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    3 standout Pixel 6 features that I can’t wait to use

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    Google’s new smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, made their first official debut earlier this month only a few weeks earlier than the tech big unveiled the Pixel 5A. We nonetheless have rather a lot to be taught concerning the upcoming Pixel 6, however Google guarantees thrilling options stemming from a brand-new digicam system and Google’s in-house developed Tensor system-on-a-chip. I, for one, am already enthusiastic about what Google’s 2021 telephone lineup can supply. Here are the principle explanation why I’m eager to get my palms on Google’s new telephone — and why you ought to be, too.

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    New digicam systemAs knowledgeable photographer, I’m most enthusiastic about new digicam improvements on telephones that allow you to take superb photos with out having to haul back-breaking quantities of drugs. Google’s Pixel telephones have at all times had stable cameras, with nice low-light and HDR efficiency, however the final couple of fashions have not actually pushed the boat out.
    The Pixel 5’s twin digicam setup did take nice photos, however up towards the triple array on Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max or the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s superb zoom, it did not actually do a lot to tempt people who find themselves in pursuit of the very best photographs attainable (like me).The Pixel 5 had a great digicam, nevertheless it did not supply as a lot pleasure as its rivals from Apple and Samsung.
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    The Pixel 6 guarantees to be an enchancment, with an upgraded picture sensor that guarantees to seize 150% extra mild than its predecessor. And extra mild means better-looking photographs, significantly in low-light conditions. There’s additionally a 4x optical zoom lens, which I’ll significantly concentrate on as zoom lenses can supply an effective way of discovering new, artistic compositions in your images that you just may need missed with only a wide-angle lens. Only the Pixel 6 Pro is destined to get the telephoto zoom lens, with the usual Pixel 6 getting the usual zoom and ultrawide lens. Megapixel numbers for these cameras are nonetheless unknown, however rumored specs from leaker Jon Prosser record a 50-megapixel vast digicam and a 12-megapixel ultrawide digicam on each fashions. The Pro’s telephoto zoom lens is rumored to come back in at 48 megapixels.The Tensor processor, which we’ll shortly go into extra, must also give these cameras a lift. Google reckons its new {custom} chip will assist in computational images, attaining better-looking, sharper photos, even when there’s a whole lot of motion. Photography demos given to a number of tech shops demonstrating the Tensor’s capabilities displayed how the chip can intermix components of the photographs taken by the Pixel 6’s a number of cameras, placing all of these particulars collectively right into a single photograph.Updates to the Pixel 6’s digicam may make it a formidable images instrument.
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    All in all, the Pixel 6 is prone to have a formidable digicam setup, and one which I’m excited to take for a spin. It’s going to must be the very best it may be because it’ll have some stiff competitors from the rumored iPhone 13, which we presently anticipate to launch in September — probably someday earlier than the Pixel 6. Tensor processorPreviously Google used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in its telephones, nevertheless it’s entering into a daring new route for the Pixel 6 by launching its personal silicon, named Tensor, because the brains contained in the handset. Google hasn’t been particular about what sort of efficiency upgrades we are able to anticipate, nevertheless it has stated that upgrades to AI and speech recognition will probably be significantly noticeable, together with the images enhancements.Google has sometimes used Qualcomm chips in its telephones, however now it is utilizing its personal custom-made Tensor processor.
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    It might sound an odd transfer for Google to begin making its personal chips, nevertheless it’s a transfer that is thrilling for the way forward for its telephones. The Tensor chip is not nearly uncooked processing energy — most telephones have far more energy than they want — however by controlling each the {hardware} and software program, Google will be capable of develop purposes that take full benefit of the onboard elements. Hopefully, it may additionally prolong the variety of years of software program help with that management, permitting you to carry onto a Pixel 6 for extra years with safety updates.It’s a lot the identical as what Apple has executed for a while: utilizing its personal silicon in iPhones and thus having full management over how the {hardware} and software program interacts. It’s one of many explanation why Apple’s telephones are likely to age higher, with even 5-year-old handsets nonetheless operating the most recent iOS. It’s additionally why Apple just lately shifted to utilizing its personal M1 chips for its most up-to-date Mac line. Android 12The Pixel 6 will probably be among the many first telephones to launch with Android 12 on board. We’ve been utilizing Android 12 in its beta kind for a short while already, and there is a lot to love and to be enthusiastic about attempting correctly on the Pixel 6. Android 12’s skill to create a complete interface theme primarily based on one picture seems to be actually enjoyable.
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    The Material You design language seems to be nice, particularly the choice to create {custom} themes from your personal photos. Whenever you decide a brand new background picture, Android will pattern the dominant shade in that picture and use it to customise the notification bar, icons, texts and the whole lot else throughout the interface to offer a cohesive look. I like customizing my telephone, and I’m actually excited to see how the interface seems to be after I use a few of my images as backgrounds. Android 12 additionally makes enhancements to privateness, together with giving the choice to show off system entry to the cameras and microphones — simply in case you get paranoid about sure apps listening in when you do not need them to. The software program will get quite a lot of tweaks, most of which are not groundbreaking, however which do add as much as a slick new expertise that ought to look pretty on the Pixel 6 Pro’s whopping 6.7-inch show. You can learn extra about Android 12 in our ongoing information, and ensure to examine on our full Pixel 6 rumor roundup, which we’ll proceed to replace as we discover out extra concerning the telephones forward of their launch later this 12 months. 

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