2020 was the year the Pixel line deviated from traditional flagship specs when it used the mid-range Snapdragon 765G SoC instead of a Snapdragon 800-series chipset. The same processor was used in the Pixel 4a 5G, a mid-range smartphone that took some of the shine from the supposed flagship Pixel 5.

This year, not only the processor seems to be a surprise, but also the design of the model, which promises a far bigger change compared to the previous Google Pixel generations.


A new design for the Pixel family

While the Pixel lineup phones have seen gradual visual changes with each new version, the Pixel 6 will surprise the masses, especially those used to the conservative design that Google has stuck to all this time. This includes adopting selected design trends such as thin frames and multiple cameras.

According to reporter Jon Prosser is the new one The generation of Google smartphones will deliver a new look, with the emphasis on the horizontally arranged rear camera module. If the rumor is confirmed, it will be the end of the camera style that has been carried over since the Pixel 4 with a square camera bump that also made an impact on the Pixel 4a and its single camera.

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The two-tone finish returns, but the horizontal stripe replaces the square camera bump. / © RendersbyIan, Jon Prosser

While the only major aesthetic change on the front would be the central positioning of the circular cutout for the selfie camera, the image suggests the integration of a fingerprint scanner under the display. This would mark the exit from the back fingerprint sensor that has been in use since the first Pixel and before that in the Nexus line. References to a fingerprint sensor under the display were found in Developer Preview 2 of Android 12, as from XDA developer.

On the other hand, this rendering also indicates the return of the two-tone finish, a style that was seen in the first Google Pixel through the Pixel 3a. At this point, Max Weinbach stated on his Twitter account that the colors Prosser showed were different from those revealed to him, but that the design itself was correct its sources.

The Pixel 6 with a custom SoC from Google?

A rumor that has been circulating for a few months now concerns the likely processor of the Pixel 6, which has been identified as the Whitechapel. According to 9to5Googlethe processor has the GS101 identifier, supposedly an acronym for “Google Silicon”. SoC details are expected to be released at the Google I / O event, which will take place months before the smartphone’s official release.

Rumor has it that, since 2020, Google will be partnering with Samsung SLSI, the company responsible for designing the Exynos chipset, to develop a brand new processor. Using their SoC would mean the end of the road for Snapdragon chipsets in Google’s smartphones.

According to the documents visible, the Whitechapel processor should provide some functionality similar to Exynos chips, citing both hardware and software elements as an example.

Although 9to5Google has not disclosed any further details about the configuration of CPUs and GPUs by Whitechapel, it would not be inappropriate for the SoC to use the high-performance ARM Cortex-X1 and A78 CPUs alongside high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores.

For the GPU, it is unknown whether the SoC has the ARM Mali-G78 cores used in the Exynos 2100 and 1080 chipsets, or whether AMD is using the Radeon line (a distant cousin of its Adreno anagram) returns to mobile GPUs (continuation of the ATI / AMD Imageon line) following the announcement of the manufacturer’s partnership with Samsung in June 2019.

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UWB communication could be used with the hypothetical Pixel Watch / © RendersbyIan, Jon Prosser

UWB connectivity (ultra broadband)

Another revelation from 9to5Google is that Google would test the UWB wireless communication in their new device. The feature is used in Apple and Samsung devices for object tracking accessories – AirTags and SmartTag, respectively – as well as for detection services and for automatic configuration.

References to the function may already exist found in the source code of the Android system that determines the distance between different devices. According to reporter Mishaal Rahman, the The UWB system is currently being tested and therefore there is no guarantee that an action will be displayed in pixel 6. We also don’t know how Google intends to use the feature.

Expected models and prices

Jon Prosser’s leaked Pixel 6 design video not only revealed the new look but also the return of two different versions for the smartphone. The 2020 update didn’t include a hypothetical “Pixel 5 XL”.

Prosser identified the larger model with the “Pro” suffix instead of the traditional “XL” suffix. In designer Ian Zelbo’s renderings, the Pixel 6 Pro included a number of triple cameras as opposed to the base model’s dual-camera setup. The YouTuber has not disclosed any other possible differences between the models.

Despite posting these images, Prosser claimed not to know the lens specifications. However, it is speculated that the Pixel 6 will have an ultra-wide secondary camera, while the Pro model could introduce a telephoto lens that saw the effect of the Pixel 4 but has been replaced by the Ultra-wide lens of the Pixel 5.

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Pixel 6 (left) and Pixel 6 Pro have different camera configurations / © RendersbyIan, Jon Prosser

Further information on the model with a larger screen was provided by a XDA developer editor, with an option in Android 12 trial versions for “Silky Home” mode that adjusts the display of the user interface to make one-handed operation easier.

In terms of pricing, recent changes to the line make it difficult to predict. While the Pixel 4 hit the market with premium specs and a price tag of $ 800, the Pixel 5 integrated an intermediate SoC and a discounted price of $ 700.

Tom’s hardware and TechRadar Predict the Pixel 6 will have a suggested retail price closer to the Pixel 5’s $ 700, given the Pixel 6’s similar pricing structure iPhone 12 Mini and Samsung Galaxy S21. A good indicator of the Pixel 6’s price will be the processor used, although there will still be time to make adjustments before the smartphone is launched.

Pixel 6: release date

Despite the delays in the arrival of the 4a line, the Pixel 5 was a day ahead of Google’s flagship release schedule, which usually goes out in October since the first model hit. Because of this, the Pixel 6 is expected to be released in October 2021, with the possibility of an announcement in September.

If tradition is followed, the new Pixel will go on sale a few weeks after the stable version of is released Android 12, which is planned for the rollout in September and is expected to power the new smartphone.

That’s all we know about Google’s new Pixel phone right now. Have you discovered any new information about the upcoming flagship smartphone? Let us know in the comments as we continue to update this page with the latest Pixel 6 news and rumors.


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