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Google Pixel 6 Set for 20 October Launch

Google’s next flagship smartphones finally got a release date. Set to be unveiled on 20 October at 1AM for us here in Malaysia, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are properly premium high-end devices – they’re also powered by Google’s very own Tensor chip.

That’s right, the Pixel 6 phones will be using Google’s own Tensor SoC instead of, say, a Qualcomm processor. While the CPU and GPU of the Tensor chip still remain a mystery, the company did say it will be packed with Google’s own Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) and a Titan M2 security chip.

So what does the TPU offer? Well, for one, it promises better image and video qualities; the latter has always been one of the biggest shortcomings of previous Pixel smartphones. On top of that, the TPU allows for faster offline speech recognition as well.

As for the hardware of the two phones, only some details were revealed. The better-equipped Pixel 6 Pro, for one, will be sporting a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a triple camera system made up of a new primary sensor, an ultra-wide angle shooter, and get this: a periscope telephoto lens that can do 4x optical zoom.

In contrast, the regular Pixel 6 has slightly more pedestrian hardware, though we reckon it should still look and feel very much like a premium smartphone. It’s said to feature a slightly smaller 6.4-inch Full HD+ screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, and while it has a similar camera setup as the Pro model, it loses the telephoto lens.

The Google Pixel 6 smartphones will make their debuts on 20 October at 1AM Malaysian time. You can catch the livestream of the launch event right here.