Pixel 6 is one of the most anticipated Google announcements this week

Pixel 6 is one of the most anticipated Google announcements this week ...

Although we had a glimpse of the new Pixel just before the launch of Pixel 5A, not all rumors have yet been confirmed. The latest news comes after an unwittingly released listing by UK online retailer Carphone Warehouse showing many of the Pixel 6's features, including a new Titan M2 chip for enhanced on-device security, five years of security updates, new camera features and more.

The leak came as rumors about the upcoming Pixel spreading with a new subscription option to bundle your phone financing and services under one bill: Pixel Pass.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai previously stated during an Alphabet earnings call that the fall device lineup will highlight Google's "deep technology investments." The company has since confirmed that the Pixel 6 line will be powered by the company's in-house Tensor chip, previously codenamed Whitechapel. The Tensor chip's introduction came with demonstrations of its photography and dictation prowess, which will be showcased with the new Pixel phones.

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Google's first Pixel phone made a splash when it was unveiled almost five years ago, but the search engine' s advance into mobile devices has been inconsistent since. Last year's Pixel 5 received high marks for its cameras, but the Pixel5 lacks the premium features you'd expect from a flagship smartphone, particularly for the price. CNET's Lynn La called it "hard to recommend." Google's phone trajectory, when compared to the original Pixel phone ("pure Android at its absolute best" and "our favorite phone, bar none"), is rough.

With Google's Pixel line taking a greater creative leap, the question remains whether the changes will help the business compete with the best phones from Apple and Samsung or continue to disappoint its once-favoured fans. Let's go over what we've learned about the upcoming devices, as well as the speculation about some of the details that are still undetermined.

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Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro

Google has been consistent with its phone nomenclature, unlike Apple and Samsung, in the general. The Pixel was followed by the Pixel 2, then the corresponding Pixel 3, and so on. Google has confirmed that the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro will be the phones of the 2021, rather than an XL model.

Google previously announced that both phones will have many of the same features: the new Tensor system-on-chip developed by Google, a camera bar that runs along the back of each phone, camera sensors that absorb 150% more light than the Pixel 5's and an ultrawide lens. Both models will receive software updates (more on that in a minute), such as Android 12's Material You design, as well as speech recognition and photography improvements powered by the Tensor.

Jon Prosser posted in May pictures of the "Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro" that confirmed the Pixel 6. Prosser's renders were reportedly based on actual images of the phones, but were released as render to protect his source' identity.

Specs: Unveiling Tensor, camera bar, and a camerabar

Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro releases in August highlighted the company'' new system-on-chip, named Tensor. Going in-house forces Google to step away from the Qualcomm chips that have powered its previous devices, and Google claims that 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 lot of the market that wants the latest, and we love building technology. So we're going to try to appeal to that segment of the market, as well."

In a photography demo described by The Verge, tensor chips fix an otherwise-blurry photo of naive toddler by combining together details from multiple photographs into ONE image.

In a demo, the Pixel 6 can distinguish between 'Send' and corresponding commands such as "Clear" thanks to the Tensor chip, which is also described to have "data-center-level" speech recognition. While the microphone is on, the onscreen keyboard can be used to edit typos or dictation errors while the computer is working.

A language demo provided by Gizmodo shows the Pixel 6 line performing a live translation of .NET presentation, combining the existing Live Caption and Interpreter Mode.

Moving to the camera bar, the Pixel 6 Pro has three cameras, including a telephoto lens with f/4x optical zoom. The standard Pixel 6 won't have the telephoto lens. The exact megapixels were not revealed by Google, but previous rumored specs 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 camera. The rumored camera specs are based on a Prosser spec sheet.

Google gives the Pixel 6 a makeover with redesigned lines and bright colors.

Confirming Prosser's renderings, the Pixel line has a fresh look for 2021. The Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro will 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. Google has yet to name these colors, according to Engadget, but previous colors such as Not Pink and Kinda Blue may give an idea of what the marketing department will ultimately choose.

Moving to the front of the phone, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ (3,200x1,440-pixel) display with 0Hz refresh rate, while the 6.4-infra red FHD + (2,400x2,080) will be able to display 720p video at 480p resolution. The camera is centered up top, rather than on the left side of the screen as on Pixel 5, and is said to have 12 megapixels on your Pixel 6 Pro and 8 mpg on you Pixel 6.

Pixel 6 will be released on Oct. 19th.

Google will be hosting an Oct. 19 launch event for the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro. The prerecorded event will stream at 10 a.m. on Google's event page. PT.

Google has since 2016, since unveiling a new Pixel phone in October, with the exception of last year's Pixel 5, which was unveiled on September 30. But 2020 was an exceptional year for many reasons, including phone release dates.

Google's Pixel release dates generally follow a similar pattern: the company typically makes its phones available for purchase within 1-2 weeks of being announced. We'd guess that the Pixel 6 will be unveiled and released within the month of October.

The chip shortage may put a strain on 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 was revealed following a Google teaser trailer released in September, the firm revealing images of the Pixel 6's two-toned back with slits near the top around the camera. The trailer concludes by stating that the new smartphone will be released in the fall of 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 a few concessions to lower the launch price to $699, making it more of 'a midrange phone' than its predecessors, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, which both cost $799. It's possible that Google will pick up where it left off with the Pixel 5 and keep the price (and specs) the same as last year'.

According to a tweet from Yogesh Brar, the Pixel 6 is said to have 'a starting price of $749,' while the Chrome 6 Pro may cost between $1,049 and $1.099. Although the Pixel 6 is more expensive than its predecessor, the iPhone 13 would be $799 cheaper.

The Pixel 6 line is described by the Verge as a "high-quality product." The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G retails for $1,200 (1,149, AU$1,849).

What's in the box: Google'' s Pixel 6 won't come with a charger.

Alongside the Pixel 5A unveiling, Google shared a hint about the upcoming Pixel 6. The tech giant said it expects the Pixel to be the last time it arrives with the phone's charger in the box.

Apple and Samsung have both reacted to 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 will not include a charger in the box, 91mobiles claims that the upcoming smartphone may support 33-watt fast charging. 91mobiles claims Google was seen charging bricks that had 33-watt output, according to Brar. Since the tech giant is reportedly testing upgraded adapters, 91mobiles speculates that the Pixel 6 will support fast charging. According to The Guardian, this could be the reason for Google to lose the charger in the box, since the adapter needed for fast charging could go on sale separately after the Pixel 6.

Another report by Android Police in August, citing 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.

Leaked images from Blass show off the rumored Pixel 6 stand with 23-watt wireless charging for the Pixel 6. If the theory is confirmed, the new stand would more than double the power of Google's first 10-watt wireless charging stand. Images from Blass posted alongside the charger show the Pixel 6's display, camera, and other features as well.

Other rumors: Selfie camera speculation, Pixel Pass and more

According to Google, the Pixel 6's camera setup was initially thought to be an under-display selfie camera, but it won't be on the device. Since this rumor is based on a Google patent that claimed that he didn't have s/n cameras, it's possible that another phone will incorporate it.

9to5Google reported in March on some interesting implications for the selfie camera, based on code discovered in an upgrade to Google's camera app. Takeaways include a confirmation of the centered hole-punch theory (with redesigned status bar that shifts the clock to the left), and support for 4K video.

A July report claimed that Google's camera app code suggested a possible 5x zoom option for the Pixel 6, which means 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 spec rumor claims that the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro may have a 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 sensor. The rumor surfaced after some Twitter users discovered a string of code in Google's new Camera app, which arrived with the Android 12 beta 4, which mentioned the sensor.

We've also heard rumors of improved stabilization, with a gimbal-like steady-cam mode that would "significantly improve video." We also 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 information from an unknown source, the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro will include a variety of new camera features, including manual white balance adjustment, scene lock, timer light, bluetooth microphone support, motion blur, face deblur, and an updated version for frequent faces. The Pixel 6 might also come with camera tools like "nima aesthetic," "baby mode,","front torch," and magic erase, which XDA Developers believe may remove objects or people from a picture you've taken.

A leaked listing from Carphone Warehouse, as mentioned above, detailed many of the Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro's alleged capabilities, including the updated face unblur, motion mode, and magic eraser camera capability, along with a new Titan M2 chip for better on-device security, five years of security updates, 6.4-inch displays for the Nex 6 plus 6.7- inch LTPO screen with 120Hz refresh rate for Pixel 6.

A first look at images and video 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 acquired from an unnamed source in Nigeria, and that his source isn't a professional photographer or videographer. Although the images are taken in portrait mode, they offer a glimpse of what pictures and videos could look like on the Pixel 6 Pro.

Google previously announced enhancements to its software for "a more precise and inclusive camera" that works better for a variety of skin tones. This update includes changes to the phone's auto white balance algorithm.

The Pixel 6 may also include an under-display fingerprint reader. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Android Senior Vice President, posted two screenshots on Twitter of a fingerprint sensor embedded within the Pixel's display. The tweet, which was originally intended to promote Android's new Material You design, has since been deleted from Lockheimer'' account. Mishaal Rahman posted screen shots of the tweet shortly after.

The Pixel 6 isn't known, but a Gizmodo report claims it's possible 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. According to another tipster, Jeff Springer, the sensor appears to be located in a similar location to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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In addition, the Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro are rumored to have a new subscription option to combine phone financing and services under one bill. Lee posted the alleged offer on Twitter. It's claimed to be called Pixel Pass and is described as a "monthly subscription that addresses users' mobile needs end-to-end." According to Lee's post, the subscriptions include Pixel device financing, YouTube Premium or YouTube Music, Google One storage, Play Pass, GFI, and Google'' s preferred care and device protection.

Below are all of the rumored Pixel 6 and Pixel6 Pro specs we've heard so far, as well as confirmed details like screen size and processor. the Pixel 4A 5G, the iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 FE, and OnePlus 8. In the interim, here's how to choose between a Pixel 5, Pixel 4, and Pixel4XL, Pixel 5 versus Pixel 6A5G; Pixel 5-versus iPhone 11; Galaxy Note 20 fe; andOnePlus 8 Plus, six reasons to buy a Pixel and what we think of the Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds.

**Specs still rumored**

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