We didn’t see anything about the Google Pixel 6 at the Google IO 2021 keynote, but that shouldn’t be a surprise given its usual launch window later in the year. Still, we’ve already learned a lot about Android 12, and it’s huge for fans eagerly waiting for the Google Pixel 6.
That’s because the phone will likely be the first device with the Android 12 operating system baked in: brand-new Android features will come to that phone before trickling out to non-Google handsets. Older Pixel phones will almost certainly get the update around the same time, but it’s possible – and based on rumours, even likely – that older devices won’t get all the new features that the Pixel 6. Will meet.
As for the Pixel 6, we’re starting to hear a lot of things unofficial about it, including spec leaks and renders. The picture so far is of a phone with a redesigned design – and one that could be tied to the Pixel 6 Pro.
Below we’ve put together all the leaks and rumors we’ve heard around the Google Pixel 6 so far. Then, we have come up with a wish list of what changes we would like to see in the phone.
Expect to learn more about the Google Pixel 6 as the months go by, and we’ll be updating this article, so check back regularly.
Apple revealed at WWDC 2021 that Android users will be able to participate in FaceTime calls – as long as an iOS user sends them a link to the video call.
cut to the chase
- What is this? Google’s next flagship phone
- When is it out? Expect it by the end of 2021
- How much will it cost? Around $699 / £599 / AU$999
Google Pixel 6 release date and price
Only the Pixel 6 release date rumor so far says to expect it in October, but it could be pushed to November if the chipset is lacking.
This makes sense, as we’d expect the phone to arrive in late 2021 based on key Google trends. October is the best bet, even without this rumor.
With respect to price, it’s a bit hard to guess, because while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were more premium offerings, the Pixel 5 is a mid-range phone, and we don’t know if Google will stick to that price range. Return to the top end.
Our guess is the former, though, so the company will likely stick with a major change for more than a year to see if it pays off. The Pixel 5 costs $699 / £599 / AU$999, so we might see the same price again.
design and performance
We’ve got a first look at the possible design of the Pixel 6, courtesy of unofficial renders based on a leaked image.
You can see one of these below, and it’s a big change if done right. The renders show a camera block that runs across the width of the rear, jut out and in a three-tone color scheme.
The bezels are thin, the punch-hole selfie camera is central, and the source claims that in addition to the colors shown below, there will be a champagne gold model and a white one. They also say that there is an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and the back is made of glass.
There’s apparently a Google Pixel 6 Pro too – that’s exactly what the render below shows, but in addition to the number of cameras (two rear ones on the Pixel 6 and three on the Pro) and possibly color options, both natively Looks the same in this leak.
Since that first glimpse at the design, another leaker has shared a second look at the Pixel 6 Pro, in unofficial renders that look similar to the one above – although the design is probably a bit more angular here, and the bottom bezel looks like is. It can be a little big.
You can check out one of these more recent renders below, and the source has also shared some details, which claims that the Google Pixel 6 Pro features a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display, and measures 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm (11.5 mm). mm with the camera). Collision).
The source also claims that the Google Pixel 6 Pro has dual stereo speakers, but that is to be expected on premium phones.
Elsewhere we’ve heard that the color options may not quite match those seen in the renders so far, with another leaker saying there’s a peach, sand and pink three-tone option, one with silver and black, and one Green model is expected.
The same source also said that the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 120Hz QHD screen, while the Pixel 6 will have a smaller (presumably 6.4-inch) FHD flat screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.
camera and battery
Based on the renders, it looks like the Pixel 6 is likely to feature a dual-lens rear camera, with the Pixel 6 Pro having a triple-lens camera. Additionally, a source claims that the Pro model will have both a ‘primary wide-angle camera’ and a ‘periscope telephoto camera’. They do not name the third sensor, but it is likely to be ultra-wide.
Indeed, elsewhere we’ve come to expect a 50MP main camera with a larger sensor than the Pixel 5, as well as an 8MP periscope snapper with 5x optical zoom, and an ultra-wide camera.
Code in the Google Camera app meanwhile suggests that the front-facing camera on the Pixel 6 may support 4K video recording, which is a higher resolution than most selfie cameras.
We’ve also seen a Google patent detailing a possible future phone that doesn’t have a visible selfie camera.
Although the patent does not specify how this is achieved, it appears that the camera will be under the screen, as we have now seen on the ZTE Axon 20 5G. Of course, just because Google is exploring the idea doesn’t mean we’ll get an under-display camera on the Pixel 6, but it’s possible.
Another recent patent talks about an under-display selfie camera as well, but we have a feeling the Pixel 7, Pixel 6 will get the technology if nothing else, as the leaked Pixel 6 render shows a visible selfie. The camera appears.
As far as the battery is concerned, a source claims that the Pixel 6 Pro will have 5,000mAh, while the Pixel 6 will have a smaller one. We’ve also heard that – surprisingly – it will support wireless charging.
specs and features
There is no such feature, but there is growing evidence that there could be two Pixel 6 models, as ever since the news and photos of the Pixel 6 Pro have surfaced, there are two different codenames associated with the Pixel 6 range and Model numbers are mentioned. Android 12 beta code. Oriole with model number GR1YH and Raven with model number GF5KQ.
The earlier Android 12 code also contained two hints of possible Google Pixel 6 features. One of these is the existence of a one-handed mode, which further suggests that a Pixel 6 XL or Pro could be on the way, as a non-XL phone would not require such a feature.
The second is likely an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something that Google hasn’t done with its smartphones before. A second Android 12 developer beta has provided more evidence of an in-screen fingerprint scanner, so it’s now more likely a sight, especially as one appears in the above render.
In terms of specs, the Pixel 6 could use an in-house chipset, known by the codename of Whitechapel. It is in the works for phones and is rumored to be co-developed by Samsung.
Rumors are swirling about this chip, and now we hear that it could be a 5nm chipset with a focus on AI and machine learning. However, it looks like it won’t match the best Android chipset for performance, with a source claiming that it will basically slot between the top-end Snapdragon 888 and the older Snapdragon 865 in terms of power.
Another source has echoed these claims by saying that it rivals the Snapdragon 870 for power – a chipset that is high-end but not top-end. He said that its GPU performs well under stress.
On the other hand, Snapdragon 780G chipset can be used in Pixel 6. It has made its debut in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, and it promises big performance improvements and better low-light photography compared to the chipset in the Pixel 5.
It’s worth noting that this chipset isn’t specifically tied to the Pixel 6, but it is the successor to the Snapdragon 765G chipset in the Pixel 5, so it makes sense.
Alternatively the Pixel 6 could run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 processor – this CPU hasn’t been announced yet, and may not exist as it’s just a rumor for now.
Lastly, we’ve heard that the Pixel 6 could have UWB, or ultra-wideband technology. It’s a short-distance communication function that lets devices talk to each other if they’re nearby – this could be useful for location tracking, so maybe the Pixel 6 has some new feature about it. Will it be?
Google Pixel 6: What we want to see
While we wait for further Google Pixel 6 leaks, we’ve pulled together some of the improvements we’re hoping to see from the company for its next smartphone.
1. A More Inspired Design
The Google Pixel 5 wasn’t the most interesting looking smartphone in the world – in fact, some call it ‘boring’ to call it a standard ‘chocolate-bar’ looking handset.
Pixel phones have never been the real look, but we’d love to see a Pixel 6 that’s a little more memorable. A few months before the Pixel 5’s launch we saw an interesting render that was different as well as divisive, but it got people talking, which is more than you can say for the Pixel 5.
2. a telephoto camera
Google Pixel phones have made a name for themselves by being great camera phones, but more recent devices from the company don’t actually have telephoto lenses, meaning all zooming is digital. It’s essentially just the crop.
This means that Zoom pictures have a lower resolution and therefore look grainy, and it makes you end up zooming in using the camera app.
We wish Google brought telephoto cameras back to the Pixel line so we could take better zoom shots with the phone.
3. Compact Form Factor
The early few generations of Google Pixel smartphones were much smaller, so they were easy to use one-handed, fit snugly in pockets, and felt comfortable in the hand for those with smaller palms.
Not so for the brand’s 2020 smartphones, but we’d love to see a return to the smaller devices. The compact phone (or ‘small phone’) market is…