In a somewhat unconventional and unusual attempt to crack down on unauthorized product leaks, Google made the 5G-enabled Pixel
6 and 6 Pro official... several months ahead of the two phones' big launch event and commercial release.
Of course, the search giant did not reveal everything about its next high-end handset duo back in August, which means the company is not in a position to control the rumor mill in its entirety. For one thing, Big G never confirmed the actual Pixel 6 launch schedule
, leading to some pretty wild speculation a few weeks ago.
As suspected right off the bat, the September 13 announcement gossip
proved completely inaccurate, giving birth to a much more plausible October 19 theory
. This seems to be supported by a major Australian carrier, which has just joined a chorus of official Google retail partners in building buzz for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
Register your interest before October 19
Telstra doesn't leave a lot of room for doubt or interpretation on a section of its website dedicated entirely to Google devices
, allowing potential Pixel 6 buyers to sign up "for the latest Google product news and offers for a chance to win an exclusive Marvel Stadium sports experience" over the next four weeks.
Granted, the October 19 cut-off date for registrations could prove to be a placeholder or something chosen at random to coincide with the market's general expectations for the Pixel 6 launch, but given that this is the number one wireless service provider "down under", both those theories feel highly unlikely.
It's much more likely that Telstra was informed by Google
of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro's full October 19 announcement and pre-order start, which means the two Tensor powerhouses could well be released on October 28, just as Jon Prosser predicted a while ago.
Obviously, nothing's official until the search giant itself makes it official, so although it might not be a bad idea to circle both October 19 and 28 in your calendars, you shouldn't go so far as to take those days off from work or anything... just yet.
FCC approval - check
While clearing the Federal Communications Commission is a simple formality, the timing of said formality for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
strongly suggests the two devices are indeed right around the corner and will most likely be ready for a late October commercial rollout, at least from a regulatory perspective.
There are four different models in total certified by the FCC ahead of their announcements, two of which will support mmWave technology to deliver the highest 5G speeds on carriers like Verizon, with the other two merely offering low and mid-band 5G connectivity.
Apart from that, the certification documents do not include a wealth of information we can actually use to paint the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro a very accurate picture in terms of specifications and features.
Luckily, we already "know" plenty of stuff about the two unreleased phones, including the exact configuration of the hot new Tensor processor
, the blazing fast 33W charging support
, impressive battery capacity provided by both models, and the up to 512 gigs of data the larger variant will be able to accommodate internally.
The 6.7-inch or so Pixel 6 Pro
seems to have pretty much everything it needs to become one of the best phones
available this holiday season, including a silky smooth 120Hz display, 48MP telephoto lens, and 12 gigs of memory.
The non-Pro Pixel 6
, meanwhile, could challenge the best budget 5G phones
... eventually, with a killer-sounding 50MP primary rear-facing shooter of its own, as well as a beautiful 6.4-inch AMOLED screen (limited to 90Hz refresh rate technology), and a decent 8GB RAM count.