The latest models from Google, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were out this fall. And seems the company is going to release another model in this lineup – a cheaper Pixel 6a – in the first half of 2022. But we are more interested in the next-gen flagship smartphone, the Google Pixel 7. Recently, we have got quite an interesting information concerning its camera.
Over the years, Google has applied different types of selfie cameras. For instance, the mentioned recent models come with a punch-hole camera. Much earlier, when the Pixel 3 XL was launched, it was still using a “traditional” selfie camera design. The latter was placed on the upper screen edge. But the next generation of selfie cameras is the under-screen camera (aka in-screen camera). The latest leaks reveal that the Google Pixel 7 will be using an under-screen camera.
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According to LetsGoDigital, on August 31, 2021, Google LLC filed a patent with the USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office) for a ‘Display configuration for mobile computing devices. The 16-page documentation was published on December 16, 2021.
According to the patent description, Google has to create a larger screen area, without increasing the size of the phone. Moreover, to provide a genuine full-screen experience, other components, such as the selfie camera, have to be housed elsewhere. The best solution is the under-screen camera.
There have been several models with such a type of selfie camera. When saying this, the first thing that comes to our minds is the ZTE Axon 30, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. The next model on the list is going to be the Google Pixel 7.
Honestly, this is not the first leak of the alleged Google Pixel 7 with an under-screen camera. In May 2021, the American manufacturer already laid down the necessary documentation for this. But the technology they introduced differs from the one we are talking about now.
As a reminder, the previous patent used a sub-display and a prism. The new method appears to be more cost-effective. As for this approach, we guess Google will use an emissive display, with a small non-emissive part at the top. The latter will allow sufficient light to reach the camera.
Moreover, there will be more than one sensor. Apart from the camera lens, there should be a light sensor and optionally a sensor and/or a flash. The camera(s) will be located in the top right corner and the light sensor in the top left corner.
The source doesn’t talk about the possibility of Face Unlock. Recent Pixel models don’t have facial recognition technology – this feature was dropped when the bezel disappeared, at the time of the Pixel 5. So we need to get more info about this feature.