Oct 9th, 2021

If you couldn’t wait any longer to get your Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro fix, you’re in luck. Thanks to Evan Blass, he has shared two links pointing to the landing pages for Google’s upcoming handsets from Carphone Warehouse. On these pages, a lot of the features that have already been confirmed are detailed, but there are also some features that we’ve only seen or heard in previous leaks and rumors.

The Google Tensor chip is highlighted on both pages, stating that the phones will offer up to 80% faster performance, while also saving power “so your battery lasts longer”. The Tensor chip will also play a big role in the camera performance, as your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro will be able to “capture fun times and starry nights just how you remember them.” And between Tensor and the new Titan M2 security chip, your Pixel will be “even more resilient to attacks.” Plus, we’ll have five years of security updates, although we still don’t know what Google plans to do for major platform updates moving forward.

Another benefit coming to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro courtesy of Tensor is offline translation. Your phone will be able to translate pretty much everything you throw at it, without needing to be connected to the internet. The fine print also states that the internet connection is only “required during setup.”

As for the cameras, both devices will use a 50MP wide-angle primary camera, along with a 12MP ultra-wide lens. This updated main sensor will capture up to “150% more light than Pixel 5”, which means we should be in for a treat when snapping photos in low-light. Google is also bringing “Magic Eraser” to the Pixel 6 series which removes “strangers and unwanted objects in Google Photos”, along with “Face Unblur” that “can de-blur a face to make it sharper.” But we also now know that the Pixel 6 Pro will make use of a 48MP telephoto camera, which appears to be a periscope lens and will offer 4x optical zoom along with 20x zoom used ‘Super Res Zoom’. 

Also shown off is the all-new ultrawide selfie camera which provides a 94-degree field of view, with the fine-print confirming that you will be able to snap selfies in the RAW format. Compared to the boring 8MP sensor on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a, this appears to be a massive step up, just adding more credence to the assumption that Google will again become the best smartphone to take pictures with, regardless of the situation.

There aren’t any specifics listed as to the battery capacity for either of these upcoming devices. With the Pixel 6, the page only states that your phone will last up to 48 hours when using Extreme Battery Saver while highlighting “all-day Adaptive Battery”. As for the Pixel 6 Pro, again we have confirmation that it will “last beyond 24 hours” courtesy of Adaptive Battery. But the 6 Pro will also support faster wired and wireless charging, going from 0-50% in just 30 minutes courtesy of 30W wired charging speeds.

Durability across both devices is as expected with IP68 water and dust resistance rating, along with making use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus. This is the same type of glass we’ve seen on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has stood up pretty well over the past year. But this listing also confirms that Google will be using an LTPO display panel, similar to that of the S21 Ultra, which will range between 10Hz and 120Hz based on what’s on your screen and what you’re doing.

As we expect to see more over the coming months, Android 12 and Material You were placed front and center on both landing pages. This brings a dramatic overhaul to the way your phone will look, as the software uses a color palette based on your wallpaper, and adds related accents across the entire OS.  The At a Glance widget is getting an upgrade as well, providing you reminders and upcoming events, while even displaying your boarding pass so it can be quickly scanned at the airport.

Going back to charging, both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will support wired charging speeds up to 30W, which was an expected addition. But the Pixel Stand Gen 2 is also shown off, as it will essentially turn your Pixel 6 into a Nest Hub when docked. You’ll be provided with smart home and music controls, along with being able to view pictures from Google Photos while charging. In the fine print, we can see that the Pixel 6 will charge at speeds of up to 21W, with the Pixel 6 Pro offering slightly faster 23W speeds.

We’re 10 days away from Google’s official announcement, and while the cat is pretty much all the way out of the bag, there are still a few more granular specs and features we’re waiting to learn about. This includes the aforementioned software updates, along with the amount of RAM, and of course, pricing.

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