Lots of Pixel product announcements at Google I/O 2022

Google had some nice surprises for its customers during its presentation at Google I/O 2022. Besides showing off the new Pixel 6a and the new Pixel Buds Pro, we got a sneak peek at products coming only in Fall and 2023!

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Pixel 6a

No more and no less than the little brother of the excellent Pixel 6 that was released late last year, the Pixel 6a shares many of its big brother’s specs in a whole new format.

Looking at the photos, we hardly notice any difference between the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6a. However, at 6.1 inches, it’s slightly smaller than the Pixel 6’s 6.4 inches. We agree that visually there isn’t that much of a difference.

Inside we find the same Tensor processor, which should offer it very good performance, except for the screen, which is now limited to 60 Hz. As much as it is a decision to cut costs, it will also offer better performance from its stack.

That’s a good thing as it’s going to be a bit smaller, ie 4400mAh versus 4614mAh on the Pixel 6. With the less demanding screen, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got the same performance and maybe even better.

Finally, there are the same cameras as the Pixel 5, meaning a 12-megapixel lens with an f/1.7 aperture and another ultra-wide 12-megapixel lens with an f/2.2 aperture. While not as impressive as the Pixel 6, the performance of these two sensors is very good and easily rivals some pricier devices.

Finally, it will be available from July 21st with 128 gigabytes of storage, 6 gigabytes of RAM, three different colors and 5G connectivity for $599.

Pixel Buds Pro

Pixel Buds Pro

It’s done, Google is coming with its Pixel Buds Pro. Here’s finally the announcement that many people have been waiting for, the arrival of wireless headphones with a transparency mode to compete with Apple’s AirPods Pro.

In addition to Transparency Mode, Pixel Buds Pro offer their own active noise cancellation technology called Silent Seal and an estimated battery life of 11 hours and 7 hours with noise cancellation enabled. The Google Assistant is built into the headphones, so you can say “Hey Google” to activate it.

Additionally, you also have the option to sync your Pixel Buds Pro to two devices at the same time, so you don’t have to repeat the sync every time you switch from your phone to your tablet.

Racing enthusiasts will appreciate the IPX4 water resistance, while the case offers IPX2 water resistance. The Pixel Buds Pro will be available in 4 colors starting July 21 for $259.

A foretaste of the future

Arguably the most surprising moment of the Google I/O 2022 event was when Google gave a brief preview of its Pixel watch and Pixel 7s, which will be released next fall with the new Android operating system.

We already had a glimpse of the watch when a model was found in a bar recently, but we finally had a better idea of ​​its future operation. It works with an updated version of Wear OS 3 and health features are provided by the Fitbit app.

PixelWatch

With a round screen, we already know that it will only be compatible with Android, since iOS does not allow a sufficiently large exchange of information with devices other than Apple’s. It’s like they’re trying to keep their ecosystem very closed!

We also received some images of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, as well as confirmation that they would feature the new Tensor processors, but nothing more. Not a lot of information but very interesting nonetheless!

Pixel7

Finally, Google announced that in 2023 we would finally be entitled to a Pixel tablet, also equipped with the new version of its Tensor processor. This is definitely good news for bringing more competition to the market. The Tensor processor has proven to be powerful and I’m very excited to see how well it performs in a tablet.

Pixel tablet

The next few months will be very interesting with the arrival of several new Google products, some of which have been long awaited!

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