Google’s next flagship smartphone is expected to come in two versions. At first glance the upcoming Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro look a lot alike, if recent leaked renders are anything to go by.
But the Pro model has a larger display with curved edges, and one extra camera. It’s possible there are other bonus features that we don’t yet know about. But hot on the heels of yesterday’s Pixel 6 Pro leak, today we have a closer look at the upcoming Pixel 6, courtesy of @OnLeaks and 91mobiles.
It’s time for a comparison table.
|Pixel 6 Pro||Pixel 6|
|Display||6.67 inch curved AMOLED|
|6.4 inch flat|
|Processor||Google GS101 “Whitechapel”||Google GS101 “Whitechapel”|
|Rear Cameras||1 x Wide Angle|
1 x Telephoto
1 x ??
|1 x ??|
1 x ??
|Front camera||Hole punch||Hole punch|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,500 mAh (estimated)|
|Dimensions||163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9-11.5mm||158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9-11.8mm|
According to Weinbach, Google will also use custom camera sensors in its new phones rather than the Sony IMX363 sensors the company has been using for years. He says the key reason the company is opting to use its own processors rather than Snapdragon chips is because it allows Google to fine tune camera performance with features like a custom NPU (Neural Processing Unit) and ISP (Image Signal Processor.
That said, performance for the new processors is expected to be somewhere between what you’d expect from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip and a Snapdragon 888 processor, putting the upcoming phones squarely in flagship territory, and they’re expected to be pricier than last year’s Pixel 5, which sells for $699.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are expected to launch in October unless the global chip shortage causes unexpected delays.
Meanwhile, according to 91Mobiles, the Pixel 6 will support wireless charging, have dual cameras, and feature an in-display fingerprint sensor and a USB-C port.
It has a flat screen rather than a curved-edge display, but interestingly the phone’s display and overall size aren’t really that much smaller than the Pixel 6 Pro. I can see why Google may have decided to call the more powerful model the “Pro” this year instead of appending its usual “XL” moniker.
Opt for the Pro and you do get a slightly larger phone. But the bigger difference seems to be the feature set. Want that extra camera? Get the Pro. It’s unclear if there will be any other functional differences between the two phones. The Pixel 6 Pro will almost certainly cost a bit more than the Pixel 6 though.
Keep in mind that Google has not officially launched either phone, and even if the latest leaks are accurate, there’s time for specs, design, or other features to change between now and this fall, when the phones are expected to launch.
This article was originally published May 21, 2021 and last updated May 23, 2021.