ââWe are officially in September, which means we are getting closer to the Pixel 6 release. Read on to discover everything we know about Google flagship smartphone so far.
Last year, the Pixel 5 launched with a great camera, improved battery life and a sleek design for a good price, but there was never an XL option, unlike its predecessors.
This time around, Google has shown off the Pixel colourful design and teased at its own Tensor chipset, but it appears as though the phone might not be as affordable as the Pixel 5.
Google has already revealed that there will be two phones this time around, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, though we will be focusing on the Pixel 6 in this guide.
Read on to find out everything we know about the Pixel 6, including the release date, the price and what specs it will be packing.
Pricing and release date
For a while, we were a little unsure on when the pixel 6 would be available, as Google has said the phones will launching sometime in this year end.
However, according to a Weibo user, Panda is bald, âwe can expect the Pixel 6 and the Pro to launch on 13 September this year.
There is also another rumour from Jon Prosser that suggests the Pixel 6 will be launched a little later on â likely in an attempt to distance to distance itself from the latest iPhone 13 â on 28 October, which is a full 45 days later than we thought.
Both of these dates match up with the September/October time frame that we expected the phones to launch in, as the Pixel 5 was announced last year on 20 September.
In terms of pricing, the Pixel 5 cost SGD$960 at launch. This was cheaper than previous Pixel models, so the new model could cost more or less. However, it is looking more likely that Google will abandon its efforts to keep the Pixel 6 series affordable this year.
In an interview with German news site Der Spiegel, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh explained that the Pixel 6 Pro âhas been designed specifically for users who want the latest technologyâ and âwill be expensiveâ. You might think this is good news for the base model, but Osterloh also added that the Pixel 6 is a âmainstream premium productâ that âbelongs in the upper segment and can keep up with competing productsâ.
Screen and design
While it has announced the Pixel 6, Google has not published the full spec sheet yet. However, some of the earlier rumours have now been confirmed.
In terms of the industrial design, the rumours of a three-tone design proved accurate, with a large black camera bar spanning the width of the phone rear casing. It is a big departure from some of the truly bland Pixel designs down the years.
The peach, red and black design (not official colour names) is particularly attractive. There is also a more traditional black on charcoal design along with what is best described as black/sky blue/lime green offering. Google is also excited about the matte aluminium finish offered by the Pixel 6.â
It seems Google is making an effort to match its latest phone colours with the rest of its product catalogue, with the Made By Google Twitter account even agreeing that the âfamily resemblanceâ between the Pixel 6 and the company Stadia controllers is âuncannyâ.
âAs for the front of the phone, Google has significantly slimmed down the bezels (casting aside another ancient Pixel hallmark) for a much greater screen to body radio. The front-facing selfie cam is now a tiny punch hole in the centre of the display. You can see it in the video below.
There is no news yet of screen size or resolution. We also dont know what kind of panel Google is using yet. This Pixel 5 had a 6.0-inch display with a 1080 x 2340 resolution. The panel was OLED.
According to a more recent report by Jon Prosser, the Pixel 6 will feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display.
Specs and features
One of the biggest updates rumoured to be coming to the Pixel line this year was a new homemade processor. That has now been confirmed by Google. The SoC is called Google Tensor and is designed to make the most of Google AI and machine learning advances.
In a blog post announcing Tensor, Google says: âThe team that designed our silicon wanted to make Pixel even more capable. For example, with Tensor we thought about every piece of the chip and customized it to run Google computational photography models. For users, this means entirely new features, plus improvements to existing ones.
âTensor enables us to make the Google phones we have always envisioned â phones that keep getting better, while tapping the most powerful parts of Google, all in a highly personalised experience. And with Tensor new security core and Titan M2, Pixel 6 will have the most layers of hardware security in any phone.â
Google says evidence of the new chip prowess will be showcased in the âcompletely revampedâ camera system as well as speech recognition when using the Assistant.â
More recently, a report by GalaxyClub (via SamMobile) has suggested that the Tensor chip in the Pixel 6 could actually be Samsung unreleased Exynos 9855. This is due to the fact both processors share the codename âWhitechapelâ.
The Exynos chip also features a very similar internal model number to the Exynos 2100 (internally known as the 9840) that launched in the Galaxy S21 earlier this year, meaning we might be able to expect similar performance to Samsung flagship smartphone.
There is no more confirmation of other specs yet â that will come this autumn when the phone is officially announced. Reports from John Prosser have indicated Pixel 6 specs like a 4,614mAh battery, 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage on the standard Pixel 6.
The phone will run on the Android 12 OS, which has now been confirmed by Google. Google made the beta 4 version of the OS available to registered users with compatible devices, stating that it has now reached platform stability ahead of the full release.
The smartphone will also reportedly feature Wi-Fi 6E, support for 5G, and will take advantage of five years of software updates.
Google has not confirmed camera specs at the time of writing. However, we do know for sure there is a single-lens selfie camera (rumoured to be 8-megapixels).
It has been suggested that Google is switching to all new photosensors, really the first update since the Pixel 2, so the newest phones should have a decent camera upgrade from the Pixel 5.
The new camera bump has two lenses that reports have claimed will comprise a 50-megapixel wide camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
More recently, Twitter user Cstark27 (via 9to5Google) spotted code in the Google Camera app that specifically points to the 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 camera being in the Pixel 6.
âHowever, we will have to wait for Google confirmation on which cameras the Pixel 6 will actually include.
Google does say the main camera allows in 150% more light than the Pixel 5 snapper, which should mean the series heralded low-light photography mode is about to get even better.