New details on Google’s top models – and probably the duration of the update at iPhone level

Google is refreshing its Pixel range this year with a completely new design and new cameras. At least that is indicated by an extensive leak on the Pixel 6 from a very serious source.

After this Google on his pixel smartphones, like the last one Pixel 5 (Test), has chosen a mostly inconspicuous design in recent years, the manufacturer seems to be pursuing a new, less conservative design approach this year. Render images based on real photos published by the well-known leaker Jon Prosser suggest a striking design. In addition, this year’s models are to become “real” high-end devices and receive a longer update period.

Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro with a fresh design and new cameras

This is what the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro should look like. (Image: Jon Prosser; Renders by Ian)

One of the most striking design features of the upcoming Pixel 6 will therefore be the rear camera element, which extends horizontally over the housing in the upper area and looks out a little. The camera hump obviously also stands out from the rest of the housing in terms of color: While the model captured in rendered images was wrapped in pastel red tones on the back, the camera hump is black.

It remains to be seen whether the camera hump on the real model will actually protrude that far out of the housing. It is possible that the transfer from the fed photos to the rendered images could be imprecise.

Another design change of the new models will apparently be the use of an in-display fingerprint sensor. This means that Google should once again say goodbye to the fingerprint sensor on the back, which was used in last year’s models. In the 2019 Pixel models, Google built a 3D scanner that can be used to unlock devices such as Apple’s iPhones with the face.

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This is what the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro should look like. (Image: Jon Prosser; Renders by Ian)

With the Pixel 6 and an expected larger model with the addition of Pro, Google also seems to be saying goodbye to the camera sensors that have been in use for years. At least that’s what the thicker camera hump suggests on the one hand, and a third camera in the Pro model on the other. According to Prosser, we can expect a 50-megapixel wide-angle, a 48-megapixel telephoto and a twelve-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera in the Pro model. According to the leaker, the smaller non-Pro model does not have a tele zoom lens, and the two other cameras are identical to the Pro version.

Prosser is considered to be a fairly reputable source, which has attracted attention in the past few months mainly through leaks in the Apple area, but it is always better to get further confirmation of authenticity from another source. In addition, it is not always right. With the Pixel 6, the design confirmation comes from another leaker with a good hit rate: Max Weinbach, who appeared last year mainly through leaks with the iPhone 12, confirms the appearance of the Pixel 6 models. However, the colors shown on the rendered images should not be completely correct.

Pixel 6: More details about the equipment

Prosser will an further equipment details have arrived, according to which the small Pixel 6 with the code name “Oriole” will have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display installed. The front camera resolves with eight megapixels and the battery is said to be 4,614 milliampere hours. In the case of main memory, the leaker specifies eight gigabytes, while in the case of flash memory, you can choose between 128 or 256 gigabytes. According to Prosser, the larger Pixel 6 Pro with the code name “Raven” has a 6.71-inch P-OLED display made of plastic. According to Leaker, the selfie camera has twelve megapixels and the battery has a nominal output of 5,000 milliampere hours. The main memory is twelve gigabytes in size, the internal memory is 128, 256 or 512 gigabytes in size, depending on the version.

With the Pixel 6 Pro, Google is celebrating a premiere, as it were, because it is the first time that the manufacturer has installed a triple camera and more than eight gigabytes of RAM. In addition, the devices should support both Wi-Fi 6E and 5G and be AER-certified – this is Google’s “Android Enterprise Recommended Program”.

model Google Pixel 4a 5G Google Pixel 5
operating system Android 12 Android 12 Android 11 (update to Android 12 safe)
Display 6.4 inch AMOLED 6.71 P-OLED 6,0 Zoll, OLED, 2.340 x 1.080 Pixel, 432 ppi, Always on, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glas 6, 90 Hz
processor Google Whitechapel Google Whitechapel Snapdragon 765G
random access memory 8 GB 12 GB 8 GB LPDDR4-RAM
Internal memory 128/256 GB (not expandable) 128/256/512 GB (not expandable) 128 GB (not expandable)
Main camera Dual-Camera:
50 MP (wide) + 12MP (ultra wide
Triple Camera: 50 MP (Wide) + 48MP (Tele) + 12MP (Ultra Wide) Dual camera, 12.2 MP dual pixels, ƒ / 1.7, 1.4 μm, two-phase autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization, 77 ° aperture; 16 MP ultra wide angle, ƒ / 2.2, 1.0 μm, 107 °
Front camera 8 megapixels, ƒ / 2.0, 1.12 μm, fixed focus, 83 ° 12 MP 8 megapixels, ƒ / 2.0, 1.12 μm, fixed focus, 83 °
Battery capacities 4.614mAh (permanently installed) 5,000 mAh (permanently installed) 4,080 mAh (permanently installed)
Connectivity WiFi 6E, Dual-Sim, 5G WiFi 6E, Dual-Sim, 5G WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0 + LE, A2DP (HD-Codecs: AptX, AptX HD, LDAC), GPS, LTE Cat. 11, 5G, NFC
Dimensions tba tba 144,7 x 70,4 x 8,0 mm
Weight tba tba 151 grams
Colours tba tba Just Black, Sorta Sage (Grün)
miscellaneous tba tba Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C (USB 3.1), stereo front speakers, Titan M security module, 18 W fast charger with USB-PD 2.0, IPX8, 18 W fast charging, wireless charging, reverse charging
price tba tba 613,15 Euro (UVP)*

Pixel 6 with Google’s own Whitechapel chip and 5 years of Android updates

The Pixel 6 should be accompanied by a Pixel Watch. (Image: Jon Prosser)

According to older leaks, the new design should be accompanied by at least one other major change: The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will most likely appear without a Qualcomm processor. Instead, it is expected that Google built his own chip, which makes the rounds as Whitechapel and GS101.

With an in-house processor, Google could coordinate hardware and software better, just like Apple, and thus improve performance and runtime. In addition, it would be conceivable to massively extend the period for Android updates, since Google would no longer be dependent on chip developers such as Qualcomm for development. So far, it is a maximum of three major Android updates, in December 2020 Google and Qualcomm announced a period of up to four years for new chips. According to Prossers sources, Google should raise the update period to Apple level and support its upcoming smartphones for five years.

Even if the five years sound excellent, it is currently unclear whether the devices will receive five guaranteed Android generations or four years of Android updates and another year of security patches or some other combination of operating system and security updates. It is becoming apparent, however, that Google is taking full advantage of the newly acquired control over the processor, which is supposed to be in the Pixel 6 models, and is bringing the update period to Apple level. With this, Google again trumps the current update king Samsung, which promises three major Android updates and four or five years of security patches (for enterprise devices) for many of its models.

It will be a while before the new Pixel models are officially presented. In recent years, Google presented its top models in the fall so that they can be delivered from the factory with the new Android version. There Android 12 is not published until late summer or autumn, we are again assuming a similar period this year. However, it is entirely possible that Google could give us a foretaste of the new pixel design beforehand.

Article updated on July 9, 2021: New details on equipment and the update period.

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