Google has unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, revealing some early details on upcoming Android flagships and the new Google Tensor chip that will power them. The two phones won’t be released until later in 2021, but after a lot of leaks and speculation, Google has made it clear that it’s better to join the discussion rather than watch its secrets unravel early on.
So from today we know that the Pixel 6 will be available in three color combinations and the Pixel 6 Pro will be available in three different combinations. Both will feature a new camera bar, extending horizontally across the back of the phones. “The improved sensors and lenses are now too big to fit in the traditional square,” says Rick Osterloh, vice president of devices and services at Google, “so the new design gives the entire camera system a new look. house with the camera bar. ”
You will be able to tell the difference between the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, Google says, because the Pro has more space above its camera bar. The Pro has a lightly polished aluminum frame, while the standard Pixel 6 has a matte aluminum finish. Inside, meanwhile, there will also be some differences. The Pixel 6 Pro will have three cameras, including a telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom.
The Pixel 6 will do without telephoto, however. Otherwise, much of the hardware will be the same, including Google’s new SoC. It has been dubbed Google Tensor.
As with Apple’s A-series chipsets, Google Tensor was designed in-house by Google itself. “The highlight of Tensor is that it can process Google’s most powerful AI and ML models right on Pixel 6,” the company explains. “You’ll see a transformed experience for the Pixel 6’s camera, voice recognition, and many other features.”
Exactly what this means in practice, however, we’ll have to wait to find out. Google has made heavy use of computer photography in recent years, pushing the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning for everything from portrait mode to HDR and long-exposure night shots. This includes harnessing the strength of dedicated camera coprocessors, but until now the company’s Pixel phones – and the Nexus line before it – have relied on main processors from other companies. This change will be a blow to Qualcomm, which has powered all recent Pixel phones.
As for the software experience, expect Android 12 and Material You – as described during Google I / O 2021 earlier in the year – to be present. “Hardware You’ll be the best on Pixel 6,” Google promises, with the phone’s hardware colors matching the on-screen UI colors.
For speech recognition, there will be “a huge improvement”, again thanks to the Google Tensor chipset. This includes voice commands, translation, closed captioning and dictation.
Finally, there will be “the most layers of hardware security in any phone,” Google promises. Exactly how this is implemented, and the rest of the hardware specs, we’ll have to be patient. Google announces that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will arrive this fall.