Google today officially confirmed its next flagship devices will be the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The phones will be released this fall and they will be powered by Google’s own System on a Chip (SoC), the Tensor.
It was reported earlier in the year that Google’s in-house chip was codenamed the “Whitechapel.” CEO Sundar Pichai said in a tweet today the custom-built SoC had been in the making for the past four years and “it’s our biggest innovation in Pixel to date.”
“AI is the future of our innovation work, but the problem is we’ve run into computing limitations that prevented us from fully pursuing our mission,” Senior Vice President, Devices & Services Rick Osterloh said in a blog post. “So we set about building a technology platform built for mobile that enabled us to bring our most innovative AI and machine learning (ML) to our Pixel users. We set out to make our own System on a Chip (SoC) to power Pixel 6. And now, years later, it’s almost here.”
Google is adopting the “Pro” label in naming its Pixel phone for the first time ditching the “XL” label we’ve become used to. The company released render images showcasing the Pixel 6 Pro in various colourways and also the camera. In terms of the designs for the new phones, Google says they will “redefine what it means to be a Pixel.” The company says the Pixel 6 will have a matte aluminium finish while the Pixel 6 Pro will feature a polished aluminium frame.
While Google has yet to reveal much of the devices’ specifications, it says it has “upgraded the rear camera system” and that a “new design gives the whole camera system a new home with the camera bar.” According to The Verge’s Dieter Bohn who had some hands-on experience with the Pixel phones, the Google Pixel 6 Pro will feature 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen will have “slightly” curved edges, which blends into the shiny aluminium frame at the side. For the rear camera, there will be three lenses: a new wide-angle, an ultra-wide, and a 4x optical zoom telephoto.
Bohn says the regular Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The screen is flat unlike the Pixel 6 Pro and it loses the telephoto camera at the back.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will both be powered by the Tensor SoC, they will also feature the Titan M2 security chip and in-display fingerprint sensors.
Both phones will launch officially later this fall which could likely be in October.