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Google Pixel 6 Pro Will Have Google's First System-on-Chip, 3 Cameras

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Later this year in fall, Google will launch the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, which will be powered by the company's first-ever system-on-chip called the Google Tensor. Made specifically for the devices, the Google Tensor boasts tons of artificial intelligence (AI) advancements.

This will be the first time Google will add a mobile Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) to a phone.

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The TPU will be able to process Google's most intricate AI and machine learning (ML) models. This will translate into improved mobile camera capabilities, speech recognition and other anticipated Pixel 6 features.

Speaking of cameras, the Pixel 6 phones will shoot sharper images with the help of ML, reducing blur in your photos.

It's interesting how the TPU does this. After the Pixel 6 takes various photos and merges them into one HDR image, the TPU uses facial recognition to improve the shots you took. Of course, the cameras play a big role here.

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The Pixel 6 Pro will have three cameras on its back: a wide-angle main sensor, a 4x optical-zoom folded telephoto lens and an ultrawide lens.

Though Google only shared a few details about the cameras, we know that the wide-angle main sensor will capture 150 per cent more light.

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On the other hand, the Pixel 6 will have everything but the telephoto lens, leaving it with just two cameras.

When it comes to speech recognition, the Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro will have better performance in voice commands, translation, captioning and dictation — all thanks to Google Tensor.

Aside from that, the Material You user interface (UI) will make its debut on the two phones. In a Material You blog post, Google highlighted that the UI will allow for greater customisation, letting users enjoy uniquely generated Material palettes suitable for their tastes. The palettes — to be created from a person's wallpaper of choice — can be applied to any app on the device.

Material You will also emphasise adaptability as it will include human-like reactions to screen, context and input changes.

"In addition to making it easy to adapt to different screen sizes and types, Material You uses motion to help understand space, convey brand, and elicit trust. The UI reacts to screen changes, context changes, and input in a way that is consistent but also human. Little surprises and playful quirkiness augment basic storytelling — making technology approachable and comfortable," wrote Google.

Though they run on the same UI, the Pixel 6 phones will have different displays. The Pixel 6 Pro will feature a perimeter-curved 6.7-inch QHD+ screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Pixel 6 will host a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate.

As seen in the photos above, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will each come in three different colour combos.


Written by Sophia Lopez

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