Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro Explained

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The Google Pixel 6 – or at least the Pixel 6 Pro – could be the most exciting Pixel phone in years. Google has officially revealed these handsets with a series of tweets, and they look just like the leaks predicted: sleek devices with a visor-like camera block that splits the back in two.

Perhaps the most exciting bit of news from this announcement is that the Google Pixel 6 range has been confirmed to pack an in-house chipset for the first time – one that we haven’t seen in any other phone. It’s called Google Tensor, and the company has hyped up everything the new phones can do with the new custom silicon.

These phones could appeal to a wide audience too, with the Pixel 6 possibly aiming at the mid-range market while the Pixel 6 Pro competes against more premium devices. We don’t have much in the way of specs or pricing yet, but we’re eager to find out.

And we might not have to wait too much longer for that information or indeed the phones themselves, as while the exact release date is still unknown, Google confirmed it will launch the new phones in ‘fall 2021’ in the US. So it’s likely to land in or around October like its predecessor… and possibly alongside Android 12.

But with all the speculation out of the way here is everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

First up, probably the first thing you noticed about the phones, that unique camera block.
For the Pixel 6 Pro it will house 3 cameras but the Pixel 6 will come with just 2, missing out on a 4x optical telephoto camera.
There wasn’t any other information from Google itself about these lenses, but Marques Brownlee – who was granted hands-on time with the phones – claims that the other two lenses are main and ultra-wide snappers.

Google was light on screen specs, but once again according to Marques Brownlee the Pixel 6 Pro has a slightly curved 120Hz screen of around 6.7 inches, while the standard Pixel 6 has a smaller 90Hz flat screen.

As for the battery, there’s no official news about this but one source claims the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 5,000mAh battery, with the Pixel 6 having a smaller one. We’ve also heard that – unsurprisingly – the phones will support wireless charging.

The Pixel 6 range will of course run Android 12, and we know already that this includes a whole new visual design, along with a real focus on privacy and security. That extends to the hardware too, as Google itself has said that the Pixel 6 is built with the most layers of hardware security in any phone.
Finally, we’ve heard the Pixel 6 could have ultra-wideband technology. This is a short-range communications function that lets devices talk to each other if they’re nearby – it can be useful for location tracking, so maybe the Pixel 6 will have some new feature regarding this.

So that covers everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 6, let us know in the comments what features you’re hoping to see in the new handsets when they launch this fall.

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