Android users always look forward to Google Pixel launches in the smartphone space.
With the Pixel 5 launched last year, the tech giant reimagined its Pixel lineup by providing flagship-level everything to a phone that’s cheaper than other flagships while still being fast enough for daily use.
Now it’s almost time for the Pixel 5 successor, the Google Pixel 6. In this article, let’s talk about all the Pixel 6 series leaks and rumors that we’ve seen to get a bigger picture of what Google’s next flagship might look like.
Pixel 6 Series Specifications, Launch Date, and Price?
A New, Pro Variant?
With the Pixel 5 and 4A, Google ditched the XL variants, and it looks like the “XL” variants will not return. Instead, we might get to see a “Pro” variant in the Pixel 6 series. You can see the backs of both the Pixel 6 and the 6 Pro with dual-camera and triple-camera setups from the leaked images that have surfaced online.
People are divided over the new Pixel design from the leaked images. Some peeps think the design is straight-up awkward, while others think it’s a breath of fresh air. Nowadays, smartphones feature a mundane look and the Pixel 6 appears to be taking a different route with a design that is funky and different.
The color scheme resembles the Pixel 2 XL’s panda variant which I own and don’t want to get rid of because of the design. With a white body, black camera bump, and a little bit of Orange at the top, the phone looks like a revised version of Nexus 6P’s camera design adjusted downwards with Pixel 2 XL’s color language.
Based on the Pixel 6 leaks, the phone has a flat display and looks boxier than the Pixel 5. At the front, we have a 6.4-inch punch-hole display (reported by OnLeaks and 91mobiles) which resembles a lot to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus design but with a little chin at the bottom. Overall, it looks pretty clean from both the front and with Google’s logo centered at the back.
There is a lot to talk about regarding the Pixel 6 specifications. Let’s start with the processor. The Pixel 6 is rumoured to launch with Google’s in-house Whitechapel GS101 chipset. The folks at Ars Technica dig deeper into what Google’s new SoC could look like.
According to Pixel 6 leaks and rumors, the camera sensors are going to be different this year.
For starters, Google has been using the Sony IMX363 since the Pixel 3, but it looks like the Pixel 6 series will have a different camera sensor. In other words, the Pixel 6 might just be the first Pixel capable of recording 4K 60fps video. This has been confirmed by one of the most trusted leaksters, Max Weinbach.
The Pixel 6 Pro might also include a Periscope camera given the year 2021 has been about “Zoom” lenses, but we’re still not sure. Hence, take this one with a pinch of salt.
An upgraded main lens, a new periscope lens and Google’s best-in-class software processing are enough to spice things up in the current smartphone camera department.
Pixel 6 Series: Miscellaneous Features
With cameras and processor out of the way, let’s talk about some of the miscellaneous Pixel 6 features. According to Pixel 6 leaks by OnLeaks, the phones will sport dual-stereo speakers, wireless charging, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
According to Mishaal Rahman, Google is also testing UWB (Ultra wideband), which allows you to transmit data across a wider bandwidth on the Pixel 6 much like with the U1 chip on the iPhone 12 series.
Does this mean Google’s answer to AirTag is right around the corner? It’s too early to comment, but it’ll be interesting to see what Google does with it.
The haptics of Pixel devices have always been amazing. We don’t yet know how the Pixel 6’s haptics might feel, but Google has included something called audio-haptics API in Android 12 which might be able to get the most out of the haptics motor(s) on the upcoming Pixel devices. Other than that, we will likely see some Pixel 6 exclusive features in Android 12.
Pixel 6 Series Leaks: Price and Launch Date
Both the price and launch date are unknown, but looking at Google’s track record and how soon the leaks have started popping up, Google might launch the Pixel 6 series at the end of September or even sooner.
But before that, we will see the launch of the Google Pixel 5a, which will be the budget smartphone from Google for this year. (Know more about the Google Pixel 5a)
It’s hard to comment on the pricing if the phone’s powered by GS101, but I think the Pixel 6 Pro should come at around $800-900 (Rs. 60,000) and the regular Pixel 6 might cost around $700. Then comes the Pixel 5A which should cost around $400.
Could Pixel 6 Be an Experiment? [Opinion]
I think the “Pro” might end up being the actual Pixel 6 that we all desired with a flagship (800 series) or even a mid-range (700 series) Snapdragon chipsets. Either way, there remains a possibility that Google might not include GS101 in the Pixel 6.
In that case, the Pixel 6 might be powered by a mid-range Qualcomm SoC whereas, the 6 Pro might come with a flagship SoC since people were unhappy with Google’s decision of including a high-end processor in the Pixel 5.
Everything at this point is too early to comment, but you can leave your thoughts on the Pixel 6 series in the comments section below. Google is known for revealing a lot of information about the Pixels by itself; hence it’s just a matter of time until we see more Pixel 6 leaks popping up. What do you think about the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro? Do you think Google’s on the right path? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.