Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro: Everything You Need To Know About Google’s Best Flagship Smartphones Ever
Earlier this month, Google made it official that the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro will be the next set of flagship smartphones from the company. Along with it, the brand also announced that the two phones will be launched later this year. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait till the launch to know what the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro have to offer as Google has already revealed the key specifications of the two devices. Plus, we have plenty of leaks hinting towards the details of these smartphones that Google hasn’t shared with us yet. If you are excited about the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, here is everything you need to know about these smartphones.
Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro Specifications
An All-New Design
Let us start with the most striking aspect of the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, which happens to be their design. The two upcoming smartphones from Google bring with them a fresh new look, something that sets the two phones apart from the crowd. Along with offering a straightforward and minimalistic overall look, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro take a unique approach towards the design of the camera hump at the rear and the colour options on offer, compared to other smartphones in the market. All of which makes the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro look classy.
Starting with the placement of the cameras at the rear, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro have a horizontally-aligned camera hump which is quite opposite to the vertically-aligned camera setup that most smartphone manufacturers are opting for. This camera module adds to the understated and elegant look of the devices. The same goes for colours. Google will be offering the phones in funky yet muted colour options, which makes them look very soothing. The Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro are the most beautiful smartphones that I have come across in years.
Powered By Google’s First Processor: Tensor
Google has pulled an Apple when it comes to the chipset used in the Pixel 6 series smartphones. The brand will be using an in-house developed SoC – the Google Tensor – for the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. This is the first-ever chipset from the brand for smartphones, and it is said to have been co-developed with Samsung. In fact, the Google Tensor is a slightly advanced version of the Exynos 2100 that does its duty in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series smartphones, if the reports are to be believed. However, there is no proof backing this information.
The Google Tensor focuses on AI and ML performance and the brand says that the chip is customized to “run Google’s computational photography models.” So, what does this mean for users? Well, according to Google’s blog post, “this means entirely new features, plus improvements to existing ones.” The brand also says that the Pixel 6 series phones “will have the most layers of hardware security in any phone,” thanks to the dedicated security core in the Google Tensor, dubbed, the Titan M2, a successor to the Titan M, which was launched with the Pixel 3.
While the exact specifications of the Google Tensor are currently unknown, we can expect it to have the same CPU and GPU cores as the Exynos 2100. So, you can expect Google’s SoC to have one Cortex-X1 core, three Cortex-A78 cores, four Cortex-A55 cores, and the Mali-G78 MP14 GPU. Considering that the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro will be launching as high-end flagship smartphones, you can expect them to offer up to 16GB of RAM capacity and 512GB of storage. However, this is just our speculation, the actual configurations could differ.
First Pixel Smartphones With 50MP Main Camera; Pixel 6 Pro Gets Periscope Zoom Lens
Google has announced that the Pixel 6 Pro will have three cameras and one among them will feature 4x optical zoom, making the Pixel 6 Pro the first Pixel phone to have a telephoto camera. This was one of the most-requested features for the Pixel 6 series and we are glad that Google has listened to the users. There is currently no official information regarding the other two camera sensors, but it is fair to assume that they are primary and ultrawide sensors. The Pixel 6 will come with the same main and ultrawide cameras as the Pixel 6 Pro but it will miss out on the telephoto unit.
Is there any information about which camera sensors is Google using? Well, according to XDA Developers, the main camera in the Google Pixel 6 smartphones will be the Samsung ISOCELL GN1 unit, which has a 50MP resolution. You can expect it to feature optical image stabilization (OIS). As for the ultrawide camera, it is said to be a 12MP unit. And what about the telephoto sensor? Well, a leak suggests that it will be a 48MP unit. This particular leak also points that the Pixel 6 will have an 8MP selfie camera, whereas, the Pixel 6 Pro will get a 12MP selfie shooter.
Top-Notch Displays: OLED, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10, Centre Punch-Hole
The Google Pixel 5 uses a display that has a punch-hole mounted to the top-left corner of the screen. Well, that is going to change with the Pixel 6 series. The images of the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro that Google has revealed, show that the two smartphones will use screens with punch-hole mounted in the top-centre portion. The centre-mounted punch-hole gives the two devices a more symmetrical look compared to the Pixel 5, which is more soothing to the eyes.
While Google hasn’t revealed the specifications for the displays of the Pixel 6 series smartphones, Marques Brownlee claims that the Pixel 6 Pro will have a curved 6.7-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, whereas, the Pixel 6 will have a smaller display featuring a 90Hz refresh rate. Needless to say, these displays panels will use OLED technology. You can expect the screen of the Pixel 6 Pro to have QHD+ resolution and that of the Pixel 6 to have FHD+ resolution.
Pixel 6 Series Finally Brings Bigger Battery, Longer Battery Life
The Pixel smartphones are quite infamous for their small batteries and thereby a not-so-great battery backup. That, however, might change with the Pixel 6 series smartphones. According to a leak, the Pixel 6 will pack a 4,614mAh battery. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, is said to feature a 5,000mAh battery. Reports also suggest that the phones will support 12W wireless charging, which is kind of a bummer as most flagships smartphones offer much quicker charging. Nonetheless, the wireless charging hasn’t been given a miss. Unfortunately, there is no info regarding the wired charging speed, for now.
What about the connectivity though? Will the Pixel 6 series smartphones come with 5G support? Of course, they will. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the upcoming flagship smartphones from Google. Don’t take our word for it, check the proof for yourself on XDA-Developers. According to the folks at the publication, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro have the Samsung Exynos Modem 5123, which is the same unit that is used for the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Note 20; it supports sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G networks. There is no info regarding other connectivity options of the Pixel 6 series smartphones though.
Finally, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro will ship with the Android 12 OS featuring Google’s Material You design (you can read more about that, here), which the company announced at the last Google I/O event. All-in-all, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro seem like great smartphones and they could mark Google’s strong comeback into the high-end Android smartphone segment. The two smartphones could not only give tough competition to the greatest Android flagship smartphones in the market, such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, but also to the iPhone 12 and the upcoming iPhone 13.