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A new Snapdragon 775 chip could power the Pixel 6
Last year, Google took a risk by abandoning the top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon chips for the Pixel 5. Instead, it opted for the mid-range Snapdragon 765G, which allowed the company to keep costs down while still delivering 5G connectivity. 
Assuming Google has the same plan in place for the Pixel 6, we may have got our first look at the SoC that’ll be running the show. The Telegram channel XiaomiUI (not affiliated with the electronics manufacturer, despite the name) has leaked what appears to be a Qualcomm document outlining the top-line specs for the Snapdragon 775. 
Separately, XDA Developers’ own sources have confirmed the contents of the leak, but added that the shared images are a little out of date. So while the broad strokes of what follows are likely confirmed, there may be some changes for the finished chip.
The Snapdragon 775 and 775G (G versions have slightly better gaming performance) will apparently be manufactured via a 5nm process, improving on the 7nm approach taken with the 765. That should mean both stronger performance and greater efficiency for less battery drain. 
On top of this, the Snapdragon 775 chips are set to support 3,200MHz LPDDR5 or 2,400MHz LPDDR4X RAM and up to UFS 3.1 storage. The chip’s Spectra 570 ISP can apparently handle up to three 28MP cameras at the same time, and will support 4K video recording at 60fps. As you would hope with a chipset to debut in 2021, mmWave 5G support is built in, too.
These are all positives, but we’ll have to see how much faster the chip is over its predecessor to know if this is the home run we’re hoping for. Handsets using the Snapdragon 765 — like the Pixel 5 and OnePlus Nord — got warm reviews from us in part because they felt snappy and responsive in most tasks. Even if they weren’t technically as capable as Snapdragon 865 powered handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S20 (let alone Snapdragon 888 toting handsets like the Galaxy S21), they felt more than powerful enough for most people’s needs.
There’s no reason to think that the same won’t be true of the Snapdragon 775, which makes us optimistic about the state of 2021’s mid-range handsets. Hopefully, we’ll get a release date and some idea of pricing soon. 
Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you’ll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.
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The Pixel 6a could be another budget champ
The Pixel 6a is undoubtedly the most intriguing Pixel A series launch ever. After years of Google covering over relatively weak hardware with its stellar software, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro finally broke that mold. 
The few leaks we have seen already show the Pixel 6a following the new design of the Pixel 6 models and we can only hope that some of that carries over to the Pixel 6a specs. Google will have to make some cuts to hit a budget price point with the Pixel 6a, but given the massive time and financial investment in the Tensor chip, it’s hard to imagine Google not using it again here.
The Pixel A series has dominated the best budget phones in recent years and based on early rumors, it may be poised to do it again.  
There have been no official statements or credible leaks regarding the Pixel 6a release date, but we can make a reasonable estimate based on past releases. After the Pixel 3a launch at Google I/O in May 2019, the Pixel A series has settled into a consistent August release schedule.
The Pixel 4a launched on August 20, 2020, with the Pixel 5a following a year later on August 26, 2021. Until we see any compelling leaks to the contrary, we will keep the Pixel 6a release date penciled in for mid to late August of 2022.
We haven’t seen any convincing rumors regarding the price of the Pixel 6a yet and it’s difficult to project precisely where Google will go with it this year given the haphazard pricing of its predecessors. The Pixel 5a made the jump to $449 last year, which was a somewhat shocking increase from the $349 starting price for the Pixel 4a. The original Pixel 3a split the difference between the two, at $399. Factor in 2019’s Pixel 4a with 5G for $499 and you can see why betting on the Pixel A series pricing is a losing prospect.Renders of alleged leaked Pixel 6a designThrowing another wrench in the works is the Pixel 6; Google’s new $599 budget flagship phone is one of the best values in the smartphone world. Particularly given how often the Pixel 6 has already dropped to $549, it’s hard to imagine Google sticking to $449 for the Pixel 6a. A return to a $399 starting price feels plausible and it would be good timing, with Apple’s budget model offering the iPhone SE 2 in an expected 2022 launch. 
One of the only concrete leaks that we have for the Pixel 6a so far is regarding the design and, unsurprisingly, it seems that it will take on the look of the Pixel 6. The leak originated from @OnLeaks, who has proven reliable and was done in association with 91Mobiles to produce a series of renders. 
Based on the renders, the Pixel 6a may be virtually indistinguishable from the Pixel 6, with one notable exception. The leak specifies a 6.2-inch display for the Pixel 6a, reducing the 6.4-inch display on the Pixel 6. While big displays remain the most popular, some Pixel fans weren’t thrilled with the big and bigger display sizes available on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.Google Pixel 6a leaked rendersThe leak doesn’t offer precise measurements for the visor-like camera array on the Pixel 6a, but it appears to be smaller. Since there is no chance it will match the size of the camera sensors in the Pixel 6, it would make sense for them to scale it down a bit. 
Longtime Pixel A series fans may lament the loss of a couple of features; the 3.5mm headphone jack and the rear fingerprint sensor are both gone in these renders. While most people have accepted the need to move to wireless headphones, the Pixel A series was one of the nicer last bastions for wired headphone aficionados. If Google is moving to an in-display fingerprint sensor, that may draw more scrutiny since the response time on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has been one of the few complaints regarding those phones. 
The cameras on the Pixel A series were predictable in the past as Google wasn’t using expensive camera hardware in its standard models, so it would trickle them down to the budget models, but that is no longer the case. While we would love to see Google bring that new 50MP Isocell GN1 sensor to the Pixel 6a, that just doesn’t seem feasible at its price point.Google Pixel 6a leaked rendersThat may mean that we see Google turn to its old reliable 12MP wide-angle and 16MP ultra-wide from the Pixel 5a and numerous other Pixels over the last few years. Google has proven time and again that it is basically capable of dark magic with the results it can conjure out of those sensors. However, Google may surprise us with an entirely new set of sensors that it can run with in its budget phones for a few years. 
This is all pure speculation until we have some credible leaks or rumors on the subject.
Another wildcard feature for the Pixel 6a is its processor. Google’s new Tensor chip in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro represents years of research and development, so it’s hard to imagine the company returning to Qualcomm for this model. While Tensor isn’t the generational leap over Apple’s Bionic and M1 chips, it is clear that Google set specific priorities for the chip and it outperforms its Snapdragon counterparts in several areas. 
Given the Qualcomm Snapdragon options available in this price range, it seems more likely that Google offers a lesser version of its Tensor chip or the current chip. By the time the Pixel 6a launches, Google should be just a couple of months away from the Pixel 7 and a new flagship Tensor chip.
In years past, the Pixel A series often looked like the more logical Pixel purchase for most people, delivering 90% of the Pixel flagship experience at less than half the price. It may be a little less cut and dry this year. That’s in part due to the Pixel 6’s already compelling $599 starting price; in our review, we called it “the best Android value ever,” so that’s a tough act to follow from an affordability standpoint.
Given the considerable marketing that Google put behind the Pixel 6, copying the design of that phone for the budget Pixel 6a was almost a given, but bringing the Tensor chip may be a more significant challenge. The cost of Google’s custom chip and its ability to scale it down for the budget market are questions we don’t know the answer to yet.
To remain a budget champ, the Pixel 6a needs to deliver the strong photo experience Google is known for, the same extended software support of the Pixel 6, solid performance (hopefully through the Tensor chip), and a sub-$400 starting price. That all feels within reach, but we’ll keep you updated here on all the latest developments with the Pixel 6a, and given Google’s track record on leaks, we’ll have a much more complete picture over the coming months.
Sean Riley has been covering tech professionally for over a decade now. Most of that time was as a freelancer covering varied topics including phones, wearables, tablets, smart home devices, laptops, AR, VR, mobile payments, fintech, and more.  Sean is the resident mobile expert at Laptop Mag, specializing in phones and wearables, you’ll find plenty of news, reviews, how-to, and opinion pieces on these subjects from him here. But Laptop Mag has also proven a perfect fit for that broad range of interests with reviews and news on the latest laptops, VR games, and computer accessories along with coverage on everything from NFTs to cybersecurity and more. 
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Google details what November update fixes on Pixel 6, 6 Pro – 9to5Google

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November 1, 2021
Abner Li
– Nov. 1st 2021 10:39 am PT


The November security patch is rolling out now to all supported Pixel phones – the 3/XL is currently dropped – as the first update to Android 12. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners received the November update last week, but Google is only today detailing what’s included.

Most Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners received the November security update immediately after setting up their devices. However, the company on Thursday released the October factory images. Resolved issues specific to the latest Google phones include:
Meanwhile, the Pixel 3a/XL, 4/XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5, 6, and 6 Pro all benefit from:
Pixel 6 owners should look forward to a bigger update in December, which looks to be timed with a Feature Drop. This includes a display flickering fix and the ability (for all Android 12 devices) to access the “Internet” Quick Settings panel when a phone is locked.
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