A few days ago I told you that the Monster Pixel 3 XL we just saw reveals a startling detail about Google's camera development process for the handset. The phone will have a camera on the back with a lens that Google believes is enough to deliver great photos, even if competing devices pack two or three lenses on the back. But to improve selfies, Google definitely needs a second camera on the front. Now, a brand new leak tells us how serious Google is with the forward facing cameras of the upcoming Pixel 3 series.
We saw a series of images on Thursday showing the Pixel 3 phone, the smaller device that does not grab a notch like the iPhone X. This leak also lists specifications for the handset and reveals the actual camera hardware for the selfie cams:
One of the two front cameras has an 8-megapixel sensor with two apertures, including f / 1.8 and f / 2.2. The second camera, also an 8-megapixel sensor, has only an aperture of 1: 1.8
If the variable aperture of the first camera seems familiar, this is because we already saw a camera feature on Samsung's two this year have flagships, the Galaxy S9 + and Galaxy Note 9. The variable aperture controls the flow of light and should improve photography in low light conditions.
Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the same camera hardware, including dual-lens front-mounted camera. Google has insisted that it offers the same features on both pixels, and that will be largely the case this year. So if this new leak is accurate then the Pixel 3 XL will also have a dual-lens selfie camera with a variable aperture on a lens.
Google is expected to launch the Pixel 3 phones and other hardware in New York on October 9, following a recent leak.