A chipset with heavy dependence on AI and security
During Google I/O, an annual event showcasing Google’s new technology, they presented three important things: Android 13, the Pixel Watch, and the new Google Pixel phones. The former two will be discussed in another article.
Three new Google Pixel phones has hit US stores: the Pixel 6A, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. All of these have Google’s Tensor chipset, a chipset that highlights security and amazing AI capabilities at the helm.
Google Pixel 6A
The Pixel A subseries always represents Google’s more affordable Pixel line, and it’s the same with the Pixel 6A. Like the regular Pixel 6 series, the phone has more pointed corners and also features a camera bar that protects the camera lenses. It also features Google’s Material You design language which was introduced previously for the Pixel 6 series.
The Pixel 6a is actually smaller than the main flagship line. It features a 6.1″ OLED panel and passes out on a high refresh rate. The Pixel 6 has 90Hz and the Pixel 6 Pro has 120Hz, in comparison.
While the main Pixel 6 line has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, the Pixel 6A only gets Corning Gorilla Glass 3. While it is built upon an aluminum frame, the back is now made of plastic but still features clay-like colours. The IP rating is also slightly lower, IP67 vs IP68 on the main line.
The Google Tensor inside the phone comes with the Titan M2 security chip and is paired with 6GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 internal storage.
The cameras may be underwhelming but remember, this is the Pixel line we’re talking about. Sure it may not have the 48MP or 108MP some phones of the same class have, but it does make up for it with Google’s amazing scene recognition capabilities, a known highlight of the chipset. The main camera is only 12.2MP with OIS, the ultrawide camera is also 12MP f/2.2. The front camera is 8MP sitting on a dot notch. The Google Camera is known to modders and custom ROM users alike thanks to its ability to maximize the performance of the phone’s cameras it is ported on.
The phone has 5G connectivity, an in-display fingerprint sensor, an always-on display, dual speakers, dual mic, and HDR support. The phone comes with Android 12 and can further be upgraded to Android 17.
The phone’s battery is a downside. While others already opt for 33W, 65W, or even 120W, the Pixel 6A comes with 18W fast charging only coupled with a 4410mAh battery. This absurdly slow charging rate may be a pass to power users. It does not have wireless charging either, unlike the main Pixel 6 phones.
It comes in three colours: Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage. Availability starts on 21st July online, and 28th July offline. It will come over to these regions:
- Puerto Rico
- United Kingdom
- United States
The phone is priced USD 449 (~Php 23.5K), same as the Pixel 5A.
- 6.1in. FHD+ (2400x1080px) OLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Google Tensor (5nm)
- Titan M2 Security Chip
- 12.2mp (main), f/1.7 OIS
- 12mp (ultrawide), f/2.2
- FRONT: 8mp, f/2.0
- 4410mAh, 18W USB-PD fast charging
- Android 12 (Material You)
- 5 years worth of major Android upgrades
- 5G services, Wi-Fi 6, In-display fingerprint sensor
- Chalk, Charcoal, Sage
- 6/128: USD 449 (~Php 23.5K)
Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
The Google Pixel 7 series continues with the design of the Pixel 6 series but this time, it’s more pronounced. It also appears that Google has ditched the dual-tone colour for a more uniform look.
The main camera bar is made of aluminum and wraps around the phone, unlike the Pixel 6 series that cuts it out at the corner. The design matches that of the phone’s Material You design language, especially with the circular no-bump camera array.
The Pixel 7 has two cameras while the Pixel 7 Pro has three, the same strategy as the previous line. While we don’t have much to say about its specs, it surely is equipped with Google’s Tensor, and features Android 13 Material You with five years worth of updates. Also, no “kinda coral” colour scheme either. That fuschia-like aura is the most outstanding of all colours, so they better bring it back.
These two will be arriving this Fall, and we’re expecting more updates to them there. During that time, Android 13 would also be available for public release.
Source: The Verge