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(Pocket-lint) - Google is working on a few smartphones, including the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. 

Though not due until later in the year, both devices have leaked extensively over the last couple of months. Google has also given us a sneak peak of the two smartphones, so we have some indication as to what we can expect.

Here is how the Google Pixel 6 is rumoured to compare to the Google Pixel 6 Pro, based on what we have heard and know so far.

Design

  • Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm, 11.8mm with bump
  • Pixel 6 Pro: 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, 11.5mm with bump

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro share a similar design, though there are some variations between the two models based on the leaked renders and details revealed by Google. 

Both will have a prominent horizontal camera housing that spans the entire width of the rear, but the Pixel 6 will have dual camera while the 6 Pro will have a triple camera. The flash module sits on the right of the lenses within the housing.

It seems both will sport an under-display fingerprint sensor, along with a centralised punch hole camera at the top of the display, but the Pixel 6 will have a flat screen, while the 6 Pro will have a slight curve to its display.

No details on IP ratings have been revealed in leaks as yet, but the Pixel 5 is IP68 rated, so we would expect both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to offer the same. In terms of size, the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to be the larger device.

The Pro will also have a polished aluminium finish and come in black, white, and a yellow colour, while the Pixel 6 will be matte and come in black/grey, blue/green and orange/red colour options.

Display

  • Pixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz?
  • Pixel 6 Pro: 6.67-inch/6.71-inch, Quad HD+, 120Hz?

The Google Pixel 6 is said to be coming with a 6.4-inch display, which as we mentioned, is flat. It's claimed it will sport a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. 

The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, is expected to come with a 6.67-inch curved display, or a 6.71-inch plastic OLED display, either of which make it a little bigger and more distinctive than the standard model. It's thought it will come with a Quad HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.

We're expecting HDR support on both models as the Pixel 5 offers this.

Hardware and specs

Pixel 6: Google own Tensor chip, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 
Pixel 6 Pro: Google own Tensor chip, 12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage, 5000mAh

Both the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will feature the company's own system-on-chip, called Tensor. It's been designed with security in mind, and all the artificial intelligence and machine learning applications will run on it - from computational photography to real time translation.

Reports suggest it will offer a raw performance somewhere between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and the Snapdragon 888, though there is also talk of it being around the same as the Snapdragon 700 series.

The Pixel 6 is said to be coming with 8GB RAM and 128GB and 256GB storage options, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have 12GB RAM and storage options of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage.

The Pixel 6 is reported to be coming with a 4614mAh battery, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have a slightly larger 5000mAh battery.

Cameras

  • Pixel 6: Dual camera (50MP+12MP), 8MP front
  • Pixel 6 Pro: Triple camera (50MP+48MP+12MP), 12MP front

The Google Pixel 6 will come with a dual camera, which we know from the official images. Reports have claimed there will be a 50-megapixel main camera, coupled with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor, though nothing is confirmed on this front.

The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, will come with a triple rear camera, which will apparently offer the same 50-megapixel main sensor and 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor as the Pixel 6, but add a telephoto sensor to the mix. Google has said it will be a 4x optical telephoto lens but that's all that's been made official for now. Rumours have suggested both 8-megapixels and 48-megapixels for the telephoto lens resolution so it is unclear at the moment.

It's also been claimed the front camera will support 4K video recording. It's not clear if this will be on both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, or just the Pro model however. The Pixel 6 is said to have an 8-megapixel front camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have a 12-megapixel front camera.

Conclusion

For now, most of the core details are based on speculation regarding the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. We do know the two devices will sport very similar designs though, with the Pro model offering a slightly more premium finish with a curved display, as well as triple rear camera.

The 6 Pro is also expected to have a slightly larger display and higher resolution, as well as more RAM and a larger battery capacity. The Pixel 6 is likely to be cheaper than the 6 Pro however, and the two devices will run the same hardware in terms of chip.

We'll update this feature as more rumours or official details come in. For now, you can read all about the Pixel 6 in our separate feature and the Pixel 6 Pro in another feature.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published on 26 May 2021.