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Google officially announces Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones

by on20 October 2021

$599 and $899 for Google's Tensor SoC phone

Google has now officially announced its new Pixel phones, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, both featuring the 5nm Tensor custom SoC focused on AI and ML, new camera systems, and more, all starting at $599 and $899, respectively.

The new Pixel phones cover different market segments, despite the fact that both are equipped with the same Tensor SoC, at least as far as we could gather. Both feature an AMOLED screen, but the Pixel 6 Pro gets all bells and whistles, like 120Hz, higher resolution, and curved panel, something that Google calls the 3D glass.

The Pixel 6 is the smaller of the bunch, with a 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 6 Pro gets a larger 6.7-inch 1440p LTPO AMOLED with a 120HZ refresh rate. Both screens are protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.

The Pixel 6 Pro also has an upper hand in the camera hardware, as it gets the third large 48MP telephoto sensor, sitting behind an f/3.5 lens with 4x optical zoom, PDAF, and OIS. The other two sensors, which are also the only ones on the Pixel 6 include a 50MP f/1.9 26mm wide one with PDAF, Laser AF and OIS, and a 12MP ultrawide f/2.2 one.

The Pixel 6 Pro also gets a better ultrawide 11.1MP fixed-focus selfie camera, while the Pixel 6 is stuck with a standard 8MP selfie camera.

When it comes to other specifications, the Pixel 6 Pro also gets a bigger 5,000mAh battery, compared to 4,600mAh on the Pixel 6, and both get 30W wired and 21W/23W wireless charger, but you are out of luck if you get to look for those in the box.

Both phones are IP68 rated, have stereo speakers, all the usual connectivity, including 802.11 (Wifi 6E) and Bluetooth 5.2, and USB-C.

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Tensor SoC with Titan M2 security chip is what it is all about

The biggest advantage for new Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 phones, at least according to Google, is the custom Tensor SoC with a built-in Titan M2 security chip. It is all about AI and ML, including features like Motion Mode, Face Unblur, Speech enhancement mode for videos, and applying HDRnet to videos.

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According to Google, and the collaboration across Google Research, Google Tensor can run "more advanced, state-of-the-art ML models but at lower power consumption compared to previous Pixel phones".

Unfortunately, Google did not unveil a lot of hardware details in its official blog, but thankfully, the details have found their way online and we now know it is a 5nm chip with a tri-cluster design, featuring two big ARM Cortex-X1 cores running at up to 2.8GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at up to 2.25GHz, and our Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz.

It also comes with a Mali-G78 GPU with 20 GPU cores, custom TPU (NPU), and custom ISP, which is what gave Google all those fancy AI/ML features in photography.

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The Tensor SoC is paired up with 8GB of LPDDR5 memory on the Pixel 6 and 12GB on the Pixel 6 Pro, as well as 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage (512GB is exclusive to Pixel 6 Pro).

Not a bad starting price at $599 and $899

The Pixel 6 starts at $599, which makes it a great mid-range device, especially considering that it gets all those fancy features brought by the custom Tensor SoC. As a flagship, Pixel 6 Pro, with a starting price of $899 is quite a catch, but you should wait for some official reviews before throwing your money at Google.


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