Google recently unveiled its hotly-anticipated (and much-leaked) Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagship smartphones, at an event in New York City. Ever since their first-generation debuted in 2016, Pixels have become renowned for having some of the best (maybe, the best) cameras one can find on a smartphone, and even though it’s too early to say, it’s all but certain that the camera experience on the third-generation Pixels won’t be any different.
That’s all great, but for three years now, Google has decided to stick with a single rear camera for its flagship Android smartphones. That’s a bit odd, to say the least, since even entry-level smartphones come with dual rear camera systems these days, and flagship smartphones like LG V40 ThinQ and Huawei P20 Pro have as many as three cameras at the back. Well, Google doesn’t bother with two cameras on its Pixel smartphones because the company doesn’t think they are needed.
Speaking to Wired about its new smartphones, Mario Lopez, Google’s VP of product management, said that Google [ Pixel ] doesn’t a second lens.
“We found it was unnecessary,” Lopez was quoted as saying in a BGR report. He argued that Google’s ML (Machine Learning) technology is enough to make up for a secondary camera.
Interestingly, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with two cameras on the front. According to Google, that’s just so that users can capture wide-angle selfies.
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As noted by the report, during the launch of the new Pixels, Google didn’t mention anything about their DxOMark ratings, something which the company had done for both the first and second generation Pixels.
Even though DxOMark isn’t the only (or even a) measure of camera quality, it’ll be interesting to see where Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL rank in ratings.