Myriam Joire recently received celebrity leaker Max Weinbach on her podcast, and the two talked extensively about Google’s next premium smartphone, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
The Pixel 6’s Whitechapel chip is no faster than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC
Weinbach confirmed rumors about the in-house Whitechapel chip for the Pixel 6 family. He believes Google chose a proprietary chip to make better use of AI and machine learning. This is in line with a 2020 According to reports, Whitechapel would contain hardware optimized for Mountain View’s machine learning technology.
According to the information shared on the podcast, the chip will have custom neural processing units (NPUs) and an image signal processor (ISP). Every Google phone from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 4 had an internal machine learning processor to improve photography and other functions. However, last year’s lineup didn’t include an additional processor and relied solely on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC.
While the use of AI-focused hardware for the Pixel Camera, which has always relied more on software than hardware, sounds great, you shouldn’t expect a huge jump in device performance compared to current flagship processors.
The Whitechapel chip is said to have been manufactured by Samsung using the 5 nm process, and Weinbach says it will be used between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and the Snapdragon 865.
The Pixel 6 Pro may have a new, larger main camera sensor
Google will apparently finally use a new and larger sensor for the main camera. Per to In a previous leak, the device has a 50-megapixel primary sensor, ultra-wide-angle unit, and an 8-megapixel periscope telephoto lens with support for 5x optical zoom.
For other specs, the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to have a 120Hz Quad HD screen, 5,000mAh battery, built-in fingerprint reader, and mmWave 5G. The Pixel 6 will likely come with a smaller Full HD display with the same refresh rate and a smaller battery.
Specifically, the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 6.7-inch curved AMOLED panel, and the standard model will have a 6.4-inch flat panel display if previous reports are to be accepted. The phones may also have Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology.
Google is apparently also planning a green Pixel 6 variant
Thanks to a flood of Leaked renders, we know the Pixel 6 Duo will have a three-tone design and a rectangular rear camera. The orange model that can be seen in the leaks may not be as orange and white. Instead, we’ll likely see a combination of peach, sand (think Not Pink Pixel 3), and gold. In addition, there are apparently also a green model and a silver-black version on the program.
If all goes well and Google doesn’t run into a chip shortage issue, we can expect to see the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in October. Otherwise, the unveiling could be postponed until November.
The Pixel Watch will be introduced along with the new flagships. It’s supposedly backed up by a 5nm Samsung chip, which is likely also expected to be the Galaxy Watch Active 4.
Pixel 6 has a Samsung Galaxy S series marketing budget
Google appears to be deeply invested in its new flagship lineup and will pull out all the stops. The company is said to be aggressively marketing the new phones and it seems like it is targeting Samsung’s market share. This is in stark contrast to the previous year lackluster goals and preparation suggest that the new devices will be among those best phones of 2021.
Weinbach also shared some tidbits about that Pixel 5a, which is expected to be announced in August. The leaker says it will likely cost more than the Pixel 4a, which would be a downer, as leaks mean it will be a marginal improvement over its predecessor at best. Wireless charging is not included.
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