It's no secret to anyone that Google is about to introduce some new hardware — expectations are high for the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. Well, not only does Google have those new Pixels incoming, but we often see it announce all kinds of other hardware and software at its Made by Google events. We're now getting a little peek at what could be coming up next, as we get word about a possible hardware event on October 5th, a little under two weeks from now.
The Google Pixel 6 is due to be the biggest smartphone release from Google since the original Pixel smartphones in 2016. For the first time, the company is launching a smartphone with its own custom SoC, but that's not the only significant change that's on the way. If the leaks are to be believed, Google is going all-in on the Pixel 6's camera — not only with software but also new hardware.
David Urbanke, The photographer behind Google's current ad campaign for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, just published eight high-res photos of the two devices in several fun colors to his portfolio, as well as higher resolution shots of the ads that are currently on billboards in places like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
One of the rumored features the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro would have was improved translation performance. At the time, we didn't actually know it would be a heavily marketed feature; The Verge was merely shown a demo that showed a French to English translation via Live Captions. But according to the folks at XDA Developers, there's more to it than that, and we can anticipate a new branded Live Translate feature to debut with the phone, building on the existing translation systems and features in the Google Translate app, Lens, and Assistant, but with deeper integrations.
A pile of new Google devices just hit the FCC, and based on the details included, it looks like they are probably versions of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. All are "phones" according to the FCC, and some models have mmWave 5G paired with Wi-Fi 6E support, while other models make do with sub-6 GHz 5G and 6E.
Phones are getting bigger. The Pixel 6 Pro, for example, will have a massive 6.7-inch screen, the largest of any Google-branded phone yet. Naturally as those screens get bigger and processors get more powerful, the batteries have to get bigger to keep pace (helped along with more internal volume, of course). According to the latest Pixel 6 leak, the Pro will have fast charging at up to 33 watts.
Tuesday's iPhone 13 announcement brought out plenty of opinions, but the phrase I've seen repeated the most often is, "it's boring." While I admit that most of the presentation fell flat for me, largely because I'm not really interested in switching to an iPhone, there were two segments that highlighted exactly what it is I wish I could get from the phones I do buy: better video creation.
Google has been teasing the Pixel 6 series ahead of its rumored launch next month for some time now. The company recently opened its first retail store in NYC, which is the perfect place to tease and promote the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro by giving customers the first clear look at the phones in real life.