Google teases Pixel 6 on Instagram [Edit: Could be released October 19]

Ricky, 09 September 2021

Edit: Between this teaser and the most recent 30-second ad for the Google Pixel duo, the date shown on the home screens appears as "Tuesday 19", strongly suggesting their announcement date may be set for October 19. This doesn't confirm the date, but it does make a strong case for it. Original story follows below.

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Google has posted a cheeky teaser for its upcoming Pixel 6 smartphones on its @madebygoogle handle. The image shows the Pixel 6 in a grid of 4 x 3, all showing different color backgrounds to showcase Android 12's Material You, which pulls colors out of your wallpaper and applies them throughout the UI. This teaser is a play on Drake's new album cover art for "Certified Lover Boy", which shows twelve pregnant emojis arranged in the same fashion.

 @MadebyGoogle's Instagram Source: @MadebyGoogle's Instagram

The teaser is captioned "Certified Pixel Lover" and tagged with #TeamPixel and #Pixel6. If its worth noting, there's a disclaimer at the bottom that reads: "This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the [FCC] or other regulators. This device may not be sold or otherwise distributed until required legal authorizations have been obtained." This means it may be a while before the Pixel 6 duo is announced.

The Google Pixel 6 will reportedly be available for purchase starting on October 28, with a Pixel 6 announcement taking place sometime before then. It's believed that Android 12 might be arriving on September if Oppo's Breeno assistant is to be believed, but it's not certain when the actual announcement event for the Pixel 6 duo will take place.

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The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be powered by the Tensor chipset, a custom chip made by Samsung for the Google Pixel, which is likely an unreleased Exynos chipset. The smaller of the two Pixels will have a 6.4" FullHD+ screen with 90Hz refresh rate while the larger Pro will have a 6.7' QHD+ curved display with 120Hz refresh rate. Both devices will have a single punch-hole selfie camera at the top.

Google's ''custom'' Tensor SoC might be just an unreleased Exynos

Camera hardware will be getting a much-needed update. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will use a 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor for the main camera, and a 12MP ultrawide camera. The bigger Pixel 6 Pro will have a new 48MP telephoto camera. Video quality is expected to improve as per reports, and performs as well as or better than the iPhone 12 Pro Max's.

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if you don't mind worse camera quality and even samsung phones having same or better specs at lower price and let's better not talk about Sony producing rulers and not phones anymore

Samsung A line has decent VFM, Pixel and Sony are overpriced for their specs, at Pixel you are at least getting the best photos, at Sony not much I don't think there is any issue with Xiaomi software, never noticed any ads, but that's ...

This can go either way... exciting or very boring.... But I have my eye on it at the moment if the camera is very good compared to the new iphone 13/14 whatever its called......

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