The Google Pixel 6 is expected to hit the market towards the end of 2021. So it’s probably still a long way off, but that’s fine as the Google Pixel 5 is pretty new and the Pixel 5a didn’t see the light until the day. We gave the Pixel 5 four stars out of five and its budget alternative, the Pixel 4a 5G, only three and a half so the company can definitely make headway on these phones.
Below we’ve rounded up all of the leaks and rumors we’ve heard about the Google Pixel 6 so far. So we have created a wish list with the changes we would like to see on the phone. Expect more about the Google Pixel 6 as the months go by, but right now the picture of the next Pixel phone isn’t entirely clear.
Google Pixel 6 release date and price
All we know about the Google Pixel 6 price and availability are assumptions based on the Pixel 5. We’d expect the phone to hit the market in late 2021 based on Google’s flagship trends. October is most likely your best bet. The price is a little harder to guess because while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were more premium offerings, the Pixel 5 is a mid-range phone and we don’t know if Google will stay in that price range or come back at some point. higher. Our guess is the first though, as the company is likely to want to hold onto a large shift for more than a year to see if it pays off. The Pixel 5 costs $ 699 / £ 599 / AU $ 999 so we might see a similar price again.
News and Leaks
In the first Android 12 code, there are two suggestions about what Google Pixel 6 could do. One of them is the existence of a one-handed mode, suggesting that a Pixel 6 XL could be on the go as a phone, but non-XL wouldn’t require such functionality .
The other is the possibility of an on-screen fingerprint scanner, which Google has never used in its smartphones. A second developer beta of Android 12 has provided further evidence of an in-screen fingerprint scanner, so this now seems more likely.
The code in Google’s camera app suggests that the Pixel 6’s front camera may support 4K video recording, which is a higher resolution than most selfie cameras. In terms of specs, the Pixel 6 could use the Snapdragon 780G chipset. This made its debut in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G and promises big performance improvements and better low-light photography than the Pixel 5 chipset.
It’s worth noting that this chipset wasn’t specifically linked to the Pixel 6, but is a successor to the Snapdragon 765G chipset in the Pixel 5, so this would make sense. Alternatively, the Pixel 6 could work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 processor – this CPU hasn’t been announced yet and may not exist as it’s just a rumor right now.
Another sign for the Google Pixel 6 is a Google patent that describes a possible future phone without a visible selfie camera. While the patent doesn’t explain how this is achieved, it seems likely that the camera is under the screen, as we’ve now seen with the ZTE Axon 20 5G. Of course, just because Google is researching this idea doesn’t mean we have a camera under the display on the Pixel 6, but it is possible.
Google Pixel 6: What We Want To See
While we wait for more Google Pixel 6 leaks, we’ve rounded up some of the improvements we’d expect from the company for the next smartphone.
1. A more inspired design
The Google Pixel 5 wasn’t the coolest smartphone in the world. Some would even have called it “boring”, like a normal phone with a “candy bar”. Pixel phones have never been real viewers, but we’d love to see a Pixel 6 that is a little more memorable. Months before the Pixel 5 launched, we saw an intriguing rendering that was as divisive as it was clear, but got people talking about what is more than can be said for the Pixel 5.
2. A telephoto camera
Google Pixel phones have made a name for themselves as great camera phones, but the company’s recent devices don’t have telephoto lenses, which means that all of the zoom is digital. This is essentially just cropping. This means that zoomed images tend to be lower resolutions and therefore look grainy. So you can’t zoom as much as possible with the camera app itself. We want Google to bring telephoto lenses back into the pixel line so you can get better zoom shots with phones.
3. Compact form factors
The first generations of Google Pixel smartphones were quite small, so they were easy to use with one hand, fit neatly in pockets, and felt comfortable in the hand for people with smaller palms. This wasn’t the case with the brand’s 2020 smartphones, but we’d love to see a return to smaller devices. The compact phone (or “little phone”) market is sorely lacking and Google could really corner it if they wanted.
4. More computing power
One of the main differences between the older flagship Pixel and Pixel 5 was the choice of a mid-range chipset instead of a high-end one. In theory, it’s the right decision – not everyone needs maximum processing power, and most people can be content with average performance.
However, the Pixel 5 didn’t have “average performance” as it was quite weak. It did poorly in our benchmark tests and didn’t always handle games well. We want Google to improve the performance of their phones by using either better chipsets or mid-range processors with better optimizations.