Google Pixel 7 Ultra rears its head again with a 2K display and a Sony IMX787 camera as leaker maintains ongoing Pixel Fold production
Digital Chat Station has provided details about two unreleased Google Pixel flagship smartphones via Weibo. Allegedly, Foxconn is producing the pair at one of its Chinese factories, although it seems that neither are the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro. While Digital Chat Station mentions that one of the two smartphones is Google's long-awaited Pixel Fold or Pixel Notepad, the 'Pixel flagship' is something entirely different.
Unfortunately, Digital Chat Station does not provide too many details about the Pixel Fold. On the one hand, the leaker reports that it is a conventional large screen foldable device, instead of a foldable flip phone like the upcoming Razr 2022 or Galaxy Flip4. That much was already known though, with animations for a Google-branded foldable smartphone having been discovered in early Android 13 code. Digital Chat Station adds that Google is unsure whether the Pixel Fold will improve the Android ecosystem, which may explain why there have been rumours about further delays and cancellations.
On the other hand, Digital Chat Station elaborates that the 'Pixel flagship' has a Sony IMX787, not one of the four cameras expected to feature in the Pixel 7 Pro. Instead, the Sony IMX787 has only been mentioned in the context of 'Lynx' or 'L10', internal names for the Pixel 7 Ultra or a testing device. According to Digital Chat Station, the IMX787 is a 'sub-camera', the meaning of which is unclear at this stage.
Incidentally, developer Kuba Wojciechowski speculated that the Sony IMX787 could serve as the device's telephoto camera. However, Digital Chat Station states that the 'Pixel flagship' utilises a 50 MP sensor as a multifocal periscope camera. Purportedly, the 50 MP sensor is the ISOCELL GN1, the same one that Google uses in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
By the sounds of it, 'Lynx' could contain a telephoto solution like the Xperia 1 IV, which Sony introduced earlier this year. Separately, Digital Chat Station asserts that the engineering sample has a ceramic body and a 2K display. At this stage, is unclear whether Google will release either smartphone. Google failed to mention a third flagship Pixel 7 series smartphone or a foldable device at Google I/O 2022, but the company could still do so at its rumoured October hardware event.