- The rumor came from a Chinese informant on Weibo
- The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could appear before the iPhone 13, which, according to the latest leaks, is slated for September 14th
The leak about the release date of the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro comes from a Chinese leaker. This is quite strange since the Pixel smartphones are not sold in China after all. The user “熊猫 很 禿 然”, which translates as “panda is bald” (yes, I sometimes doubt the legitimacy of my profession when I write such sentences) assumes a date on September 13th. This date is exactly one day before the presumed date of the Apple keynote for the iPhone 13.
Google has apparently not yet officially commented on the launch date of its Pixel 6 smartphones. The company traditionally holds its pixel keynotes in October. But given the hype about the next generation of pixels, bringing the launch date forward for the Pixel 6 could be an interesting move from Mountain View.
Especially since the abandoned market launch of the Pixel 5a in important markets such as Europe, Google fans are annoyed by the back and forth. My colleague Ben, a long-time Pixel user, even started a popular uprising in the form of a petition. He wanted to convince Google to publish the new mid-range smartphone in Europe as well.
The Pixel 6 will run with Google’s in-house Tensor SoC and should have displays with a high refresh rate, 33 watts fast charging, UWB support, and 50 MP camera modules. A real flagship that can probably compete with the iPhone 13.
What consequences would the timely release have?
It remains to be seen how this will develop. One thing is certain: the simultaneous release of two large references in the same market can go both ways. On the one hand, Google can prevent Apple from setting the tone in the flagship season in September by nibbling off some of the media and public attention.
On the other hand, Mountain View runs the risk of its smartphones being compared directly to Apple’s. And that without waiting for the usual hype (and the mostly quasi-religious enthusiasm) surrounding each new iPhone to have subsided a little.
How do you find a release of the pixel smartphones in a few weeks? A wise decision by Google or a mistake? Let me know in the comments and poll above!