Google Pixel 6 Tensor Chip Applies Frame-By-Frame HDR To Videos

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Google offered a first official preview of its incoming Pixel 6 handsets today and frame-by-frame HDR provided by its new Tensor SoC is easily among the most intriguing aspects discussed. And that’s reportedly going to be applied to videos shot with the new devices’ cameras.

Now, there haven’t been too many details explored about the upcoming devices. Although it is known that there will also be a “Pro” model this year. So it isn’t necessarily possible to discuss the new chipset in-depth. Or to discuss specifications of just about any part of these smartphones. What is clear, conversely, is that the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will bring the best of Google’s photo capabilities to video.

What does the it mean for the Pixel 6 Tensor chip to apply frame-by-frame HDR?

According to Google SVP, Devices and Services, Rick Osterloh, the new Tensor chip allows Google to apply “HDRNet” to videos on a frame-by-frame basis. That means, summarily, that the Pixel 6 is using the same HDRNet process that’s used in photos on Pixel handsets. But that is being used on every individual frame of a video shot with the devices. Even when those videos are shot at 4K at 30 frames-per-second.


Of course, the result is videos that aren’t over-sharpened or under-processed or overbrightened with regard to shadows and contrast. With each frame of the video instead managing to provide a “more natural white balance.”

And that, according to the source, means videos on the Pixel 6 are even better than what the iPhone 12 Pro Max provides at its best. That’s setting aside other Android handsets. With that Apple-built handset widely being regarded as near the top in terms of video capture.

When is Pixel 6 coming?

The current expectation is that the Google Pixel 6 will launch sometime in September. And that it will have a much higher price tag than previous generations. Potentially even surpassing the $1000 mark.