Rumors of a Google Pixel 6 release date are starting to spread. While we expected Google to announce a teasing Google Pixel 6 with the rumored internal Whitechapel chipset at the Google I/O 2022 keynote, that didn’t happen.
From internal Google chipsets to radical design leaks, the Pixel 6 series will be the company’s biggest flagship release since the Nexus days. In this article, we list everything we know about the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro from the release date, specs, Whitechapel Chipset to the leaked pricing before the official announcement.
As in previous years, leaks and rumors so far suggest that Google will launch two variants of the Pixel 6 – Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Interestingly, Google may want to replace its XL moniker with the Pro branding starting with the Pixel 6 series. Having said that, let’s dive into the details of Google’s flagship Pixel smartphone for 2022.
Google Pixel 6: Release Date
Google has not officially announced the release date of the Pixel 6 series. However, based on the past history of Pixel launches, we expect the company to launch the Pixel 6 series in early October this year.
Unlike some brands which announce products months before commercial availability, Google usually brings the announced smartphones to the market within two weeks. If all goes to plan, the Pixel 6 series should be available for pre-order soon after the launch event. However, there are also rumors that device availability could be pushed into November if the ongoing chip shortage persists in the second half of 2022.
Google Pixel 6: Specs
Pixel 6 Desain Design
As you may have seen in a recent leak, the Google Pixel 6 lineup will bring a major overhaul in terms of the overall hardware design aesthetic. Moving away from the standard design that Google has used for years, the company will opt for a modern design that involves a curved display and a bold camera bar. The camera bar, which runs along the horizontal of the back panel, is reminiscent of the Nexus 6P’s glass housing.
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Let’s look at the front, the Pixel 6 series will feature a full-screen bezel-less display with a hole-in-the-middle selfie camera. The leaked renders also hint at the presence of an under-display fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6. This will be the first time a Pixel smartphone has been built with an under-display fingerprint sensor, replacing a physical rear-mounted sensor. Android 12 now natively supports an under-display fingerprint scanner as well, as revealed by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman.
The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be the first Pixel smartphones to be built with an under-display fingerprint sensor. The color combination we’ve seen in the leaked renders, the Pixel 6 may also come in a green variant.
Pixel 6 . screen
The Google Pixel 6 is rumored to feature a flat screen while the Pro variant is likely to feature a curved display, according to the alleged renders for the upcoming variant. While we can expect a 6.4-inch screen on the Pixel 6, the Pixel 6 Pro will likely complement the large 6.67-inch display. Also, as tipster Max Weinbach reveals in his podcast, the Pixel 6 could have a 120Hz Full-HD display and the Pixel 6 Pro might flaunt a 120Hz Quad-HD display. Both of these models will be AMOLED as panels.
Image Courtesy: Jon Prosser x Renders by Ian
Pixel 6 Processor: Whitechapel Chips
Last year, with the launch of the Pixel 5, Google took a break from the premium flagship segment. The Pixel 5 launched with the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset – the same as the Pixel 4a 5G and OnePlus Nord. The Mountain View giant, however, appears to be looking to make a massive comeback to the flagship segment with the Pixel 6 series. The Pixel 6 lineup could also mark the birth of Google’s internal Whitechapel chipset.
If we follow the rumors, the Pixel 6 series will be powered by Google’s internal processor codenamed Whitechapel. Yes, Google will abandon Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset in favor of its own custom chipset. we have been hearing rumors of this processor since April 2022. This chipset will use Samsung’s 5nm LPE process and will feature a dedicated NPU (neural processing unit to handle AI tasks) and ISP (image signal processor).
According to Max Weinbach of Android Police, Google’s Whitechapel processor will sit between the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 888 in terms of performance. That means the Snapdragon equivalent of Whitechapel could be the Snapdragon 870. You even get mmWave 5G support here, maybe in certain regions. Additionally, the Pixel 6 lineup can support ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity.
Pixel 6 . Camera
The Pixel is already known as one of the best camera phones on the market. And with the Pixel 6 series, Google may finally want to step up when it comes to cameras. The company may end its obsession with the 12.2MP Sony IMX363 sensor it’s been using since the launch of the Pixel 3 in 2022. According to OnLeaks, the Pixel 6 Pro will include a triple rear camera and a vanilla Pixel 6 with a dual camera setup.
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The Pixel 6 Pro will likely have a primary wide-angle camera, a periscope-cum-telephoto lens, and a third sensor alongside an LED flash. A vague rumor hints that the Pixel 6 Pro might offer a 50MP main camera (as opposed to the existing 12.2MP sensor) alongside an 8MP periscope lens with 5x optical zoom and an ultra-wide-angle lens. we do not know the number of megapixels of the selfie camera that will be in the hole on the front.
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Google has long been betting on its software advancements to deliver a flagship-grade camera experience. While this strategy has worked well for the Pixel series so far, we could witness serious improvements to the Pixel 6 series. This is especially true now that the hardware is likely to get a significant spec bump.
Pixel 6 Software: Android 12 with Material You Design
Needless to say, the Google Pixel 6 series will be one of the first smartphones to ship with Android 12 out of the box. Earlier this month, Google rolled out various design changes to Android 12, and we’ll see them all in action on the Pixel 6. Some of them include a new notification shade, privacy dashboard, one-handed mode, and wallpaper-based themes.
Pixel 6 . Battery
According to Max Weinbach, the Pixel 6 Pro will likely feature a massive 5,000mAh battery. While there’s no info on the exact battery capacity of the Pixel 6, it may include a smaller 4000mAh/4500mAh unit. Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will likely support wireless charging using the same bio-resin trick Google used with the Pixel 5. Other features include stereo speakers, IP ratings, and faster wired charging support.
Google Pixel 6: Price
The Google Pixel 6’s price range may start at $699 and the Pixel 6 Pro model costs around $999 to rival Android flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. We’ll be updating this post as new pricing leaks from reliable sources, so stay tuned for more details.