Despite Google having already announced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro earlier this year, there was a lot of questions remaining about the device themselves. We knew that they existed, what they looked like and their dimensions, which is why were able to get our Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro cases ready prior to the launch of the device. Yesterday, however, we found out all we need to know about Google’s next range of flagship devices.
Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro
Both new Google Pixel’s come equipped with a standard camera featuring a 50-megapixel sensor alongside dual camera systems with wide and ultra-wide lenses. The Pixel 6 Pro takes it one step further becoming the first Made by Google phone to feature a telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by Google’s new Tensor processer, which is said to allow for 80% faster CPU performance compared to the Pixel 5. The Tensor chip has also been designed to facilitate AI for faster and more accurate speech recognition as well as improved image processing through machine learning. One such AI feature is live translate, meaning that the Pixel 6 can translate text as you type and it can do so almost instantly.
Perhaps most importantly, Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are available for pre-order now, and are arriving on the 28th October – so not long to wait. You can even grab yourself a premium leather case from TORRO to protect your new handset from day one.
Google also took the opportunity to introduce their Pixel Pass service, which is a similar take to Apple’s current ‘Apple One’ plan, essentially bundling all their services together. The difference being that with Google’s you can get yourself a Google Pixel 6 or 6 Pro.
Pixel Pass comes with a Pixel Phone (with the option of upgrading after 2 years), preferred care for accidental damage & screen replacements, additional cloud storage, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium and Google Play Pass. It is currently priced at $45 for the Pixel 6 or $55 for the Pixel 6 Pro and is currently only confirmed as available for US based customers.
Google also announced that Android 12 will start rolling out on the Google Pixel 3 and above starting today. Perhaps the most noticeable feature is the introduction of ‘Material You’ which provides deeper home screen customisation options than previous versions of Android. Material You is a ‘Pixel-First’ feature which lets you co-ordinate colours of app icons, widgets, menus and more, although it will be extended to additional devices at a later date.
Android 12 also comes with an update to some privacy features, along with a new privacy dashboard. you will now see an indicator whenever an app is accessing your microphone or camera and you can choose between giving apps access to your precise location or approximate location, if you prefer.