Performance expectations, screen specs and more for the Pixel 6 Pro emerge
Pixel phones are prone to leaks. We’ve known this for years at this point and with the Pixel 3 and 3XL leaked, things have been streaming on Google’s hardware long before release dates hit. With 2021 in full swing and the fall months not too far away (sorry, I know we’re only just starting summer, but let’s face it: 4 months is not far away), it makes sense that the Google’s hardware lineup is already starting to go around the culture of leaks.
Jon Prosser kicked things off with the first renderings of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, followed by 91Mobiles and @OnLeaks showing CAD-based renderings last week. Specs have been minimal so far, but we know we can expect what appears to be a 6.67in Pro and a standard 6.4in Pixel. There are 3 cameras on the big one and 2 on the smaller one, but we haven’t had any other specifics for either device before.
On the Mobile Tech podcast, Max Weinbach weighed in on what he knows about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from insiders he’s connected to. While Max hasn’t released anything on the new Google phones yet, he has corroborated many previously released reports and made it clear that not only are the phones legitimate, the processors inside (Whitechapel GS101) and accompanying the Pixel. Watch are also.
On the podcast, Max takes the Whitechapel GS101 processor a step further, noting that it is indeed based on a 5nm process, that it’s made by Samsung, and that it should fit between the Snapdragon 865 and 888 in terms of numbers. While some outlets like Tech Radar find it a bit disappointing, I actually see it as a win. This is Google’s first internal SoC for a phone and I wasn’t exactly expecting them to tear Qualcomm down on the first try.
What should be noted is that this chip is not designed for 20 different phone models: it is built for one. With that in mind, however, Whitechapel’s speed on paper may drop a bit below the Snapdragon 888 on paper, but it could be better in real-world performance due to the vertical integration Google will have with Pixel phones this time. year. Remember, Qualcomm makes the Snapdragon chips, and phone makers have to bow to whatever Qualcomm decides to do with their cores. With the GS101, Google will have full control over how the chip is to be operated, and that’s a big deal when it comes to actually using a device.
Apple’s impressive M1 chip isn’t always better than 11th Gen Intel devices on paper, but when it comes to putting it to the test in Apple’s macOS on Apple Macbooks , the performance is incredibly fast. Chips from vendors like Intel and Qualcomm can be blazingly fast but lose performance advantages when actually deployed to real-world devices and used by ordinary people. The vertical integration of SoCs, hardware and software can leverage silicon in unique ways and make the experience of using the device better than you would expect from a datasheet.
In addition, Wienbach reports that the larger Pixel 6 Pro will also be equipped with a 120 Hz display and will use QHD resolution compared to the smaller FHD display of the Pixel 6. Finally, the Pixel 6 Pro will also receive a battery of 5000mAh, so an all-day battery shouldn’t be a problem. Add that to the existing knowledge that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are expected to ship with all-new camera setups and under-display fingerprint scanners and you’ve got a package that’s set to make a splash this fall. I don’t know about you, but it really turns me on for Google’s next phone!
GOING THROUGH: Technological radar