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Pixel 6 Looks Different Because Google's New Camera Sensors Are Huge

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Among the many other things that Google talked about with the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro today, is the camera. We’re finally getting a new  main sensor on the Pixel 6 series this year, though there’s no word on what sensor it actually is. Many rumors point to a 50-megapixel sensor, but Google has not confirmed that yet.

In the blog post, Google’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh stated that “the improved sensors and lenses are now to big to fit into the traditional square – so the new design gives the whole camera system a new home with the camera bar.”

That’s a trend we have seen with many smartphones in the past year or so. Just take a look at the Galaxy S21 series, or even Huawei’s latest smartphones. Those sensors are massive now, and require large camera bumps, and more space on the back of the phone. This design by Google, while polarizing, is likely the best way to do it. Keeping the design unique, but also useful.

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Pixel 6 series finally goes industrial

Many of you may remember that Google bought Motorola many years ago, and then sold it to Lenovo for much less. Well, Google kept a number of people from Motorola for its Pixel program. Including Rick Osterloh, who was in charge of Motorola before Lenovo bought it. So to see some Motorola roots in these new Pixel phones, is not a surprise.

But, Osterloh is talking quite a bit about the Industrial look and design of the new Pixel 6. Osterloh says that it “combines the same beautiful aesthetic across software and hardware with Android 12, to the new Tensor SoC, everything about using the Pixel is better.”

This also means that the Pixel 6 is finally ready to compete with the most premium Android smartphones on the market. That also means that they will be competing on price. Expect the Pixel 6 to cost around $1,000 to start.

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