Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Are the Smartphones We’ve Been Waiting For

After months of buildup, leaks, and several major teasers, Google today announced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at a virtual launch event.

Google’s new flagships are its most ambitious attempt yet to carve out a chunk of the US smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The duo are the first to feature Google’s own silicon and their incredible new camera stacks are likely to delight Pixel fans.


Bold Design

The Pixel 6 lineup is an idiosyncratic but exciting departure from the cookie-cutter smartphones you see in the US. On the front of the Pixel 6, you’ll find a 2,400-by-1,080, 6.4-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s a hole punch for the camera, and the flat display makes the Pixel 6’s bezels look a little more prominent when placed next to the Pro model’s curved screen. 

Pixel 6 models in multiple colors


The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come in an array of fun colors.
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A 3,120-by-1,440, 6.7-inch OLED display dominates the front of the Pixel 6 Pro. The refresh rate is bumped up to 120Hz for the Pro version. Both Pixels have HDR support and full 14-bit depth. 

Flip the phones over, and you’ll quickly notice they stand out from the crowd. Both have a two-toned glass backplate with a thick horizontal camera bar. On the Pixel 6, you’ll find matte rails and trim detail, while the 6 Pro is a glossy chrome.

Both phones come in several different colors. The Pixel 6 is available in Kinda Coral (pink), Sorta Seafoam (blue/green), or Stormy Black (black/gray). The Pixel 6 Pro comes in Cloudy White (gray), Sorta Sunny (yellow/orange), or Stormy Black.


Hardware That Adapts to You

Both Pixel 6 models have a custom Google Tensor chipset. The Pixel 6 ships with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and is available in 128GB or 256GB variants. On the Pixel 6 Pro, you’ll get 12GB of LPDDR 5 RAM along with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. Neither have a microSD slot. 

Tensor chip


Google created a custom Tensor processor for the Pixel 6 models.
(Photo: Google)

The Pixel 6 has a 4,615mAh battery, while the 6 Pro’s battery capacity clocks in at 5,003mAh. Both support 30W fast charging via USB-PD 3.0 and an optional adapter as well as wireless charging and reverse charging. There’s no power adapter in the box. 

The Pixel 6 duo are Google’s first flagships that ship with its own Tensor processor. It’s a bit of a departure from the typical smartphone chipset in the sense that it isn’t about getting the highest benchmark scores; it’s about providing a seamless and secure user experience. 

Since Google’s Tensor processor was built from the ground up for the Pixel 6, it shares more in common with Apple’s custom silicon than other Android phones. All of its cores, coprocessors, instruction sets, and other features work to provide a custom experience for Pixel users.

The Tensor processor also allows Google to beef up security for the Pixel 6 models. End-to-end security plays a key role, with several features like an updated Titan M2 security coprocessor, Private Compute Core, and Trusty—its Trusted Execution Environment. There are also software features like camera and mic toggles, anti-phishing and malware detection, and a Security Hub that automatically checks your security and privacy settings. 


Major Camera Updates

Google’s Pixel fanbase is largely due to its incredible cameras, and the Pixel 6 models have a completely updated camera stack. 

Both phones have a 50MP primary sensor with a large 1.2 μm pixel width, f/1.85 aperture, and large 1/1.31” sensor format. There’s also a 12MP ultra wide sensor with an 1.25 μm pixel width, f/2.2 aperture, 114-degree field of view and built-in lens correction. The Pixel 6 Pro gets an additional 48MP telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom and up to 20X zoom in Super Res Zoom. 

Two phones with cameras bars aligned


The Pixels have a quirky and fun design.
(Photo: Google)

There’s also laser detect autofocus and spectral and flicker sensors on both models. The Pixel 6 sports Optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS/EIS) on its primary and ultra wide lenses, while the 6 Pro has OIS/EIS on its primary and telephoto lenses.

On the Pixel 6, there’s a wide-angle 8MP selfie camera. The Pixel 6 Pro has an ultra-wide 11.1MP front-facing camera. Although the Pro will take a wider selfie, the differences between the two will likely be fairly modest when you compare other variables like pixel width and aperture.

It’s worth noting past Pixel cameras sounded fairly unimpressive on paper, but they still managed to take incredible shots thanks to Google’s intense focus on computational photography. With the Pixel 6, Google has stepped up its game in a major way. Both phones have a Magic Eraser mode that removes unwanted background objects. There’s also Face Unblur, a feature that can clean up the seriously distorted faces of children and people in motion, as well as a Cinematic Pan feature for video that moves along with the subject creating a natural background bokeh. 


Well Connected With the Full 5G Experience

Both Pixel models have broad LTE and 5G band support and should work on all the major US carriers as well as Google Fi. There’s also C-band support that will come in handy as carriers begin using band n77 for mid-band 5G

Wi-Fi 6E  is onboard, as is NFC for mobile payments and boarding passes. There’s also an Ultra-Wideband chip for spatial orientation and highly accurate directional details. 

Both phones sport stereo speakers along with Bluetooth 5.2 for wireless and audio connectivity. Google also added dual Bluetooth antennas to improve overall quality and connection. 


Android 12 With Major Perks for Pixel 6 Owners

Although Android 12 is a major OS upgrade, Google kept some of the best features for its Pixel 6 duo. Live language translation is one of the most exciting features to make its way to the Pixel 6. It creates auto-generated captions in English, a great addition for shows or live broadcasts that don’t have subtitles. 

Person in a red dress holding a phone


The Pixel 6 sports a two-tone backplate.

There’s also a new feature that auto-detects voice automation systems and automatically transcribes them on the screen. When a list of options are listed, you’ll see individual buttons for each. Finally, Google is guaranteeing a minimum of five years of security updates for the Pixel 6 and regular features updates. 

Repeating “Hey Google” is also no longer a requirement for basic tasks on the Pixel 6 models. If you want to silence a ringer, turn off a timer, or even snooze for a few more minutes, just say the appropriate command and the Pixel 6 has you covered. 


Pixel Pass

Pixel Pass is one of Google’s most interesting new products. The Pass, offered through the Google Play Store and Google Fi, lets you pay a monthly fee for your phone and several premium features. In addition to a new phone, you also get 200GB of Google One storage, Google Play Pass, YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Premium, as well as device protection and bi-annual upgrade options. 

Phone on bed with hand next to it.


The Pixel 6 comes in an understated color way called Cloudy White.
(Photo: Google)

Pricing starts at $45 for the Pixel 6. If you want the Pixel 6 Pro, you’ll pay at least $55 a month. The pricing does not include Google Fi service and varies based on storage configuration. Right now, it’s only available in the US.


Pricing and Availability 

The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro are available for pre-order now. The Pixel 6 starts at $599, while the Pixel 6 Pro will set you back a minimum of $899. If you pre-order, expect to see the phone in your mailbox by Oct. 28, when you can also pick the Pixel 6 duo up at every major US carrier.

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