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Pixel 6a vs. Pixel 6: What are the differences?

At Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, the search-engine giant unveiled the next-generation smartphone in its Pixel A-series line: the Pixel 6a. A roar of applause filled the room when Google announced that the Pixel A-series, for the first time, will feature the same chipset packed inside its flagship smartphones: Google’s custom Tensor chipset. 

Google calls its Tensor processor a “milestone” for machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) processes. Why? Well, thanks to the custom-made SoC, the latest Pixel phones offer state-of-the-art experiences. For example, you no longer need to copy and paste foreign-language text into a translator app (e.g., Google Translate) with the Google Pixel 6a (and, by extension, the Google Pixel 6 series). With the Live Translate feature, the Google Tensor chip can auto-translate your texts directly in Messages and WhatsApp.

Google Pixel 6a (Image credit: Google)

The Google Tensor chip also enhances computational photography features. For example, the processor powers Motion Mode, which can add motion effects to static photos and employ the long-exposure method to stabilize action-packed scenes.

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