Google’s Ultra smartphone is gradually being revealed. An inch or not an inch? The leaks are discordant on the subject. One thing is for sure, it should set the bar higher than the Pixel 7 Pro.
As the poussière rebounds on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, launched with the Pixel Watch, the light is headed peu à peu vers une nouvelle rumeur, celle d’un possible Google Pixel Ultra, a smartphone encore plus haut de gamme Then. Latest rumor, developer Kuba Wojciechowski, who officiates at Twitterposted a thread concerning him.
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According to him, this “third Pixel”, code name Lynx (L10), would integrate three rear sensors and a front sensor:
- A 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GN1 in 1/1.31 format;
- a 64-megapixel Sony IMX787 in 1/1.3 format;
- Two 13-megapixel Sony IMX712 for the ultra wide angle and the selfie module.
If we follow these accusations, the Pixel 7 Ultra would keep the same main sensor, but it would change its tuning for telephoto and ultra wide angle, going from 48 megapixels to 64 and from 12 megapixels to 13. Not necessarily enough to outshine the Pixel 7 Pro so so much.
But as sometimes happens, the filters disagree with each other. On October 17, 2022, the highly influential ice universe published a tweet suggesting that the Pixel Ultra would integrate a one-inch sensor. Thus, which creates a real luxury movement compared to the Pixel 7 Pro. We can imagine a much more effective night mode for example and a slightly better controlled dive.
During the summer, the filter Chinese Digital Chat Station, no less effective, opted instead for a 50-megapixel main sensor without compromising on its size.
Let’s add that according to Kuba Wojciechowski, the Pixel Ultra could integrate a Qualcomm modem instead of the Broadcom BCM 4389 that is used in the Pixel 6 and 7. improve things.
What would a one-inch sensor do?
Let’s remember that if we are used to talking about a one-inch sensor, these are not really a one-inch size. This is more of an industry convention. That said, this one-inch size that we see appearing on more and more phones allows, in theory, to gain in brightness. In fact, the bigger a sensor is, the better it captures light. This is the main interest of a larger sensor.
The other advantage of a larger sensor is that it theoretically allows you to increase definition a little more. Or even to offer greater definition without losing lighting quality.
Additionally, Google has heavily promoted a new feature with the Pixel 7, “super resolution” Zoom, which allows you to cultivator on an image and add the missing pixels using AI. With a larger sensor, this process might be easier. But as we indicated before, it is not yet certain, at all, that Google will make this choice.
And the value for money in all this?
The term Ultra is increasingly present in the industry. We know the S22 Ultra or the Xiaomi 12S UItra, now we have an Apple Watch Ultra.
The problem is that a Pixel Ultra necessarily implies a price beyond the 900 euros of the Pixel 7 Pro. However, the two Pixel 7s, especially the non-professional model, aim to position themselves slightly below the competition in terms of price, by while offering additional features and admirable rendering. In this context, a one-inch sensor could at least justify the higher price, as well as the term Ultra.
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