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

This month’s odd Pixel update situation continues, with Google announcing a small update this morning for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a to address one issue.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories August 4

Google’s Pixel phones have long been highly regarded for their camera performance, and the Pixel 6 series is no different – in fact, they’re the best performing to date. And yet, I’m excited for the Pixel 7 because it looks to fix one of my biggest complaints with the Pixel 6’s camera, the blurry photos that have plagued my library over the past several months.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 29

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 July 25

Magic Eraser on Pixel 6 series: What you can do with it and how

Magic Eraser and Camouflage in Google Photos are fantastic features on the Google Pixel 6a, 6, and 6 Pro. While it isn’t perfect, it can make your photos that much better by removing unwanted background objects or muting them. This guide will take you through how to use it, and what might be going on if you don’t see it in Google Photos.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 23

Magic Eraser was one of the cool new tricks that came with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but it picked up a new trick alongside the Pixel 6a in “camouflage.” Now, it’s been confirmed that Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will add the new feature in just a few days.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 22

One of our favorite cases for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro so far has been Peak Design’s excellent Everyday case with its MagSafe support and stellar accessories. The case has been pretty tough to obtain ever since it debuted, but now, Peak is offering some insight as to what’s been going on.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 18

Spurred on by a report that Pixel owner’s brand loyalty has dropped substantially in the past 12 months, we asked you if you are happy with your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro – here’s what you had to say.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 15

The Nothing Phone (1) has a really unique design – there is no denying that. The LED glyphs along with the white internals looks fantastic. dbrand must have thought so as well because they released Something skins, a Nothing style version of the company’s Teardown skins.

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Pela launches cases for upcoming Pixel 6a as more designs arrive for Pixel 6/Pro

It’s unfortunately pretty hard to find a good case for Google’s Pixel 6 series, but one of our favorites, Pela, is expanding its collection as it also prepares for the mid-range Google Pixel 6a.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 11

Connectivity issues and problems have been near the top of the list of complaints we have heard from Pixel 6 owners almost since launch. Last week we asked you if you were affected, and here’s just what 9to5Google readers had to say.

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The first direct US Google Store deal on the Pixel 6 Pro was in June for Father’s Day, and that’s now being followed with a pretty sizable $200 discount as the Pixel 6 now starts at $499. 

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories July 5

While we’re sure that most Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners have not experienced issues, there are still people out there with the latest Google flagship duo with complaints and problems. A somewhat major problem that some are facing is seriously poor connectivity issues with the Pixel 6 series.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories June 30

Just before and right after the Pixel 6 Pro launch last year, there were signs that Google was working on face unlock. It obviously hasn’t launched, and this is the latest we’re hearing on the situation.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories June 29

The Pixel lineup has long been full of inconsistent designs and, to a similar extent, inconsistent success with each model. As a result, one big problem that buyers of Google’s phones face is a lack of good accessories. But one case that steps in to fill the gap that many others leave behind is the dbrand Grip, which can outfit the Pixel 6 with the colors of your choice or a genuinely gorgeous leather finish.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories June 8

Likely to help improve the process of registering your fingerprint on devices with in-display readers, Android 13 Beta 3 has gained a new enrolment UI.

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It seems that the popular Paranoid Android could soon be made available for Pixel 6 Pro after being officially teased by the development team behind the ROM project.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories June 6

In addition to bringing Android 12 QPR3 and the quarterly Feature Drop, the June security patch fixes 35 issues for the Pixel 4 to Pixel 6 Pro.

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Compared to past generations, the Pixel 6 Pro has not seen many official discounts. The US Google Store is now discounting the Pixel 6 Pro by $100 to $799 for Father’s Day.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 27

Apple’s MagSafe system has shaken up the accessories industry in some big ways, but with Apple being Apple, it only comes to the Android side of things through third parties. Peak Design, a company best known for its camera gear, has a similar system that works not only with MagSafe products, but also the brand’s own suite of accessories. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the chance to use the Peak Design Everyday Case for Google’s Pixel 6 Pro, and it really nails the whole experience.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 26

Verizon stops selling Pixel 6 Pro with 512GB of storage

Google’s Pixel 6 Pro was the company’s first device with half a terabyte of storage onboard, but it’s just a little bit harder to get that model now. Verizon has stopped selling the Pixel 6 Pro in its top storage tier.

[Update] Some of our favorite Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cases [Video]

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.

[Update] Hands-on with every official Pixel 6 case: Are they worth the price? [Video]

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.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 25

It appears that Google’s official case lineup for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro might now have a design flaw as a growing number of disgruntled owners report warped, yellowing of the protective smartphone covers.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro Stories May 24

The US Google Store has long let you purchase Pixel phones unlocked through Google Fi or with Verizon. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are now available through AT&T on the Google Store.

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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

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.

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