Google Pixel smartphones have always been one of the most leaked offerings in the entire industry prior to a launch, and the Pixel 6 series is definitely no exception. We have even got a promo video now. The series consists of two models, namely the Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. With leaks and rumors all over the internet, the need for summarization has become more important than ever, and we have done just that below.
Design & Display
The design is obviously the most interesting part of the lineup, and Google has not disappointed this year. Gone are the extremely basic designs that had become a characteristic of Pixel phones, because this time around, the Pixel 6 series has got a complete overhaul.
There is now a horizontal camera module at the rear that spans across the entire width of the phone and divides it into two sections, both with different colors. The shapes have gotten boxier too, with both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro now being almost rectangular. The phones still retain the accented power button for added character.
Upfront, there is a massive 6.71-inch display on the Pixel 6 Pro, while the Pixel 6 has gone for a more compact 6.4-inches. The bottom bezels are thicker than last year’s Pixel 5 but this ‘downgrade’ has been compensated by a higher pixel density 120Hz display with a resolution of 1440×3120, at least on the Pixel 6 Pro. The Pixel 6 should still retain last year’s display specs – 90Hz refresh rate, 1080×2340 resolution, and support for HDR10+.
Cameras on the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
The Google Pixels are renowned for their camera feat and are known to capture some of the most detailed shots around, but by using simplistic camera hardware. Lately though, the Pixels have been overtaken by the competition thanks to the usage of outdated camera hardware.
The Pixel 6 series is all set to change this, and both the models will be making use of a 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor for the primary camera. This is complemented with 12MP Sony IMX386 ultrawide and Sony IMX586 4x telephoto cameras. Finally, the front-facing camera will also see an upgrade to a 12MP Sony IMX663 sensor from the 8MP shooters in past Pixels.
The most talked-about component of the Pixel 6 series has been its processor, thanks to the hype by Google about the use of an in-house high-end and AI-supported chipset called Tensor. Although, there is now a strong indication about the Tensor SoC being nothing more than a glorified Exynos 9855 (2100) chip. However, it appears to have been developed jointly by Samsung and Google, so we should be seeing some device-specific optimizations.
The smartphones will also pack the Samsung’s Exynos 5123 5G modem and will likely feature ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. Apart from this, they will support 33W wired fast-charging and 23W wireless charging. Sure it isn’t anything crazy but is still a massive upgrade over the 18W speeds employed by previous Pixels.
Software & Release Date
The Google Pixels will be booting into Android 12 out of the box. The OS is as stock as it can possibly get. After all, it’s Google! The upcoming Android version will be bringing along the biggest Android upgrade in years, thanks to the new Material You design language. Yet another first-timer with the Pixel 6 series is that they may receive software support for at least 5 years.
Evidence points towards Android 12 stable making its debut on October 4. From this, it is safe to assume that the Google Pixel 6 series will be launched on or not long after the said date. However, a recent leak sets the date to a more specific October 28. Pre-orders may start from October 19 and Google might start shipping on the launch day itself. The phones will also not be released in India.
Storage & Color Variants
The Pixel 6 color options include all-black, a mixture of sage green and lime green, and pale orange. The top section of the phone will have a slightly darker tone. As for the Pixel 6 Pro, it will be coming in all-black, a sandy color, and silver. Of course, Google will probably be giving their usual funky names to all of the options.
Rumored storage options for the Pixel 6 are 128GB and 256GB paired with 8GB RAM, while Pixel 6 Pro will be getting 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB paired with 12GB RAM.
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