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Latest Google Pixel 6 XL leak hints at a 5X 'ultra tele' camera

Google Pixel 6 Xl Leaked Render
Google Pixel 6 Xl Leaked Render (Image credit: @OnLeaks / Digit)

What you need to know

  • The latest Google Camera update suggests the upcoming Pixel 6 XL may have a 5X zoom "ultra tele" camera.
  • Leaked renders of the phone had also hinted at the presence of a periscope camera.
  • The upcoming flagship is also rumored to have a 50MP main sensor and a 12MP ultrawide lens.

A teardown of the latest Google Camera v8.3.252 suggests the upcoming Pixel 6 XL will have an impressive "ultra tele" camera with 5X zoom. According to XDA Developers, the new Google Camera update includes references to an "ultra tele" zoom toggle with a "real" optical zoom level of 4.3X.

Google's Pixel 4, for reference, had a "real" optical zoom level of 1.6X. The ultra-wide camera on the Pixel 6 XL may also be different compared to the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. The ultra-wide camera on Google's current best Android phones has a 0.670X zoom level, while the one on the Pixel 6 XL is tipped to have a 0.615X zoom level.

A leak from Jon Prosser recently revealed the key specs of both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL. As per Prosser, the Pixel 6 XL will have a triple-lens camera system with a 50MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 48MP telephoto lens. CAD-based renders of the phone, which had surfaced online in May, also hinted at a triple-camera setup with a periscope zoom lens. Both the Pixel 6 series phones are tipped to be powered by Google's custom Whitechapel chipset and come with the promise of five years of Android updates.

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 XL are expected to be announced at the company's fall hardware event in October. Google's Pixel Fold is also expected to be unveiled at the same event.

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Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
5 Comments
  • Which means only in XL :/ Hope in smaller P3 at least 2x zoom
  • @the_bart123
    Super Rez Zoom already gives Pixels without dedicated optics zoom performance on par with other phones with 2x telephoto lens. I agree it's a bit of a shame though if the periscope is only on the larger model, as while 'bigger is better' is the modern screen mantra for companies, I'm already certain the smaller Pixel will be a little bit of a challenge to use 1-handed (the 'small' offering has a larger screen than any XL to date), and suspect that the larger model may be of a size that offers more inconvenience in terms of ease of manipulation and pocketability than it does in convenience for a marginal size increase.
  • The only weakness of the Pixel camera is the lack of proper optical zoom that's on par with the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
  • Make ultra wide also high resolution
    Why r u giving any chance to criticise ur product if u r going all out finally after 5 eteration .... Pls do it properly
  • 700.00 is still no value to me.