Google Pixel 6 to use Samsung’s unrivaled ISOCELL GN1 50MP Camera Sensor

 Google Pixel 6 to use Samsung’s unrivaled ISOCELL GN1 50MP Camera Sensor
New Pixel 6 Camera Design and Samsung’s new ISOCELL GN1 Camera Sensor, Courtesy of Google (left) and Samsung (right)

It was reported that Google would be using Samsung’s new camera sensor ISOCELL GN1 in its next-gen series of infamous Pixel (Pixel 6). This was just a rumor until it got confirmed when Google released its latest Android OS, i.e., Android 12 beta 4. A code string was caught in the beta four updates by a known Google Camera Modder named CSTARK27. He shared the code in his Twitter handle, referring to the new Samsung’s sensor in Pixel 6 with a codename ‘p21’ which meant the pixel 6 series. The string ‘.gnl_wide_p21’ is likely a reference to Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 sensor.

CSTARK27 mentioned codename ‘p21’ referring to pixel 6 in Google Camera update in Android 12 beta 4

The Samsung ISOCELL GN1 Camera Sensor

Recently, Samsung unveiled its newest camera sensor, the 50MP ISOCELL GN1 that came with dual-pixel technology. This sensor provides superior autofocus performance as you get in DSLR cameras, real-time HDR, accurate and detailed image quality in 8K resolution (50M). It outperforms all other available camera sensors in low light performance, thanks to its tetra pixel technology. Currently, this sensor has only been used in an android mobile Vivo X60 Pro Plus.

Previous flagships of Google Pixel used Sony’s camera sensor IMX363 12.2MP. It is yet to decide by Google to abandon the Sony IMX sensors for the pixel lineup. Buts are likely for Google to stick with Samsung for chips and sensors. Google confirmed two models for the next-gen lineup; Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro by far.

Reported specifications for Google Pixel 6 Lineup

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro are confirmed to be powered by Google’s custom-developed Tensor chips rather than using Snapdragon chipsets. Pixel 6 is rumored to have a dual-camera setup of 50 MP Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 and a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor. In contrast, Pixel 6 pro is rumored to have a triple camera set up the same as Samsung’s 50 MP sensor (wide), 12 MP (ultra-wide), and 48 MP (telephoto lens).

Rumored Specifications of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

SpecificationsPixel 6 Pixel 6 Pro
Body  Dimensions: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2 mm Build: Aluminum Body SIM: Nano or e-SIM IP68 water & dust resistance (up to 1.5m depth for 30 min dip time)  Dimensions: 163.9 X 75.8 X 8.9 mm Build: Aluminum Body SIM: Nano or e-SIM IP68 water & dust resistance (up to 1.5m depth for 30 min dip time)  
DisplayType: AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10 Plus Size: 6.4 inches, (83.5% screen to body ratio) Resolution: 1080*2390 pixels (403 PPI density)  Type: AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10 Plus Size: 6.71 inches (89% screen to body ratio) Resolution: 1440*3120 pixels (512 PPI density)  
OSAndroid OS Version; 12  Android OS Version; 12
ChipsetCPU: Google Tensor (5 nm) GPU: Octa-core  CPU: Google Tensor (5 nm) GPU: Octa-core
MemoryCard Slot: No Internal: 128/12 GB 256/12 GB 512/12 GB Memory type: UFS  Card Slot: No Internal: 128/12 GB 256/12 GB 512/12 GB Memory type: UFS
Main CameraDual Setup: 50 MP (wide), PDAF, OIS12 MP (ultra-wide) Video: 4K@30/60fps,1080p@30/60/120/240fps  Triple Setup: 50 MP (wide), PDAF, OIS12 MP (ultra-wide)48 MP (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 4X Optical Zoom Video: 4K@30/60fps,1080p@30/60/120/240fps  
Front CameraSingle Setup: 12 MP (wide) Video: 1080p@30fps  Single Setup: 12 MP (wide) Video: 1080p@30fps  
FeaturesFingerprint (under the display, optical), proximity, barometer, accelerometer, gyro sensor  Fingerprint (under the display, optical), proximity, barometer, accelerometer, gyro sensor
USBUSB Type-C 3.1  USB Type-C 3.1
BatteryNon-Removable  Li-Po 5000 mAh, Non-Removable
ColorsRed, Black, GreenWhite