Google Pixel 6 could be the best Android phone yet — and finally beat Samsung

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Google says Pixel 6 will be pricey, but how much would you pay for it? [poll]

9to5Google 04 August, 2021 - 09:30am

The design of Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro uses premium materials including metal and glass along with new camera sensors, and most importantly, a premium and custom chipset in “Tensor.” Other rumors have mentioned up to 12GB of RAM, storage upgrades, and more. These designs, materials, and the R&D involved in making a custom chip don’t come cheap.

While, of course, Google is not confirming the exact price of its Pixel 6 series, the company is strongly hinting that it’ll be pretty expensive. Speaking to the Verge, Google’s Rick Osterloh said Pixel 6 will “certainly be a premium-priced product.” In another interview with German publication Spiegel, Osterloh specifically said that “Pixel 6 will be expensive,” but went on to say that it will be a “mainstream premium product.”

How does this give us a hint at the Pixel 6 price? “Premium-priced” can easily be read at over $1,000, but “mainstream” hints that the starting price might be just a little bit less.

But the bigger question beyond what Google will charge is what you as a customer would be willing to pay. Personally, I’m thinking the smaller Pixel 6 would be ideally priced at $899 or $999, right around the Galaxy S21+. From there, Pixel 6 Pro could fall at $1,099 or $1,199 to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, but in both cases, I’m hoping for the lower of the two options mentioned. Given Google’s focus on the US market, these prices would be ideal for carriers too, likely falling around $30-$40 per month, depending on the model picked. It will also be interesting to see what Google can pull off as far as sales go.

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Which color Google Pixel 6 or 6 Pro do you want most?

Android Central 04 August, 2021 - 07:50am

Earlier this week, Google let the cat out of the bag on the designs for its forthcoming flagships, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. In the "leaks," we got to see the stunning new designs, learned about Google's new custom Tensor SOC, and perhaps most importantly, we got to see the pretty new colors! Okay, I'm joking a bit, but I'd wager that many of you are going to pick which Pixel 6 you want at least in part based on the available colors, right?

True to form for the Pixel line, the 6 series will have some fun colors for us to choose from in addition to more traditional offerings like white/silver and black. In fact, as our own Nicholas Sutrich pointed out, these colors harken back to some of the most beloved Pixel (and Nexus) phones of the past few years, a nice touch indeed!

The "regular" Pixel 6 will be available in a light orange reminiscent of the Pixel 4 lineup, a sage green that looks a lot like that on the Pixel 5, and a matte black color. The Pixel 6 Pro will come in a similar black variant, as well as a stately silver and gorgeous gold, both of which remind us of the glory days of the Nexus 6P.

Personally, I'm leaning towards the sage green Pixel 6. Let us know which color you most covet. Also, leave a comment telling us which trim you prefer — matte or polished.

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Nikkei: Google Tensor is a 5nm chip and its produced by Samsung | Pocketnow

Pocketnow 04 August, 2021 - 05:30am

Since Google revealed the design and some of the upcoming Google Pixel 6 duo specifications, we keep hearing news and bits about the software, hardware features, availability, and now, the Google Tensor chipset that’ll power the new premium flagships.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear Samsung produce chipsets since it has a very successful Exynos lineup and even produces chipsets for other giant companies such as Qualcomm. We also heard the news about Google co-developing its upcoming chipset with the Korean giant in the past, so this rumor only seems to be confirmed after all.

Sources close to Nikkei Asia (via 9to5Google) suggest that the Google Tensor chipset is built using the 5nm fabrication process, which is the same process used in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset series and Samsung’s own Exynos 1080 and 2100 chipsets.

As you would expect, Samsung declined to comment, and Google hasn’t announced any “new” partnerships either. It’s worth noting that there aren’t many chip manufacturers out there that can meet and fulfill such large chipset orders, and Samsung just happens to be one that could potentially do just that without any issues.

The new 5nm fabrication process is more efficient than the 7nm process and could improve battery life and performance. Google has also mentioned that it took the company at least four years to design the new Tensor chipset “specifically for Pixels.”, so we’ll likely see a lot more products come out in the future with Google’s own chipset, powering smartphones, wearables, and potentially even smart home products.

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Download a Piece of the Pixel 6 Before Google Sells It

Droid Life 03 August, 2021 - 04:40pm

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro still won’t be here for another couple of months even after Google’s early reveal this week. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little piece of each, though. Thanks to a bit of device trickery, the wallpapers expected to arrive with the Pixel 6 have appeared.

The crews at 9to5Google and XDA said they pulled off a “trick” on a phone to make the Google Wallpapers app think they had a Pixel 6. In doing so, it presented them with wallpapers that would only be available to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. They then made those available for download. Sneaky, sneaky.

The wallpapers are pretty fun, with lots of colors representing activities an adventurer with a Pixel 6 might take on, plus a bunch of fruit-inspired graphics to get you thirsting for a treat.

As you probably noticed, all of the wallpapers have a black dot or cutout centered at the top and that’s because the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have centered front-facing cameras. So if you want to use these on your phone, they might look a little weird unless you can get that to match up.

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Download the leaked Google Pixel 6 wallpapers right here!

XDA Developers 03 August, 2021 - 10:47am

We managed to trick the Google Wallpapers app to show us the Pixel 6 wallpapers by spoofing the build properties of the Google Pixel 6 Pro. In essence, we made our device look like a Pixel 6 Pro, and the Google Wallpapers app then allowed us to view all of them and download and set them as if we were using a real device.

The wallpapers above are in a compressed format, and if you want to download them and use them on your device, you can follow the link below. The resolution of these 12 wallpapers is 1440 x 3120, which is the expected display resolution of the Pixel 6 Pro. It’s worth pointing out that a lot of these wallpapers have designs that focus on the hole-punch at the top center, so they may not look great on all devices.

These wallpapers are all very different from previous Pixel wallpapers, which goes hand in hand with the rest of what we know about the Pixel 6 series. The Pixel 6 series has a pretty unique design, with a large rectangular camera bump across the back. It will feature the company’s “Google Tensor” chipset and an under-display fingerprint scanner.

The Pixel 6 Pro will also have a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ resolution curved display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The sides have “shiny, polished aluminum rails” and the wide-angle sensor “takes in 150 percent more light.” Meanwhile, the regular Pixel 6 has a smaller 6.4-inch Full HD+ resolution flat display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The sides have “matte-finished rails” and not aluminum ones.

You can download the Google Pixel 6 wallpapers below.

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Google Tensor: One of the big mysteries behind Pixel 6 SoC may have been solved | Trusted Reviews

TrustedReviews 03 August, 2021 - 12:00am

Well, 24 hours on from the announcement, we may have an answer to one of the major unanswered questions. According to Nikkei sources, the company manufacturing the Google Tensor processor is none other than Samsung.

The report from Nikkei Asia (via 9to5Google) says the chip will be based on the 5nm process, which keeps it in line with other flagship chips like Samsung’s current flagship Exynos 1080/2100 chips. Qualcomm’s top mobile system on a chip, the Snapdragon 888, is also designed using the 5nm process.

Google did not disclose who will manufacture the Tensor chip for Pixel, but sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia that Samsung handle production using its advanced 5-nanometer process technology.

Google was coy about the identify of the manufacturer when asked by Wired earlier this week, with hardware chief Rick Osterloh only confirming: “We designed it, own it, and drive it. This is our chip.”

The chip is designed exclusively for Pixel phones with the idea of maximising Google’s expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning. We don’t know everything about how it will be leveraged yet, but Google says photography and speech recognition will be two areas where Tensor will excel.

We’re not sure on the number of cores, the clock speeds or whether there are integrated graphics yet, but Google has promised to keep everyone posted as we count down to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launch this autumn.

Unfortunately for those operating in the mid-range, Google has confirmed the Pixel 5a won’t run the new silicon.

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