Along with Google giving us a new high-res render to gawk at until the Pixel 6 lineup is in our hands, Mishaal Rahman of XDA Developers has uncovered a treasure trove of details. Google gave everyone a good look at the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro back in August, while confirming some of the key features coming to the devices. But since then, it’s been pretty much radio silence except for the occasional TV ad spot.
It's iPhone day, so that obviously means it's time for Pixel 6 news. Some details I've learned/can corroborate once again:
-More evidence of the "shannon" modem (Exynos modem 5123)
-Battery share is supported
-Quick Tap, but no Active Edge in Gestures pic.twitter.com/9jSK8hPZxv
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) September 14, 2021
A source speaking to Rahman seems to actually have the Pixel 6 Pro in-hand, which has revealed quite a bit about the upcoming device. Here’s a quick-list breakdown of what’s to come for the Pixel 6 Pro:
- 5,000mAh battery capacity.
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM
- 128GB storage
- Mali-G78 GPU
- Samsung “g5123b” 5G modem
- Octa-core CPU
- WiFi 6E support
- Triple-rear camera array:
- 50MP Samsung GN1
- 12MP Sony IMX386
- 48MP Sony IMX586
- Fingerprint scanner
- Ultra-wideband (UWB) support
And that’s just on the specs side of the Pixel 6 Pro. But this all matches up either previous leaks, along with what we were already expecting (or hoping for) even before Google took off the wraps itself.
But Rahman and his source didn’t stop there, as we now have an idea of some of the other features that will be arriving when the Pixel 6 Pro lands. While it appears that “Active Edge” won’t be available, you will be able to use Battery Share. So this mean’s that the Pixel 6 Pro will support reverse wireless charging, which should be pretty great given that it includes a 5,000mAh battery.
With ultra-sideband (UWB) support, this is something that we expected to see anyways, given that Apple, Samsung and others have already integrated this into recent smartphone releases. With UWB, you are able to use something similar to a Tile Tracker or Galaxy Tag to keep track of your items. But according to Rahman, this is likely just the first step in Google’s rumored plans to allow users to unlock their cars with your Pixel.
Something else discovered by Rahman via his source is the Linux kernel that the Pixel 6 Pro’s firmware is based on. According to Rahman, the kernel version is 5.10, which will be supported until the end of 2026. If this is in fact the kernel used on the retail version of the Pixel 6 Pro, it could mean that Google will finally begin supporting its own devices for five years. We’ve seen other phone makers make changes like this as everyone else continues to play catch up to Apple and iOS. But Google would surge past the likes of Samsung, who recently changed its policy to support select devices for up to four years.