Ever since the release of the Google Pixel 5, the Google Pixel 6 is making headlines. Leaks after leaks have shown us how the device will look like, with Google recently announcing some features that will make their way on the Pixel 6.
Now, the latest Google Camera app suggests that the phone will be receiving a significant camera upgrade with the Pixel 6 series featuring a 50MP lens made by Samsung.
The Google Cam was updated with the release of Android 12 Beta 4 that was released yesterday. The update brings the latest version to 8.3.252. Initially, it looked like there are no major changes, but on closer inspection, it was revealed that some improvements were made under the hood.
The known GCam modder Cstark27 revealed that the latest update mentioned the code P21, which stands for the upcoming Pixel 6 series. It also mentions “G21”, which is the codename for the Samsung Camera sensor that was introduced back in 2020.
According to Samsung themselves, the GN21 comes with dual-pixel autofocus, a technology used in DSLR cameras. It offers an unparalleled advantage over the phase-detect autofocus technique.
The ISOCELL GN1 is Samsung’s first image sensor to offer both Dual Pixel and Tetracell technologies.
Thanks to the relatively larger pixel size, the GN1 brings image sensor performance to a new level with a combination of elevated light sensitivity for stellar low-light photos and DSLR-level auto-focus speeds, optimized for more dynamic picture-taking experiences.
If this is true, the new sensor will wash out the Pixel 5’s camera in every sense. The GN21 sensor has been used only in select models such as the Meizu 18 Pro and Vivo X60 lineup. This makes it hard for us to determine how it will perform on the Pixel 6. This will also mark the end of the partnership with Sony and its IMX363 sensors that were powering the Pixel phones for quite some time now.