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Google Pixel 6 release date, price, features, and leaks

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Google Pixel 6 release date, price, features, and leaks
The new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones are officially announced (twice!) and now we have all the details. Google made a big leap with its new flagship phones, maybe the biggest since the good old Nexus days. The phones sport a brand-new design, upgraded cameras, Google's own custom-made Tensor chip, some great software features, and what's most important - pretty exciting price tags! Without further ado, let's dive in!

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UPDATE: You can now check out our full Google Pixel 6 review, as well as the Google Pixel 6 Pro review and find everything about the best Android series to date. Our rigorous testing revealed all Pixel 6 secrets, and this device is just what's written on the can - the best Android phone at the moment. The Pixel 6 Pro features a superb design, very sharp OLED display with 120HZ refresh rate, good battery life, solid performance, flexible camera setup, and more. You can also check out how the new Pixel 6 Pro fares against the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Pixel 6 release date

  • Announced - October 19, 10 a.m. PT
  • Available - October 28

The second official announcement event was held on October 19th, with pre-orders starting on the same date. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will hit the stores in the US on October 28th.

The following is Google's Pixel series release schedule from 2016 up to now:

Pixel 6 price

  • $599/$899 for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The price of the Google Pixel 6 was one of the most interesting things to ponder about. Google went all-out with the Pixel 4 and 4XL slapping a flagship price to these models (Google's Pixel 4XL 128GB costs $999) but then the company took a step back with the Pixel 5, making it something of an upper mid-range phone with a $699 price tag.

After the unexpected showcase of the new Google devices, we had a hint about the pricing of both devices. According to Google, both phones "will certainly be a premium-priced products." Fear not, Google has somehow managed to lower the price of its regular Pixel 6 model, despite all the bells and whistles inside - the new Tensor chip, the premium glass and metal design, the upgraded cameras, etc. The Pixel 6 starts at just $599 for the 8/128GB version, and that's a pretty decent price tag.

The Pixel 6 Pro starts at $899, and that's not too bad, considering the larger display, equipped with LTPO tech and variable refresh rate. The battery in the Pro is also larger and you get an additional camera with 4x zoom capabilities. Google says the Pixel 6 Pro is the company's first true flagship and $899 for a flagship phone is not that much nowadays.

There are already some great Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro trade-in and carrier deals, so be sure to check them out. 

Google Pixel 6 Pro

+ Free Pixel Buds A with purchase

Pre-order at BestBuy

Google Pixel 6

+ Free Pixel Buds A with purchase

$599 99
Pre-order at BestBuy

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Pre-order at Amazon

Google Pixel 6

Pre-order at Amazon

Here's a table of all Pixel prices at launch (base model):

Pixel 6 camera

  • 50MP (Wide) + 12MP (Ultra wide) for the Google Pixel 6
  • 50MP (Wide) + 48MP (Telephoto lens 4x zoom) + 12MP (Ultra wide) for the Google Pixel 6 Pro

The Pixel 6 Pro comes with a triple camera system, consisting of a 50MP main camera (Samsung-made 1/1.31-inches sensor with 1.2 micron pixels), a 12MP ultra-wide snapper, and a telephoto camera. The Google Pixel 6 Pro offers 4x optical zoom, thanks to the brand-new 48MP folded camera. The ultra-wide angle camera is the same in both models and it offers a 114-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture. The main camera is also the same in both phones, so the only difference is the periscope 4x zoom lens on the Pixel 6 Pro.

Thanks to the new Tensor chip, the camera systems inside the new Pixel phones are capable of some photo wizardry. The main camera can shoot 4K HDR video with up to 60fps. There are also some neat little features such as Face Unblurr - it sharpens faces when the object is fast moving or you fail to focus, Magic Eraser - this can retouche unwanted objects in the background, and Motion Mode - it animates certain frames to add more depth.

The front facing camera in the Pixel 6 is 8MP with 84-degree field of view, while the Pixel 6 Pro gets a new 12MP ultra-wide selfie camera (94-degrees) capable of recording 4K video. 

Pixel 6 storage

  • 128/256GB on the Pixel 6
  • 128/256/512 on the Pixel 6 Pro

The base storage option for the Pixel 6 is 128GB, coupled with 8GB of RAM, and there's one additional 256GB option. For the Pixel 6 Pro Google offers three storage options - 128/256/512GB, and the RAM is 12GB.

Pixel 6 design

  • A glass-metal sandwich with a unique camera bar

Google opted for a hybrid aluminum body with a thin “skin” made of a special bioresin plastic for the Pixel 5 and this combo gave the phone a clean and stylish look. The Pixel 6 family however, sports a radically different design and color scheme.

With the new family, Google is once again playing around with colors opting for a triple-tone design, involving a black camera bar stretched across the full width of the back and two sections of glass painted in different tones.

Both the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro sport an aluminum frame, the main difference being that the Pro model has a polished aluminum frame, while the frame on the Pixel 6 is matte. On the front, both phones feature a punch-hole selfie camera design, slim bezels, and in-display fingerprint scanners.

Pixel 6 display

  • 6.4-inch flat AMOLED FullHD+ 90Hz refresh rate on the Pixel 6
  • 6.7-inch curved plastic OLED QHD+ 10-120Hz refresh rate on the Pixel 6 Pro

The Pixel 6 Pro is fitted with a 6.7-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3120 at 512 ppi) display with a variable 10-120Hz refresh rate (LTPO technology). That display is slightly curved on the edges. The vanilla Pixel is equipped with a 6.4-inch Full-HD+  (1080 x 2340 at 411 ppi) screen with a 90Hz refresh rate.

Both phones have a new High Brightness mode, Always-on, HDR support, and are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. 

Pixel 6 battery

  • Pixel 6 - 4,614mAh
  • Pixel 6 Pro - 5,003mAh
  • Wireless charging on both

The Google Pixel 6 sports a 4,614mAh battery, which is pretty good, and on par with other similarly sized phones. The bigger brother - the Pixel 6 Pro packs a huge 5,003mAh battery, which is good news for power users. 

Google says the new Pixel 6 devices feature an All-day battery technology, meaning they should withstand at least 24 hours of heavy use. There's a new Extreme Battery Saver mode that should help users go for up to 48 hours on a single charge if necessary. 

Sadly, Google is ditching the charger from the retail box - although the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro support up to 30W of wired fast charging and 21/23W (6/Pro) wireless charging, you'll have to buy the charging brick separately. You can check out our Best fast chargers for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro article to find out the best charging bricks for the new Pixel devices.

Let's see how the battery size evolved though Pixel generations.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have just visited our battery test bench, and we have detailed results. As it turns out, both phones sport great battery life, on par with other Android flagship devices.

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro battery test: Web browsing

Browsing test 120Hz Higher is better Browsing test 90Hz (hours) Higher is better
Google Pixel 6 Pro 13h 13 min
No data
Google Pixel 6 No data
14h 8 min
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 18h 52 min
No data
Apple iPhone 13 Pro 14h 44 min
No data
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 14h 43 min
No data
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 10h 50 min
No data
Samsung Galaxy S21 7h 47 min
No data

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro battery test: YouTube video streaming

hours Higher is better
Google Pixel 6 Pro
9h 10 min
Google Pixel 6
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
10h 23 min
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
8h 26 min
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
8h 52 min
Samsung Galaxy S21+
8h 27 min
Samsung Galaxy S21
7h 36 min

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro battery test: 3D Gaming

3D Gaming 60Hz Higher is better 3D Gaming 90Hz (hours) Higher is better 3D Gaming 120Hz (hours) Higher is better
Google Pixel 6 Pro No data
No data
4h 19 min
Google Pixel 6 No data
6h 7 min
No data
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max No data
No data
10h 29 min
Apple iPhone 13 Pro No data
No data
8h 5 min
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 8h 40 min
No data
5h 3 min
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 8h 36 min
No data
6h 5 min
Samsung Galaxy S21 7h 9 min
No data
4h 14 min

Pixel 6 features and software

  • Brand new Tensor chip
  • Material You UI

One of the biggest "features" of the new Pixel lineup is the use of an in-house chipset. The new silicone is called Tensor and integrates Google's most advanced AI and machine learning features to unlock dedicated experiences for Pixel users. The architecture consists of two Cortex X1 cores clocked at 2.8Ghz, two mid-tier cores running at 2.25Ghz, and four efficiency cores with a frequency of 1.8GHz.

Google says that the new Tensor chip is 80% faster than the previous generation Pixel 5 (sporting a Snapdragon 730G), and up to 370% faster on the GPU front. Further test are needed but these numbers should put the performance of the Google Tensor chip somewhere around the Snapdragon 870.

The new Tensor chip also allows for some cool software features baked into the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, such as Live Translate, Voice Type, and improved speech recognition that will help communicate with Google Assistant more efficiently.

Material You is the new design language of the Android 12, and it also makes use of the Tensor processing prowess. When you switch the wallpaper on your Pixel, all design elements of the user interface change accordingly.

Pixel 6 colors

  • Pixel 6 colors: Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam
  • Pixel 6 Pro colors: Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny

Now let's talk about Pixel 6 colors. Google has come up with three different finishes for each device. The Pixel 6 is going to be available in an all-black option (Stormy Black), a freshly looking Sorta Seafoam, and a bold Kinda Coral finish. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is more conservative going for Stormy Black, Cloudy White, and Sorta Sunny. Apparently, Google also aims for color synchronicity between the new Pixel 6 line and Google Stadia controllers.

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