Google Pixel 6 Overview Updated April 6, 2021

Google Pixel 6: Everything we know so far

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March 2021 - May 2021

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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.

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.

Google Pixel 6 Stories May 5

As often happens, the open-source nature of Android has just confirmed something about the next Pixel. Just like we exclusively reported last month, a Googler has strongly hinted that Pixel 6 will be using the custom Whitechapel chipset.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories April 30

Google is experimenting with putting ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity into their Android hardware, likely for the Pixel 6 family of phones.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories April 9

Last week, we exclusively reported that Google’s two phones for fall 2021 would run on a Google-made chip. Here’s everything we know about the Whitechapel GS101 chip that will be used in the Google Pixel 6.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories April 4

This week we exclusively reported that the upcoming Google Pixel 6 would be the first smartphone from the company running on a custom-designed chipset currently know as “Whitechapel.” The move has major implications for the Pixel lineup as a whole, but why is Google doing it in the first place? Let’s take a look at the potential pros and cons.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories April 2

9to5Google can report today that Google’s upcoming phones for this fall, including the presumed Pixel 6, will be among the first devices to run on the “GS101” Whitechapel chip.

During an earnings call last fall, Google CEO Sundar Pichai teased “some deeper investments in hardware” and that there was a “terrific roadmap ahead” in 2021. Many interpreted that as a confirmation that Google would be developing their own processors, an effort codenamed “Whitechapel.”

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Google Pixel 6 Stories March 9

Over the weekend, Google rolled out an update to their Pixel series’ Camera app, and in it our team has discovered some interesting tidbits about the likely Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a, particularly about the front-facing cameras used on the two phones.

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