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Google Pixel 7 Ultra: Updated camera details emerge with twin Sony IMX712 cameras

The Pixel 7 Ultra may share its primary camera with the other Pixel 7 series devices. (Image source: Google)
The Pixel 7 Ultra may share its primary camera with the other Pixel 7 series devices. (Image source: Google)
According to new findings within Android code, Google has decided to equip 'Lynx' and 'L10' with two Sony IMX712 cameras, an unreleased sensor. Reputedly, one will serve as the device's front-facing camera, while the second could be a new ultra-wide-angle camera for the Pixel series.

Developer Kuba Wojciechowski has discovered new information about a potential Pixel 7 series flagship in new Android code. Previously, Wojciechowski observed Pixel 7 Ultra, Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet camera details, which we reported on in July. Subsequently, Google has started rolling out QPR1 Beta 1, Android 13's first major update.

While the update builds on the stable update that Google recently released to Pixel devices, it also contains changes for 'Lynx', a device that is rumoured to be the Pixel 7 Ultra. As we discussed in July, 'Lynx' or 'L10' is thought to contain the ISOCELL GN1 and Sony IMX787 as its rear-facing cameras, along with the Sony IMX712 as its front-facing camera.

However, Wojciechowski reports that the Pixel 7 Ultra has a third rear-facing camera. Purportedly, Android 13 QPR1 Beta 1 explicitly refers to a second Sony IMX712 as an ultra-wide-angle camera. Although 'Lynx' could utilise two front-facing cameras like the Pixel 3 XL, the presence of primary and telephoto rear-facing cameras in early Android code makes it seem likely that the Sony IMX712 will handle ultra-wide-angle optics.

Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether Google will unveil a third flagship a next month's hardware launch event. So far, the company has teased that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will debut on October 6, as well as the Pixel Watch and the Tensor G2 chipset. Ultimately, these are merely the products that it teased in May at I/O 2022. Potentially, 'Lynx' is only an internal testing device for next year's Pixel 8 series, but that is unclear at this stage too.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-09-11 (Update: 2022-09-11)