The Pixel 6 is Google’s next smartphone. It will replace the Pixel 5, released on October 15, 2020. After convincing first “photophones”, what does the Californian firm have in store for its next flagship? Price, release date, technical sheet: here’s everything we know about it.
While the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a 5G were released – almost simultaneously – a few months ago, now rumors are swelling about their successor, the Google Pixel 6. Rumors point to a Pixel 6 model and a second, the Pixel 6 XL, with a larger screen. The processor would also and probably “homemade”, much more powerful than the Snapdragon 765G. Whatever happens, there is a good chance that we will all be surprised at the Pixel 6, whose release is expected between 2021 and 2022. Release date, price, technical sheet, we take stock.
Google Pixel 6: when to release?
Everything we know today about the future price and availability of the Pixel 6 are guesses based on the Pixel 5. We expect Google’s future smartphone to come out. the end of the year 2021, at least, if we are to believe the usual trends of the firm in terms of exits. The month of September or October would be a good bet. Either way, we should learn more about the smartphone – or a minima of some of its components, such as the supposed Whitechapel chipset – during the Google IO 2021, an event that will take place soon, from May 18 to 20, 2021.
Google Pixel 6: what price?
The price of the Pixel 6 is significantly more difficult to determine than its release date. Because if the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 4 were both rather premium smartphones, focused on the high end, the Google Pixel 5 is a mid-range phone. To this day, we don’t know if Google will stay in this price range or if it will go back to a higher bracket. Even if, despite everything, we have our little idea …
Our hypothesis is that the Mountain View firm should follow the trend, in other words, lower its production costs – especially during COVID19 – and propose a mid-range model. As it happens, the Pixel 5 currently costs 629 €, a much more affordable price than the 769 € requested for the Pixel 4 when it was released. We could thus and perhaps expect a similar price, located on the bracket of 600 to 700 euros.
Google Pixel 6: how many models will be available?
On this specific point, several possibilities seem possible to us. Google could either go back to its old ways and offer an XL model for those who prefer larger screens, either offer an entry-level Pixel 4a-style model, or only offer the Pixel 6.
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That said and according to a recent leak of internal Google documents, two code names have appeared online: Raven and Oriole. If nothing is official, it could very well be a Pixel 6 and a Pixel 6 XL. Hard to say. In addition, code revealed within Android 12 would reveal the existence of a future “one-hand mode”, suggesting that a Pixel 6 XL could be in the boxes at Google – a non-XL phone does not require presumably not such a feature.
Google Pixel 6: screen and cameras
According to the latest leaks on the internet – and once again code from beta versions of Android 12 – the Pixel 6 may well be on board. a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen, which Google has never implemented before in its smartphones. This sensor would be welcome, given that the Pixel 5 is “simply” equipped with the Pixel Imprint, a fingerprint reader located on the back of the device, for quick unlocking. The screen could take advantage of 120 Hz, like most recent smartphones.
In addition, recent leaks have revealed that the Front camera of the Pixel 6 could support 4K video recording, which is a much higher resolution than most current selfie cameras. For now, the front camera of the Pixel 5 has an 8 MP sensor with a pixel width of 1.12 μm, an aperture of ƒ / 2, a fixed focus and a field of view of 83 °.
In addition, a possible recent Google patent revealed that the front camera might not be visible. Although the patent does not explain the why and how, it would seem likely that the camera is located under the screen like the ZTE Axon 20 5G.
Google Pixel 6: performance, technologies, RAM and storage
In terms of purely technical specs, the Pixel 6 may well benefit from a internally shaped chipset with the code name Whitechapel. According to the latest rumors, the latter is being developed for the smartphone by Google and co-developed by Samsung, although we do not yet know the details of its performance. Rumors around this chip are becoming more and more widespread on the Internet (a leak from a Google engineer in particular ignited the web). There is a good chance that we will learn more during the Google IO which will take place – as a reminder – from May 18 to 20.
Despite this, the Pixel 6 could instead benefit from the chipset Snapdragon 780G. A chip that made its debut on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G and which promises good improvements in terms of performance compared to the Snapdragon 765G. The integration of this new chip would also imply a much better photo quality in low light. It should be noted that the 780G is neither specifically nor exclusively related to the Pixel 6, but simply succeeds the Snapdragon 765G of the Pixel 5. So it would make sense to have it.
Alternatively, the Pixel 6 could run on a processor Snapdragon 775, engraved in 5 nm. This chip is expected to incorporate Kryo 6xx processor cores and RAM support up to LPDDR5-3200. In contrast, the Snapdragon 775 has yet to be officially announced by Qualcomm. It is therefore difficult to dwell on this subject.
As far as memory is concerned, the Pixel 5 now benefits from 8 Go (against 6 for the other models). The Pixel 6 should therefore remain on 8 GB of RAM. As for storage, Google’s next smartphone should be available in 128 GB, with a possible configuration variant at 256 Go.
In terms of autonomy, the Pixel 5 has a 4000 mAh battery, with a typical capacity of 4080 mAh. Often criticized, the battery capacity of the Pixel 6 could be revised upwards, especially since the screen should be at 120 Hz – and therefore, be more energy intensive.
Finally, we heard that the Pixel 6 could take advantage of ULB technology (Ultra Large Bande in French). This is a short-range communication feature that allows devices to communicate with each other if they are nearby. A feature that could be useful for better location tracking.
Google Pixel 6: operating system
Presumably, the Pixel 6 will be directly available under Android 12, the next major operating system update. The latter is expected by the end of August or early September. It brings a slew of changes to the interface, design and user experience, which you can discover in this dossier. You can also find the list of smartphones compatible with the Android 12 update.