The Google Pixel 6 is almost here, and a slew of speculations and formal announcements have left us with enough to suspect and expect from the new phone. But there are still a few things we don’t know about the Google Pixel 6, and we’ve compiled a list of the 5 Google Pixel 6 things we need to discover.
To be sure, it won’t be a long wait, as Google has confirmed that the Pixel 6 event will take place on October 19th. However, we do have some time to guess on what will be included in the Google Pixel line’s most significant overhaul and revamp in years.
To refresh your memory, the Google Pixel 6 will be a premium gadget with a robust suite of rear cameras (primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto in the 6 Pro), a completely new design, and the much-anticipated Google-designed Tensor processor.
The Google Pixel 6 and its more expensive Pixel 6 Pro sibling are expected to have a 6.4-inch 90Hz flat display and 4,614mAh battery for the standard phone, a 6.7-inch QHD Plus resolution with 120Hz refresh rate display and 5,000mAh battery for the Pro version, and up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for both, according to rumors.
Nonetheless, there’s still a lot we don’t know. Here are the 5 Google Pixel 6 stuff we still have to know before the stage lights up on October 19.
1. The Tensor — what it will do to your photos
In a blog post, Google previewed numerous ways the Tensor processor will boost the phone’s operations, but only said it will run Google’s computational photography models to offer the phone a ‘completely revamped camera system.’
We need to know more about how Tensor will impact the Pixel line’s camera skills, given how important photography is to the Pixel phones’ appeal.
Will that put Google’s computational photo algorithms on high alert? Improve your night photography? Capture photos faster and more clearly? More precise color correction? Increase the color and light parity between the primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses? We’re quite interested to see how Google’s in-house processor will power its phones’ most attractive feature – or if it will help at all.
2. Whether or not there will be facial recognition and in-screen fingerprint scanning
While there have been reports and Android 12 code concerning an in-screen fingerprint scanner, as well as a wink from a Google executive, we don’t know if the Pixel 6 will also have facial recognition — both as a way to unlock the phone and as a biometric authentication option.
The Google Pixel 4 used facial recognition as its sole biometric, so it’s not crazy to think that the company will double up on authentication methods – but the older phone used a suite of 3D mapping sensors, and it’s unclear if the company has developed a method to do so without those sensors, given that the Pixel 6 only has a single camera in a punch-hole on the front.
However, back in June 2020, Pixel team product manager Soniya Jobanputra stated that face recognition may return to the Pixel series in the future — perhaps the Pixel 6 is the appropriate time for it.
3. How much will the Pro differ?
The Pixel 6 Pro will, as far as we can tell, be a more expensive version of the normal Pixel 6, however Google has only confirmed that the former would have an additional camera above the latter to distinguish it. We define “confirmed” as “released images of both and we can see an extra rear camera,” thus we’re left to conjecture.
The Pro, according to rumors, will have a larger 6.7-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate and the rare QHD Plus resolution (3200 x 1800), while the standard would have a 6.4-inch display with 90Hz max refresh rate and, presumably, Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
We also anticipate a larger battery in the more expensive phone — 5,000mAh versus 4,614mAh in the Pixel 6. However, it is difficult to say what else distinguishes the phones at this moment.
4. Pixel Pass — what the is it all about?
One of the more bizarre and recent reports claims that Google will also launch the Pixel Pass, a multi-service bundle similar to Apple One. But Pixel Pass could be about more than just software, according to a leak. It could also mean that subscribers’ hardware will be improved.
According to the source, the Pixel Pass’s monthly subscription cost might include a yearly phone upgrade component, in addition to existing Google services like Google Premium, Google Play Pass, an extended warranty, and possibly a Google Fi data plan. In other words, subscribers may be able to sign up for a Pixel 6 and then upgrade to a Google Pixel 7 the following year.
That would be an intriguing way for Google to become more of its own carrier-like platform, and to broaden the appeal of the Pixel 6 to people who might not otherwise upgrade.
5. Whether or not the Pixel 6 will receive more Android features than other phones in future Android updates.
One of the more intriguing questions surrounding the Tensor chipset and the Pixel 6 as a whole is if its expanded capabilities will allow Google to develop new features for the phone exclusively in future Android releases.
While previous Pixel phones didn’t change much in terms of hardware to enable these functions, we’re interested to see how advanced the Pixel 6’s tech is compared to previous Pixel phones – and whether Google will take advantage of it.