Google Pixel 6 rumors: The latest release date, price and Whitechapel chip buzz

    Pixel 6 renders based mostly on leaked photographs of Google’s subsequent flagship cellphone.
    Jon Prosser
    The Google Pixel 6 could possibly be on its means in October, and with it the opportunity of 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 could possibly be a reference to Google’s self-made chip, codenamed Whitechapel. Although Pichai did not point out the Google Pixel 6 by identify, 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 large’s foray into cell units has been inconsistent. Last 12 months’s Pixel 5 obtained excessive marks for its cameras, but it surely lacked the premium options you’d anticipate from a flagship smartphone, particularly for the value. CNET’s Lynn La referred to 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 tough.The query stays whether or not Google will reside 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 all the pieces we have heard concerning the Pixel 6 thus far. We’ll replace this story as new rumors and leaks come to gentle.Read extra: Here are all of the iPhone 13 rumors and Galaxy S22 rumors, too.Release date: Pixel 6 will most likely be right here in OctoberBased on hypothesis alone, we’ve a reasonably good concept of when Google will launch the Pixel 6. Google has unveiled a brand new Pixel cellphone in October yearly since 2016, except final 12 months’s Pixel 5, which was introduced Sept. 30. But 2020 was an distinctive 12 months 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 anticipate to see the Pixel 6 each unveiled and launched inside 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 reside 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 step 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 will probably be christened the Pixel 6. Where some uncertainty does enter the equation, nonetheless, 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 12 months’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 anticipate to see a Pixel 5A in 2021 as effectively, probably earlier than the Pixel 6.)So will there be a Pixel 6 XL? Maybe. Or perhaps it’s going to be a Pixel 6 Pro, or a Pixel 6 Ultra. Or perhaps the Pixel 6 may even 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 had been purportedly based mostly on precise photographs of the telephones, launched as renders to guard his supply’s id. Tipster Max Weinbach, however, wasn’t so certain concerning the new identify, and when Google by accident (perhaps?) included the identify “Pixel 6 XL” in a type meant for cell sport builders, he tweeted an I-told-you-so.

    Price: Pixel 6 might value the identical as Google’s final flagshipCost is one other facet of the Pixel 6 that we’ve not heard many whispers about but. Last 12 months’s Pixel 5 made some compromises to get the launch worth right 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 probably that Google picks up the place the Pixel 5 left off and retains the value (and specs) consistent with final 12 months’s providing. Judging from the specs leaks we have seen thus far (extra on that beneath), a Pixel 6 price ticket that kind of matches the Pixel 5’s would make sense. And it additionally is sensible that Google would wish to go after this section of the market, with rivals additionally releasing comparable price-conscious handsets just lately — the iPhone SE and Galaxy S20 FE, as an example. And if the Pixel 6 XL (or Pixel 6 Pro) is actual, we could possibly be taking a look at 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 recommend that Google’s subsequent flagship will probably be present process a major redesign. Among the modifications are a centered hold-punch selfie digicam (in contrast with the off-center entrance digicam on final 12 months’s mannequin), thinner bezels throughout, an under-display fingerprint scanner, curved show and, most notably, a maximalist digicam bump that juts out and spans your complete width of the cellphone.Prosser’s renders present a black digicam 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 very fashionable. Weinbach additionally talked about a silver, inexperienced and black colour possibility in a subsequent rumor.A follow-up render from @OnLeaks confirmed the same design to Prosser’s, however with a barely bigger chin. According to this leak, as reported by Digit, the Pixel 6 will function 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, based on a leaked render.
    Jon Prosser
    Camera: What’s up with Pixel 6’s selfie digicam?Earliest rumors concerning the Pixel 6’s digicam setup included hypothesis that Google would possibly improve to an under-display selfie digicam, nixing the somewhat-intrusive hole-punch model of its most up-to-date telephones. This rumor relies on a patent filed by Google that appeared to not have a visual entrance digicam, so the choice interpretation can be no front-facing digicam in anyway. Considering the renders we have seen since that present a centered hole-punch entrance digicam, we’re guessing this one isn’t going to come back true for the Pixel 6.Speaking of the selfie digicam, 9to5Google reported some fascinating implications in March, based mostly on code examined in an improve to Google’s digicam app. Takeaways embrace a corroboration of the centered hole-punch idea (with a redesigned standing bar that shifts the clock to the left), and assist for 4K video. But what concerning the rear cameras? Based on renders alone, we will assume the Pixel 6 will embrace 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 embrace 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 digicam app code recommended a attainable 5x zoom possibility within the Pixel 6, which suggests its digicam setup might embrace a periscope-style telephoto lens. If true, the Pixel 6’s optical zoom functionality can 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 digicam might do with final 12 months’s Vivo X50 Pro, which CNET’s Sareena Dayaram referred to 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 all the pieces else Pixel 6 might haveRumored new options for the Pixel 6 lineup embrace an under-screen fingerprint scanner, changing the rear-mounted sensor of the Pixel 5, potential wi-fi charging and twin stereo audio system. Perhaps essentially the most intriguing Pixel 6 rumor, nonetheless, is the buzzy “Whitechapel” chip that may be made by Google itself as an alternative of chip large Qualcomm. According to 9to5Google, the Whitechapel chip is a collaboration between Google and Samsung, making the house-made chip much like Samsung’s Exynos processors.Speaking to traders 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 could possibly be a reference to Google’s in-house chip. Although Pichai did not point out the Google Pixel 6 by identify, 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 thus far. In the meantime, here is the way to determine 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 dimension





    Plastic OLED

    Rear digicam setup

    50MP (vast) + 12MP (ultrawide)

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

    Front digicam




    4,614 mAh

    5,000 mAh








    128GB / 256GB

    128GB / 256GB / 512GB


    Android 12

    Android 12

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