Google Announces Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with its own Tensor Chip

After revealing its new Pixel phones will be released this fall some weeks ago with its own system-on-chip, Google officially launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at its October event on Tuesday. The Pixel 6 has a starting price of $599 while the Pixel 6 Pro begins at $899. Pre-order is underway for the new Pixel phones and they will start shipping later in October.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both powered by Google’s first system-on-chip, the Tensor. The Tensor has two high-performance X1 CPU cores, two less powerful A76 cores, and four A55 cores. The Tensor is built on machine learning hardware which makes features like Assistant and speech recognition more powerful than before.

In terms of display, the Pixel 6 has a large 6.4-inch 1080p OLED panel while the Pixel 6 Pro is even bigger with a 6.71-inch 1440p display. The Pixel 6 has a 90HZ refresh rate while the Pro can go up to 120Hz. Storage options are 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 and 12GB RAM for the Pixel 6 Pro while the Pixel 6 is maxed out at 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM.

The new Pixel phones have been redesigned and they have a new camera setup. The Pixel 6 has a 50MP main shooter and a 12MP ultrawide lens, while the Pixel 6 Pro combines both with a 4x telephoto lens. Google’s Pixel smartphone is well known for its camera capabilities but the hardware and software have now been improved in the new flagships.

The new Pixel flagships will ship with Android 12 and Google is introducing a Pixel Pass subscription that includes a phone, 200GB of Drive storage, YouTube Premium, and more, starting at $45 a month with the Pixel 6 and $55 for the Pixel 6 Pro. Battery life is now better with a 5,004mAh capacity on the Pixel 6 Pro while the Pixel 6 has a 4,614mAh battery capacity.

The phones will go on sale in the U.S. on October 28.

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