Google CEO Sundar Pichai previously said during an Alphabet earnings call that the fall lineup of devices will show Google’s “deep technology investments.” The company has since confirmed that the Pixel 6 line will be powered by the company’s in-house Tensor chip, previously code-named Whitechapel.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro made a brief appearance in August right before Google launched the Pixel 5A, and although we’ve since had a couple of glimpses at Google’s new Pixel, not every rumor has yet been debunked or proved true. But, we now know when to expect the new smartphone. Google is set to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on Oct. 19.
Unlike Apple and Samsung, Google has overall been consistent with its phone nomenclature. The original Pixel was followed by the Pixel 2, then the Pixel 3 and so on. Google has confirmed that the 2021 phones will indeed be the Pixel 6 and — instead of an XL model — the Pixel 6 Pro.
The Tensor chip’s introduction also came with demonstrations of its photography and dictation prowess, which will take the spotlight with the new Pixel phones.
Software improvements (more on that in a bit) will also come to both models, including Android 12’s Material You design, along with speech recognition and photography improvements powered by the Tensor.
Google previously announced that both phones will have many of the same features: the new Tensor system-on-chip designed by Google, a camera bar that runs along the back of the phone, camera sensors that take in 150% more light than the Pixel 5’s and an ultrawide lens.