They will be officially presented in autumn, but Google has decided to announce the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ahead of time. Call it a teaser or just an official teaser, but we already know the first details of Google’s future mobiles and they arrive with an important new feature: Google Tensor, Google’s first processor for Android mobiles.
This is what we know about the new Pixel 6 and its new SoC to enhance the computational photography of the Pixel. A section where this range of mobiles has traditionally stood out and that promises to make a significant leap this year.
Tensor: Google’s first SoC, designed for the Pixels
Earlier this year we learned about Google’s project to manufacture its own SoC (System on a Chip). For this, they hired former Intel chip designer Uri Frank as their new VP of engineering. Initially, it was focused on their cloud infrastructure, but now we know that future Pixels will incorporate an own SoC designed by Google.
This is not just a processor, but a whole Soc, including a TPU for artificial intelligence, a new Titan M2 chip for security, and the rest of the components such as the 5G modem, CPU, and GPU. However, Google has not clarified whom they have collaborated with for the manufacture of all these elements.
Google Tensor is the name of this proprietary chip, which will have artificial intelligence and ‘machine learning’ functions to expand the capabilities of the new Pixel. Among them, Google speaks of customization of computational photography models, with “entirely new features, in addition to improvements to existing ones,” Google.
Google explains that the camera system will be completely revamped, as well as the voice recognition system. “Now, years later, it’s almost here,” Google explains about this new SoC.
What features are known about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
We knew quite a few details of the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro through multiple leaks. Now some of these features are confirmed by Google.
The Pixel 6 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with QuadHD+ resolution and 120 Hz. A slightly curved screen and an aluminum body. Three cameras will be located on the back: a renewed main sensor, a wide-angle, and a telephoto with 4x optical zoom.
For its part, the Pixel 6 will have a 6.4-inch flat panel, with a 90 Hz ratio and with a similar camera system but without the telephoto. Both models will have a fingerprint reader integrated under the screen and Google’s new processor.
The new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will also arrive alongside Android 12 and its revamped Material You design.
We will have to wait until autumn, usually, mid-October, to know all the final details of these new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The two new Google mobiles that this year are preparing to try to compete for head to head against the best flagships. For the moment, we already know one of their weapons: the first SoC designed by Google.