The Pixel 3's Dual Front Cameras are for 'Super Selfies', and Probably Not Facial Recognition

By Tom Pritchard on at

The recent wave of Pixel 3 leaks have confirmed a great many things about Google's upcoming phone, including the fact that it will not feature a dual-lens camera on the back. Instead Google has opted to stick two cameras on the front, which some has assumed was a facial recognition feature designed to improve upon Android's low-tech face-unlock systems. But apparently not. According to sources speaking to 9to5Google those cameras are there to help people take 'super selfies'.

If you just heard a giant groan, that was from me.

The cameras are both there to create that fake bokeh mode that has been all the rage among premium phone companies the past couple of years. You know ever since Apple added it to one of their phones. More recently companies have been adding portrait mode to the front camera, including using some sort of infra red sensor to gauge distance in place of a second lens. Google seems to be sticking to the basics, then. But the portrait mode is only one aspect, with he 'Super Selfie' thing is a forming a different and separate mode. Details are a little thin on the ground, however.

On top of this it's been mentioned that one of the cameras has a wide angle lens, while the ongoing Russian leaks claim there are going to be new retouching featured labelled “Natural” and “Soft", alongside a zoom feature. A source also told 9to5Google that the cameras may offer improve facial recognition, but didn't know for sure. Those leaked pre-release handsets are apparently missing this feature, but a lot could change between now and release day.

As for the rear camera setup, Google is apparently adamant that it doesn't need a second lens. Instead it's working on improving the single camera and making sure is powerful enough to be able to take quality snaps on its own. Expect a few digs at the competition during the announcement event if this is the case. Sources also mentioned that Google was adding a new visual core chip, which should be expected, with support for "more than just HDR+".

So even though versions of the phone are floating out in the world, it seems there's still a lot we don't know about the Pixel 3. We'll no doubt here more in the coming weeks, ahead of the rumoured 4th October launch event. [9to5Google]