Every last-minute rumor ahead of next week's event: Google Pixel 6
Although we've had a look at the new Pixel right before the launch of the Pixel 5A, not all rumor has yet been confirmed or confirmed. The latest buzz comes from a likely accidental leak by UK online retailer Carphone Warehouse, which revealed many of the Pixel 6's specifications, including 'a new Titan M2 chip for better on-device security, five years of security updates, new camera capabilities, and more.
The disclosure came as rumors spread about the forthcoming Pixel launching with a new subscription option to bundle your phone financing and services under one bill, called Pixel Pass.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai previously stated during an Alphabet earnings call that the fall lineup of devices will highlight Google's "deep technology investments." The business has since confirmed that the Pixel 6 line will be powered by the company's in-house Tensor chip, which was previously codenamed Whitechapel. The introduction of the Tensor chip was followed by demonstrations of its photography and dictation prowess, which will be the focus of new Pixel phones.
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Google's first Pixel phone made a comeback when it was unveiled almost five years ago, but its approach to mobile devices has been inconsistent since. Last year's Pixel 5 earned high marks for its camera, but the Pixel 5, especially for the price, lacks the premium features you'd expect from a flagship smartphone. CNET's Lynn La called it "hard to recommend." Google's phone trajectory, compared to the original Pixel phone ("pure Android at its absolute best" and "our favorite phone, bar none"), appears shaky.
Now that Google will be taking a bigger creative leap with its Pixel range, the question remains whether the changes will help the company compete with the best phones from Apple and Samsung or continue to disappoint its one-time fans. Let's examine what we've learned about the upcoming devices, as well as the speculation about any details that are still unknown.
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Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro
Google has maintained a uniform phone nomenclature, unlike Apple and Samsung, regardless of the device's model. The original Pixel was followed by the Pixel 2, then the Google Pixel 3, and so on. Google has confirmed that the phones of the 2021 will be the Pixel 6 and -- instead of an XL model -- the Google Pixel 6.
Google previously stated that both phones will come with many of the same features: the new Tensor system-on-chip developed by Google, a camera bar that runs along the back ofthe phone, camera sensors that take in 150% more light than the Pixel 5's and an ultrawide lens. Both models will receive software improvements (more on that in a moment), such as Android 12's Material You design, as well as speech recognition and photography enhancements powered by the Tensor.
Jon Prosser posted in May pictures of the "Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro" that fueled speculation about the now-confirmed Pixel 6. Prosser's renderings were based on real pictures of the phones, but they were released as rendering documents to protect his source' identity.
Specs: Unveiling Tensor, camera bar, and camera jack
Google's September unveiling of the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro put a spotlight on its new system-on-chip, Tensor. Going in-house forces Google to shift away from Qualcomm chips that have powered its previous devices, and Google claims the chip will bring with it significant improvements in speech recognition and photography.
Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of hardware, said in an interview with CNET'' Rich Nieva that "part of the goal is to show the very best that Google can offer." "There's a huge market segment that wants the latest, and we love building technology," says the company'' spokesman. So we're going to try to appeal to that segment of the market, as well."
In a photography demonstration described by The Verge, 'an otherwise-blurry photo of nave toddler is fixed up by the Tensor chip by combining together images from several photos into ONE image.
In a demo shown by Engadget, the Tensor chip is described as having "data-center-level" speech recognition, in which the Pixel 6 can distinguish between dictation and commands such as "Send" or "Clear." During the rest of the time, the onscreen keyboard can be used to edit typos or dictation errors while the microphone is listening for the message.
The Pixel 6 line is shown in a language demo described by Gizmodo, translating francophonic material into English, using the existing Live Caption and Interpreter Modes.
Moving on to the camera bar, the Pixel 6 Pro has three cameras, including a telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom. The standard Pixel 6 won't come with a telephoto lens. The exact megapixels have not been released by Google, but previous rumored specs have put a 50-megapixel wide camera and 'a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera on both models. The Pro model's telephoto lens is said to have a 48-megapixel sensor. The rumored camera specs come from a Prosser spec sheet.
Design and colors: Google gives the Pixel 6 a makeover.
The Pixel line has a new look for 2021, confirming Prosser's renderings. The Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro will each be available in three colors, with the latter coming in green, red, and black. The Pro has more metallic hues of black, gold, and gray. According to Engadget, Google has not yet named these colors, but previous colors such as Not Pink and Kinda Blue may provide an idea of what the marketing department will choose.
The Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ (3,200x1,440-pixel) display with 720p resolution, while the Pixel 7 will sport 6.4-inches of FHD+1 (2,400x1,000) resolution with 90Hz refresh rate. The Pixel 6 Pro Pro will have 12 megapixels and the Pixel 6, respectively, while the standard Pixel 6. A hole-punch-style front-facing camera is centered up top, rather than on the left side of the screen as on Pixel 5, and is predicted to have 8 mm pixels on both the phone and Pixel 5.
Pixel 6 will be released on Oct. 19th.
Google is hosting a launch event for the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro on Oct. 19. At 10 a.m., the pre-recorded event will be streame e-mailed to Google's event site. PT.
Since 2016, Google has unveiled a new Pixel phone in October every year, with the exception of last year's Pixel 5, which was unboxed on Sept. 30. But 2020 was also an exceptional year for many reasons, including phone release dates.
Google's Pixel release dates are similarly predictable: the company usually has its phones available for purchase within a week or two of being announced. We'd like to believe that the Pixel 6 will be unveiled and released in October.
The chip shortage could put a halt to Google's plans, pushing the Pixel 6 release into November or later. But, right now, we'd still wager on it happening in October.
The launch date announcement followed a teaser trailer for the phone posted by Google in September, where the business shows off images of the Pixel 6's two-toned back with occlusion near the camera. The video concludes by stating that the new smartphone will be released in fall 2021.
Pixel 6 may cost more than Pixel 5.
Another aspect of the Pixel 6 that hasn't been mentioned much lately is its cost. Last year's Pixel 5 made some compromises to lower the launch price to $699, making it more of a midrange phone than its predecessors, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, both of which cost $799. It's possible that Google will pick up where it left off with the Pixel 5 and keep the price (and specs) in line with last year'.
According to a tweet from Yogesh Brar, the Pixel 6 is said to have 'a $749 starting price', while the Pro Pixel may cost between $1,049 and $11,099. Although this makes Google's upcoming smartphone more expensive than its predecessor, the Pixel 6 would be cheaper than the $799 iPhone 13.
The Pixel 6 line, according to Osterloh in the Verge, is a "premium-priced product." The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G costs $1,200 (1,149, AU$1,849) for a single device.
What's in the box: The Google Pixel 6 won't come with a charger.
Alongside the Pixel 5A reveal, Google shared a hint about the upcoming Pixel 6. The tech giant stated it expects this to be the last time the Pixel will come with a charger in the box.
Apple and Samsung have both followed Google's decision to remove the accessory from their phone boxes. Apple stopped including an AC adapter in the box of the iPhone 12 in 2020, and Samsung followed suit with the Galaxy S21.
Although Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro won't have a charger in the box, 91mobiles claims that the upcoming smartphone might support 33-watt fast charging. Google was seen testing 33-watt charging bricks, according to 91mobiles. Since the tech giant is reportedly testing upgraded adapters, 91mobiles believes that the Pixel 6 will likely support fast charging. According to the report, this may be the reason for Google to lose the charger in the box, since the fast charging adapter that's needed might be sold separately after the Pixel 6' launch.
Another Android Police report in August, citing a leaked inventory image of 'a Pixel stand', suggested that Google's upcoming smartphone will have higher charging speeds, but with 23-watt instead of 33-volt wireless charging. In either case, the Pixel 6 would surpass the iPhone 12's 15-watt wireless charging speed using Apple' s MagSafe charger.
The Pixel 6 will have a 23-watt wireless charging station, according to reports. If the speculation is confirmed, the new stand would more than double the power of Google's first generation 10-watt wireless charging stand. Images from Blass posted alongside the charger show the Pixel 6's display, camera, and other features.
Other rumors include self-ie camera speculation, Pixel Pass, and more.
According to Google's release, one of the earliest rumorations about the Pixel 6' camera setup was that Google might upgrade to an under-display selfie camera. Since this rumor is based on a Google patent that failed to include visible front camera, it's possible that another phone will include it.
Speaking of the selfie camera, 9to5Google reported in March some interesting findings, based on code discovered in an upgrade to Google's camera app. Takeaways include a supporting of the centered hole-punch theory (with redesigned status bar that shifts the clock to the left), and support for 4K video.
According to a July report, Google's camera app code suggested putting '5x zoom' on the Pixel 6, which would mean its camera setup might include periscope-style telephoto lenses. If that's the case, the Pixel 6' optical zoom capability would be comparable to Samsung' s Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Another camera specs rumor claims that the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro may have a 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 sensor. The rumor began after some Twitter users discovered a string of code in Google's new Camera app, which came with the Android 12 beta 4. The code mentioned the sensor.
We've also heard whispers about improved stabilization, with a gimbal-like steady-cam mode that would result in "big improvements in video." We saw what a smartphone gimbal camera could accomplish with last year's Vivo X50 Pro, which CNET'' Sareena Dayaram called "buttery smooth."
According to XDA Developers, which cited an unreleased version of Google's Camera app and a source with information, the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro will have dozens of new camera features, including automatic white balance adjustment, scene lock, timer light, bluetooth microphone support, motion blur, face deblur, and an updated versionof frequent faces. The Pixel 6 might also include camera controls like "nima aesthetic," "baby mode,","front torch" and magic erase, which XDA Developers believe may remove objects or people from a photo you've taken.
As previously mentioned, a leaked listing from Carphone Warehouse showed off many of the Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro's alleged features, including the updated face unblur, motion mode, and magic eraser camera capabilities, as well as nifty Titan M2 chip for enhanced on-device security, five years of security updates, an 6.4-inch display for the Google 6 et 6.7- inch LTPO screen with ratchet speed of 120Hz for Pixel 6.
A first look at photos and video said to have been taken on a Google Pixel 6 Pro, shared by leaker Brandon Lee of This is Tech Today, show the phone's zoom and ultrawide capabilities. Lee claims that the camera and video samples were obtained from an unnamed source in Nigeria, and that his source isn't a professional photographer or videographer. Although the photos are taken in portrait mode, they provide a taste of what pictures and videos might look like on the Pixel 6 Pro.
Google previously said that its software will be upgraded to produce "a more accurate and inclusive camera" that works better for a variety of skin tones. This upgrade includes adjustments to the phone's auto white balance algorithm.
The Pixel 6 may also have an under-display fingerprint reader. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Android Senior Vice President, posted two screenshots on Twitter showing an embedded fingerprint sensor on the Pixel's display. The tweet, which was originally posted to showcase Android's new Material You design, has since been deleted from Lockheimer'' s account. Mishaal Rahman, a leaker, posted retweets of the tweet.
It's unclear from which Pixel model the screenshots came from, but a report from Gizmodo claims it might be the Pixel 6 due to the 3,200x1,440 screen resolution. The under-display fingerprint sensor shown in the screenshots is located just below the middle of the smartphone. Another tipter, named Jeff Springer, claims the sensor appears to be located in a similar spot to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
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A subscription option to bundle phone financing and services under one bill is also rumored to be included with the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro. Lee commented on Twitter about the alleged offer. Pixel Pass is a "monthly subscription that addresses users' mobile needs end-to-end," according to the company. According to Lee's post, the subscriptions include Pixel device financing, YouTube Premium or YouTube Music, Google One storage, Play Pass, Go Fi, google' s preferred care, and device protection.
Below are all of the rumored Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro specs we've heard so far, along with confirmed details like the screen size and processor. In the interim, here's how to choose between a Pixel 5, Pixel 4 and Pixel4XL, the Pixel 5 versus the Google Pixel 40A 5G, and the iPhone 11 XS20 FE and OnePlus 8. Plus, six reasons to buy a Pixel and what we think of the Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds.
**Specs still rumored**