Google Pixel 6 launch date, rumours, options and specs

Google Pixel 6 launch date, rumours, options and specs

(-) – Google is rumoured to be engaged on a few smartphones, together with the Pixel 5a 5G and the Pixel 6.

There are many rumours surrounding the Pixel 5a 5G, which we now have coated in a separate function, however right here we’re specializing in every thing we now have heard up to now concerning the Pixel 6.

Launch date and worth

  • October 2021
  • From £599/$699

The Google Pixel 6 is not anticipated till the latter half of 2021. In the mean time, there aren’t any rumours for occasion dates because it’s nonetheless a bit of early, although earlier Google launch patterns would recommend October 2021 could be month to pencil in for now. 

When it comes to worth, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 sat within the flagship finish of the smartphone market, competing with the likes of the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S. The Pixel 5’s worth put it within the mid-range class although.

It is not at present clear if the Pixel 6 will see a worth hike again as much as flagship territory, or if Google will persist with the marginally decrease pricing. If it sticks to the identical ballpark because the Pixel 5, we may see pricing begin from round £599/$699.


  • Below-display entrance digital camera?
  • Change to rear design
  • XL mannequin too?

In the mean time, there aren’t many rumours regarding the design of the Pixel 6. 

There’s some speak of an under-display entrance digital camera, following a filed patent from Google, although we might be shocked to see that this 12 months. If it would not seem, a punch gap entrance digital camera is probably going.

Google Pixel 6 launch date, rumours, options and specs

There’s additionally some speak of an under-display fingerprint sensor though, which would change the design of the rear compared to previous Pixel devices that feature a circular physical fingerprint sensor. This is also plausible as under-display fingerprint scanners have been around for a while now and are on many of the Pixel’s competitors.

We’d expect Google to retain colour names such as Just Black and Clearly White and we’d expect the square camera housing to remain, though there’s nothing to say it couldn’t change.

In terms of size, there have been some suggestions that a Pixel 6 XL could appear after a one-handed mode appeared in some Android 12 software code. The Pixel 5 only came in one size option after previous models offered two, but at the moment, it’s not clear if the Pixel 6 will move back to two.


  • 6-inch, Full HD+
  • Under-display fingerprint scanner
  • 120Hz refresh rate

The Pixel 5 has a 6-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution and a pixel density of 432ppi. It has HDR support and it offers a refresh rate of 90Hz. 

We’d expect the Pixel 6 to offer similar, unless there is a Pixel 6 XL, in which case the Pixel 5 will likely sit in between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL.

We’d like to see a 120Hz refresh rate, but Apple hasn’t played the numbers game in this area yet either, even though its iPhone 13 Pro models are rumoured to go down this route. A flat display is likely and as mentioned, rumours suggest it could feature an under-display scanner.

Hardware and specs

  • Google-own chip
  • UWB technology
  • 5G connectivity

Rumours suggest Google is working on its own system-on-chip, internally called Whitechapel. It’s said the company could be working with Samsung on the processor and it’s claimed it could offer a similar performance to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 series. 

Of course, if this isn’t the case then Google is likely to offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset under the hood of the Pixel 6. The succeeding chip to the Pixel 5’s 765G processor is the Snapdragon 780G, but at the moment, nothing is clear in rumours. Previous to the Pixel 5, Pixel devices had the flagship Qualcomm Snadragon processor, which is currently the 888.

So far, there is no word on battery capacity or RAM and storage options for the Pixel 6, though there is talk that Google is working on Ultra Wide Band technology, which is said could appear in the Pixel 6.

With the Pixel 5 being a 5G handset, we expect the Pixel 6 to also offer 5G connectivity.


  • 4K video recording from front
  • Dual rear?

Google Pixel phones are praised for their excellent camera offerings so we fully expect the Pixel 6 to continue on this path. Or we at least hope it does.

The only rumours relating to cameras at the moment is the claim the front camera could support 4K video recording. 

Otherwise, it’s not been detailed in leaks what the rear cameras could offer, but features like Night Sight are expected on the Pixel 6. The Pixel 5 has a dual rear camera, but some tweaks are likely even if the hardware stays largely the same.

Google Pixel 6 rumours: What’s happened so far?

Here’s everything we have heard about the Pixel 6 so far. 

4 May 2021: Pixel 6 might rival iPhone 12 by offering UWB connectivity

XDA’s Mishaal Rahman shared on Twitter that Google is experimenting with UWB support on an upcoming device codenamed Raven, which could be the Pixel 6. 

30 April 2021: Google is working on UWB connectivity, possibly for Pixel 6 family

9to5Google reported that Google was experimenting with putting UWB technology into its Android hardware, speculating this would be found in the Pixel 6 phones.

5 April 2021: Pixel 6 might be powered by a Google-designed ‘GS101’ processor

9to5Google claimed Google is developing two phones with an Arm-based “GS101” processor, codenamed “Whitechapel”.

2 April 2021: Pixel 6 may use Google-made chip instead of Qualcomm processor

XDA Developers reported Google is working on new GS101 silicon for its 2021 Pixel phones. It said: “The SoC will feature a 3 cluster setup with a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit). Google also refers to its next Pixel devices as “dauntless-equipped phones”, which we believe refers to them having an integrated Titan M security chip (code-named Citadel).”

17 March 2021: Android 12 DP2 hints at a future Pixel device with an under-display fingerprint scanner

XDA Developers reported spotting evidence in Android 12 code that suggests the Pixel 6 could come with an under-display fingerprint scanner. 

9 March 2021: Google Pixel 6 likely to adopt centered hole punch camera, 4K selfie video

9to5Google dug into an update to the Google Pixel camera app that suggests the Pixel 6 could adopt centralised punch hole camera and support 4K video recording.

18 February 2021: Android 12 code might give away some Pixel 6 features

XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman tweeted some options he discovered within the Android 12 developer code suggesting UI adjustments make it extra one-handed pleasant and there was some speak of under-display fingerprint scanner help alongside facial recognition too.

1 December 2020: Patent suggests under-display entrance digital camera on future Pixel telephone

A patent for a future Pixel telephone was noticed by Patently Apple exhibiting no seen entrance digital camera.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle.

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