This week's highlights: Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro launch, Google Camera 8.6 coming, more

This week’s highlights: Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro launch, Google Camera 8.6 coming, more

In this week’s top stories: Pixel Buds Pro and Pixel 6a are getting into customers’ hands, Google Camera 8.6 update is coming and more.

A pair of new Made by Google products were launched this week, starting with the Pixel 6a powered by the same Tensor chip as the Pixel 6 Pro. In our review, we found that the mid-range phone should be a significant improvement for those who should be upgrading from the Pixel 3a this year.

In terms of size, the Pixel 6a is roughly the same size as the standard Pixel 3a, just with smaller bezels. It also comes with the addition of an ultra-wide camera, a much better display and, most importantly, a major upgrade to the Google Tensor chip. Compared to the Snapdragon 670 found in this 2019 phone, the Tensor a massive improve. It’s even a huge upgrade over what was found in the Pixel 4a and 5a if you’re looking to upgrade to one of those devices.

The Pixel Buds Pro — which we shared our first review for — arrived on the same day, bringing noise cancellation to Google’s headphone lineup, a long-awaited addition. The Pixel Buds Pro are available in four colors, but it seems Google was considering up to eight different options at one point.

Google has nailed it when it comes to audio quality, at least in my opinion. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to sound, but the Buds Pro really do a great job of creating an overall enjoyable listening experience.

Just before the Pixel 6a reached customers, an update to the series’ Google Camera app arrived. At first glance, the update brought “speech improvements” for the rear camera and some UI improvements. Digging a little deeper, our team also revealed a new mode specifically designed for the foldable Pixel Notepad.

The primary visual change today is the “Modes” tab at the bottom of the carousel. The buttons for Panorama, Photo Sphere, and Lens are now placed in a rounded rectangular container instead of being directly overlaid on the live view.

Elsewhere in Google Camera news, a researcher discovered information about the camera hardware inside the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, the Pixel tablet, and more. Where the Pixel 7 series is set to receive a few minor tweaks, the Pixel tablet seems to be headed for the lower end of the market.

These lower-end camera sensors point to ways Google may be planning to make the Pixel tablet more affordable, albeit at the cost of losing the high-end photography the Pixel line has become known for. Kuba’s findings confirm our reports that the Pixel tablet will likely lack several Google Camera features, such as 4K recording, Audio Zoom, and Slow Motion.

The folks at OnePlus have taken the wraps off their next flagship phone, the OnePlus 10T. The new phone will have 150W fast charging, but will remove the signature design element of the series, the notification slider.

OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu explains that the move was “necessary” for other key components of the device, including a larger battery, even faster charging and a better antenna. The Alert Slider takes up around 30mm² on the motherboard, which has a “fairly large impact” on the build of the device. An alternative to removing the notification slider on the OnePlus 10T would be to stack the motherboard, making the phone thicker.

The rest of this week’s top news follows:

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