18 August 2021
We have had heard a lot about Google's upcoming Pixel 6 phones but no leak has managed to bring out as much information as Google itself. In a long tweet thread, Google surprised us by sharing a truckload of information on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, including its first custom-made SoC Tensor for Pixel phones.
Calling it to be the sneak peek at its newest Pixel models, Google, in fact, said it all. It not only revealed the design of the Pixel 6 smartphones but also some other key details, including the launch timeframe.
As pretty evident from the official look, there is a bar-shaped module on the back that carries camera sensors. Pixel 6 Pro carries three, while the Pixel 6 has only two sensors on the rear panel, well, this is because the third sensor that is a telephoto lens is kept exclusive to the Pixel 6 Pro model.
In the same thread, Google also confirmed it does have a custom-made chip for its Pixel phones. The name of its first-ever smartphones’ chip is Tensor. According to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Tensor chip has been 4 years in the making and it constitutes the company’s two decades of computing experience.
So excited to share our new custom Google Tensor chip, which has been 4 yrs in the making (📎 for scale)! Tensor builds off of our 2 decades of computing experience and it’s our biggest innovation in Pixel to date. Will be on Pixel 6 + Pixel 6 Pro in fall. https://t.co/N95X6gFxLf pic.twitter.com/wHiEJRHJwy— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) August 2, 2021
Google mentions that it has made some strides in Artificial Intelligence but it ran out of computing limitations and this prevented it from fully pursuing its mission. This is the reason it built its own chip to fulfill whatever it has envisioned. Google believes Tensor will help it to bring the most innovative AI and ML to its Pixel users. “Tensor enables us to make the Google phones we’ve always envisioned - phones that keep getting better while tapping the most powerful parts of Google, all in a highly personalized experience.”
Google claims the Tensor chip will transform the experience for the camera, speech recognition, and many other Pixel 6 features.
Google tells users can follow the #TeamPixel on Instagram to know how Tensor has changed the camera quality. For speech recognition, Google claims users will see a huge improvement in speech recognition in Pixel 6. Google asserts that Tensor has allowed it to make big leaps in voice commands, translation, captioning, and dictation.
While giving the preview, Google also revealed the Pixel 6 phones will follow Material You, its new design language.
The colors, the camera, the form, and what’s on the screen all work together in a single, fluid experience.
Furthermore, Google claims “Pixel 6 will have the most layers of hardware security in any phone,” thanks to the new Titan M2.
Google wanted to share more on the power of its first chip but it refrained itself from oversharing things for now.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are confirmed to debut later this year. And, Google will share other details like technical specs, pricing, and availability at that moment only.
It is interesting and pretty commendable that Google revealed details itself. It was the company's best attempt to put a stopcock on all those potential leak points that could have spoiled the fun otherwise.