Google ‘Pixel 6 Pro’: What we know so far about the XL-sized phone
Seven 'Google Pixel 6 Pro' stories
May 2021 - June 2021
We’re still several months away from the release of Google’s 2021 device lineup, but in the meantime, leaks are starting to come out. Some of those leaks point out to a “Pixel 6 Pro” device that fills the XL-sized hole left in 2020.
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Is the ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ the ‘XL’ this year?
With its 2020 Pixel lineup, Google completely skipped the “XL” size, but that’s something the “Pixel 6 Pro” will change. According to one major and credible leak, the device will be the largest Pixel phone ever with a 6.67-inch display. To put that in perspective, let’s look at the dimensions of every XL-sized Pixel phone to date, including the “Pixel 6 Pro.”
- ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ — 163.9 x 75.8mm
- Pixel 4 XL — 160.4 x 75.1mm
- Pixel 3 XL — 158 x 76.7mm
- Pixel 2 XL — 157.9 x 76.7mm
- Pixel XL — 154.7 x 75.7mm
As a fun note, the biggest phone in Google’s history is of similar size to this device. The Nexus 6, literally codenamed “Shamu” as a joke about its size, carried dimensions of 159.3 x 83mm. That’s shorter than this upcoming release but considerably wider as well.
All of that said, it’s safe to say that this device will make up for the lack of an XL device in the 2020 lineup. Somewhat unfortunately, the “smaller” Pixel 6 may also be a bit of an XL device, as one of our commenters pointed out with dimensions of 158.6 x 74.8mm, bigger than the original Pixel XL.
What are the ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ specs?
So far, we don’t know a lot about what will be powering the upcoming Pixel 6 lineup aside from those things.
For one, we know both devices will be running on top of Google’s “Whitechapel” chipset, a custom-designed chip optimized for Google’s smartphone priorities. How this chip compares to offerings from Qualcomm, MediaTek, and others remains mostly unclear at this point.
We also know that the larger device will have a 6.67-inch display. That panel will likely be AMOLED and, apparently, will include an under-display fingerprint scanner.
What is the ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ price?
How much will this cost? That remains mostly unclear this early one with at least a few months to go until release. The Pixel 4 series is probably the best point of comparison for the price with that lineup starting at $800 for the smaller model and $900 for the XL. It stands to reason that Pixel 6 prices will be roughly in that same ballpark, if not a little higher, but we’ll just have to wait and see for the time being.
Will it actually be called ‘Pro?’
At this time, the name “Pro” is unconfirmed. It has only been reported by a single source with an often-incorrect track record when it comes to Pixel leaks. As such, the name should only be viewed as a placeholder. Google could decide to stick with its usual “XL” naming scheme or opt for something else, such as “Ultra” or “Plus.”
When is the ‘Pixel 6 Pro’ release date?
The big question all comes down to when. When is Google planning to launch its soft-reboot of the Pixel lineup? This, again, is unclear for the time being. Patterns from years past would point to September or October for an unveil and a release not too long after. September 30, 2021, has been suggested as a possible release date for Pixel 6 and “Pixel 6 Pro,” but it remains unconfirmed at this point.
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