Google Pixel 6: Everything we know so far
Seven 'Google Pixel 6' stories
March 2021 - May 2021
While the fall 2021 Made by Google event is still many months away, details for the company’s next flagship Android phone — presumably called the Pixel 6 — have been leaking out since last year.
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Features: What features and specs will the Google Pixel 6 have?
Pixel 6 chipset
The biggest detail we’ve uncovered so far about the Pixel 6 is that instead of running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Google is going to use a chip of their own. As part of an effort called “Whitechapel,” Google is producing the “GS101” chip — with help from Samsung — which will serve as the foundation for the Pixel 6.
Other details about this GS101 chip, such as whether it’s high-end or mid-range, are still to be determined.
Pixel 6 cameras
The core details of the Pixel 6’s camera setup are currently unknown, with only two real tidbits having leaked out. Firstly, we know that the Pixel 6 will likely move the hole punch for the selfie camera from the upper-left to the upper-center. This move will help visually differentiate the phone from the Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, and Pixel 4a 5G.
The only other detail we know about the Pixel 6’s cameras is that the upcoming phone will be able to take selfie videos in up to 4K, a feature not supported by any previous Pixel phone.
Pixel 6 codename
Last year, we leaked two codenames related to devices that Google planned to release in fall 2021. The two codenames are “Raven” and “Oriole,” both of which are a bird and also the name of a sports team in Baltimore. At this time, we’re not sure, out of “Raven” and “Oriole,” which is the Pixel 6 and which is the successor to the Pixel 4a 5G.
Price: How much will the Google Pixel 6 cost?
No details have leaked about what price bracket the Pixel 6 will be aiming for.
Release date: When will the Google Pixel 6 come out?
Generally speaking, Google’s best Android phone of the year releases in the Fall as part of a larger “Made by Google” event. While most Pixel phone events have happened in early October, last year’s “Launch Night In” featuring the Pixel 5 actually took place on September 30. Beyond that, it wasn’t for another two weeks after the reveal event that the Google Pixel 5 began reaching customers.
For now, there’s no way to truly nail down the reveal date or release date for the Pixel 6, but leaning on tradition, sometime in October would be a safe bet.