Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are likely to be even better than we could have imagined, according to a new report.
Excitement is building for what promises to be Google’s most compelling smartphone launch in years. Unlike recent Pixel releases, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are expected to deliver a high-end experience with hugely upgraded cameras. Now, thanks to a new report, we have a more detailed picture of just how big that upgrade might be.
Using information found within an unreleased version of the Google Camera app, a team at XDA-Developers discovered details of several unannounced features expected to be revealed at launch next month.
Among these is a possible ultra-wide front camera, exclusive to the Pro model, that would give the flagship a selfie zoom capability not seen since the dual front camera of the Pixel 3.
Additionally, the researchers also discovered several exciting new software-based camera features, some of which make use of the Pixel 6’s new “Tensor” machine learning processor. These include improved manual white balance, a ‘magic eraser’ function, and more powerful zoom (up to 7x) when recording video at high frame rates.
Also discovered were functions related to Google’s already announced ‘Face Deblur’ feature (as previously revealed to Wired) as well as references to new ‘Scene Lock’ and ‘Baby Mode’ options.
The ‘Frequent Faces’ feature, which prioritizes people you know when taking group photos, gets an upgrade to ‘V2’, while a new ‘Portrait Spotlight Enhance’ option appears in the configuration files for both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a series of smartphones.
Making use of the Pixel 6’s new Tensor processor is a new “NIMA Aesthetic” feature, exclusive to the Pixel 6 range. NIMA or “Neural Image Assessment” uses machine learning to automatically assess the quality of an image both technically and aesthetically. It can also be used as a basis for automatic image enhancement. The use of MIMA could therefore help to make the Pixel 6 better at finding your best shots and perhaps better at enhancing them too, depending on how the feature is implemented. This could turn out to be a powerful differentiating feature for the Pixel 6 range, but only time will tell.
Perhaps more exciting still is that the XDA-Developers team found many additional new Pixel 6-specific functions in the Camera app’s code which they weren’t able to decode.
This suggests that, while such much has leaked already, Google may yet have a few big surprises in reserve for when the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launch later this month.
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