With the Pixel 5 now on the shelves and offering that slick version of Android for a good price, our eyes are already turning to what Google can do with the Pixel 6. Here is everything we know so far.
Google Pixel 6 went a different direction for Pixel 5. For example, Google dipped the XL model and used a mid-range Snapdragon 765G chipset. It also came with a more affordable price.
We were big fans of Pixel 5 and it sits comfortably in our list of best Android phones and best camera phones so here we know about the next model so far.
Google Pixel 6 Release Date
Not much has been told regarding the release date of Pixel 6. However, given the Pixel 5 launch, we should give an idea.
Google’s previous flagship phone was announced at a live-streamed event on 30 September 2020, with a full release on 15 October.
Google Pixel 6 Leaks and Rumors
The biggest news we’ve heard about Pixel 6 so far is that Qualcomm will be one of the first Google devices to be powered by Snapdragon chipset, but Google’s own GS101 SoC (system-on-chip) reportedly named whatsafeel.
The report states that the chip will be built with the help of Samsung.
This is interesting for several reasons and it raises a lot of questions about the Pixel 6 (any other Pixel device we get this year). The biggest question here is around performance, and whether this chip will further enhance the performance of flagship phones or Snapdragon 765G mid-range phones, which operate both Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
Google has previously added its own co-processors to their phones and this seems to be the next step.
What we want with Google Pixel 6
1. Please Google, can we have the XL version
Pixel 5 was a very clear missing member of the family and was an XL version.
Usually a Stellvert, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a or Pixel 4a 5G of Google’s phone line was no bigger version and was a disappointment for many.
Without the XL model, the largest display you can get on the latest bunch of Pixel phones is 6.2 inches on the Pixel 4A 5G. It is smaller than other Android devices, only really matching the smallest Samsung Galaxy S20 iteration.
We really appreciate the smaller screen options, although there are many things that are better when you get a larger display. For example, shooting pictures through Stadia or GeForce Now and having a large viewfinder.
Hopefully if, or when, we get a Pixel 6 they will also be an XL version.
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2. Mid-range and cheap is fantastic, but let’s also have a pro version
We certainly appreciate Google’s approach with Pixel 5. We need more affordable phones that offer ‘flagship’ features and the camera is definitely the best on Google’s latest.
But, we would still like Google to flex its high-end muscles again, possibly in the form of the Pro version. Imagine if we would expect Pixel 6 with mid-range specs and a better display, Snapdragon 888 chipset and bells-and-whistles.
3. It’s time for a new camera sensor
Google’s phone’s pixel line has always been known for its camera prowess and we were impressed with the photos we received from the Pixel 5. Especially when you consider the £ 599 price-tag.
However. In recent years a lot of progress has been down to computational tricks and we think we are starting to see the range of current sensors that Google is using. It is no longer a camera king with Apple, Samsung and Huawei, arguably better options.
But, if we get a new sensor along with AI from year to year behind the curtain, there is every chance that Google will be back on top this time in 2021.
4. And while you’re at it, we can do some proper zooming
Talking about the camera, we would like Google to finally triple and for the first time combine a wide, ultra wide and telephoto camera together.
The Pixel 5’s zoom is far behind in terms of competition and while it’s fine for mid-range, the periscope lens would be appreciated for Ace optical zooming if Google were to go high-end again.
5. Do not sacrifice excellent battery life
While a lot of the items on the list are things we want to add, there is something we want to ensure: strong battery life.
After terrible endurance on Pixel 4 and 4XL, we got a day of ease of use of all new Pixels. Whatever new features have been added with Pixel 6, we want good battery life.