With reference to the Pixel 7, leaker Yogesh Brar has made an intriguing assertion, claiming that the hardware would be virtually identical from the present Pixel 6. That is not to say that there will be no improvements; rather, it is to say that any improvements may be the product of software and sensor advancements.
However, it is possible that smartphone camera quality has reached a threshold of diminishing returns, meaning that the ordinary user would not notice a significant difference from one generation to the next in the coming years. If Brar’s leak turns out to be accurate, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Pixel 7 has comparable, if not identical, camera technology to the Pixel 6 when it launches later this year. The extraordinary quality of the current hardware makes shifting to software for further refinement a reasonable and cost-effective strategy for future progress.
Only time will tell whether Brar is accurate in his assessment. In any case, it seems like the Pixel 7 might still provide some upgrades over its predecessor, the Pixel 6.