It’s virtually impossible to bring a notable tech product to market without it getting leaked at least a little, and Google’s smartphones have almost been famous for the extent to which they’re leaked ahead of release. And now it looks like the Pixel 6 may be facing the same fate as a new leak reveals a fairly substantial departure from the simple, subdued design language we’ve come to expect from Google’s hardware group.
The leak comes via Jon Prosser on his YouTube channel Front Page Tech. Two devices are shown off, which he reports are named Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Prosser also notes that there’s a third device not shown in the leaks. The details released are primarily visual, and have been recreated by his rendering artist.
According to the images, the front of both phones will sport a centered punch-hole camera and small bezels. There should be an in-display fingerprint reader, as demonstrated by an icon shown on the lockscreen.
On the back, there is a thin strip of color just above a full-width camera module. Based on the images, this camera module looks extremely thick, but it’s possible the translation from photos to a render has embellished its size.
Perhaps the biggest reveal in this leak comes exclusively with the Pixel 6 Pro, which includes a third rear camera that isn’t found on the smaller variant. This likely explains why the naming doesn’t come with an ‘XL’ moniker as we have come to expect from past Pixel generations. Unfortunately, there’s no information on the focal length or capabilities of the additional sensor, or if it’s even intended to be used as an independent camera.
Like with any leak, it’s important to keep in mind that the details may not always be accurate. Jon Prosser’s history has had its ups and downs; however, Max Weinbach has further corroborated this leak based on his own sources, but notes the colors shown in the leak don’t match up.