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Google Pixel 6 | Tensor, Android 12, Pixel Pass, Pixel Stand and more

Google has officially announced that its Pixel 6 series, powered by its own in-house chip called Tensor, Android 12 is now available for older Pixel phones, Pixel Pass, Pixel Stand and so much more. Check out the latest Pixel 6 news below.

All about Google’s Pixel 6 series

Tensor is the company’s 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 Marketshare away from Samsung. Despite the Tensor-powered Pixel 6 announcement, Google will launch the Pixel 5a this month powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

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Tensor is 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.”

In Google’s blog post, the company says that one of the company’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.”

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

  • 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 – 4 years of software updates
  • $599

Google Pixel 6 Pro

  • 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 – 4 years of software updates
  • $899

Android 12 and Material You

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will ship with Android 12 and its Material You design language, with Android 12 being available for older Pixel phones today.

Pixel 6 cases

The official Pixel 6 cases in three distinct colors including: Stormy Sky, Light Rain, and Cotton Candy. The Pixel 6 Pro official cases are available in four colors including: Stormy Sky, Light Frost, Soft Sage, and Golden Glow. The cases are now 100% waterproof and feature a tall enough case that it protects the display glass. All the cases are up for pre-order on the Google Store starting $29.

Pixel Stand

Google’s newest Pixel Stand can now charge up to 23W and now the design features active cooling. For the standard Pixel 6, the Pixel Stand charges at a slower 21W and 23W for Pixel 6 Pro and an even slower 15W for non-Pixel phones. Additionally, Pixel Stand includes features like a Google Meet experience specific to the stand and the stand will turn the fan speed at night. Pixel Stand will be available for $79, but won’t be available right away.

Pixel Pass & Preferred Care

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Pixel Pass features a new Pixel every two years, Google’s protection plan – Preferred Care, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One (200GB) all for $45 per month for Pixel 6 and $55 for Pixel 6 Pro.

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