A large part of the success of the Google Pixel cameras belongs to post-processing, where machine learning with a cool neuron gets a lot of things right. And Google has really done a great job on this. This approach also allowed the manufacturer to use one sensor in several models in a row.
But the fragments of the Camera Go camera application found by Kuba Wojciechowski indicate that the next Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro should get new sensors.
For starters, the codenames for the smartphones in the app are listed as “Husky” and “Shiba” (I hope the “Husky” is the 8 Pro because otherwise it doesn’t quite make sense). They will get improved staggered HDR. It allows you not to take separate pictures with different exposure, but to receive them simultaneously. This not only speeds up the process, but also increases the sharpness of the photo because it will be easier for neurons to match such frames together.
In the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 7 models, the place of the main sensor is occupied by the 50-megapixel Samsung GN1. This sensor does not support such HDR shooting. Therefore, if the find of Wojciechowski really reflects the development plans of the next Pixels, then logically we can expect newer sensors with them.
Of course, there is still a long way to go before the Google Pixel 8 goes into production, and things can happen. But in any case, it will be interesting to look at the evolution of the capabilities of one of the best smartphones today.