Google has been playing it safe with the Pixel line for the past couple of generations or so, but it looks like this year it’s finally ready to shake things up in the mobile world again. A new leak purports to show us renders depicting the upcoming Pixel models.
Yes, models plural, and that’s the first change compared to last year when the ‘flagship’ line consisted of only one phone, the Pixel 5. Not so this time around: we’re getting both a Pixel 6 and a Pixel 6 Pro. And… just look at them.
Google Pixel 6 (left) and Pixel 6 Pro (right)
The Pixel 6 seems smaller and has only two cameras in that huge and unique island on the back, we wouldn’t be surprised if one of those was a normal wide sensor while the other one was an ultrawide. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, seems bigger and adds a third sensor – hopefully a telephoto, although by the looks of these renders it won’t be a periscope type thing, so don’t expect more than 3x optical magnification.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel Watch
Hopefully Google will also update the sensors it uses, which are getting kind of old now.
Cameras aside, if this leak is accurate (and a second source confirmed that the design is in fact accurate, while the colors shown aren’t), then Google is finally ready to step up its game again and not reuse the same boring design one more time (for its higher-end devices at least, the Pixel a series will keep the last generation’s looks according to previous leaks).
Google Pixel 6 Pro
The renders aren’t straight-up leaked from Google or anything like that, but were created by a third party based on real-life images of the phones.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
On the front, the selfie camera’s hole-punch cutout is now centered like in Samsung phones, and the bezels are almost entirely gone.
You can watch the entire video above for a full view of all the angles of the upcoming phones. For now we’ll just say that we’re finally excited about a Pixel launch again. What remains to be seen is when these phones will actually get official, because the fall (when Google usually announces a new high-end Pixel) is pretty far away still.