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Google Pixel 6 Pro launch – live: New phone to be unveiled at event as search giant takes on Apple and Samsung

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 (The Independent)
(The Independent)

Google will be launching its latest flagship devices, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, today at a live event.

Many details about the phone have leaked, but one thing is certain: the search giant is finally taking on Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s high-end range with a premium device.

“The product is really, now, The Google Phone,” Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh has said, “so we are ready to invest a lot in marketing and we want to grow.”

Some details have already been shared about the new phones: greater AI capabilities, a new privacy-focused chip, bigger screens, a larger battery, an iconic camera bump, and a more personal Android 12.

The Independent will be following the event live, revealing the details and providing commentary as it happens.

What about the cameras?

16:00 , Adam Smith

Google has officially said that the Pro version of the new Pixel 6 will feature three camera lenses, including a telephoto lens with a four-times optical zoom, while the standard Pixel 6 will only have two lenses – both of which are likely to be a main wide-angle camera and an ultra-wide camera.

Rumours suggest the sensors can take in 150 per cent more light compared to those on the Pixel 5, and there will be better editing capabilities due to the on-device AI chip Google is making.

How big is the battery?

15:45 , Adam Smith

According to rumours, the battery capacity will be around 4614mAh for the Pixel 6 and 5003mAh for the Pixel 6 Pro – the latter being approximately the same as Samsung’s Galaxy S21 device.

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: what do we know so far?

15:31 , Adam Smith

Let’s start with the basic specs: according to some media outlets who were given access to the devices ahead of time by Google, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

The regular Pixel 6, by contrast, will have a 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Both phones will have under-screen fingerprint scanning, in contrast to the sensor on the back of the device for the Pixel 5 or the facial unlock and Project Soli capabilities on the Pixel 4 XL.

When does the event start?

15:11 , Adam Smith

Google’s event will start at 6pm in the UK - 10am in Google’s local pacific time, or 1pm eastern.

A dedicated site for the launch only has basic information for the upcoming device - but many details of the phone have already extensively leaked or been revealed by Google already.