Google Pixel 6: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

What we know about Google's upcoming Pixel

A Google Pixel 5a successor is in the works, aptly called Pixel 6 (early rumors suggested Pixel XE). We know it's coming because Google has already announced the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but most details haven't yet been released. We know that there's a physical design change, evident from the below images, and that the phone will be powered by Google's custom-made Tensor chip.

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro colors
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

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When Will the Pixel 6 Be Released?

Google made an official announcement on August 2, 2021, confirming rumors that we'll see both a regular Pixel 6 and a Pixel 6 Pro. After a cryptic "coming later this year" tweet in early August, the company finally confirmed that there's a Pixel Fall Launch event happening on October 19.

According to Google, this event will introduce the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. If the pre-order details (described below) are accurate, the phone will most likely be available in stores on October 28.

Pixel 6 Price Rumors

Looking at the hardware information we have below, this phone could have the same octa-core processor found in the $449 Pixel 5a and $699 Pixel 5. Other things like screen size and cameras will influence the price.

The This is Tech Today YouTube channel has a recent video that shows what we're looking at price-wise if the European prices that it sources are accurate: $760 (Pixel 6) and $1,050 (Pixel 6 Pro).

If that's accurate, the discrepancy is due to the Pro model's extra features, such as a bigger curved 120hz display, a telephoto rear camera, and 5G mmWave support.

Pre-Order Information

The 2021 Pixel will be available for pre-orders after the October 19th event. According to this German retail ad for the Pixel 6, the pre-order phase (in Germany, at least) will last from the announcement date through October 27th.

Pixel 6 Features

Most features stick around with a new Pixel phone, and if the leaks are real, we'll see some of them with the Pixel 6. From the very few supposed screenshots we've found, here are some of the features of this new phone from Google:

  • NFC
  • Nearby Share
  • Android Beam
  • Chromebook linking
  • Two SIM card slots

XDA Developers uncovered various Pixel 6 camera-related details via an unreleased version of the Camera app. According to that source, the code names make it difficult to confirm what the supposed features do.

One example is called magic eraser, supposedly a post-processing effect:

Based on the name, we think this feature will let you remove objects or people from a photo you’ve just taken. Perhaps the long-abandoned object removal feature in Google Photos is making a comeback in the Pixel 6?

Another apparent new feature coming to the Pixel 6 Google Camera is an LED countdown timer. When using your phone to take a timed picture, the light flashes will correspond with the timer so that you'll know exactly when you need to be ready for the shot.

Pixel 6 Specs and Hardware

Google provides a 360 view of the upcoming Pixel 6 in this tweet. There's also this video showcasing the phone:

Until the phone is released, the next best photos we have are these, taken by David Urbanke:

There are also photos that have been translated into renders that you can learn more about in this video from leaker Jon Prosser. There's also this supposed hands-on look at the Pixel 6 Pro, but as that tweet states, it's most likely an early production test unit—the final product might look different.

There's a wide housing for the back-facing cameras (two on the regular version and three on the Pro model) that creates a substantial bump. One leak reveals that we'll see a new camera sensor this year, a change not seen even in the last few years of Pixel releases. Google confirms that the Pro model has three cameras, including a telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom. The Pixel 6 (regular) has the same cameras, but no telephoto.

Pixel 6 Pro render
Pixel 6 Pro render.

Jon Prosser / Rendersbyian

It’s too early for too many other details regarding the new Pixel’s specs, but we have found a couple of screenshots claiming to be of the phone’s settings. You can see here that the model says that it’s of a device called Google Pixel that's running Android 11 with an 8-core CPU and two SIM slots.

Rumors of an XL version were at one point circulating, too, but the tweet from Google above makes it now clear that we're looking at a Pro model instead. Those rumors came from an inside look at Android 12 Developer Preview, which also suggested bigger on-screen menus, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and Face Unlock.

Google also corroborates an earlier report from 9to5Google says the Pixel 6 will be powered by Google Tensor, the company's own chip. One neat thing that will come from this is improved on-device power and machine learning qualities. As the below advert seems to suggest, that could mean better-developed processing of accents and other languages, things that are necessary for improving voice recognition, translations, closed captioning, etc.

We also know, directly from Google, that both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will have three color options.

Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6

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Rumors say that Google's upcoming Pixel Pro model will have the biggest battery capacity of any past Pixel. Supposedly, no models will support Active Edge (the squeeze for Google Assistant feature). Also expected in at least the 6 Pro is Battery Share, 5G, and Wi-Fi 6E, in addition to these specs:

Pixel 6 Specs (Rumored)
Pixel 6 Pixel 6 Pro
Screen: 6.4" flat AMOLED / 90hz 6.67" curved E5 AMOLED / 120hz
RAM: 8 GB 12 GB
Storage: 128/256 GB 128/256/512 GB
Camera: 50MP primary; 12MP wide-angle secondary; 8MP front-facing 50MP primary; 12MP wide-angle secondary; 48MP telephoto 4x zoom; 12MP front-facing
Battery: 4614 mAh 5000 mAh
OS: Android 12 Android 12

The Latest News About the Pixel 6

You can get more smartphone news from Lifewire. Here are some of the latest rumors we've found regarding the possibility of a new Pixel:

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