First case for the Pixel 6 surface, has complex design that wraps around the odd camera bump

Peter, 15 June 2021

We’ve seen the unorthodox (perhaps Nexus 6P-inspired) design of the upcoming Google Pixel 6 several times in renders and it was clear all along that it would require an equally unorthodox design for protective cases. Leakster Ice Universe posted images of a transparent plastic case for the phone that offers the first real look at what case makers will have to deal with.

The camera bump is rectangular with two sloping sides and the case wraps around that to protect it from scratches. According to rumors, the phone will measure 8.9mm thick, with the bump pushing that up to 11.8mm.

Cases for the Google Pixel 6 Cases for the Google Pixel 6 Cases for the Google Pixel 6 Cases for the Google Pixel 6
Cases for the Google Pixel 6

There’s a hole on top of the case and it would be tempting to think that it is a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but it is most likely just a hole for the top microphone – none of the renders we’ve seen so far showed a headphone jack.

The Pixel 6 is supposed to have stereo speakers and you can see two openings for speaker grilles at the bottom. However, the second channel will likely play through the earpiece, as is the norm for smartphones these days.

We’ve heard much about the alleged specs of the upcoming Google flagship, here’s a quick summary. It will be powered by a custom 5 nm chip (“Whitechapel”) with Snapdragon 870-like performance, but with more powerful NPU and ISP to handle the image processing. The images will come from a 50 MP main camera, 8 MP telephoto (5x magnification) and an ultra wide module.

Unofficial renders: Pixel 6 Unofficial renders: Pixel 6 Unofficial renders: Pixel 6 Pro Unofficial renders: Pixel 6 Pro
Unofficial renders: Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

These are the rumored specs for the Pixel 6 Pro at least, there should be a vanilla model with just two cameras. Also, they will have different screen sizes too – 6.67” for the Pro and 6.4” for the vanilla model. The new Pixel duo is expected in October or November, depending on how the chip shortage progresses.

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  • Zeke

Now this time Pixel really looked like an Android bot. The camera bump looks like a robot's black horizontal glass that lits up two circle that will serve as eyes. I like the design! I just hope its price will not be so steep. I am really rootin...

  • NK

It's not sn888 but a sOc from Google called: White Chappell this time

  • Jeremy

I can't imagine they would return to the Nexus nomenclature, because if they did, starting with the Nexus 8, the next two years they would be calling them the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10, which had already been used as names for prior generations of ta...

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