There is no arguing that Google dominates in the world of mobile operating software. But where this technology giant has struggled is translating that success into purchases of its own brand of devices. Hoping to change that trend, the company announced Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro today. Google hopes a few changes will entice buyers to pick up these phones when they become available in Fall 2021.
Google has previously relied on Qualcomm’s SOC to power its devices. Now, like Samsung and Apple, the company has switched to developing its own chip. Both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will feature a new chip called the Tensor. Google expects this chip to enhance computing power and video capabilities, features which have lagged behind Google’s rivals’ devices. The Tensor should also enable better A.I., improving speech recognition for those who utilize dictation to text functionality. Pixel users can also expect this chip to offer software upgrades for more high-end and less blurry photographs.
According to Google CEO Sundar Pinchai “This is the biggest innovation in Pixel we’ve made to date, designed in collaboration with our A.I. and Android teams to deliver the best experience at the intersection of hardware, software, and A.I. for years to come.”
Since most new phones typically offer hardware changes as well, it’s no surprise the same would be true for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The biggest visible change is the placement of the camera. The camera is currently located on a small square in the top left corner on the back of the phone. On the new phones, the camera is located on a black strip near the top that runs the width of the device. Both phones will feature an ultrawide lens and a new sensor that takes in 150% more light than the Pixel 5. In addition, the Pixel 6 Pro will have 4 times the optical zoom courtesy of an additional telephoto lens.
Additional cosmetic changes await those interested in purchasing Google’s new phones as well. Buyers will have more choices in terms of colors for their Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Pastel schemes of green, blue, and pink, to name a few, will be available. Also, while the Pixel 5 display was 6 inches, the Pixel 6 comes with a 6.4-inch display, and the Pixel Pro’s screen is set to stretch 6.7 inches across the front.
As of this writing, neither prices nor specific release dates are currently available. Be sure to check back as we continue to update you on Google’s next device.