Google Pixel 6 release date, price, features, and news

When it comes to smartphone releases Google is not exactly known for its ability to keep a secret. The Pixel 5 is still hot out of the oven but leaks about its successor are already flooding the online space. It seems that Google's mobile hardware roadmap has leaked and now it's circulating around the web, creating hype and fueling the rumor mill. Is the Pixel 6 going to be a real flagship? What about the rumored foldable Pixel phone?

There are three code names mentioned in the leaked document - “raven,” “oriole,” and “passport.” We believe that "raven" and "oriole" could be Pixel 6 models, while "passport" bears the exciting possibility to see a foldable device with the G brand on it. Of course, real or not, а roadmap is something quite uncertain and loose in its nature, so take all the information with a healthy grain of salt.

Nevertheless, we've compiled everything we know about Pixel 6 and Google's plans for 2021. Let's jump right in!

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Google Pixel 6 Price

The price of the Google Pixel 6 is one of the most interesting things to ponder about. Google went all-out with the Pixel 4 and 4XL slapping a flagship price to these models (the Pixel 4XL 128GB costs $999) but then the company took a step back with the Pixel 5, making it something of an upper mid-range phone with a $699 price tag.

There are obviously two routes ahead regarding the price of the Pixel 6. Google may want to go back to the premium segment and take the fight to the big guys. In this scenario, we should expect a price in the $899-999 range.

On the other hand, if Google plans to release a foldable phone in 2021, the company might just hold its horses on the regular Pixels, and most importantly, their prices. In this case, we’re talking about something in the vicinity of $799 for the base model of the Pixel 6. There’s a third option, too. Google might want to keep the $699 “affordable” price tag with the Pixel 6 - disappointing to some extent, as this will translate into mid-range specs.

Google Pixel 6 Release date

2020 was a crazy year, no doubt, but Google managed to somehow fit Pixel 5’s announcement into its own release schedule window. It was officially announced on September 30th and went on sale a month later. Looking further back into Pixel phones launch history we find that Google is pretty consistent with dates and we should expect the Pixel 6 phone to pop-up around October 2021.

There were some rumors of an early March announcement and a possible release in Summer, but at the moment there is no information supporting this rumor whatsoever.

Google Pixel phones launch history
  • Pixel — October 4, 2016
  • Pixel 2 — October 4, 2017
  • Pixel 3 — October 9, 2018
  • Pixel 4 — October 15, 2019
  • Pixel 5 — September 30, 2020

Google Pixel 6 Specifications

Qualcomm just launched its next flagship chipset - the Snapdragon 888. Whether or not we'll see this silicon inside the Pixel 6 is a difficult question. If Google decides to stick to the Pixel 5 design and specs philosophy, we might see the successor to the upper-midrange 765G chipset. Some rumors state that this chip will be called Snapdragon 775G and will be manufactured on a 6nm process. If Google decides to go this route, we will probably end up with the midranger scenario for the Pixel 6.

Another big question mark hangs above the display and its refresh rate. High refresh rate panels have been the hallmark of 2020 and chances are Google will opt for at least a 90Hz panel for the Pixel 6. Whether the company will go all-out and offer a 120Hz or higher refresh rate screen in its next flagship is not clear at the moment. We expect battery capacity to be at least 4,000 mAh - in line with the Pixel 5 model. If Google jumps on a more power-hungry chipset, we might see a bump in that area, too but it's unlikely. The Pixel 6 will probably boast the same 8GB/128GB RAM and storage configuration as its predecessor.

Google Pixel 6 Design and Display

The design of the Google Pixel 6 remains the biggest mystery at the moment. Google opted for a hybrid aluminum body with a thin “skin” made of a special bioresin plastic for the Pixel 5 and this combo gave the phone a clean and stylish look. The idea to use bioresin in order to keep the wireless charging capabilities and still go for aluminum was clever and well-executed. It's safe to assume that the Pixel 6 might exploit this concept further and we don't expect major design changes. Google's minimal approach to ports and buttons on the Pixel 5 may evolve into a completely portless device but it's not very likely. There are some rumors that Apple is considering a similar approach for the iPhone 13 series but it's still wildly speculative.

As for the display, we already shared some thoughts about the refresh rate, so now let's talk resolution. Major changes in display resolution and size are not expected with the Pixel 6. Google will probably keep the same 6-inch display footprint with a FullHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution in its next flagship. Of course, the screen will be of the AMOLED variety.

Google Pixel 6 Camera

Google has been reluctant to play the number game with camera systems in its phones. The Pixel 5 features a dual-camera system with a conservative wide/ultra-wide setup. We would love to see a third lens added to the mix and the probability of this happening with the Pixel 6 is not that slim, actually. Apple is gearing up to add a periscope zoom lens in its iPhone 13 series devices (according to the latest rumors), and Google might do the same.

Design-wise, Google will probably stick with the rectangular offset design for Pixel 6's camera system. We have to wait for the first leaks and renders to appear in order to get a better idea about this.

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