Google has just unveiled several new Pixel devices at its I/O 2022 conference, including the new Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The company has also teased a new Pixel Watch as well as a Pixel tablet, which the company sees as a companion device for Pixel phones.
First of all, the new Pixel 6a will feature the same Tensor processor and Titan M2 security chip found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The design of the Pixel 6a is also quite similar with a metal frame and a visible camera bar on the back of the device housing dual rear cameras.
“The Pixel Camera is built to be versatile and adapt to your needs, and you’ll see some of those features and technologies on Pixel 6a — from Real Tone, which authentically represents all skin tones, to Night Sight, which makes low-light photography a breeze, to Magic Eraser in Google Photos, which makes distractions disappear,” Google explained today.
The company also promises all-day battery life on the Pixel 6a, with a new Extreme Battery Saver mode offering up to 72 hours of usage. The Pixel 6a will be available for pre-order starting at $449 on July 21, and Google promises five years of security updates. It will also be one of the first devices to receive Android 13 later this year.
The Pixel Buds Pro will also be available for pre-order on July 21, and they will cost $199. The premium wireless earbuds will offer IPX4 water resistance, active noise cancellation and multipoint connectivity, allowing users to automatically switch between previously paired Bluetooth devices.
Google promises up to 11 hours of listening time on the Pixel Buds Pro, or up to 7 hours with Active Noise Cancellation turned on. The Pixel Buds Pro also come with the Google Assistant built-in, which supports seamless hands-free commands. Moreover, the Pixel Buds Pro are getting spatial audio support later this year.
The Google Pixel Watch that leaked last month is now official, and it will be the first Wear OS watch designed from the ground up by Google. It will be available later this fall, and today’s reveal pretty much focused on the circular design, tactile crown, and customizable bands.
“With this watch, you’ll get the new Wear OS by Google experience and Fitbit’s industry-leading health and fitness tools — right on your wrist. Google Pixel Watch is a natural extension of the Pixel family, providing help whenever and wherever you need it,” Google said today.
We also had a brief look at the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, also coming later this fall. “Our next version of Google Tensor will power these devices, which are built for those who want the latest technology and fastest performance,” the company said.
Last but not least, Google teased a brand new Pixel tablet which will be powered by Google Tensor and released in 2023. “Our tablet will blend into your day-to-day routine and help connect the moments you’re on the go with the moments you’re at home,” Google said today.
Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming Pixel tablet 👀
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That’s a lot of new Pixel devices for one day, but the new Pixel Watch and Pixel tablets are probably the most interesting announcements. Android is the most popular mobile OS on smartphones, but Google and its partners never had much success with Google tablets and smartwatches. It’s too early to tell if the new Pixel Watch and tablet will finally shake things up, but it’s already encouraging to see Google becoming increasingly serious about its hardware efforts.