Google took a different approach with the Google Pixel 5 in 2020. Instead of launching a flagship spec device, it included a mid-range processor and lowered the price slightly. While this made the Pixel series a little more accessible, it left some wanting a true flagship Pixel experience. It looks like it will finally arrive on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Previously, there were tons of leaks and rumors about the Pixel 6 series, but as with the Pixel 5, Google is anticipating the leaks and announcing information about its next device months before it actually releases it to the public. Excited about Google’s next stock Android phone? Here’s everything we know so far about the Pixel 6.
Google Pixel 6 models
Google will officially release two Pixel 6 series devices: a Google Pixel 6 and a Pixel 6 Pro. The “Pro” model offers a number of upgrades over the standard device, including a larger display, a higher refresh rate, and a telephoto lens. Safe to say, it’s not necessarily just a larger version of the same phone, although the extra features may not appeal to everyone. The Pixel 6 Pro will also have a larger battery.
We’ll have to wait and see if these phones launch at the same time, as Google hasn’t announced a release date for the phones yet. We bet they will actually come out at similar times, probably in October.
Google Pixel 6 design and display
Google also shows some renders of the upcoming phones, giving our first official look at their design. The basic essence is this: the losses were correct. The Pixel 6 offers a radically new design with a huge camera bar on the back and a two-tone color scheme.
According to a report from The Vergeby Dieter Bohn, which has seen the devices in person, the Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.7-inch 1,440p display with a remarkable 120Hz refresh rate. The edges are slightly curved on the sides of the Pro model and blend with the aluminum rails. The standard Pixel 6 narrows things down to a 6.4-inch 1,080p display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a flat rather than curved display.
Both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be available in three different colorways, although they won’t be available in the same color options. Below you can see the different color choices for the two models. The Pixel 6 Pro also has a slightly taller frame, which can be seen in the space above the camera module.
Around the edges of the phone, you’ll have all the usual controls. There is a power button and volume rocker on the right side and a USB-C port on the bottom. There is a fingerprint sensor in the display for biometric authentication.
It’s definitely a new take on smartphone design, but the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro aren’t bad at all.
Google Pixel 6 specifications
Perhaps the biggest difference between the Pixel 6 and other Pixel phones is under the hood. Google is developing its own system-on-a-chip for the Pixel 6 series. Now, there are a lot of things we don’t know about it, but there are some things we do know.
The new SoC is called Tensor SoC and features a Tensor mobile processing unit for artificial intelligence and a Titan M2 chip for security. This, however, is all we know about the SoC. So, we still don’t know if components like the CPU, GPU, and 5G modem are Google-developed third-party options or a combination of the two. We’ll likely hear more when Google announces the phones.
Google hasn’t announced how much RAM or storage the phones will have, but rumors have indicated that the standard Pixel 6 will receive 8GB of RAM, while the Pixel 6 Pro will go up to 12GB.
It’s nice to see that Google seems, finally, to take the Pixel series a little more seriously.
Google Pixel 6 camera
In classic Pixel style, Google is focusing heavily on the camera module for the Pixel 6 series. The company has announced that the standard Pixel 6 will receive a new wide-angle main sensor and ultrawide camera. The Pixel 6 Pro adds a 4x telephoto lens. That’s all Google has officially announced about cameras.
However, we’ve heard some leaks on the camera specs. YouTuber Jon Prosser says that the main cameras are 50 megapixels, while the ultrawide camera is 12 megapixels. The Pixel 6 Pro’s telephoto lens will reportedly be 48 megapixels.
Of course, the camera quality is probably excellent. Pixel cameras have always been able to take high quality photos and this is unlikely to change. The VergeRelationship of on the Pixel 6 notes that the Tensor SoC has a direct impact on the quality of the camera. According to the report, the Pixel 6 can sharpen otherwise blurry images, for example. We will have to wait and see how much impact this will have on everyday photography.
Google Pixel 6 price and release date
We do not yet have the exact dates for the release of the series. But we can speculate. Pixel phones were traditionally released in October and we expect that to remain true this year. That said, the most recent rumors indicate that the device could be released on September 13th. Considering that Google said it would release the phone in the fall and that the fall won’t start until September 22, we’re not sure about the accuracy of this rumor.
We have no idea how much the phones will cost though. The Pixel 5 starts at $ 700, but according to Google’s Rick Osterloh, the Pixel 6 “will definitely be a premium price product.” This could bring its price closer to the $ 1,000 mark.
We will update this article as we hear more information about the Pixel 6, so be sure to check back.