Google Pixel 6 pricing might have just been leaked

The Google Pixel 6 is understandably one of the biggest smartphone launches that will materialise in the tail end of 2021. Its price which Google has been holding close to its chest could have potentially been leaked by  a YouTuber.

With a rumoured release window sometime next month, others specifically betting on the 27th of October, the new leaked price could be lower than what Android fans expected of Google’s first foray into the high-end market of smartphones.

YouTuber Brandon Lee, a prominent and trustworthy leaker, last week gave the world the first look at the Pixel 6 Pro, with renders previously only being revealed. Lee has now followed that reveal with what he alleges are the prices of the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro.

According to the YouTuber, the Pixel 6 price will allegedly start from €649 in Europe, with the Pixel 6 Pro reportedly costing €899. This translates to roughly Kshs 83,000 and Kshs 115,000 respectively.

The €899 price will put the Pixel 6 Pro, which will be Google’s first truly flagship model, at a similar price tag to the Galaxy S21, but considerably cheaper than the S21+ and S21 Ultra.

Despite this being impressive, the rumoured price of the base Pixel 6 is even more so. Comparisons have quickly been drawn to the Pixel 5 which released at only €20 lower than the €649 price that is being rumoured for the Pixel 6.

In the build up to its release in 2020, Google described the Pixel 5 as a mobile phone “designed for economic shutdown,” launching in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Pixel 5 then turned out to be cheaper than the Pixel 4, though in some instances it was admittedly an inferior phone specs wise. For instance, The Pixel 4 had a glass back which the Pixel 5 didn’t, was powered by the Snapdragon 855 while the Pixel 5 had a Snapdragon 765G chip, and the Pixel 5 ditched one of the Pixel 4’s big features – Motion Sense.

Motion sense is a gesture system that allowed users to control their Pixel 4 devices by waving their hand over the display.

What is exciting about the price being so close to that of the Pixel 5, is that none of those downgrades is expected to be an issue for the new Pixel 6. Therefore, users will be getting what is a very capable phone at a very fair price.

The Pixel 6 will also be the first phone in the market, to feature a custom-built chip, which will bring with it numerous benefits. Google’s custom processor is expected to bring big performance benefits thanks to AI and machine learning.

How big the improvements in performance will be, is still in the air until various enthusiasts get their hands on the device and perform different benchmarking tests.

Whether the YouTuber is right with his leaks will be proven in the coming weeks, but what is certain is this launch will be among Google’s biggest since they announced the first Pixel back in 2016.

Another whisper from the rumour mill is that Google might also announce their first foldable phones in the Pixel 6 launch event. The foldable phones have reportedly been in development for more than a year, and Google might use the occasion to introduce them to the world.

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Naftaly is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for tech, video games and pop culture. When he is not writing articles for AndroidKenya, he is probably rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the hundredth time. Email at Twitter @KarisNaftaly

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