Google is rumored to be shipping it with a “baby mode” and “motion deblur” to enable the capture of moving subjects. This corresponds to Google’s earlier descriptions of Pixel 6 camera demos when the phone was first announced. Google’s Pixel 6 will also retain the Battery Share feature first introduced on the Pixel 5, allowing it to charge accessories such as Pixel Buds.
To begin with hardware, Google is upgrading the camera hardware of the Pixel 6 from the Sony IMX363 it had started with in the Pixel 4a 5G. Instead, it could be replaced by Samsung’s 50MP GN1 image sensor, which would be supplemented by an ultrawide lens and a Sony 12MP IMX386 image sensor, which would be paired with a Sony 48MP IMX586 sensor for telephoto capture.
Google previously shipped the Pixel 4 with a telephoto lens, but the Pixel 5 replaces it with an ultrawide lens. The Pixel 6 Pro will be the first Google smartphone to include all three lenses. Google is also rumored to be shipping it with a “baby mode” and motion deblur to enable the capture of moving subjects. This corresponds to Google’s earlier descriptions of Pixel 6 camera demos when the phone was first announced.
Last year, Google avoided using powerful chips in its smartphones in favor of elevating the clean Pixel software optimization, and it worked to a large extent. While the disputed benchmark’s score is decidedly unimpressive, previous Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leaked benchmarks also debuted with lower scores than the actual phone.
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According to XDA Developers, The Pixel 6 Pro will feature a QHD display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz with adaptable feature, when the battery percentage is low, the Pixel’s refresh rate will drop back to 60Hz, as is common with other phones. The source also claims that the Pixel 6 will not include Google’s Active Edge feature, which was last seen on the Pixel 4. Instead, Google will introduce a new Quick Tap feature that will allow Pixel owners to tap the back of their phone to trigger specific actions.
The specs of Google’s Tensor chip is the most intriguing confirmation. With the Pixel 6’s Tensor, Google is introducing its first custom Pixel chip, and purported (but disputed) benchmarks appeared on Geekbench this week. The core configuration and 12GB RAM seen in Geekbench match that of real Pixel 6 Pro hardware, according to XDA Developers, though it’s worth noting that the device name in benchmarks is easily tampered with.
XDA’s Tensor-focused report states the chip would include two ARM Cortex-X1 processors clocked at 2.802GHz, two ARM Cortex-A76 processors clocked at 2.253GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A55 processors clocked at 1.80GHz. The use of ARM Cortex A76 chips over newer models such as the A78 and A77 is troubling.
The Pixel 6 Series is now expected to be released in the fall, with a possible release date of October 19. It will be available in three colour options for each model at launch, and Android 12 will be preinstalled.