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 Today

Google’s Android 12 update is huge and exciting, but it also came with an unorthodox timeline and quite a few more bugs than usual. Now, it’s becoming pretty clear that Android 12 is also causing some connectivity/signal issues with Google Pixel phones, including the newly released Pixel 6 series.

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As expected, Google has now officially added the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro plus a further group of devices to the ARCore supported list.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories December 1

Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu partnering with Google to shoot Pixel 6 ads

In addition to doing Google TV’s “Watch with Me” series, Simu Liu of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be shooting Pixel 6 ads.

Back at I/O, Google announced that Android 12 will let you unlock compatible vehicles with just your phone. Digital car key support for locking/unlocking and starting vehicles is going live for the Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 lines from today.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 30

How to take a screenshot on a Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Taking a screenshot can come in handy for a multitude of reasons, and it’s extremely easy to do. You might be surprised to find out that you can take a screenshot on the Google Pixel 6 in a few different ways. Here’s how it works.

The hit PC/console game Rocket League has made its way to mobile phones this week in the form of the simplified “Sideswipe,” but it seems not everyone can enjoy it equally. Just hours after the game’s launch, it’s become clear that Rocket League Sideswipe is encountering issues on Google’s Pixel 6 series and Android 12 in general.

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How do you choose between the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro? The flagship duo offers one of the biggest leaps in the Made by Google series to date, but we’re here to help you decide which device is right for you.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 29

If you’ve used an Android phone before switching to the Pixel 6, you might find that turning the phone off isn’t the same process you remember. Here are a few different ways to access the power menu on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, allowing you to restart your phone or turn it off.

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Here’s where to find the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in stock [Updated]

Because of how well-received it was by reviewers and Android fans, the Pixel 6 has become a hard phone to buy. Here’s where to find the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in stock to buy Google’s best phones for yourself.

Pixel 6 seems to reject charging over low-quality USB-C cables for some users

Like most Pixels, Google’s new Pixel 6 series comes with a few unexpected issues that can be frustrating for users when they’re not dealt with. Making the rounds this week is an issue that some users are seeing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro refusing to charge in some cases, but the common thread may be the quality of the cables.

Just a month after the launch of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, we now have the very first custom ROM for the duo in the guise of ProtonAOSP.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 24

Google heavily implied that the Pixel 6 had super-fast charging by selling a 30W charger for the device. However, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are instead capped at around 23W for wired charging. So, is Google’s charger actually worth buying? Or would third-party alternatives be a better value?

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 22

The Pixel Launcher has, for years, supported a special widget known as “At a Glance,” which can show contextual information such as calendar appointments. With the Pixel 6, At a Glance is upgraded to support more features, but it still can’t be removed from the homescreen. It’s time for that to change.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 17

At the start of this month, testing revealed that the Pixel 6 Pro’s peak power draw was not that of the 30W charger that Google sold. The company has now gone ahead and detailed “how charging works on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.”

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Google’s Pixel 6 series brings some of the first flagship Android phones in years to ship with non-Qualcomm processors, and the same applies to the modem. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro utilize a modem from Samsung, and a new analysis shows that there’s a considerable gap in performance as a result.

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[U] The Pixel 6 series is now available to buy in these 9 countries with these pre-order bonuses

After the official launch keynote, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is now available to buy in eight countries across the globe.

An update with the November security patch arrived for the majority of Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners at the end of October. Google is now releasing updated builds for both phones, with global and Verizon variants.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 16

As stock has been hard to find in the US, it really seems as though Google’s Pixel 6 has been a hit in its first few weeks of availability. In the US, early orders came with a pair of Pixel Buds A-Series, but buyers in Europe were offered a pair of Bose 700 headphones, a much higher value. Stock of that bonus has since dried up, but Google is now offering Pixel 6 pre-order buyers a pair of Bose QC45 headphones instead.

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If you’ve picked up the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, you might be looking for a case to keep your precious device protected. You’re also probably wondering if the official Pixel 6 cases and covers are worth it.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 15

Some Pixel 6 owners have found their phone spontaneously placing calls to contacts, and Google Assistant may be to blame. Here’s how to fix the issue.

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With the Pixel 6 now just over a week old for most owners, the under-display fingerprint sensor has emerged as one of the bigger points of contention. Some are having issues with screen protectors, and Google now offers a list of brands that make accessories certified for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 13

[Update: Fix coming] Google Photos 5.67 update removes Magic Eraser feature from Pixel 6 devices

One of the exclusive Pixel 6 features that’s gathered a lot of attention is Magic Eraser. As fun as it is, though, it depends on specific releases of the Google Photos app, and the latest Photos update on Pixel 6 seems to remove Magic Eraser from the app entirely.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 12

How to check your heart rate with the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Earlier this week, Google pushed a feature that could check your heart rate on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro without the use of a smartwatch. By reading the minute details in your index fingertip using the Pixel’s camera, Google Fit can identify your BPM. This allows anyone with a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro to check their heart rate on the go in seconds without external hardware.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 11

Back in March, Google Fit introduced heart and respiratory rate tracking that uses the Pixel’s camera, and the Pixel 6 is now getting this capability in “early access.” 

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[Update: Rolling out] Unlocked Pixel 6 devices have been unable to get updates using a Verizon SIM

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been rather impressive devices on the whole, but like many past releases, we’ve seen some weird if limited issues with the devices. Now, reports are surfacing that some Pixel 6 owners on Verizon are not getting updates if they’re using an unlocked version of the phone.

The very first custom kernel is now available for the recently released Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro for tinkerers wanting a little extra control over their new purchase.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 10

You might not have known that 2019’s Pixel is actually the second most powerful in the Made by Google smartphone series. Yes, the Pixel 4 is only surpassed by the recently released Pixel 6 in terms of raw power.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 9

How to use/customize Android 12’s new Quick Settings

Android 12 is chock full of useful features. Features like focus mode and digital well-being functions stand out as building blocks of the new iteration of Android. Fortunately, all of these features are accessible with quick settings in Android 12, putting them within reach at any moment.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 8

Download 9to5Google’s Pixel 6-themed Material You wallpapers here [Gallery]

Over the course of the Android 12 Beta phase, we celebrated by creating some exclusive wallpapers, and in a similar manner we’re celebrating the launch of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 5

The Pixel 6 series is a reinvention of the company’s smartphone lineup, and that’s obvious on the Pro. The standard model, however, takes a step back with a design that feels more Google-ly, with specs that hold up to that flagship and a price that arguably makes it the best deal for a smartphone today.

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One of the seemingly major upgrades that was supposed to come with Google’s Pixel 6 series was an improvement to charging speeds, bringing the max rate from 18 watts all the way up to 30 watts, beating out Samsung and Apple at the same time. As it turns out, though, the 30W rate that Google strongly implies may be a case of misleading marketing.

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As usual with new smartphone releases, JerryRigEverything has arrived to put the Pixel 6 Pro through a durability test, and thankfully for all those who bought the device already, it holds up quite well.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 4

Changing animation speed on Google’s Pixel 6 series can break the fingerprint scanner on AOD

We’ve been pretty happy with Google’s Pixel 6, but as with any new device, it’s had a couple of little quirks to adapt to. One of those quirks that was discovered by enthusiasts this week is that changing the animation speed on Pixel 6 devices seems to break the fingerprint sensor in part.

Pixel 6 series gets neat ‘Energy Ring’ battery monitor that wraps the hole-punch

While battery life on the Pixel 6 series isn’t anxiety-inducing, keeping an eye on your levels is generally a pretty good idea. Android, of course, has a built-in battery level monitor displayed in the top right corner, but “Energy Ring” offers a fun way to see your remaining battery life by wrapping it around the hole-punch, and now it supports Google’s Pixel 6 series.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 3

Google Tensor is the company’s first chip for smartphone, and in real-life use on the Pixel 6, it puts out an impressive show, even against flagship chips from Qualcomm. However, there are still plenty of details about Google Tensor that the company didn’t really get into, but a new deep dive shows the Exynos roots of the product, gives better numbers on how the chip compares to others, and more…

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 2

Marketing leaks leading up to the unveiling of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro suggested the surprising presence of “Face Unlock.” However, at launch, there is no such capability, though signs continue to point towards it.

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The Pixel 6 series debuts the first two smartphones Google has ever sold with in-display fingerprint sensors, which unfortunately means that a broken display can also result in non-functional biometrics. To help with the repair process, Google has added a fingerprint calibration tool to its Pixel Repair Tool so you can fix your Pixel 6 display yourself.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories November 1

The November security patch is rolling out now to all supported Pixel phones – the 3/XL is currently dropped – as the first update to Android 12. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners received the November update last week, but Google is only today detailing what’s included.

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As more people have received the Pixel 6 Pro in recent days, some have noticed a display flickering issue when the phone is powered off. Google has acknowledged the problem and says a fix is coming with the next update.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories October 28

A few early Pixel 6 Pro units seem to have a minor display issue when powered off [Video]

Just about every Pixel launch to date has been accompanied by some annoying hardware issue or glaring flaw, but the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have gotten off scot-free for the most part. However, some early Pixel 6 Pro owners are seeing minor display issues with their devices, but there’s no reason to panic.

With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro now officially available, Google today released Android 12 factory images for both phones.

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Just in case anything should happen to your brand-new Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, uBreakiFix by Asurion is offering same-day repairs.

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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro seem to be Google’s best flagship devices to date, and as a result, they’re pretty popular. After initial interest took down the Google Store, the company is now saying that “high demand” for Pixel 6 Pro has put a big delay on shipping times, and stock elsewhere is hard to find, too.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories October 27

Google Translate, an Android app that has been long overdue for an overhaul, has gotten a Material You redesign this evening, but it may be exclusive to the Pixel 6.

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In addition to the camera today, Google is detailing the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s security features that are based in software and Tensor hardware.

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With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro officially launching tomorrow, Google today detailed some additional places where its custom Tensor SoC is being used to improve and power the camera.

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Tensor is the first mobile chip Google has ever designed for its Pixel smartphones, and as we explained in our review earlier this week, the performance feels indistinguishable from the best Snapdragon flagships. However, it also puts up an impressive comparison with Apple’s chips in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with a Pixel 6 speed test being a very close call.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories October 26

Google’s Pixel 6 Pro makes a surprisingly great drone camera [Video]

It’s been well established that the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera is pretty great, but as it turns out it can handle more than the typical smartphone photography. Case in point, a YouTuber slapped a Pixel 6 Pro onto a drone and the results are actually pretty great.

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