XDA-Developers is a respected and reliable source, and if the code in the unreleased version of Google’s Camera app is accurate, it would certainly suggest that a second camera lens on the Pixel 4 might be a telephoto lens. Indeed, it literally says “telephoto” in the code.
But there’s one detail that doesn’t seem quite right, and it gives me hope. 9to5Google said that the code suggests the telephoto camera is going to be 16 megapixels, and that the regular camera lens will be 12 megapixels.
Here’s the thing: zoomed lenses don’t typically have more megapixels than the regular camera lens on most smartphones.
On the OnePlus 7 Pro, the telephoto camera is 8 megapixels versus the regular camera’s 48 megapixel.
On the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, and the LG G8, both the regular and telephotos camera are 12 megapixels.
Meanwhile, the ultrawide camera lenses on all the phones listed above are 16 megapixels — the same number of megapixels that 9to5Google suggests for the supposed telephoto lens in the Pixel 4.
Regardless of the number of pixels, ultrawide camera lenses typically have more — not fewer — megapixels than regular or telephotos lenses. It’s a little smidgen of hope against some pretty convincing rumors. Still, rumors are rumors — not concrete facts.