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This Is the Pixel 6, and It’s Powered By Google’s Own Tensor Chip

Google just introduced its two new flagship smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Compared to their direct predecessors, these are properly premium high-end devices, and they’re also powered by Google’s very own Tensor chip.

Unfortunately, beyond some product shots of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google did not detail the specifications of the two phones. The full reveal will only take place sometime in fall, though we do have some key features of both devices.

The biggest feature is definitely the fact that 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.

Compared to Google’s previous Pixel-branded smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are definitely shaping up to be the company’s most exciting flagships to date. We’ll find out more about the two phones once they are launched sometime in fall 2021 – rumours are pointing to an October launch.