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ARMs Race | Say hello to the Google Tensor-powered Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Google has officially unveiled its next Pixel phones, the Pixel 6 series, powered by its own in-house chip called Tensor. Google now join’s Apple, Samsung and Microsoft in designing custom chips for their devices. Normally we would find out about all of this the day the phones launch; however, after a massive leak hit the web via Jon Prosser. Google is now deciding to tell the product’s story on their own terms, even if it is a little early, as Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are not launching until this fall.

Tensor

Tensor will be the companies first system-on-a-chip-technology marking a major achievement from a massive investment in capital and the right people. Google will have to have much better Pixel sales numbers to support that massive investment however. Accompanying the new Google-designed Tensor chip is a wild new design for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, making a dramatic splash in the market in an attempt to wrestle Android markteshare away from Samsung. Despite the Tensor-powered Pixel 6 announcement, Google will launch the Pixel 5a this month powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

Tensor will be about more than just traditional computing power, it will focus on advanced AI and ML (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) to “unlock specific experiences for Pixel users.”

relates to Google’s New Pixel Phones Feature a Processor Designed In-House

In Google’s blog post, the company says that one of the comapny’s main priorities with Tensor was computational photography “with Tensor we thought about every piece of the chip and customized it to run Google’s computational photography models. For users, this means entirely new features, plus improvements to existing ones.”

“Tensor enables us to make the Google phones we’ve always envisioned —  phones that keep getting better, while tapping the most powerful parts of Google, all in a highly personalized experience.”

Rick Osterloh SVP of Devices & Services at Google

Google says that Tensor will improve everything from “completely revamped camera system to speech recognition and much more. So whether you’re trying to capture that family photo when your kids won’t stand still, or communicate with a relative in another language, Pixel will be there — and it will be more helpful than ever.”

Pixel 6 specifications

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

As part of Google’s radical new design vision, Google’s design team decided to move away from the traditional square camera system in favor of a “camera bar.” The Pixel 6 Pro features a “light polished” aluminum frame and the Pixel 6 features a matte finish on its frame.

Google Pixel 6 (via Jon Prosser)

  • Screen size: 6.4″
  • Display: AMOLED
  • Rear camera setup: 50MP (Wide) + 12MP (Ultra wide)
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4614mAh
  • Processor: Google
  • Ram: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB
  • OS: Android 12

Google Pixel 6 Pro (via Jon Prosser)

  • Screen size: 6.71″
  • Display: Plastic OLED
  • Rear camera setup: 50MP (Wide) + 48MP (Tele) + 12MP (Ultra wide)
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Processor: Google
  • Ram: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
  • OS: Android 12

Android 12 and Material You

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will ship with Android 12 and its Material You design language. Any of our readers planning on snapping up a new Pixel 6 phone this fall? Let us know in the comments below.

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