Google has officially announced that new Pixel 6 smartphones are coming this fall, and while not all the details are clear yet, some features certainly are. For one, there’s the look and design of these new phones. They are decidedly different from previous iterations, making it obvious Google wants to go more premium this time.

That means glass on both sides, a more refined finish and new colour schemes. Under the surface, most of the details are still unknown, except for a key one that may provide additional insight into what to expect from these new devices.

What’s evident about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The Pixel 6 Pro will come with a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It appears the screen will have curved edges, though I can’t tell how pronounced that curve will be yet. Google will finally add a fingerprint sensor in the screen itself. There will be aluminum on the sides, and an elevated panel on the back to house the camera array.

The Pro will have a triple camera array in the rear. It’s not clear what the specs are, though Google did confirm there will be a new wide-angle main lens, plus an ultrawide and telephoto lens with 4x optical-zoom. You can expect some interesting things on the software side, though it remains a mystery until the phone is fully revealed. All I know for now is that the main image sensor will take in a lot more light than before, making night and low-light shots even easier to take.

The Pixel 6 will have a 6.4-inch FHD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Instead of aluminum on the sides, Google is outfitting it with a matte finish. This phone may not have the exact same camera specs, though the overall design will be the same. There may be different colour options as well.

A new processor will make its debut

As of now, Google has yet to reveal the internal specs. The amount of storage, RAM, etc.—we don’t know yet. There will be variances between the two models, all of which Google will reveal at a later time.

It did mention a new chipset called Tensor SoC. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the CPU, but rather a system on a chip that will handle whatever artificial intelligence (AI) features Google has in mind. A new Titan M2 chip will handle security. That’s about all I can be sure of at the moment. Whether or not Google is making its own silicon entirely, or relying on other vendors remains to be seen.

Google hasn’t made either phone available yet for pre-order. If you’re looking for more, check out all the latest from Google, including the current lineup.

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