If there is one phone that we like in the Android market, it is undoubtedly one of the Google Pixel smartphones. They are not the most powerful, but they do have excellent performance, an outstanding photographic section, and one of the best supports in terms of updates and security patches.
For this year, the Pixel 6 is rumored to be the first smartphone to feature a Google Silicon Processor and while the release date has yet to be announced, more details are starting to emerge. With the potentially big change in the main processor, there is an increase in interest in Google's next smartphone and this could affect the design of other Google products, in particular the Chromebook, which could also use Google Silicon.
Not only that but the new Pixel 6 is rumored to have many new upgrades from the previous model.
Google Silicon in Pixel 6
The rumored GS101 system-on-a-chip may depend on a partnership with Samsung for production and possibly even design assistance. Whether this could affect the Pixel's launch date cannot be known for sure, but Samsung generally launches its newest and best Exynos SoC in the first quarter of the year, while Qualcomm has favored fourth-quarter announcements for its Snapdragon flagship chips.
Be that as it may, the “Whitechapel” (the codename for Google’s chipset) will add many improvements if done right. Just take a look at how Apple iPhones work – all Apple product components are made indoors and work perfectly well because of that synergy. Combine the already existing Google machine learning and algorithms, fantastic Android support, and the new hardware, and you will find a powerful machine indeed. Rumor has it, Google Silicon could usher in an even more impressive era of computational photography, a smarter personal assistant, and/or longer battery life on Pixel phones.
Better camera sensors
Google has been using the same 12.2 MP sensor for its main camera since the Pixel 3. And while the results of Google devices are outstanding thanks to the image processing, many consider that the Pixel 6 Google should take a step forward.
Google has made their wish come true, as the Pixel 6 will finally leave behind its usual camera sensor and go for an upgrade. What is already known is that the front camera will have the possibility of 4K video recording, while the main camera will use new camera sensors.
With a better main sensor, the Pixel 6 will possibly even take better pictures in low light environments and will also allow 8K video recording. Combined with Google's machine learning for image processing, and having a homemade chipset run the whole thing, we could say that the Pixel 6 will be the best smartphone for taking pictures and videos on the market.
In-screen fingertip scanner
Many of the most current devices are abandoning fingerprint readers for more modern methods of unlocking mobile devices, such as face unlocking. Now, we are in a rather peculiar situation and that is that more than half the planet wears a mask with the consequent problems when unlocking the smartphone with it on. For this reason, that the Pixel 6 adds facial unlocking but at the same time maintains the fingerprint reader would be something that we would love.
While face unlocking is still unknown, we are certain that the new Pixel will have an in-screen fingertip scanner. It is convenient, cool, and makes the overall design of the phone much cooler.
One of the most important aspects of today's phones is their autonomy. The truth is that the Google Pixel 4 did not have the best autonomy (2,800 mAh) so the 4,080 mAh that the Pixel 5 came with tasted like glory.
In the modern era, fast charging is just as important as a good battery. The Pixel 5 only has a fast charge of 18W, something quite scarce for a device that pretends to be a benchmark, so if the new model that is presented this year increases to 25W or 30W, it will be a really important and necessary improvement.
Having an in-home chipset will definitely make this possible, and while many rumors circulate of Pixel 6 being a flagship, this is more than realistic.
When can we expect the new smartphone?
While the first 4 releases were more or less predictable, the biggest deviation from the release date came in 2020, with the Pixel 5. 2020 was also the year of the pandemic, throwing the plans of many tech companies into disarray. In most cases, product launches were delayed. For example, Apple's event for the new iPhone 12 occurred in October instead of the usual September. Google did the opposite, with the announcement of the Pixel 5 on September 30, 2020. While this is just a few days earlier in the year than the original release date, it precedes the 2019 schedule by more than two weeks.
This means that the Pixel 6 could arrive at the end of September and still follow a historical pattern. In short, most major smartphone manufacturers maintain a fairly predictable one-year time frame between new models, but it can vary.
In addition, it is not known if the rumored Google GS101 processor will be produced in the same time frame as Samsung's flagship chips, sooner, or maybe later.
If Google really does come up with its own SoC, perhaps the GS1010, it will be the first suitable mobile processor the company has ever made. This makes it seem more likely that it will take longer than usual to test a Pixel 6 based on an entirely new chip, increasing the odds of a November or December launch.
Will the Pixel 6 be worth the money?
Definitely yes! It is rumored that the price will be $999, and looking at all the improvements that Google will bring, and comparing them to the competition and their prices, the Pixel 6 will be worth every cent.
Many companies agree with this prediction and have already started making accessories and protective cases for Pixel 6. One interesting idea comes from i-Blades, a company that has made smart cases for all popular smartphones, Pixel 6 included, expecting great sales from Google this year.
Time will tell but the hype is already way too high!