The information about the Pixel 6 in this article is based on leaks and rumors. When the phone gets released, we will update it with the official information.

Leaked renders of the Pixel 6 in this article are from Front Page Tech

The latest Google Pixel 6 leak kinda broke the internet and reminded us that a little design change is worth a million clicks. With the Google I/O event kicking off tomorrow (May 18th) there are hopes that the next Google flagship phone will see the light of day officially, although a Pixel 5a announcement seems more likely.

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Nevertheless, it’s always interesting to see how new generation flagship models stack against their older counterparts. What are the hardware changes beneath the bold and colorful new design of the Pixel 6? Will the Pixel 6 offer even better camera quality and performance than the Pixel 5? Read on to find out!

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: Design

Obviously, the leaked design of the Pixel 6 is what drove the internet crazy in the past couple of days. It’s radically different compared to the Pixel 5. The previous generation Google flagship features a hybrid aluminum body with a thin bio resin plastic skin on top, giving it a very distinct look and feel.

The Pixel 6, on the other hand, seems to be using more of a glossy plastic/glass as a back material, with a camera bump (or should we say strip) stretching through the whole width of the phone’s body. The color scheme is a three-tone one, as opposed to the solid color design from the last generation, and there’s an eye-catching orange element above the camera system.

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: Display

The Pixel 5 features a 6.0-inch OLED panel with a 90Hz display refresh rate. The big question here is whether Google will decide to up this and hop on the 120Hz bandwagon with the Pixel 6. The leaked renders don’t tell much about the actual display size but considering there’ll be a Pixel 6 Pro version this year, we might see the same 6-inch panel size in the vanilla model.

Looking at the renders, we find that the bezels around the display of the Pixel 6 have shrunk a bit compared to the Pixel 5. The selfie camera has changed its position and now stares at us right from the top center of the device.

Another big difference is the under-display fingerprint sensor of the Pixel 6. The last generation sported a capacitive sensor on the back that is deemed somewhat outdated by modern standards.

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: Hardware and performance

The hardware side of things brings another twist to the story. There are strong suggestions that Google will use an in-house developed chipset in the Pixel 6. XDA Developers reported that the SoC is codenamed Whitechapel and is known internally as the “GS101,” with “GS” said to be short for “Google Silicon.”

The Pixel 5 has been criticized for using a midrange chipset - the Snapdragon 765G to be exact. And while this SoC offers decent performance, it’s not on par with top-tier silicon found in “real” flagships. The Whitechapel chip will likely be made in Samsung’s foundries using the chaebol's 5nm process technology, meaning it will be much closer to the Snapdragon 888 and the Exynos 2100 in performance.

To give you an idea of the expected performance here’s how the last Pixel generation fared against the Snapdragon 888 flagship chipset.

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Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: Cameras

The Pixel 5 comes equipped with two main cameras - a 12.2MP main shooter, and a 16MP ultrawide sensor. The main camera uses the IMX363 sensor from Sony, and it’s pretty outdated hardware. Thankfully, Google image processing software algorithms are pure magic, and image samples taken with the Pixel 5 look amazing.

The Pixel 6 sports the same dual-camera setup on the back but we don’t know yet whether Google has upgraded the sensors underneath. It’s quite likely the same wide/ultrawide configuration, with a telephoto lens probably making an appearance in the Pixel 6 Pro.

Here’s a look at some pictures taken with the Pixel 5:

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: Battery

The Pixel 5 comes with an ample 4,000 mAh battery on board, a significant step-up, compared to the Pixel 4. It's worth mentioning however that the Snapdragon 765G chipset is not exactly power hungry and contributes to the good battery life seen throughout benchmarks. If Google brings a Snapdragon 888 rival to the table, coupled with a 120Hz display, 4,000 mAh might not cut it.

Here’s how the Pixel 5 fared against the competition in our browsing test.

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Google Pixel 5
12h 40 min
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
12h 28 min
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
7h 5 min
Asus ZenFone 7 Pro
11h 16 min
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
12h 23 min
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
11h 57 min
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
12h 54 min
Asus ROG Phone 3
12h 10 min

Another sensitive topic is the included charger. We don't know if there'll be a charger inside Pixel 6's box but rumors suggest that it's like for Google to follow the latest trends and supply only a USB-C cable with the Pixel 6. 

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: Price

The Pixel 5 price at launch was $699, making the phone kinda affordable, especially compared to other flagship phones. We don't know anything about Pixel 6 pricing at the moment, but given all the rumored upgrades it's doubtful that Google would want to go lower than this. We expect the Pixel 6 to match that $699 price tag in the best case scenario or to be even more expensive than its predecessor, arriving at around $799.


The Pixel 6 is shaping out to be the flagship all Google fans have been waiting for. It's still early days but it seems that we have high hopes of calling this phone a true flagship. What about the Pixel 5 then? Well, it depends. If all the rumors turn out to be true, the Pixel 5 will have a hard time not falling into obscurity. On the other hand, it's still a great phone and with the proper price adjustments, it can sustain itself a bit longer in the vicious tech jungle.
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