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Google Pixel 6: Everything we know so far

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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 the Pixel 6 so far.

Release date: When does the Pixel 6 come out?

The big question all comes down to the date. When is Google planning to launch its soft-reboot of the Pixel lineup?

On October 5, 2021, Google officially announced an event to launch the two new phones. 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.

As for the actual Pixel 6 release date, Google has yet to announced that detail. Pre-orders will most likely open on the day of 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 retail leaks back that date up.

What are the Pixel 6 specs?

In August, Google officially announced that the Pixel 6 series 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.” However, some early tests and leaks show that Tensor could have an edge over the chips in many other Android phones.

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. Google confirmed the main sensor captures 150% more light, too, on a leaked marketing site. Further leaks have confirmed that the ultrawide camera shared between both phones will be 12MP while that telephoto sensor on the Pro model will be 48MP in size.

Charging is seemingly confirmed to hit 30W over USB-C while wireless charging is expected to go up to 23W 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. Face unlock will also apparently be offered in some capacity.

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One of the best specs appears to be the support timeline, which has been confirmed as at least 5 years following each phone’s release.

How big are Google’s new phones?

With its 2020 Pixel lineup, Google completely skipped the “XL” size, but that’s something the 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. The regular Pixel 6, though, won’t be small either.

  • Pixel 6 Pro — 163.9 x 75.8mm
  • Pixel 6 — 158.6 x 74.8mm
  • 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 XL.

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What is the Pixel 6 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 stands to reason that prices will be roughly in that same ballpark, if not higher.

Lending more traction to that theory, Google hinted at a high-end price saying that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be “a premium-priced product.”

All of that said, retail leaks point in the opposite direction. The Pixel 6 will, apparently, be the cheapest flagship-tier Pixel in the lineup’s history with a possible starting price of $599, with the Pro model potentially landing at $899.

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.

After the first online ad, Google the same week started a branded content partnership in the UK wherein the Pixel 6 is used and shown off by characters of a new television series.

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. In mid-September, amid many more leaks, Google teased the phone further with new imagery of the front of the device as well as a deviously timed teaser from an official Google account just minutes after Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 series. The wallpapers shown in these teasers as well as others have leaked on multiple occasions at this point too.

Pixel 6 Pro front

Google has also started showing the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in its flagship retail store in New York City, putting up billboards in the US, magazine ads, as well as making some special edition potato chips to tease the phone’s arrival. The joke plays off of Google’s new “original chips,” aka the Tensor chipset debuting in Pixel 6. As of September 20, the phones had picked up FCC approval, a very important step leading up to their official launch in at least the United States where, clearly, Google plans to sell a lot of phones.

Other last-minute leaks of the PIxel 6 series have detailed a second-gen Pixel Stand, a new silicone case that seems to replace the fabric cases used with past generations.

You can keep up with the latest news on these new phones below with our constant and in-depth coverage.

Google Pixel 6 Stories Today

Recently, Visible expanded the ability to convert your physical SIM card provided by the carrier to a sleeker and virtual eSIM. Since Visible now supports eSIM conversion on the Pixel 6, I figured I’d give it a go. It turns out the ride wasn’t as smooth as I’d hoped it would be.

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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 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 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 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 Stories May 11

Google’s platform for mobile augmented reality is available on 1.2 billion Android devices today. At I/O 2022, ARCore is getting foundational improvements to make it work faster and more reliably on the Pixel 6 and in Google Maps Live View. 

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Google Pixel 6 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 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.

Some six or so months after launch, we’re taking another look at what the Pixel 6 has done right and wrong in our long-term review of the entry-level Made by Google flagship phone for 2021 and most of 2022.

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Google Pixel 6 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 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 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 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 Stories April 26

After touting a “quarterly sales record” during the last earnings call, Sundar Pichai said today that the Pixel 6 is the “fastest selling Pixel ever.” The Alphabet CEO also teased more hardware and Android announcements for I/O 2022.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories April 22

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 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 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 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 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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Google Pixel 6 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 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 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 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 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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In an under-the-radar enterprise announcement at the start of this year, Verizon partnered with Google to pair the Pixel 6 with Glass Enterprise Edition 2. In fact, there’s even a discount for businesses that ends today.

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Google Pixel 6 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 Stories March 29

How to restore Assistant voice typing on Pixel 6 by resetting the Google app

Some have found that Google Assistant voice typing no longer works on their Pixel 6 phones. Here’s how to reset the Google app to get things working again.

Google Pixel 6 Stories March 28

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 Stories March 25

With Android 12, Google introduced a “performance class” to let app developers “understand what a device is capable of, and tailor [their] user experience accordingly.” The Pixel 6 and several other modern flagships were the “first to optimize” and meet the standard, which apps like Snapchat are using, but Samsung is absent.

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Google Pixel 6 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 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 Stories March 22

How to install Android 12L on your Google Pixel [Updated]

After a brief beta period, Google’s big-screen focused Android 12L update has arrived, and you can install it first on Pixel smartphones. Here’s how.

Google Pixel 6 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 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 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 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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How to set up Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, and Do Not Disturb on Pixel 6

Digital Wellbeing with Focus Mode and Do Not Disturb on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is all about disconnecting when it matters. Taking a break here and there can be important, especially if you find yourself constantly distracted by what’s going on. Well, with Digital Wellbeing you can limit distractions without silencing the important things.

Google Pixel 6 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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