Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL earlier this month on October 4. The flagship devices received the highest DxOMark rating surpassing Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cameras and it is all possible because of the Google’s image processing unit called Pixel Visual Core.
The Pixel Visual Core is an eight-core chipset used to enhance the camera quality of the phone. Google claims that the chipset can process HDR+ 5x faster using less than 1/10th the energy compared to traditional application processing.
Currently, the Pixel Visual Core is deactivated in all the Pixel 2 devices, however, Google will activate it in the upcoming months with the help of a software update. In a Keyword, Google writes “It’s built into every Pixel 2, and in the coming months, we’ll turn it on through a software update to enable more applications to use Pixel 2’s camera for taking HDR+ quality pictures.”
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Further, Google mentioned that developers can also take the leverage of the Pixel Visual Core in the developer preview of Android Oreo 8.1. The company will enable the feature for third-party apps which will be using the Android Camera API to give full access to the Pixel 2’s HDR+ technology.
The Google Pixel 2 devices feature a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with 1.4-micron pixel size sensor and aperture f/1.8. Other than this the camera comes with optical image stabilisation, electronic image stabilization, dual pixel phase detection + autofocus with laser and 4K video recording. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus and 1.4-micron pixel sensor.