The Pixel 5 launched in September of 2020, meaning the Google flagship will soon be due an update. Here’s everything we know about the Pixel 6 so far.
The Pixel 5 came packing an excellent camera, improved battery life and a compact design – all for a great price. However, it lacked the XL option of its predecessors.
This year, Google is expected to launch two phones for its Pixel 6 line: the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro (or XL). While there’s been debate over the name of the larger phone, this guide will focus on the base model, the Pixel 6.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Pixel 6, including when it will launch, what it will look like, its specs and details about its camera.
Pricing and release date
Google has yet to confirm when the Pixel 6 will launch, but we expect it to arrive later this year.
The Pixel 5 was announced on September 30 and launched on October 15 2020 and previous Pixel’s have arrived in October, so it seems likely the Pixel 6 will launch in September/October 2021.
In terms of pricing, the Pixel 5 cost US$699(~SGD$950.44) at launch. This was cheaper than previous Pixel models, so the new model could cost more or less. However, rumours of a Pixel 6 Pro or XL could hopefully be an indicator that we’ll see the base model retain an affordable price.
We also expect the rumoured Pixel Watch to arrive alongside the new smartphone.
Screen and design
The Pixel 6 is expected to feature a three-tone design, slimmer bezels and possibly even an under-display fingerprint sensor.
These details come from a YouTube video by Jon Prosser of FrontPage Tech. Prosser claims the renders in the video are based on actual images of the Pixel 6, although we won’t know for sure if they’re accurate until the device launches.
The images showcase a three-tone design. It consists of a large white section, with black and orange horizontal stripes running across the rear of the phone; the black section appears to house a large camera bump. There will be other colour options to choose from, including a champagne shade.
The bezels on the front of the phone appear to have been slimmed down, and there could be a fingerprint sensor under the display, too.
According to a more recent report by Prosser, the Pixel 6 will feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, while the 6 Pro or XL will pack a larger 6.71-inch plastic OLED screen.
Digit.in has also teamed with OnLeaks to share images of the Pixel 6 Pro. While the renders showcase the specs rumoured for the larger phone, it’s interesting to note that they feature the same three-tone design as the FrontPage Tech leak, along with a punch-hole camera in the display.
Specs and features
One of the biggest updates rumoured to be coming to the Pixel line this year is a new processor. According to a report by 9to5Google, the Pixel 6 will be one of the first devices to run on the GS101 Whitechapel chip.
Whitechapel is Google’s own platform for smartphones and Chromebooks, rumoured to be co-developed with Exynos-maker Samsung as a rival to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. According to documents seen by 9to5Google, the Pixel 6 could be powered by the new platform.
John Prosser has also shared specs for both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro/XL. These include a Google processor (falling in line with the Whitechapel rumours) as well as a 4614mAh battery, 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage on the standard Pixel 6. The phone will run on the Android 12 OS.
The smartphone will also reportedly feature Wi-Fi 6E, support for 5G, and will take advantage of five years of software updates.
According to the above report, the Pixel 6 will feature a dual camera setup, comprising a 50-megapixel wide camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
There will also be an 8-megapixel punch-hole camera on the front.
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