• Andrea Vidican

Google’s Pixel 6 Release

On October 19, Google had officially announced the release of their newest flagship smartphone model, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Both models are similar in appearance and functionality, though the Pro version features a more proficient camera and photographic options for those who may desire it.
Whereas the Pixel 5 consists of an aluminum frame covering of bio-resin plastic, the new Pixel 6 sports a “matte aluminum finish” while the Pro has a “light polished aluminum frame”. Both models are claimed to have been “thoughtfully designed with over 30% recycled plastics” as a way to be more environmentally friendly. The newer models also now feature a more resilient screen made from Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is claimed to be “the toughest Gorilla Glass yet, with significant improvement in both drop and scratch performance". It can now better withstand scratches, dust, and is relatively water resistant.
Most notably from the device’s release, the new assemblies features Google’s Tensor SoC, the custom-made chip that powers the phone and is responsible for the many new aspects in the Pixel series. The Tensor chip hosts a number of new AI-enhanced software including smart battery saving, which can supposedly save the user’s battery for up to 24 hours with moderate use with up to 48 hours in extreme cases, and includes “offline translation” in over 50 languages which allow consumers to read, listen, use selected languages without severely depleting data usage. Another prominent feature Google is proud to announce is the “Magic Eraser”, a photographic function that allows Pixel 6 users to remove “annoying background elements from an otherwise perfect shot”. Essentially, after a photo has been taken, and should the user desire it, “passers-by will be evaporated and photobombers will be defused and deleted” with a few swipes.
The Pixel 6 is available in three colored finishes, including Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Stormy Black whereas the Pixel 6 Pro comes in Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, and also in Stormy Black. Google has set the price for the Pixel 6 at $599 and the Pixel 6 Pro at $899, which is noticeably more affordable than other brands such as Apple or Samsung. There is the option to pay full price at first purchase, or subscribe to a monthly payment process for either model. Consumers may also receive a discount if they decide to partake in a smartphone carrier deal plan, depending on their carrier’s policies. The phones are available online on the Google Store or at likely at any general tech-savvy retail store, though the Pro assembly seems to be more difficult to find at such locations. In addition to the phone upon purchase, customers will also receive a “USB-C cable, Quick Start Guide, Quick Switch Adapter, and SIM tool” in the box.
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