Now, with the latest leaks and rumors about the Google Pixel 2 (the unofficial name for the 2017 Pixel phone), it points out that the said smartphone may possibly have a much better camera compared to its predecessor.
According to Forbes, 9to5Google which is a "previously reliable" source quoted that the next Pixel phones will feature an even better camera with very specific enhancements. These enhancements do not include that the smartphone will have a large MP size. Instead, it will compensate in extra features such as mastering low light photography. With this claim, it also does fit with the Google's current emphasis on computational photography, like Pixel's HDR+ mode, rather than focusing on boosting traditional specs such as sensor resolution. And among other possible "enhancements" that the Google Pixel 2 could have, these are the following:
An Improved Sensor With Higher Sensitivity
Having a higher sensitivity will allow the camera to capture cleaner low light shots. This also does not require extra megapixels.
A Brighter Lens
Having a brighter lens can also help achieve a much better camera performance compared to the first Google Pixel's cameras. The reason is that it will improve computation algorithms.
A Dual-Camera Setup
Although this is not noted by 9to5 Google, Forbes said that this could also be a possible "enhancement" that Google could use for the Google Pixel 2, of which I agree.
There is a reason why when people hear the world "dual-camera," most of us will think about the iPhone 7 Plus' rear camera, especially the Apple fans such as myself. If Google will incorporate this on the next Pixel 2 phones, this offer benefits that goes beyond picture quality. It will give the camera to zoom in on distant options or to create the DSLR-like images with creatively blurred backgrounds that can be achieved with the iPhone 7 Plus' Portrait mode.
More About The Device
Aside from its camera specs, there is also other information as to what the Google Pixel 2's specs and features will be. Here they are:
Just like the Google Pixel has two variants, the Google Pixel 2 will also have two. One variant is said to be the standard size and the other is a "Pixel 2B," which is said to have less powerful hardware and will be sold at a lower price.
Unveiling And Price
Top-tier smartphones usually fixed to a yearly upgrade cycle, so we may probably see the Google Pixel 2 smartphones around October or much longer than that. And as for its retail price, Google is not yet sure as to what will be the price tag of the Pixel 2 phones, except it will be at least $50 more pricier than the first Pixel phones.
Platform And Features
As of now, Google is busy testing new CPUs made by both Qualcomm and Intel in order to find out which is the best one. Regarding its features, the only thing known is that Google is considering whether to add a water and dust resistant feature to its upcoming phones.