Google announced its current-generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones at the start of the month but as it has turned out, it did not spill all the beans regarding what they bring to the table. As per the latest announcement, both Pixel 2 smartphones are loaded with Google’s first-ever chip called Pixel Visual Core. It is essentially an image processing chip and is aimed at improving the overall quality of HDR+ photos on the devices.
The Pixel Visual Core chip is yet to be enabled on these devices which will happen via a server-side flip from Google but once it happens, users will be able to see significant improvements in photos captured by their Pixel 2 devices. It is an octa-core chip and will make processing of HDR+ photos a lot smoother and up to five times faster while reducing the power consumption.
This is the Pixel Visual Core architecture as shown in the image shared by Google:
Another interesting thing to mention here is that this chip will help Google open-up HDR+ capability to third-party camera apps. It means in the future, you will not be restricted to using the default Google Camera app for capturing HDR+ photos. This will make the whole process of clicking and sharing HDR+ photos a lot faster and more convenient.
But as mentioned in the beginning, Google is yet to enable the Pixel Visual Core on the Pixel 2 devices. This change is expected to happen with Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview but for the time being, the best you can do is to wait and be happy that something better is around the corner for your beloved Pixel 2.