Google Pixel 6 Pro Overview Updated October 18, 2021

Google Pixel 6 Pro: Release date, specs, everything we know

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We’re still a couple of months away from the release of Google’s 2021 device lineup, but in the meantime, leaks are coming out and Google has even announced some official details and shown off the design. Here’s everything we know about Google’s XL-sized Pixel 6 Pro so far.

Release date: When does the Pixel 6 come out?

On October 5, 2021, Google officially announced an event where it intends to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The pre-recorded event will take place on October 19 at 10am PT and will be streamed, but Google hasn’t announced any form of in-person event, likely due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

As for the actual Pixel 6 release date, Google has yet to confirm that detail. Pre-orders will most likely open on October 19 following the announcement, but shipments will likely not start for at least a week or two. October 28 has been mentioned as a possible release date for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and retailers have since backed that up.

What are the Pixel 6 Pro specs?

In August, Google officially announced that the Pixel 6 Pro would be coming to market this Fall, confirming the name and some specs that the device will carry.

As we first reported earlier this year, the Pixel 6 Pro will be using Google’s “Whitechapel” chipset which, now, is known as “Tensor.” The chip is Google’s first custom-designed SoC for smartphones and it’s optimized for Google’s priorities. Google has said that “Tensor” will be competitive with other high-end mobile chips, but will focus on AI tasks as well. Google’s Rick Osterloh said that the CPU and GPU will be “very competitive” with the “AI stuff” being “totally differentiated.”

Beyond the chip, Pixel 6 Pro is rumored to have 12GB of RAM to ensure great performance. The camera setup is also getting a revamp with three sensors on the Pro model including 4x telephoto for optical zoom and a new 50MP primary camera. Charging is rumored to hit 33W and up to 23W for wireless charging on a new Pixel Stand, per a new report. UWB support is also almost guaranteed. The phone will also have an under-display fingerprint sensor as we heard in August, and as a leaked screenshot confirmed.

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Is the Pixel 6 Pro the ‘XL’ this year?

With its 2020 Pixel lineup, Google completely skipped the “XL” size, but that’s something the Pixel 6 Pro will change. According to one major and credible leak, the device will be the largest Pixel phone ever with a 6.67-inch display. To put that in perspective, let’s look at the dimensions of every XL-sized Pixel phone to date, including the rumored size of the Pixel 6 Pro.

  • Pixel 6 Pro — 163.9 x 75.8mm
  • Pixel 4 XL — 160.4 x 75.1mm
  • Pixel 3 XL — 158 x 76.7mm
  • Pixel 2 XL — 157.9 x 76.7mm
  • Pixel XL — 154.7 x 75.7mm

As a fun note, the biggest phone in Google’s history is of similar size to this device. The Nexus 6, literally codenamed “Shamu” as a joke about its size, carried dimensions of 159.3 x 83mm. That’s shorter than this upcoming release but considerably wider as well.

All of that said, it’s safe to say that this device will make up for the lack of an XL device in the 2020 lineup. Somewhat unfortunately, the “smaller” Pixel 6 may also be a bit of an XL device, as one of our commenters pointed out with dimensions of 158.6 x 74.8mm, bigger than the original Pixel XL.

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What is the Pixel 6 Pro price?

How much will this cost? The Pixel 4 series is probably the best point of comparison for the price with that lineup starting at $800 for the smaller model and $900 for the XL. It would have stood to reason that Pixel 6 prices will be roughly in that same ballpark, if not higher given that Google was saying that the Pixel 6 series would be a high-end “premium-priced product.”

No one was expecting, however, retailer leaks that pinned down a starting price of just $599 in the United States, and possibly $898~ for the Pixel 6 Pro’s price. Leaks from Europe seem to hint at similar prices in other regions.

Google keeps teasing the Pixel 6 Pro

As the release date approaches, Google is continuing to tease the release of the Pixel 6 Pro and its little brother. In mid-September, Google released the first full ad about the Pixel 6 that shows the phone in people’s hands and keeps pushing Material You design in Android 12.

The company also posted to Instagram a picture of a bunch of Pixel 6 devices celebrating the Material You look of Android 12.

Google is clearly confident in these new phones, even telling suppliers recently to prepare for shipment numbers that will be higher than 2019, Pixel’s best year to date. The phone is reportedly being manufactured in China.

You can keep up with the latest news on Pixel 6 below with our constant and in-depth coverage.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 19

Google has spent the better part of a decade trying to push the Pixel in the smartphone market with the United States as its main target. On the back of the Pixel 6 series, it seems Google has finally solidified that slot, with a new report seeing nearly 400% growth in Q1 2022.

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Magic Eraser ad highlights ‘distraction removal’ from your photos on Pixel 6 series

Magic Eraser is a neat tool that comes bundled with each Pixel 6 and gives you the ability to remove unwanted photo bombers or artifacts from your photos. Now the latest Google ad for the Pixel 6 series is highlighting the power of the impressive Magic Eraser feature in everyday circumstances.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 18

The recent Pixel 6 and 6 Pro sales success has helped Google break into the UK smartphones sales top five for the first time in Q1 2022.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 10

We’ve taken a look at the first-party cases for the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but after six months of use and abuse, countless cases and covers, we have a few favorites that we have identified and think you’ll love.

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Google has restored the status bar vibrate mode icon to Android 12 QPR3 Beta with a new settings menu toggle.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 5

This is why your Pixel 6/6 Pro makes noise when you shake it

All devices are made of hundreds of tiny parts and pieces that fit together to form what you know as a “smartphone.” That being said, it is a little disconcerting when you start to hear your Pixel 6 Pro make weird clicking or tapping sounds. So what is it, and is it a bad thing? This explainer will break it down for you.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 4

In celebration of Star Wars Day, one of the latest Made for Google partners, Casetify, is debuting limited edition Star Wars cases for the Pixel 6 Pro as well as select Samsung smartphones.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 3

The security world has been abuzz about a new Linux exploit called “Dirty Pipe,” which also affects Android 12 devices like Galaxy S22 and Pixel 6. Here’s everything you need to know about “Dirty Pipe,” which devices it affects, and how best to avoid it.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 2

Like last month, the May security update is rolling out for the Pixel 6 series on the same day as all other supported Google devices.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 27

Compared to the previous implementation on the Pixel 4 series, Google does not have any traditional, dedicated hardware to power face unlock on the Pixel 6 Pro, which we reported last week was originally planned for the launch – instead, here’s how it might work.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 22

9to5Google can report today that Google’s original plan was to launch the Pixel 6 Pro with face unlock, but the feature was pulled relatively close to launch.

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The Google Store is now offering a new bundle that pairs the Pixel 6 and Fitbit Charge 5 at selected global online storefronts.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 21

“Are you breaking stuff over there?” my wife said, seconds after my phone hit the ground. Sadly, though, I was. My Pixel 6 Pro’s display was dead and, for the first time in years, it was time to figure out the cost and time it would take to repair my daily driver. Here’s my experience with a walk-in Google Pixel 6 Pro repair and screen replacement went.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 20

A new report by industry analytics firm Wave7 claims that carrier sales of the Pixel 6 series have been low despite high sales kickbacks for those in stores.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 19

As Samsung’s middle child, the Galaxy S22+ might not be the outright best in the entire lineup, but it’s still a $999 smartphone that competes more directly with the $899 Google Pixel 6 Pro than the S22 Ultra. So, which is the better buy overall?

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 18

Some Google Pixel 6 owners are seeing their incoming calls declined, cause unclear

The Pixel 6 has been heavily targeted by users since its release back in October 2021. Though most of these blows have been a little unwarranted, there is one that brings up some actual cause for concern. Some have reported that their Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pros have been declining calls, all by themselves.

Colors have also been a key part of Google’s Pixel lineup, from the stunning “Really Blue” original Pixel to the delightful “Sorta Seafoam” and “Kinda Coral” on this year’s Pixel 6. But the colors Google provides really only scratch the surface. Now, a “Panda” repair job to a Pixel 6 Pro has us thinking, what’s the best way to improve the look of the Pixel?

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 14

It’s hard to believe that the first all-Google phones are now six months old. The launch of the Pixel 6 Pro was an exciting time but the interim period has not been quite so kind to Google’s latest flagship. Let’s examine just how well it has aged and if things have improved.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 12

After discounting their existing plans last week, the Fi MVNO is doing the same for the entire Made by Google phone lineup, including a $399 Pixel 6. 

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Given that many OnePlus fans are now looking for a new home courtesy of many OxygenOS changes, you may be looking at the OnePlus 10 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro wondering which is the right option to pick.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 11

While I think we all wish we could live in a world without smartphone cases, they’re a necessary thing for many. In my review of the Pixel 6 Pro, I said the phone was so slick it demanded a case. Recently, I picked up Bellroy’s leather case for my Pixel 6 Pro, and while I’ve been happy with it, it’s just short of being truly great.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 10

Pixel 6 Pro setup process makes curious reference to Face Unlock for one new owner

Before the Pixel 6 was announced in October, two marketing leaks suggested the presence of Face Unlock. Such a feature has yet to launch, but we’ve previously reported that Google is still working on support. Meanwhile, a user that recently set up their Pixel 6 Pro spotted another reference to Face Unlock.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 7

As part of the Android 12 QPR3 Beta which previews the June Feature Drop, Google has included a fix for the major Dirty Pipe exploit affecting Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

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How to get the latest Android 12L Beta (June Feature Drop) on Google Pixel

Google’s Android 12L update finally went official with the March 2022 Feature Drop for Google Pixel devices, and will head to foldables and tablets from Samsung and others in the coming months. Just days after that launch, though, Google has released a new Android 12L beta for the June Feature Drop; here’s how to install the latest Android 12L beta on Pixel devices now.

Google Store UK spring sale offers £50 off Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, plus more discounts

The Google Store in the UK is offering a number of discounts on devices and accessories including the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro as part of a spring sale event.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 4

Google Assistant ‘Quick phrases’: What they can do, and what languages can use them

One interesting enhancement of the Pixel 6 series is the Google Assistant’s new “Quick phrases” that let you get certain things done without saying “Hey Google” first. Here’s what all they can do, when they work, and what languages you can use them in.

Following last month’s two-week gap, the April’s security update is rolling out for the Pixel 6 on the same day as all other supported Google devices.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories April 1

How to get Android 12L’s taskbar on Pixel 6 and other Google smartphones

Android 12L is by no means a major update, but it does deliver one big new feature in its app taskbar. Here’s how to try the Android 12L taskbar on Google Pixel devices including the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 31

In what’s turning out to be a big week for Pixel 6 accessories, Peak Design has released its “Everyday Case” for Google’s flagship phones.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 30

Google introduced a new pattern earlier this month with a beta program for the upcoming June Feature Drop for Pixel devices, and it seems that the update had some useful changes behind the scenes. Pixel 6 now supports “Direct USB Access,” which opens the door to better DAC support.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 28

The best camera in any situation is the one you have with you, and most of the time, that’s the camera on your smartphone. That’s why, over the past few years, mobile photography has become a crucial part of flagship smartphones, and the results are often incredible. But who has the best smartphone camera on Android? In “Shot for Shot,” we’ll let your eyes be the judge.

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Sometimes, we all spend a little too much time on our devices. The idea behind Digital Wellbeing is to ensure the user is being mindful of the time spent on their device; the Digital Wellbeing widget makes that time fully visible, right in front of you.

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With the Pixel 6 now a few months old, Casetify is the latest accessory maker to release cases for the flagship phones as a Made for Google partner.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 24

Following the launch two weeks ago, Google is now rolling out Android 12 QPR3 Beta 1.1 for the Pixel 6 series. This is a preview for the upcoming June Feature Drop.

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Some Pixel 6 owners say haptic vibrations are weaker following the Android 12L update

The March 2022 update for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was delayed for weeks, after just rolling out a few days ago. However, it seems that some bugs have stuck around despite the delay, as some Pixel 6 owners are reporting that haptic vibrations feel weaker following the Android 12L update.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 23

[Update: Full restock] Bellroy says Pixel 6 cases are its ‘most popular product release ever’

Reports earlier this year said Google was making an aggressive manufacturing push for the Pixel 6. The company has historically never revealed numbers, but one possible indicator today comes from Pixel 6 case maker Bellroy.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 21

After a two-week delay, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners today are starting to see the Android 12L update with the March Feature Drop roll out. 

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According to Verizon, Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are picking up official support for the carrier’s C-Band 5G this week with a new update rolling out now.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 18

Google’s first attempt at making a high-end chip for Android smartphone arrived in the Pixel 6 last year, and it seems to have been a success. According to a new report, the Pixel 6 boosted Google’s Tensor chip to actually have its own spot in the Android chipset market.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 17

Next Pixel 6 and 6 Pro patch could be available March 21

With the February security patch, many assumed that the Pixel 6 would be updated on the same day as all other Google phones going forward. Android 12L and the March Feature Drop obviously proved that was not the case, but the next Pixel 6 patch might be available on Monday.

How to install the Android 13 developer preview on Google Pixel

Android 13 is several months away from its formal debut, but Google has opened up the first previews for its latest mobile operating system today with new features and more. If you’re on a Google Pixel smartphone, you can install Android 13 now. Here’s how, and why you should probably wait.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 14

The March Feature Drop introduced the ability for Snapchat to take advantage of Night Sight on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Behind the scenes, this requires an update to “Pixel Camera Services” that is rolling out today. 

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 11

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but the delayed update schedule for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro not only hurts those of us that value prompt support. It cheapens and chips away at the perceived “flagship” experience being sold to prospective buyers.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 7

Here are the 81 issues that Android 12L fixes on Google Pixel phones

In addition to bringing Android 12L and the quarterly Feature Drop, the March security patch fixes 80 issues for the Pixel 3a to Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 4

Pela adds a few new designs to Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro collections

Last month we took a look at the eco-friendly and bizarrely comfortable Pela case line for the Pixel 6 Pro, and in the time since, the case maker has expanded its lineup with a few new cases for both of Google’s latest phones.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories March 3

Google Store discounts Pixel 6 and 6 Pro by $100 when you buy with financing 

Before today, the US Google Store had yet to discount the Pixel 6 this cycle in a possible sign of consistent demand. Now, and for the next two weeks, you can get a $100 discount as statement credit when buying the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro through financing.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories February 22

How to reboot/restart your Google Pixel

No OS is absolutely perfect, and if you’ve spent anytime at all on a smartphone, you’ll know that sometimes you just need to reboot your device. This guide will take you through why you might want to reboot, and how to restart the Google Pixel on Android 12.

Following the February security patch, some Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners encountered Wi-Fi issues. Google today confirmed the Pixel 6 problem and said it will be fixed with the upcoming March update.

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