Recent spec leaks have suggested that the Pixel 7 Pro may not be an upgrade from the Pixel 6 Pro, but a new, more detailed leak suggests that, if nothing else, the camera could have some significant improvements.
A complete – and apparently official – list of specs shared by Google News channel on Telegram (opens in new tab) (via leaker Yogesh Brar (opens in new tab) and phone arena (opens in new tab)) includes a small detail we hadn’t seen before – mention of the 5x optical zoom.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has 4x optical zoom, so if this spec leak is accurate, the Pixel 7 Pro will be able to optically zoom in further than its predecessor and also farther than most other phones outside of the 10x zoom of the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra .
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It’s not just the optical zoom that’s increasing, as 30x digital zoom is listed, up from 20x on the Pixel 6 Pro.
This spec list – which was reportedly originally seen on a Taiwanese cell phone carrier’s website – also mentions new camera modes such as Movie Motion Blur, which based on the name presumably adds a blur effect to videos, perhaps like the iPhone Cinematic, and Macro Focus, which can enable better macro shots.
For what it’s worth, Movie Motion Blur is also listed as a feature for the standard Pixel 7, but those other things only seem to be related to the Pixel 7 Pro.
Also, the specs are pretty much all the stuff we’ve heard before, and in most cases they look identical to the Pixel 6 lineup, although there’s mention of Face Unlock, which is something that’s been lacking on these phones but that we’ve recently heard rumors of.
Of course, we’d take all of this with a pinch of salt for now, but we’ll know the truth very soon as the Pixel 7 lineup launches fully on October 6th.
Review: A contender for the best camera phone?
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is already at the top of our list of the best camera phones, and if the above improvements happen, then the Pixel 7 Pro is likely to rank even higher.
Will it stay at the top of the chart? It’s hard to say as it faces stiff competition from the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro range, but it certainly has a chance, especially as we expect there to be other improvements in camera performance beyond those obvious from a spec list.
There are likely to be software tweaks, and the new Tensor G2 chipset could also boost the phone’s camera capabilities.
So while the sensors apparently don’t change much – meaning there’s still a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra wide-angle and a 48MP telephoto – the actual features could be significantly improved.
Still, whether that will be enough to top the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s powerful new 48MP camera or the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s impressive zoom capabilities remains to be seen.