Google will unveil its new flagship phones: Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in October this year. However, the search engine giant has made the devices official revealing how they look, features and the specs, Google is keeping some of the information such as cost and availability, under wraps, but it is providing us a preview of what to expect.
Let's take a look at the official images, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. These look identical to what we saw earlier. But the company mentions that both phones will come in 3 color combo:
Pro version of the Pixel 6 has more space above the camera module. The company also displayed the front of the phone. It's the first time in years that a Pixel phone actually looks like it belongs to the current year with minimal bezels, punch hole camera and curved display.
The Pixel 6 however, will have a flat display and some chunkier bezels all around. The main feature of the phone is its processor or system on chip and the company is officially calling it Tensor. Pichai Sundararajan, the Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet Inc said they have been working on this chip for four years and it's finally ready for prime time. Basically, he said that the main goal of this chipset isn't to offer more clock speed, gigahertz and all of that stuff but to integrate Google's most advanced AI and machine learning features to unlock dedicated experiences for Pixel users. He said Tensor will enable more useful experiences such as improved voice recognition that consumes half the battery with real-time translation and voice typing and improve face detection to enhance blurry photos in low light conditions.
Basically with Tensor chipset, Google wants to move the focus away from speed and toward artificial intelligence and machine learning in phones, which are areas where Google, of course, has a significant edge. If the company succeeds then this will surely change the way we look at our phone's processors. Plus, this Tensor chip will allow them to do things that weren’t possible before with Qualcomm's chipset. For example in computational photography, specifically Video recording, an area where Pixel phones weren't really good compared to the competition. Google has confirmed that its new “Tensor” chip will make some big improvements to video on Pixel 6.
Google created a demo film for the Pixel 6 to show how it compares to the Pixel 5 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The video consisted of a simple beach pan with the sun setting. And according to the Verge who had the privilege to see it live, the Pixel 6 Pro took the best video maintaining the “natural white balance” throughout compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max which artificially brightened the shadows too much. Compared to the Pixel 5, it was not even a contest. Google explained how they are doing this is by applying HDRNet to every single frame of the video like they do with their photos and the Tensor chip made this possible.
Google also shared some camera details. The company hasn't specified a specific sensor and it hasn't revealed details like aperture size, but it's a significant camera improvement - so significant that Google isn't trying to disguise it with the design.
They said the improved sensors and lenses are now too big to fit into the traditional square so they went with the camera bar.
The cameras on the Pro include a wide-angle primary that "takes in 150% more light," a secondary ultra-wide-angle camera and a 4X optical zoom periscope camera.
While they haven't shared anything about Pixel 6's camera but it's a dual-camera setup without a periscope zoom lens. And below are the display specifications that Google has revealed, which also includes an under-display fingerprint scanner underneath.
6.7” QHD+ 120HZ Pixel 6 Pro
6.4” FHD+ 90HZ Pixel 6
Pixel 6 is without a doubt the most interesting handset of the year, partially because of the new hardware but mainly because people want to see what software magic tricks Google can pull off with the handset now, that they have their own hardware.