Google launches Pixel 6 and 6 Pro flagship phones

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Google has finally announced the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, its dual flagship phones to take on Samsung and Apple.

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“The product is really, now, the Google Phone,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of hardware, “so we’re prepared to invest a lot in marketing and growth we want to see.”

The two phones, which were revealed in full at an event today, focus on Google’s machine learning capabilities with a new Tensor SSC chip and the recently released Android 12 operating system, which Google claims is “the most Personal and most useful phone”. .


In regards to the specifications of the device, the Pixel 6 packs a 6.4-inch 60-90Hz OLED display, a 4600mAh battery, 8GB of RAM with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro sports a larger 6.7-inch OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate screen. It comes with 12GB RAM and base 128GB storage that can go up to 512GB and a 5000mAh battery.

Both phones have a 50MP main sensor and f/2.2 12MP ultrawide, but the Pixel 6 Pro also has a 48MP telephoto lens capable of 4x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom. There’s also a slight difference in the selfie cameras: an 8MP lens for the standard 6, and an 11.1MP lens on the Pixel 6 Pro.

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Underneath the screen is a fingerprint sensor – as Google seems to have moved away from the included Face ID and motion-based Soli chip on the Pixel 4 – in a body that is IP68 water and dust resistant.

The most important addition to the device is Google’s Tensor chip, which is built to run the company’s machine learning model. The chip is custom-built with a single image processor, and all processing is done on the device – meaning the data is not sent through Google’s servers.

The chip has features like Google Lens, speech recognition – both typing and Google Assistant – as well as photo editing. Google is rolling out a new Motion mode that combines multiple shots taken in a single instance, detects what’s moving and what, and adds blur accordingly, as well as a face unblur feature.

There is also a tool to erase people and objects in the background that can clutter an image, Similar to the Magic Eraser feature first mentioned in 2017, but was not available on the phone till now.

Those artificially intelligent features are packed into the Material U, the design aesthetic for Android 12. It’s been available for Pixel devices like the Pixel 5 for some time now – and Google says there will be more device-specific updates to the operating system as it develops.

The main focus of Content You is updating the widget and button palette to match the colors in the background image of the phone. There’s also a beta mode that gives Google’s software icons (Maps, Gmail, and so on) a pastel aesthetic that will fit better with the phone’s background.

Google also says that these changes will eventually come to third-party apps, but for now they stand out against the bright colors of standard apps like Instagram and WhatsApp.

Other changes include making notifications and quick-setting functions visible when users swipe round and large from the top of the screen, and smart home controls no longer in the power menu, but their own on the lock screen. button occurs. on google.

The Pixel 6 will start at £599, while the Pixel 6 Pro will start at £849.


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