Google Pixel 6 Release Date, Price and Leaks

The Google Pixel 6 will likely be launched toward the end of 2021 so it’s still probably a ways off, but that’s okay given the Google Pixel 5 is rather new and the Pixel 5a still needs to see the light of day first.

We gave the Pixel 5 four stars out of five, and its budget alternative, the Pixel 4a 5G, only three and a half, so there’s definitely progress the company can make on these phones.

Below we’ve put together all of the leaks and rumors we’ve heard so far around the Google Pixel 6. Then, we’ve come up with a wish list of what changes we want to see in the phone.

Expect to learn more about the Google Pixel 6 as the months go on, but right now the picture of the upcoming Pixel phone isn’t entirely clear.

Google Pixel 6 release date and price

All we know about the Google Pixel 6 price and availability are guesses based on the Pixel 5.

We’d expect the phone to come out towards the end of 2021, based on Google’s flagship trends. October is most likely the best bet.

With regards to price, that’s a bit harder to guess, because while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were more premium offerings, the Pixel 5 is a mid-ranged phone, and we don’t know if Google will stick in that price range or return to the top end.

Our guess is the former, though, as the company will likely want to stick with a big change for more than one year to see if it pays off. The Pixel 5 cost $699 / £599 / AU$999 so maybe we could see a similar price again.

News and leaks

In early Android 12 code, there are two hints of possible Google Pixel 6 features. One of these is the existence of a one-handed mode, which suggests a Pixel 6 XL could be on the way, as a non-XL phone wouldn’t necessitate such a feature.

The other is the possibility of an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something Google hasn’t used before in its smartphones. A second Android 12 developer beta has turned up more evidence of an in-screen fingerprint scanner, so this is now looking more likely.

Code in the Google camera app meanwhile suggests that the front-facing camera on the Pixel 6 might support 4K video recording, which is higher resolution than most selfie cameras can get.

In terms of specs, the Pixel 6 may well use the Snapdragon 780G chipset. This has made its debut in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, and it promises big performance improvements and better low light photography than the chipset in the Pixel 5.

It’s worth noting that this chipset hasn’t specifically been linked to the Pixel 6, but it’s a successor to the Snapdragon 765G chipset in the Pixel 5, so it would make sense.

Alternatively the Pixel 6 could come running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 processor – this CPU hasn’t been announced yet though, and may not exist as it’s just a rumor for now.

One other sign of the Google Pixel 6 is in a Google patent, detailing a possible future phone that doesn’t have a visible selfie camera.

While the patent doesn’t explain how this is achieved, it looks likely that the camera would be underneath the screen, as we’ve now seen on the ZTE Axon 20 5G. Of course, just because Google is exploring this idea it doesn’t mean we’ll get an under-display camera on the Pixel 6, but it’s possible.

Google Pixel 6: what we want to see

While we wait for further Google Pixel 6 leaks, we’ve pulled together some improvements we’re hoping to see from the company for its next smartphone.

1. A more inspired design

The Google Pixel 5 wasn’t the most interesting-looking smartphone in the world – in fact, some would go as far as calling it ‘boring’ as a standard ‘chocolate-bar’-looking handset.

Pixel phones have never been real lookers, but we’d like to see a Pixel 6 that was a little more memorable. Months before the Pixel 5 launch we saw an intriguing render that was as divisive as it was distinct, but it got people talking, which is more than you can say for the Pixel 5.

2. A telephoto camera

Google Pixel phones have made a name for themselves by being great camera phones, but recent devices from the company don’t actually have telephoto lenses, meaning all zooming is digital. That’s essentially just cropping.

This means zoom pictures tend to have lower resolutions and therefore look grainy, and it stops you zooming in as far using the camera app itself.

We’d like to see Google bring telephoto cameras back to the Pixel line so we can take better zoom shots with the phones.

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