Pixel 6 & 6 Pro: Should Samsung and Apple be worried?

So, Google’s success fee with the Pixel lineup has been considerably inconsistent. Some of the problems embrace questionable design decisions, abysmal efficiency in sure key areas, and HAVE YOU SEEN THAT NOTCH AND FOREHEAD ON THE PIXEL 3 AND PIXEL 4?!

OK, let’s cease yelling and caaalm dooown…

The Pixel 6 & 6 Pro are anticipated to begin a brand new chapter within the Pixel historical past e book. Early leaks present a daring new design and a focus to cameras. But earlier than discussing the Pixel, let’s put issues in perspective. We’ll undergo a fast rewind of Google’s previous Pixel telephones and see why they didn’t fairly handle to compete with the most effective of the most effective within the Android world.

Then, we’ll inform you what we anticipate to see on the brand new

Pixel 6 primarily based on the data out there in the meanwhile, and see if

Google would have a real competitor for the upcoming

Galaxy S22, Xiaomi Mi 12, OnePlus 10, and even Apple’s

iPhone 13 (as a result of – why not…)

The downside(s) with earlier Google Pixel flagships

  • The Pixel 5 is Google’s present “flagship” cellphone, however the issue is… it doesn’t actually include some flagship options as most rivals do. It lacks optical zoom, and it’s powered by a mid-range processor, which is ok for day-to-day duties, however most likely received’t be the most effective long-term funding. The Pixel 5 has an historic fingerprint reader (on the again) when rivals include superior face detection and UTS fingerprint readers.
  • The Pixel 4 had the largest brow on any flagship cellphone on the time for housing a gimmicky Motion Sense tech that allow you to management your cellphone from a distance (when it labored). The battery life wasn’t nice; the 90Hz display was inconsistent; and it omitted the ultra-wide-angle digicam in favor of a telephoto one, which was polarizing. Remember, on the time the Pixel 4 was competing towards telephones just like the P30 Pro (which got here with 5x optical zoom), and the Galaxy Note 10 which got here with three cameras, together with an ultra-wide-angle one.
  • The Pixel 3 was held again by availability points and by the ugliest notch we’ve ever seen. We’re slightly bit harsh, however for a cause! Also, rivals on the time had been shortly advancing in areas like cameras – the P20 Pro by Huawei had three nice cameras on its again, whereas the Pixel 3 was caught with only one. And, once more… that design was an immediate turnoff.

Google Pixel 2/XL: The final Pixel king

We should go all the way in which again to the Pixel 2 to say with confidence that Google couldn’t solely compete on the prime however win. Sure, the smaller Pixel 2 regarded quite outdated resulting from its massive bezels, however the XL mannequin stood out with slimmer borders. Also, that “Panda” shade scheme! It’s completely iconic.

The cameras on the Pixel 2 collection had been second-to-none (each back and front), and the telephones had been general… simply strong. They boasted IP67 water resistance, nice stereo audio system, prime efficiency, appropriate battery life, and naturally… Google’s pure Android software program with well timed updates.

Now, make no mistake – the Pixel 2 wasn’t flawless. In reality, its largest downside was that it needed to compete towards telephones just like the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, which got here with wi-fi charging, 2x telephoto cameras, and extra futuristic design – particularly within the case of the iPhone X, which marked the start of a complete new chapter in Apple’s e book.

Still, the Pixel 2 was cheaper, and but it had each of those telephones overwhelmed when it got here to the more and more vital class of taking pictures, whether or not it was from the entrance or again cameras, day or evening.

Post-Pixel 2 rewind: The competitors

And then – to deliver all of it again, the Pixel 3, 4, and 5 occurred. While Google was engaged on squeezing essentially the most out of dated digicam sensors and experimenting with some outrageous designs, rivals had been breaking new floor.

For context, the Pixel 3 was introduced on October 9, 2018. Just per week after it got here out, Huawei was breaking data with the unbelievable Mate 20 Pro. This one got here with three cameras for masking a number of focal lengths; insane Night Mode, UTS fingerprint reader, 3D face unlock, reverse wi-fi charging, super-fast wired charging, and an enormous (on the time) 4200mAH battery, which stored it going for days.

Two weeks after that, OnePlus launched the 6T, which had near-stock Android, skinny bezels, class-leading efficiency, and once more the recent new UTS fingerprint reader tech. The level is – Google was in bother. At least Google, “the smartphone maker”. As talked about initially, the following Pixel flagship was additionally general underwhelming in comparison with telephones just like the OnePlus 7 & 7 Pro, S10 collection, the P30 Pro collection, or Apple’s iPhone 11 telephones.

And then, the Pixel 5 is just about a great, mid-range cellphone with a good set of cameras and extras like wi-fi charging and IP ranking.

Google Pixel 6 & 6 Pro: What to anticipate

Design & show

We’ve already seen a bunch of leaks of the anticipated design of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. We’re glad to say that Google’s lastly again to being daring, however in a great way – no huge notches, no gimmicky Motion Sensors.

We can see from the leaked

renders that the Pixel 6 Pro might be fairly larger and bulkier than the common Pixel 6. Both telephones are anticipated to characteristic a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing digicam, paying homage to Galaxy flagships.

When it involves shows, leakster Max Weinbach has reported that the 6 Pro will include a 6.67-inch OLED show with a 120Hz refresh fee. The one on the Pixel 6 is predicted to be smaller, at round 6.4-inches, however preserve the 120Hz refresh fee, though we received’t be shocked if it comes with a 90Hz one just like the Pixel 5.

However, the extra thrilling a part of the brand new design language on the Pixel 6 collection appears to be on the rear the place we see a mix of quite uncommon colours for any smartphone – white, black, orange, champagne, and all the things in between. Granted, the renders won’t symbolize the true colours of the cellphone with 100% accuracy, but when they’re remotely shut, these telephones will stand out.


Also on the again of the cellphone, we will see an array of cameras, which instantly make an impression. It is predicted that Google will lastly opt-in for a brand new digicam sensor, which might be considerably larger than those present in earlier Pixel telephones.

Moreover, the Pixel 6 Pro is predicted to come back with three cameras, one in every of which may be a 5x telephoto zoom digicam, which is able to make the flagship cellphone far more aggressive in a world of telephones just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Mi 11 Ultra, and extra.

Combined with Google’s famend picture processing, we anticipate the picture high quality to be distinctive – now, at a wide range of focal lengths like we’ve by no means had earlier than on a Pixel.

Chipset & software program

This class has to do with the efficiency of the Pixel 6 collection and would be the most polarizing one resulting from the truth that the final Pixel flagship cellphone got here with a mid-range chipset.

Now, it’s anticipated that Google will shift gears and swap Qualcomm’s mid-range processors for a custom-built chip made in partnership with Samsung. That’s for the Pixel 6 Pro. The processor is claimed to compete with the Snapdragon 870, that means it’ll be simply shy of the Snapdragon 888 relating to efficiency.

Frankly, we don’t know why Google retains avoiding Qualcomm’s flagship chipsets, however not less than we admire the brand new path in direction of extra energy. If this chip seems to be actually custom-made for the Pixel 6 Pro, it ought to ship a really optimized efficiency paying homage to the iPhone, which additionally makes use of a {custom} chip. Still, Apple’s new A15 processor is probably going going to reign supreme.

The Pixel 6 is a distinct story. Google’s technique for smaller flagships appears to be altering. While in earlier years, all variations of Google’s flagships got here with the identical processor throughout the lineup, now the smaller mannequin is claimed to maintain it right down to a mid-range Qualcomm chip.

We’ll have to attend and see, however thus far, the almost certainly candidate is the Snapdragon 780G which debuted on Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Lite. This chip is the successor to the Snapdragon 775G used within the Pixel 5. Hardware apart, the software program on the Pixel 6 collection goes to be much more thrilling! For this one, we don’t have to attend, as we have already got an in depth

preview of Google’s Android 12.

In a nutshell, it’s anticipated to be the largest visible change in Android’s historical past with a concentrate on privateness, widgets, and ease of use, and we couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about making an attempt it out on new and older Pixel telephones.

Pixel 6 collection: A worthy Apple & Samsung competitor?

All in all, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are anticipated to be very totally different from each other, which may have them compete in two totally different classes – higher mid-range and flagship.

From all of the leaks and rumors we’ve witnessed thus far, we will inform that the Pixel 6 looks as if a real Pixel 5 successor with two cameras (doubtless large and ultra-wide), a mid-range chip, and a smaller battery resulting from its smaller measurement.

The Pixel 6 Pro, then again, is shaping as much as go towards Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and even Apple’s new flagships. Competing telephones just like the S22 and Mi 12 are anticipated to come back with absolutely the newest and biggest of {hardware}, in addition to Google’s Android 12 – after all, with their distinctive twist on prime.

For instance, Samsung’s

Galaxy S22 is claimed to come back with upgraded digicam sensors, {custom} AMD graphics (anticipated to debut along with Samsung’s subsequent flagship chip), and even a UTS entrance digicam. If this seems to be true, then Google may have a really arduous time competing.

The solely factor that may save the Pixel 6 Pro is the brand new digicam sensors and iconic picture processing relating to cameras and the standout design and software program expertise. Nothing new right here – these had been the identical sturdy sides of the final Pixel champion – the Pixel 2 XL.

If Google manages to tug this off, we will lastly have a really strong Pixel flagship which could not have the most recent bells and whistles (the Pixel 2 didn’t both), but it surely delivered a really dependable and constant efficiency in key areas, which is able to attraction to the suitable viewers.

Frankly, we hope all of the rumors about all new flagships change into true, as a result of then the bar might be raised increased, and who is aware of – we’d have a Pixel 2 XL 2021 model which is able to reclaim the glory of this lineup of telephones, and push different manufacturers to do much more.

So far, the function of Google’s Pixel telephones has been totally different from this of different Android flagships. The Pixel 5 was merely a automobile for Android 11, meant to point out it off in one of the simplest ways. We argue that it actually… didn’t. Because the restricted {hardware} on the Pixel 5 didn’t unleash the true software program potential like, for instance, on OnePlus flagships.

Going again to the roles of smartphone manufacturers, firms like Samsung and Xiaomi have been centered on bringing absolutely the newest and biggest by way of {hardware}. OnePlus sits someplace in between, whereas Apple is, properly… doing its personal factor.

The level is – does the Pixel 6 Pro have a shot at lastly reworking Google into a significant software program AND {hardware} participant as a substitute of a software program developer. In different phrases, the Pixel 6 & 6 Pro may very well be nice telephones general with out slicing corners.

Again, the competitors might be very stiff not solely due to flagship telephones but in addition “flagship killers” just like the upcoming

Galaxy S21 FE and the numerous

Xiaomi telephones that ship distinctive worth at decrease costs.

Please, Google… Make the Pixel nice once more!