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Google Unveils the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Powered By Google Tensor

After months of leaks and official teases, Google finally launched their latest flagship phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at the Pixel launch online event Tuesday. Visually, both phones are completely redesigned with a Camera Bar housing the rear cameras and a hole punch selfie camera. The phones are also powered by Google’s first system on a chip, Google Tensor, which Google says is competitive with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 currently available in other high-end Android phones.

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One of the first things to notice about this lineup is the price: $599 and $899. Those are the starting prices for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro respectively. This is aggressive pricing as compared to Apple or Samsung phones of a similar spec, considering that Google is offering 128GB of storage for both base models.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro both have OLED displays. The 6’s screen measures 6.4 inches, has a 1080p wide resolution, with a 90Hz refresh rate for a smoother scrolling experience. The 6 Pro has a 6.7-inch, 1440p display. The 6 Pro also uses LTPO technology to vary its refresh rate from as low a 10Hz all the way up to 120Hz, depending on what you’re doing on the phone. Both phones’ displays are covered in the latest Gorilla Glass Victus glass and support HDR.

There’s a custom TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) for AI built right into the chip. Additionally, there are two high-power application cores, two mid-range cores, four low-power cores, a dedicated coprocessor for security, a private compute core, and an image processing core. The Pixel 6 has 8GB of RAM, while the 6 Pro has 12GB.

Pixel 6 series Camera summary
Google Pixel 6 series display

Over to the cameras, both phones have a 50-megapixel main sensor, which Google says now captures up to 150% more light as compared to Pixel 5’s primary camera. It is a larger sensor with 1.2μm pixels and is behind an f/1.85 aperture optically stabilized lens. Both phones also have a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field of view, f/2.2 lens, and similarly large 1.25μm pixels. The Pixel 6 Pro however, does have a 48MP telephoto camera that’s not available on the standard Pixel 6. The main and telephoto cameras are all binned down to a 12MP output. Other camera features include Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, Real Tone, Face Unblur, Panorama, Manual white balancing, Locked Folder, Night Sight, Top Shot, Portrait Mode, Portrait Light, Super Res Zoom, Motion autofocus, Frequent Faces, Dual exposure controls, and Live HDR+

The front cameras are different for the models, too, with the Pixel 6 getting an 8MP, 84-degree field of view and the 6 Pro using an 11.1MP, 94-degree camera. This means that you’ll be able to fit more people in a selfie with the 6 Pro than you can with the 6.

Batteries are large in both models, as well: 4614mAh in the 6 and 5004mAh in the 6 Pro. They also have IP68 water resistance and both phones will ship with Android 12, which Google says they have extended support window to at least five years of security updates. Google is currently accepting pre-orders, with availability in stores beginning October 28th.

Google Pixel 6 pricing

Tech Specs: Google Pixel 6

• Colours: Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, Stormy Black
• OS: Android 12
• Display: 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) OLED at 411 ppi, 90Hz refresh rate
• Battery: 4614 mAh
• Fast charging – up to 50% charge in about 30 minutes – with Google 30W USB-C® Charger with USB-PD 3.0 (PPS) sold separately
• Memory and Storage: 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM + 128 GB / 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage
• Processors: Google Tensor, Titan M2™ security coprocessor
• Rear Camera: 50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera, 1.2 μm pixel width, ƒ/1.85 aperture, 82° field of view
12 MP ultrawide camera, 1.25 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 114° field of view, Lens correction
• Front Camera: 8 MP, 1.12 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 84° wide field of view

Video
Rear camera: 4K video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS, 1080p video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
Front camera: 1080p video recording at 30 FPS

• Sensors: Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer

Starting price: $599

Tech Specs: Google Pixel 6 Pro

• Colours: Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White, Stormy Black
• OS: Android 12
• Display: 6.7-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3120) LTPO OLED at 512 ppi, 120 Hz refresh rate
• Battery: 5003 mAh
• Fast charging – up to 50% charge in about 30 minutes – with Google 30W USB-C® Charger with USB-PD 3.0 (PPS) sold separately
• Memory and Storage: 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM + 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage
• Processors: Google Tensor, Titan M2™ security coprocessor
• Rear Camera: 50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera, OIS, 1.2 μm pixel width, ƒ/1.85 aperture, 82° field of view
12 MP ultrawide camera, 1.25 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 114° field of view
48 MP telephoto camera, OIS, 0.8 μm pixel width, ƒ/3.5 aperture, 23.5° field of view
• Front Camera: 11.1 MP, 1.22 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 94° ultrawide field of view

Video
Rear camera: 4K video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS, 1080p video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS
Front camera: 4K video recording at 30 FPS, 1080p video recording at 30 FPS, 60 FPS

• Sensors: Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Barometer

Starting price: $899

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