For the best Android smartphones, Google Pixel isn’t on the list. But the last few weeks have sparked a leak of Google Pixel 6 and a whirlwind of news, giving us hope that Google can overcome its overwhelming Pixel 5 launch.
We recently confirmed leaked renderings of what the Pixel 6 looks like, doubts about the 6 and 6 Pro specs, and the announcement of a time-limited Android 12 tool specifically for Pixel smartphones. The latter could give the Pixel 6 an edge on other upcoming Android smartphones like the Galaxy S22.
If you miss some or all of your recent leaks, we’ll put together the Pixel 6 specs and rumors to give you the most intriguing (or most disappointing) information in the past. Month.
1. A radical redesign of the Pixel
In the last two weeks, two technical intelligence officers (John Prosser and Onleak) have independently obtained pictures of the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro (or at least the prototype version). The renderings they leaked seemed similar enough to suggest that the Pixel 6 would do a really radical and stylish redesign.
The first leak revealed how the Pixel 6 has a slim bezel, a glass back, and a protruding rear camera block with two rear cameras (three for the 6 Pro).
Then came a second leak focused on the design and specifications of the Pixel 6 Pro. The Pro reportedly has a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display, 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm (6.45 x 3 x 0.35 inch) dimensions, three cameras – wide-angle, periscope telephoto, and a third unspecified lens – Dual stereo speaker wireless charging.
Aside from the spec, Google’s Pixel redesign was a good sign for us. Aside from the return of the “XL” Pixel, the Pixel 6 actually has a distinctive personality, but the Pixel 5’s design was more functional than attractive.
2. (Sorry) Samsung CPU
In March, I heard that Google is co-developing a system-on-chip (SoC) for the 2021 Pixel smartphone with Samsung. Just as Apple’s proprietary chips make the iPhone perform better than the more powerful Snapdragon hardware, we hope Google’s SoC will rival or outperform Qualcomm when running Android 12. I was there.
Unfortunately, the leaked results of the Pixel 6 Performance Verification Test (PVT) unit suggest that Google’s Whitechapel chip runs about as fast as the Snapdragon 870. The Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 are equipped with Snapdragon 888.
Google seems to use the same Mali-G78 GPU found on the international Galaxy S21 with the Exynos 2100 SoC chipset. Many sites assume this means the Pixel 6 is as fast as the S21, but AnandTech has done a detailed test comparing the 2100 with the Snapdragon 888, and the Snapdragon is Exynos for most indicators. Confirmed to be better than.
Yes, Google has traditionally sold the Pixel in the mid-price range and is a leaker. @heyitsyogesh The Pixel 6 claims that its “raw AI performance” is comparable to “other major mobile chips.” Still, I’m not sure if Google’s flagship is actually comparable to other 2021 phones in terms of speed and graphics.
3. Upgraded Pixel camera and display
The exposure of Whitechapel disappointed us, but at the same time other Pixel 6 specs were announced to ease the blow.
First, both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a 120Hz display, which is upgraded at the Pixel 5’s 90Hz refresh rate. For better graphics, you’ll need a Pro with a 6.67-inch bent QHD display, but Base 6 has a 6.4-inch flat display that’s likely to stick to FHD.
I’ve also heard that the Pixel 6 and Pro have a larger camera sensor that’s upgraded over the Pixel 5. New sensors will be improved in those areas.
Both phones support millimeter-wave 5G and sub 6GHz, making them reliable for fans of 5G phones. The Pro seems to have a 5,000mAh battery, but the Pixel 6’s battery is slightly smaller.
4. Automatic translation app: Pixel only
With Google IO 2021, Google announces that Android 12’s Material You redesign (modifying the Android UI for all apps to include selected colors) will only be available on Pixel smartphones. did. Indeed, we know that other rumored Android 12 features will also be launched exclusively for stock Android.
One such feature is automatic translation of apps. It uses Google Translate to change the text of all apps to the default language. XDA Developers first discovered the leaked Android 12 beta code in April and confirmed on May 26 that Google was actively investigating this feature.
Google may make other Android skins accessible to this feature in the future, but Google is using dedicated software for a limited time to make the Pixel look more attractive to consumers. It seems.
5. Ultra Wide Band on Pixel?
In early May, we heard rumors that several tech outlets were considering adding ultra-wideband (UWB) to the Pixel 6.
This is a short-range communication protocol that allows mobile phones to easily connect to other nearby devices. Apple is using it on the iPhone 12 to pinpoint Apple’s new AirTag tracker, while the Galaxy S21 is also using UWB to find the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag.
If Google really intends to add UWB to the Pixel 6, it’s possible that Google plans to create its own tracker that can somehow sync with Google Home, but once Android 12 is released, Google Certainly plans to use UWB to unlock the car.