Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro to support staggered HDR as Pixel Tablet Pro's existence is confirmed
Some new details about the potential Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro smartphones have come to light thanks to some efficient code-scouring by developer Kuba Wojciechowski. Sharing the information on Twitter, Wojciechowski revealed that code for the Camera Go app contained mentions of “Husky” and “Shiba”, which are believed to be the codenames for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, respectively. It seems that the main camera in the 2023 flagship smartphones from Google will support a staggered HDR feature.
According to Qualcomm, staggered HDR allows the sensor to capture three images, one each with a short exposure, medium exposure, and long exposure. The related camera software can then combine the images to produce a single shot that offers greater dynamic range than any of the three separate images alone (multi-exposure HDR capture). In turn, this can help create more-accurate real-world representations without as many distortions such as blurring, and it purportedly offers a reduction in capture time.
As well as spotting camera enhancements for the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, Wojciechowski also managed to confirm the existence of the Pixel Tablet Pro. There were hints of this device being in the works reported on in November, with the source discovering references to a possible tablet with the codename “Tangorpro”. However, the Google Pixel Tablet Pro has also turned up under its codename in the same app code as the above Pixel 8 information, so it appears Google has at least two Android tablets currently in development.