Google has announced its personal method-on-chip, Tensor and confirmed the SoC will debut later this year inside the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Why, you ask? Google is generating it abundantly clear that no third-party chip today is strong adequate to aid it totally pursue its mission of generating AI and machine understanding (ML) core to the Pixel practical experience due to computing limitations. Tensor, which is named soon after the Tensor Processing Units (TPU) Google utilizes inside its information centres, has been custom constructed with that aim in thoughts.
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CEO Sundar Pichai stated the Google Tensor chip has been 4 years in the generating which implies, more or much less, work on the SoC began quickly soon after the launch of the very first Pixel in 2016. Calling it its “biggest” innovation in Pixel to date, Pichai stated Tensor will launch with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro later this fall – presumably sometime in September-October.
So excited to share our new custom Google Tensor chip, which has been 4 yrs in the generating (???? for scale)! Tensor builds off of our 2 decades of computing practical experience and it is our largest innovation in Pixel to date. Will be on Pixel 6 + Pixel 6 Pro in fall. https://t.co/N95X6gFxLf pic.twitter.com/wHiEJRHJwy
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) August 2, 2021
Today’s announcement is thin on technical facts and higher on jargon. A couple of issues are a provided although, like a “completely revamped camera system” and enhanced “speech recognition.” As normally, Google is promising to “unlock specific experiences for our Pixel users” although it is not sharing more facts just however.
Speaking of which, Google is also briefly displaying off the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 today. Both phones look precisely like the renders we’ve seen in leaks prior to which is to say that they look absolutely nothing like any Pixel phone from the previous. Both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been constructed from scratch to totally embrace the camera bump, or as Google is calling it, a “camera bar.” This was carried out simply because apparently, their “improved sensors and lenses are now too big to fit into the traditional square.”
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, expectedly, also come in new finishes and use more premium develop supplies. While the Pro model has a polished aluminum frame, the vanilla version has a matte aluminum finish. Both phones have a hole punch reduce-out at the centre.
Google has shared more hardware specifications with the Verge. The Pixel 6 Pro will come with a 6.7-inch QHD+ show with a rapidly 120Hz refresh price. It will come with 3 cameras: wide-angle, ultrawide and a telephoto for up to 4x optical zoom. The Pixel 6 will meanwhile, have a smaller sized 6.4-inch FHD+ show with 90Hz refresh price. It will have the exact same wide and ultrawide cameras as the Pro minus the telephoto.
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While the Tensor chip is thrilling, Google is maintaining more granular facts close to its chest for now. All we know is that it will pack a mobile TPU and Titan M2 safety chip each made by Google. We nonetheless do not know exactly where its CPU and GPU are coming from although rumour has it, Google is working with Samsung for this.