It’s been a few years since Google had put together a Pixel series that was so ambitious, but here we are, days away. On October 19, Google will see the Pixel line return to flagship status after a break in 2020 with the Snapdragon 765G-equipped Pixel 5. The Pixel line will also return to a more conventional series of a regular model with a reasonable size and a more expensive model in plus size.
It all starts with the specially developed Tensor chip. It will power the pair of Google phones that will be unveiled and it is expected to be able to run with the Apple A14 Bionic and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888.
The Tensor chip was developed with Samsung and is said to be based on the unreleased Exynos 9855 – a 5nm chip with the performance level of the Exynos 2100 inside the Galaxy S21 series. Early Geekbench results were not very impressive, but we found out more about the architecture of the Tensor chip.
It will run 4 efficient cores at 1.8 GHz, 2 cores at 2.25 GHz and 2 cores at 2.8 GHz. Rumors suggest that it is 4 Cortex-A55s, 2 Cortex-A76s and 2 Cortex-X1s the latter will be a precedent, so we are still skeptical about it. Cortex-X1 cores are large and very powerful, but are also very energy hungry and would be very difficult to avoid overheating or chewing through the battery. Eventually we find out the nitty-gritty about Tensor, but suffice it to say that it’s a flagship SoC in 2021.
Tensor will do a few special things on the next generation pixels. It allows for astrophotography, even if you need a stable surface or tripod. It brings an up to 80% improvement in performance, says Google. And it has Titan M2 security chip for protection against attack.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be the center of the event. The differences between the two will be pretty big exciting display, battery and cameras. Pixel 6 will have a 6.4 inch 1080x2340px AMOLED at 90Hz refresh rate, while Pixel 6 Pro will have a more advanced 1440x3120px LTPO AMOLED with variable 120Hz refresh rate. Pixel 6 will rely on a 4,600 mAh battery, while Pixel 6 Pro will have a package of 5,000 mAh.
Camera-wise, the pair will share the new 50MP 1 / 1.3-inch Samsung GN1 sensor. They will probably also share the 12MP ultrawide camera, which will either have autofocus or not. As there is no specific mention of it in the leaked promo materials, we are unfortunately betting on the ultra-width that needs to be focused.
The Pixel 6 Pro pulls forward with a third camera missing on the Pixel 6 – a 48MP 4x telephoto, probably behind a periscope lens. We’re unclear on the sensor behind it, but Google teases up to 20X magnification thanks to ‘Super Res Zoom’.
The main 50MP camera on the new Pixel phones will capture up to 150% more light than the main sensor in the Pixel 5. For reference, the latter is a 1 / 2.55-inch image camera compared to the 1 / 1.3-inch one in Pixel 6 line.
The selfie camera on the Pixel 6 duo will have a wide 94-degree field of view to capture more people in the frame.
Photos in portrait mode will benefit from various blur modes, and you can apply artificial light to faces in the Photos app after the photo is taken. Motion mode adds extra depth to a scene, while Face Unblur combines a sharp face into a blurry image.
Magic Eraser removes people and objects from the background of your images using context filling, as in Photoshop.
Both Pixel 6 phones charge up to 30W via a USB -C port and wirelessly with up to 21W on Pixel 6 and 23W on Pixel 6 Pro using the new Pixel Stand – more on that below.
In terms of hardware, the Pixel 6 series lasts longer thanks to Gorilla Glass Victus and IP68 waterproof and dustproof.
Reports point to a starting price of € 649 for the Pixel 6 and € 899 for the Pixel 6 Pro, although we know the Google track record, it sounds almost too good to be true, so we would not take them for granted.
Google Pixel Stand
The new Google Pixel Stand is made from 39% recycled materials. It has two Qi charging coils – one for smartphones and another for wearables. Pixel Stand delivers 21W for a Pixel 6 and 23W for a Pixel 6 Pro or up to 15W for standard Qi-supported devices. It has a built-in fan. The price is rumored to be $ 79.
Google Pixel Fold? Pixel Watch?
Google is definitely working on a folded phone. Preliminarily named Pixel Fold, we expect at least a mention or some form of teasing on Tuesday. Previous reports have indicated that Pixel Fold was launched in Q4 2021, so cross your fingers.
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At this point, the only thing we know about Google Pixel Fold is that it exists. The same cannot be said of a potential Pixel Watch, so we would be surprised if it was unveiled at this event.
That is it. We expect a tight and focused event on Tuesday, October 19th. And we will be here and cover it when it unfolds.