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The Google Pixel 8 series could bring a huge camera improvement

Google’s latest flagship Pixel flagships, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, bring several improvements over the Pixel 6 series from last year. The phones have the new and improved Tensor G2 SoC, brighter displays, and improved cameras. However, both phones use the same 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor for the primary camera as last year’s models. That may change with the Pixel 8 lineup next year.

Developer Kuba Wojciechowski has discovered new strings of code in the Google Camera Go app, which indicates that Google is working on bringing graded HDR support to the app. This feature will allow devices to capture different exposures simultaneously, allowing for faster capture times and reducing the chance of a blurred image due to misalignment of frames due to motion.

But this feature will not be available on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, because the ISOCELL GN1 sensor on these models does not support graded HDR. So, it is safe to assume that Google is preparing to feature the next generation flagship, which could have a new sensor that supports graded HDR. Wojciechowski also adds that Samsung’s 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor features interlaced HDR support, and Google could offer it on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. But since we are almost a year away from the launch of the Pixel 8 series, we cannot confirm this.

In addition to the strings about cross-HDR support, the Google Camera Go app includes references to “TangorPro,” which is purportedly the codename for the “Pro” version of the upcoming Pixel Tablet. Wojciechowski spotted the first mentions of “TangorPro” in Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 a few months ago, and a new leak confirms its existence. Unfortunately, we don’t have any other details about the tablet at the moment. We’ll let you know once we know more.

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