Google Pixel 7 could feature hall sensor, bring back support for flip cover

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The American tech giant Google’s Pixel 6a, which went on sale recently, has received its first software update though it doesn’t bring in any new features to the device.

The company could now shift its focus towards the Pixel 7 lineup, which is expected to include the vanilla Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. This lineup is believed to include the second-generation Google Tensor SoC.

According to reports, the lineup has been a part of the rumor mill, with more and more alleged specifications surfacing now and then. Recently, a debug code has been spotted that suggests the Pixel 7 could feature a hall sensor.

Sources said that Google Pixel 6a could also feature a hall sensor. The handset supposedly comes with the drivers for the sensor. Hall sensors are designed to detect the magnetic field of the magnets that are usually placed in flip covers.

It allows the smartphone to identify when the flip cover is open or closed. Google might come up with flip covers of their own, considering that the Pixel 7 lineup might feature them and the Pixel 6a could already have this sensor.

The Pixel 7 could feature a 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 primary sensor and a Sony IMX381 ultra-wide angle sensor. On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro is expected to pack a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 telephoto sensor, according to a recent report.

The supposed test build of the Pixel 7 Pro ran on Android 13 and was codenamed ‘Cheetah’. A past report mentions that it could also feature a Samsung S6E3HC4 display with a 1,440×3,120 pixels resolution.

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