Whether you love or hate Google’s brand new design direction for its internal smartphone lineup, you have to admit that the search giant has managed to build much more buzz around this year’s unconventional Pixel 6 and 6 Pro already (without even trying) than 2020 is terribly boring Pixel 5.
The tricolor design is largely etched in stone by more than one reliable tipster is of course just a piece of an increasingly exciting puzzle, with a whole lot of camera upgrades and a brand new chipset that is also making a number of headlines recently.
Google + Samsung = a lot of (game) power
Although Big G is expected to evolve the so-called “Whitechapel” SoC itself to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, which supplies almost every Android handset provider with low, medium and advanced Snapdragon processors today, Samsung will definitely be involved in the chip manufacturing process.
As such, it makes sense for this sparse and powerful 5 nm-based Whitechapel platform (it’s just a code name, remember) to pair an unknown CPU with the Mali-G78 GPU, as it was discovered by the always reliable folks over at. XDA developers
This is reportedly the default Pixel 6
If the last part happens to ring a bell, it could be because it’s the same exact ARM-based graphics processing unit used on Samsung’s Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra outside the US and a few other important markets.
In other words, it’s a key component of the Exynos 2100 SoC that drives the “international” Galaxy S21
family, which further suggests Pixel
6 and 6 Pro could take it a lot best phones available today in terms of everything from camera features to raw speed and graphics performance.
Of course, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and at the moment we do not know if the Mali-G78 GPU thought to reside under Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cap share exactly the same specifications with the GPU on the S21 series.
How expensive could the Pixel 6 Pro with 5G get?
Given this new unveiling and the recent rumor about the Whitechapel processor by and large slotting somewhere between Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 and 888 models in terms of overall performance, it’s clearly safe to assume that we see on something with a lot more pizzazz than last year’s top middle class Pixel 5 here.
We are talking about 6.4 and 6.7 inch high-end (or at least high-end-ish) devices to be made available in a range of eye-catching color combinations at some point in the fall. Of course, it’s essentially impossible to come up with any kind of well-educated pricing guess until we hear more about Google’s first custom (Samsung-made) chipset.
This may be the rear camera setup of the Pixel 6 Pro
Some initial benchmarks would be good (Jon Prosser? Max Weinbach? Any?), Although if they are curved Pixel 6 Pro ends with a triple rear-facing camera system including a 50MP primary shooter and a kind of periscope lenses as well as a 120Hz screen with Quad HD resolution, 5,000mAh battery capacity, fingerprint recognition technology on the screen, and mmWave 5G support, we’ll be lucky if Google manages to keep the starting price below e.g. $ 1,200.
The “regular size” and flat screen Pixel 6, meanwhile, is shaping up to be significantly more affordable and is claimed to lose the periscope sensor, downgrade the screen resolution and possibly also lower the megapixel number of the main camera.
Clearly, the smaller model is expected to pack a smaller battery as well, and while 5G speeds are almost guaranteed for non-Pro Pixel 6, the aforementioned mmWave support is for Verizon’s lightning-fast Ultra Wideband network could also be taken out for cost-saving purposes.