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Google is ready to formally take the curtain off its newest telephones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional, at a launch occasion on Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. PT. We beforehand bought a peak on the new smartphone just a few weeks earlier than the tech big unveiled the Pixel 5A. It wasn’t an in depth launch, and we nonetheless have loads to study concerning the Pixel 6, however Google guarantees thrilling options stemming from a brand-new digital camera system and its personal in-house developed Tensor system-on-a-chip. I, for one, am already enthusiastic about what Google’s 2021 cellphone lineup can supply. 

Listed below are the primary explanation why I am eager to get my arms on Google’s new cellphone — and why try to be, too.


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New digital camera system

As knowledgeable photographer, I am most enthusiastic about new digital camera improvements on telephones that allow you to take superb photographs with out having to haul back-breaking quantities of drugs. Google’s Pixel telephones have at all times had strong cameras with nice low-light and HDR efficiency, however the final couple of fashions have not actually pushed the boat out.

The Pixel 5’s twin digital camera setup did take nice photographs, however up in opposition to the triple array on Apple’s iPhone 12 Professional Max or the Galaxy S21 Extremely’s superb zoom, it did not actually do a lot to tempt people who find themselves in pursuit of the very best photographs doable (like me).

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The Pixel 5 had a superb digital camera, however it did not supply as a lot pleasure as its rivals from Apple and Samsung.


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The Pixel 6 guarantees to be an enchancment, with an upgraded picture sensor that guarantees to seize 150% extra gentle than its predecessor. And extra gentle means better-looking photographs, significantly in low-light conditions. There’s additionally a 4x optical zoom lens, which I will significantly deal with as zoom lenses can supply a good way of discovering new, inventive compositions in your images that you simply may need missed with only a wide-angle lens. 

Solely the Pixel 6 Professional is destined to get the telephoto zoom lens, with the usual Pixel 6 getting the usual zoom and ultrawide lens. Megapixel numbers for these cameras are nonetheless unknown, however rumored specs from leaker Jon Prosser listing a 50-megapixel vast digital camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide digital camera on each fashions. The Professional’s telephoto zoom lens is rumored to return in at 48 megapixels.

The Tensor processor, which we’ll shortly go into extra, also needs to give these cameras a lift. Google reckons its new {custom} chip will assist in computational images, attaining better-looking, sharper photographs, even when there’s a variety of motion. Images demos given to a number of tech shops demonstrating the Tensor’s capabilities displayed how the chip can intermix components of the photographs taken by the Pixel 6’s a number of cameras, placing all of these particulars collectively right into a single photograph.

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Updates to the Pixel 6’s digital camera may make it a formidable images device.


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All in all, the Pixel 6 is prone to have a formidable digital camera setup, and one which I am excited to take for a spin. It will must be the very best it may be because it’ll have some stiff competitors from the iPhone 13, which launched in September — earlier than the Pixel 6. 

Tensor processor

Beforehand Google used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in its telephones, however it’s moving into a daring new course for the Pixel 6 by launching its personal silicon, named Tensor, because the brains contained in the handset. Google hasn’t been particular about what sort of efficiency upgrades we will anticipate, however it has mentioned that upgrades to AI and speech recognition might be significantly noticeable, together with the images enhancements.

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Google has usually used Qualcomm chips in its telephones, however now it is utilizing its personal custom-made Tensor processor.


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It might sound an odd transfer for Google to start out making its personal chips, however it’s a transfer that is thrilling for the way forward for its telephones. The Tensor chip is not nearly uncooked processing energy — most telephones have far more energy than they want — however by controlling each the {hardware} and software program, Google will have the ability to develop purposes that take full benefit of the onboard parts. Hopefully, it may additionally lengthen the variety of years of software program assist with that management, permitting you to carry onto a Pixel 6 for extra years with safety updates.

It is a lot the identical as what Apple has achieved for a while: utilizing its personal silicon in iPhones and thus having full management over how the {hardware} and software program interacts. It is one of many explanation why Apple’s telephones are inclined to age higher, with even 5-year-old handsets nonetheless operating the most recent iOS. It is also why Apple not too long ago shifted to utilizing its personal M1 chips for its most up-to-date Mac line

Android 12

The Pixel 6 might be among the many first telephones to launch with Android 12 on board. We have been utilizing Android 12 in its beta kind for a short while already, and there is loads to love and to be enthusiastic about attempting correctly on the Pixel 6. 

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Android 12’s capacity to create a complete interface theme based mostly on one picture appears to be like actually enjoyable.


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The Materials You design language appears to be like nice, particularly the choice to create {custom} themes from your individual photographs. Everytime you decide a brand new background picture, Android will pattern the dominant coloration in that picture and use it to customise the notification bar, icons, texts and the whole lot else throughout the interface to supply a cohesive look. I like customizing my cellphone, and I am actually excited to see how the interface appears to be like after I use a few of my images as backgrounds. 

Android 12 additionally makes enhancements to privateness, together with giving the choice to show off system entry to the cameras and microphones — simply in case you get paranoid about sure apps listening in when you don’t need them to. 

The software program will get a wide range of tweaks, most of which are not groundbreaking, however which do add as much as a slick new expertise that ought to look beautiful on the Pixel 6 Professional’s whopping 6.7-inch show. 

You’ll be able to learn extra about Android 12 in our ongoing information, and ensure to examine on our full Pixel 6 rumor roundup, which we’ll proceed to replace as we discover out extra concerning the telephones forward of their launch later this yr. 

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