Google Pixel 6 rumors: Release date, price, camera specs and more

    Pixel 6 renders based mostly on leaked photographs of Google’s subsequent flagship cellphone.
    Jon Prosser
    The Google Pixel 6 might be on its method in October, and with it the potential for the corporate’s personal in-house chip. During Alphabet’s earnings name Tuesday, CEO Sundar Pichai famous that Google would present “deep technology investments” in its fall lineup. It’s speculated that this might be a reference to Google’s self-made chip, codenamed Whitechapel. Although Pichai did not point out the Google Pixel 6 by title, he did confer with the corporate’s fall line, which is rumored to incorporate the upgraded Pixel. Google’s first Pixel cellphone made a splash when it was unveiled nearly 5 years in the past, however since then, the search big’s foray into cell units has been inconsistent. Last yr’s Pixel 5 obtained excessive marks for its cameras, nevertheless it lacked the premium options you’d count on from a flagship smartphone, particularly for the value. CNET’s Lynn La known as it “hard to recommend.” Compare that to the unique Pixel cellphone (“pure Android at its absolute best” and “our favorite phone, bar none”) and Google’s cellphone trajectory seems to be tough.The query stays whether or not Google will stay as much as the unique’s legacy with the discharge of the Pixel 6 or proceed to disappoint its one-time followers. Until we catch an official glimpse of the rumored cellphone, let’s go over every little thing we have heard concerning the Pixel 6 to this point. We’ll replace this story as new rumors and leaks come to mild.Read extra: Here are all of the iPhone 13 rumors and Galaxy S22 rumors, too.Release date: Pixel 6 will in all probability be right here in OctoberBased on hypothesis alone, we now have a fairly good concept of when Google will launch the Pixel 6. Google has unveiled a brand new Pixel cellphone in October yearly since 2016, except for final yr’s Pixel 5, which was introduced Sept. 30. But 2020 was an distinctive yr for a lot of causes, together with cellphone launch schedules. Google’s Pixel launch dates often observe a equally predictable sample, placing telephones on the market inside per week or two of being introduced. Thus, we might count on to see the Pixel 6 each unveiled and launched throughout the month of October. The chip scarcity might throw a wrench in Google’s plans, pushing the Pixel 6 launch into November or later. But proper now we might put our cash on October. Given the unpredictability of the continuing pandemic and the delta variant, it stays unclear whether or not Google will announce its new smartphone at a stay or digital occasion.A leaked render of Google’s Pixel 6 smartphone.
    Jon Prosser
    Name: Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL… or Pro?Unlike Apple and Samsung, Google has been in line with its cellphone nomenclature. The unique Pixel was adopted by the Pixel 2, then the Pixel 3 and so forth, so it would not be too radical to imagine that 2021’s mannequin shall be christened the Pixel 6. Where some uncertainty does enter the equation, nevertheless, is with the higher-end variant. Google has historically launched an XL mannequin alongside its baseline handset: the Pixel and Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and so forth. Last yr’s Pixel 5 was the primary with out an accompanying XL model. (The firm additionally launched a midrange line in 2019 with the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, adopted by the Pixel 4A and 4A 5G in 2020. We count on to see a Pixel 5A in 2021 as effectively, doubtless earlier than the Pixel 6.)So will there be a Pixel 6 XL? Maybe. Or perhaps it will be a Pixel 6 Pro, or a Pixel 6 Ultra. Or perhaps the Pixel 6 may also debut unaccompanied. Rumors a couple of Pixel 6 Pro started when leaker Jon Prosser debuted renders depicting the “Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro” in May. Prosser’s renders have been purportedly based mostly on precise pictures of the telephones, launched as renders to guard his supply’s id. Tipster Max Weinbach, then again, wasn’t so certain concerning the new title, and when Google by chance (perhaps?) included the title “Pixel 6 XL” in a kind meant for cell sport builders, he tweeted an I-told-you-so.

    Price: Pixel 6 might price the identical as Google’s final flagshipCost is one other side of the Pixel 6 that we have not heard many whispers about but. Last yr’s Pixel 5 made some compromises to get the launch worth all the way down to $699, making it extra of a midrange cellphone than its predecessors, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, which each launched at $799. It’s doubtless that Google picks up the place the Pixel 5 left off and retains the value (and specs) in step with final yr’s providing. Judging from the specs leaks we have seen to this point (extra on that under), a Pixel 6 price ticket that roughly matches the Pixel 5’s would make sense. And it additionally is sensible that Google would wish to go after this phase of the market, with rivals additionally releasing comparable price-conscious handsets lately — the iPhone SE and Galaxy S20 FE, as an illustration. And if the Pixel 6 XL (or Pixel 6 Pro) is actual, we might be a extra high-end price ticket for that mannequin to match the higher-end specs.Design and colours: Google would possibly give the Pixel 6 a makeoverSo far there have been two main Pixel 6 renders leaked, each of which counsel that Google’s subsequent flagship shall be present process a major redesign. Among the adjustments are a centered hold-punch selfie digital camera (in contrast with the off-center entrance digital camera on final yr’s mannequin), thinner bezels throughout, an under-display fingerprint scanner, curved show and, most notably, a maximalist digital camera bump that juts out and spans all the width of the cellphone.Prosser’s renders present a black digital camera bump with a two-toned backing with both a vibrant orange or extra impartial champagne stripe throughout the highest, although it is attainable this finally ends up being nearer to Google’s “Not Pink” colour, which is seemingly not extremely popular. Weinbach additionally talked about a silver, inexperienced and black colour choice in a subsequent rumor.A follow-up render from @OnLeaks confirmed an identical design to Prosser’s, however with a barely bigger chin. According to this leak, as reported by Digit, the Pixel 6 will characteristic a 6.4-inch AMOLED show, with the Pixel 6 XL (or Pro) going as much as 6.67 inches.Here’s what the Pixel 6 cellphone might seem like, in keeping with a leaked render.
    Jon Prosser
    Camera: What’s up with Pixel 6’s selfie digital camera?Earliest rumors concerning the Pixel 6’s digital camera setup included hypothesis that Google would possibly improve to an under-display selfie digital camera, nixing the somewhat-intrusive hole-punch fashion of its most up-to-date telephones. This rumor is predicated on a patent filed by Google that appeared to not have a visual entrance digital camera, so the choice interpretation could be no front-facing digital camera in anyway. Considering the renders we have seen since that present a centered hole-punch entrance digital camera, we’re guessing this one isn’t going to return true for the Pixel 6.Speaking of the selfie digital camera, 9to5Google reported some attention-grabbing implications in March, based mostly on code examined in an improve to Google’s digital camera app. Takeaways embody a corroboration of the centered hole-punch concept (with a redesigned standing bar that shifts the clock to the left), and help for 4K video. But what concerning the rear cameras? Based on renders alone, we will assume the Pixel 6 will embody two rear cameras, with the 6 XL/Pro sporting three. Renders additionally present an unknown sensor above the flash. Prosser launched a full spec sheet for the Pixel 6 and XL/Pro, which says that each variants will embody a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel ultrawide, with the bigger cellphone additionally boasting a 48-megapixel telephoto lens.A July report indicated that Google digital camera app code recommended a attainable 5x zoom choice within the Pixel 6, which suggests its digital camera setup might embody a periscope-style telephoto lens. If true, the Pixel 6’s optical zoom functionality could be on par with Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra.We’ve additionally heard whispers about improved stabilization, with a gimbal-like steady-cam mode that may end in “big improvements in video.” We noticed what a smartphone gimbal digital camera might do with final yr’s Vivo X50 Pro, which CNET’s Sareena Dayaram known as “buttery smooth.”Finally, Google introduced enhancements to its software program for “a more accurate and inclusive camera” that works higher for a wide range of pores and skin tones. This improve contains changes to the cellphone’s auto-white-balance algorithm.

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    Specs and options: Whitechapel chip and every little thing else Pixel 6 might haveRumored new options for the Pixel 6 lineup embody an under-screen fingerprint scanner, changing the rear-mounted sensor of the Pixel 5, potential wi-fi charging and twin stereo audio system. Perhaps probably the most intriguing Pixel 6 rumor, nevertheless, is the buzzy “Whitechapel” chip that may be made by Google itself as an alternative of chip big Qualcomm. According to 9to5Google, the Whitechapel chip is a collaboration between Google and Samsung, making the house-made chip just like Samsung’s Exynos processors.Speaking to buyers throughout Alphabet’s second-quarter earnings name, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai famous the corporate’s upcoming fall occasion would present Google’s “deep technology investments.” It’s speculated that this might be a reference to Google’s in-house chip. Although Pichai did not point out the Google Pixel 6 by title, he did confer with the corporate’s fall line, which is rumored to incorporate the upgraded Pixel. “I’m very excited by our fall lineup, which will showcase Android 12 and some of the deep technology investments that are helping us push boundaries,” mentioned Pichai. Below are all the rumored Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL/Pro specs we have heard to this point. In the meantime, here is the best way to resolve between a Pixel 5 versus the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL, the Pixel 5 versus the Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 5 versus the iPhone 11, Galaxy S20 FE and OnePlus 8. Plus, six causes to purchase a Pixel and what we consider the Pixel Buds A-Series.Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL rumored specs

    Pixel 6

    Pixel 6 XL/Pro

    Screen measurement





    Plastic OLED

    Rear digital camera setup

    50MP (broad) + 12MP (ultrawide)

    50MP (broad) + 48MP (tele) + 12MP (ultrawide)

    Front digital camera




    4,614 mAh

    5,000 mAh








    128GB / 256GB

    128GB / 256GB / 512GB


    Android 12

    Android 12

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