Google I/O 2022 – Pixel 6a, 7 and 7 Pro, Buds, Watch and Tablet
Google I/O 2022 is a developers’ event, and the faithful were treated to previews of coming tech this year.
Pixel 6a 5G costs $749 and is available from 21 July. It has a 6.2”, 2400 x 1080, AMOLED display and uses the same Google Tensor chip as the current 6 and 6 Pro. It even shares those design cues (dual rear camera bar, alloy frame, IP67) and comes in Chalk, Charcoal and Sage. You can read more about the 6, and 6 Pro Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro revisited – (after the January 2022 firmware update) as the phone will be very similar. We love Google’s commitment to at least five years of security updates.
See table at the end for tech specs.
Pixel Buds Pro use a new 6-core audio chip that runs Google-developed algorithms. The cost is $299 from 21 July. These feature multi-point connection, IPX4, 7 hours ANC on, and come in Lemongrass, Fog and Charcoal. ANC is a hybrid using a passive ‘Silent seal’ and active noise reduction. Specs at the end of the article.
Pixel Watch has a circular face, Google Wear (updated version) watch incorporating health and fitness from Google company Fitbit. We don’t have prices, availability or specs yet apart from a Wi-Fi and LTE version, the round face and crown (similar to Apple Watch)
Pixel Tablet – TBA but will be Google Tensor powered and unavailable until 2023.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro – TBA but generally in October. These should feature the Tensor Gen 2 chip, 128GB RAM (256GB and 512GB options), and Android 13. The 7 will have a dual-camera and the Pro a tri-camera.
We will keep an eye out for more Google I/O 2022 announcements.
Pixel 6a Specs – Google I/O 2022
● Stereo Speakers
● 2 microphones
Battery & Charging
Up to 72-hour battery with Extreme Battery Saver
Adaptive & all-day battery designed to last over 24 hours
USB-C charging port
● Dual Rear Camera
○ Main: 12MP IMX363 DP + OIS
○ UW: 12MP IMX386
● Front Wide Angle Camera
SDC 6.1” gOLED
71.8 x 152 .16x 8.85 mm
1.08 mm camera bump
T: 4.27, S: 3.935, B: 5.71
● 4400 mAh typ
● 18W Wired Charging (0.8c)
Performance / Security
128GB Storage / 6GB RAM
WiFi 6e / Dual Chain BT 5.2
eSIM / NFC
5G / mmWave supported on select models
GPS L1 only
● Cirrus IC
● USB-C (3.0)
Made with Google Tensor
Personal safety & car crash detection
Google Tensor Tech Spec Overview
- Big CPU Cores: 2x X1 @2.8GHz
- Medium CPU Cores: 2x A76 @2.25GHz
- Small CPU Cores: 4x A55 @1.8GHz
- GPU: ARM Mali G78, MP20 – 20 cores
- Process Node Samsung 5LPE
Pixel Buds Pro tech specs
Sweat and water-resistant: IPX4
Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0
Custom-designed 11 mm dynamic speaker driver
Active Noise Cancellation
Active in-ear pressure relief
○ Each earbud:
Wind-blocking mesh covers
11 hours without ANC
7 hours with ANC
31 hours with case without ANC
USB-C charging port
Capacitive touch (tap and swipe) sensors for music, calls, and Assistant
IR proximity sensor for in-ear detection to play and pause automatically
Motion-detecting accelerometer and gyroscope
Hall Effect sensor for case open and close detection