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Google Pixel camera configurations leak for two future devices

The successor to the Pixel 6a could match its predecessor for rear-facing cameras. (Image source: Google)
The successor to the Pixel 6a could match its predecessor for rear-facing cameras. (Image source: Google)
Mishaal Rahman has revealed camera configurations for two unreleased Google Pixel devices. Codenamed 'bluejay' and 'cloudripper', the pair are seemingly part of Google's R&D towards next year's batch of Pixel smartphones.

Google may have only just released the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but Mishaal Rahman has discovered new details about future devices. While Pixel 7 leaks have already started appearing, it seems that neither of these devices will be either the Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro. The pair are thought to feature a GS201 SoC though that may be based on the Exynos 9845.

Writing on Twitter, Rahman has disclosed camera arrangements for two unreleased Pixel smartphones codenamed 'bluejay' and 'cloudripper'. According to Rahman, bluejay and cloudripper have the following cameras:

Bluejay

  • Sony IMX355
  • Sony IMX363
  • Sony IMX386

Cloudripper

  • Samsung ISOCELL GN1
  • Sony IMX386
  • Sony IMX586
  • Sony IMX663

As Rahman notes, cloudripper has the cameras as the Pixel 6 Pro, codenamed 'raven'. However, it could be possible that cloudripper is a development board, as 'slider' was this year. If that is the case, then cloudripper will be Google's development device for its GS201 chipset. There is no guarantee that Google will re-use all the Pixel 6 Pro's cameras on the Pixel 7 Pro, though.

By contrast, the presence of an IMX363 in bluejay suggests that it is a mid-range smartphone. Google relied on the IMX363 from the Pixel 3 series onwards but replaced it with the ISOCELL GN1 for the Pixel 6 series. Neither the Pixel 6 nor the Pixel 6 Pro use the IMX363 for their other cameras, so it seems likely that Google would only use it in a Pixel a series device.

For some reason, Rahman does not believe that bluejay is a development board like cloudripper. Hence, he may have leaked that the Pixel 6a has two rear-facing cameras, mirroring the Pixel 5a. In all likelihood, we are at least six months before Google announces a new Pixel a smartphone, if not longer. 

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-31 (Update: 2022-04-15)