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Google Pixel 6 might not be worth the hype after all, but why?

The Google Pixel 6 was officially announced by Google on Twitter on August 2. Although there is a listing for the phone in the Google Store, no official launch event has yet been announced. It is important to wait until Google’s official press event to find out more about it.

Google is creating quite a buzz about this year’s Pixel phones. In fact, it is not anything like anything else since the company is showing a smartphone months before their rumored launch in October 2021.

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We already know the shape and size of the upcoming Pixel 6 series. But, the rumor we’re hearing today might prove to be more valuable than that, if true. According to a report from Gsmarena, the tensor flow chip in the Pixel phones is an updated version of Samsung’s unreleased Exynos 9855 SoC. 

Whitechapel is another codename for Exynos 9855
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 Whitechapel is another codename for Exynos 9855 and Google uses the same name internally for the Tensor flow chip. If true, the chipset will perform almost similar to Exynos 9840 which is more commonly known to be the Exynos 2100 powering the Galaxy S21 series.

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We can expect the Pixel 6 to perform well based on Google’s history as an enterprise software company. However, if we consider the competition, why didn’t the company use the latest Exynos 2200 (Exynos 99255)? The upcoming Exynos processors will feature AMD’s RDNA2 GPU, so they will even sound more exciting when paired with the S22 series.

Also in rumors is the 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor on the Pixel 6 series
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Also in rumors is the 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor on the Pixel 6 series. In the latest beta of Android 12, the developer’s Camera app contains code ( with a reference to ‘p21’ ) confirming the rumors. Additionally, the code mentions a ‘gn1_wide code’, which is very easy to interpret.

The GN1 sensor is not a new sensor, and we have seen better camera optics from some manufacturers. Compared to GN2 (with  1.4μm pre-binned pixels and 2.8µm binned ones ) from Samsung, the GN1 has  1.2μm-sized pixels before binning. If you combine them 4-to-1, you get 12.5 million 2.4μm-sized pixels from 50 million 1.2μm pixels. 

X60 Pro + has GN1 sensors. This seems like one more cost-saving measure from Google. Even though Google’s software algorithms are close to perfection, a larger sensor means more light hitting the sensor and resulting in overall more crisp photographs with a better dynamic range.

The GN1 sensor is not a new sensor, and we have seen better camera optics from some manufacturers.

Generally speaking, Samsung’s S22 is expected to be more impressive than the Pixel 6. As for the S22 series, we expect the device to sport a refined design, armor casing, Sony’s best camera system, best GPU for Android phones, and most likely the best screen in the market. The hype surrounding the S22 seems deserved, doesn’t it? At the very least, it deserves more attention than the Google Pixel 6 series, in our opinion.

In any case, Google’s partnership with Samsung is a great move. Google Pixel 6 series seems to be better than any phone Google has made until Samsung releases the S22 series. Getting both phones in my hands for better comparisons is still on my to-do list. What do you think about the Pixel 6 series though? Is it worth the hype? Below is a space for you to share.

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