Google reveals more of the Pixel 6 in video ad and Instagram post, hints at launch date

midian182

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What just happened? Having teased its Pixel 6 smartphones last month, Google has started a promotional campaign for the upcoming handsets, including a full video ad and an Instagram post showing the devices running Android 12.

The video ad, which you can watch above, gives us our first official look at the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in action, as opposed to renders provided by Google. It begins with the new Android 12 volume slider before asking, "What if your phone saw you for who you are." There are Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones on show in gold, white, green, and orange colors.

The ad also includes a shot of Google's custom-built Tensor SoC that enables enhanced imaging and machine learning capabilities. Google previously said that the devices feature an upgraded rear camera system with improved sensors and lenses built into a new "camera bar," visible in the ad.

Elsewhere, Google was also promoting the Pixel 6 on Instagram. The post includes the caption "Certified Pixel Lover," a nod to Drake's "Certified Lover Boy." The grid of phones is also a play on the album's cover art.

What's interesting in the Instagram ad is the clock face showing Tuesday, 19. Recent leaks have suggested that the phones will go up for pre-order on October 19, which is a Tuesday, so it seems fans have just over five weeks to wait before being able to secure one of the handsets.

We know from a recent video by The Verge that the standard Pixel 6 will feature a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, while the Pro will pack a 6.7-inch QHD+ panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. They also have an in-display fingerprint sensor, as is standard with flagships these days, and are said to include a Samsung Exynos 5G modem.

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Xex360

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Google isn't so innovative still resorts to dead pixels, while Chinese phone makers being innovative solved the issue.
 

whateversa

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I'll never understand the hype surrounding these devices. It's a phone FFS!
I believe you getting longer term security updates than other brands? My current Huawei phone is 4 years old, good as new and does not get security updates...same for my 6 year old Huawei phone that I use when I go exercise..

Then additionally, its not just a phone... The phone part is probably less than 1% of the capability when you consider multiple messaging apps that many people use concurrently, email access, web browser, gaming, youtube...
 

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I believe you getting longer term security updates than other brands? My current Huawei phone is 4 years old, good as new and does not get security updates...same for my 6 year old Huawei phone that I use when I go exercise..

Then additionally, its not just a phone... The phone part is probably less than 1% of the capability when you consider multiple messaging apps that many people use concurrently, email access, web browser, gaming, youtube...
I know what phones do these days. My point is, no phone is powerful enough to make it exciting compared to that of CPUs or GPUs made for PCs. This is akin to being excited about the newest tablet. Your Huawei probably works just fine as my old Moto G did for eight years. I'm sure that there are security issues but unless you have some really important info stored on your phone, it really doesn't matter. I personally don't care if someone knows my Angry Birds high score or the last text I received from a friend. There's nothing on my phone that can be even be used to identify me. I stay the hell away from Twitter and Facebook so there's nothing for them to find.

You said it yourself that your old Huawei phones don't get security updates but you can use security software like Cheetah Mobile if you're worried about it. You still use those phones and haven't had any problems.

Since pretty much all personal phones these days are smartphones, the definition of a phone isn't what it was in the 1990s anymore and so, yeah, it's JUST a phone.