Google Pixel 6 Rumors: Features, Release Date and More

The Google Pixel 5 has only been on the market for a few months, but it’s never too early for rumors on the next version. What new features will the Google Pixel 6 have? Most importantly, when will the Pixel 6 arrive? Here are the best guesses and rumors thus far.

Expect Standard Spec Bumps

It’s a new phone for a new year, so expect all the standard spec bumps. These include a better processor, camera improvements, battery life enhancements, and perhaps some improvements to screen quality. As a second-gen 5G phone, expect enhancements in connectivity and battery efficiency, too. The Pixel 5 had an underwhelming processor, and that will surely be addressed with this year’s model.

Google Silicon?

Speaking of processors, there are rumblings that Google is trying to build its own silicon as Apple has done. Whether they make this happen in time for the Pixel 6, though, is anyone’s guess.

Feature Hints in Android 12

Google hasn’t officially announced anything about the Pixel 6 quite yet, but there are some juicy feature hints buried in early builds of Android 12.
For context, Google releases early builds of upcoming OS versions so that developers and device manufacturers can get a feel for what’s changing. But those changes themselves can create all sorts of rumors.
When Apple adds support for some new functionality not achievable in their existing hardware, it’s a near guarantee of a new feature. This is because Apple owns the OS and all the hardware. There’s no point in building something into the OS that their handsets can’t actually use.
It’s a little murkier with Google, because the company is building an OS that runs on devices made by dozens of manufacturers. Still, because the Pixel is Google’s own phone, OS changes may predict hardware changes in a similar way as they do for Apple. It’s not a guarantee, but it is a juicy rumor.
So, that said, what are the two feature hints in Android 12?

Google Silicon?

Speaking of processors, there are rumblings that Google is trying to build its own silicon as Apple has done. Whether they make this happen in time for the Pixel 6, though, is anyone’s guess.

Feature Hints in Android 12

Google hasn’t officially announced anything about the Pixel 6 quite yet, but there are some juicy feature hints buried in early builds of Android 12.
For context, Google releases early builds of upcoming OS versions so that developers and device manufacturers can get a feel for what’s changing. But those changes themselves can create all sorts of rumors.
When Apple adds support for some new functionality not achievable in their existing hardware, it’s a near guarantee of a new feature. This is because Apple owns the OS and all the hardware. There’s no point in building something into the OS that their handsets can’t actually use.
It’s a little murkier with Google, because the company is building an OS that runs on devices made by dozens of manufacturers. Still, because the Pixel is Google’s own phone, OS changes may predict hardware changes in a similar way as they do for Apple. It’s not a guarantee, but it is a juicy rumor.
So, that said, what are the two feature hints in Android 12?

One-Handed Mode

The first hint is support for one-handed mode. This hasn’t been built into Android before, and it points to the possibility of the Pixel XL returning. There hasn’t been an XL model in the Pixel lineup for a few years, so this would be an interesting development.

In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Another update in the Android 12 developer preview is the addition of native support for fingerprint identification through the display itself. Other Android makers have already employed this feature (to varying degrees of success), but it hasn’t been built into Android until now. This change suggests that the Pixel 6 might include display fingerprint unlocking.

Release Date and Price

So, when can you get your hands on a shiny new Pixel 6? It’s still far too early to say with certainty, but expect a late fall 2021 release. This timeframe matches when Google released the Pixel 5, and it’s no surprise that the big phone makers like their yearly release schedules.
Pricing is similarly unconfirmed this early on, but TechRadar makes a compelling argument for a starting price of around $699. Their thinking goes like this: the Pixel 3 and 4 were premium devices at higher price points, but the Pixel 5 came back down to the $699 price tier (what the tech press now somehow calls “midrange”). Moving down in price and feature set was a big move, and it makes sense the company will stick with that approach for at least another year.
None of this is set in stone, of course. There’s always the possibility that Google will blow everyone away with a high-end device with some first-to-market features. That’s just not what most are predicting this time around.

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