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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

One of the biggest problems that Google’s Pixel 6 series suffered from over time was an unreliable modem. Compared to other Android devices, the Samsung modem used with Google Tensor just wasn’t up to the task. How does Google Tensor G2 compare in the modem department? We put the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 head to head to see how they compare with signal strength and speed to find out.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories December 6

Spatial Audio on Pixel phones and Pixel Buds Pro is not launching until January, but Google today detailed how it will work and what Android apps will be supported.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories November 25

You can upgrade from Pixel 6 to Pixel 7 for just $20 right now

Google’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are already some of the best values in a flagship smartphone today, but their Black Friday prices just make that even better. Plus, thanks to a trade-in deal, you can upgrade from a Pixel 6 to a Pixel 7 for just $20, or even less.

Google Pixel 6 Stories November 8

While the Pixel 7 Pro offers minor refinements over the Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 are even further separated with important changes that make for a more enticing product.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories November 3

‘Quick phrases’ on your Pixel: How to turn them on and use them

Google’s Pixel lineup has the goal of making your life just a little bit easier. This is evident with the dozens of smart features that have made their way to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 series. One favorite Pixel feature is called “quick phrases.” This guide will take you through exactly what they do.

Google Pixel 6 Stories November 1

With the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google announced the latest At a Glance features. The Pixel 6 is now picking up daily weather forecasts in At a Glance on the lock and homescreen. 

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Google Pixel 6 Stories October 26

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 Stories October 11

Google’s latest smartphones bring a handful of useful changes in the hardware and the software, but some of the new software tricks will actually make their way back to the Pixel 6 series through future updates, Google has apparently confirmed.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories October 7

Ahead of its Pixel 7 launch yesterday, Google proudly announced that the Pixel 6 with the addition of the Pixel 6a, the series has been Google’s “fastest-selling” to date.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 28

The Google Phone app that handles calls and the dialer for Pixel phones appears to be testing a redesigned in-call UI that has a sort of “bottom bar” interface.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 14

Voice-to-text might not be the first feature you think of on your smartphone, but it’s one that can really enhance how useful your device really is. With its Pixel 6 last year, Google debuted a new speech-to-text experience that blew away everything before it, and now, it’s time for that experience to come to other Android phones.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 13

The Pixel 7 series is set to launch next month, and we figured now is a great time to talk about how poorly the official case for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro has held up over the past year.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 9

First teased as a feature of the Pixel Buds Pro, Google has made Spatial Audio available on Pixel 6 and 6 Pro for all headphones in the latest Android 13 beta, but it doesn’t do much yet.

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Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are sold out at the Google Fi store [U]

Rather surprisingly, the Pixel 6 is no longer available for purchase from the Google Fi store, while the MVNO variant is not consistently in stock at the US Google Store.

Google Pixel 6 Stories September 7

Last week, I detailed my personal experience regarding the battery life on the Pixel 6 and how it’s dwindled over the past few months of ownership, becoming an issue. With that, we turned it over to our readers and posed the same issue in poll form. Here’s what we learned.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 30

Since the Pixel 6 was launched, it touted huge battery advantages over its bigger brother. Now, it seems like users – myself included – are noticing a huge drop in battery life efficiency, with the Pixel 6’s battery draining at tremendous speeds and not even making it a full day.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 29

Android 13 for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a prevents you from returning to Android 12 due to a security vulnerability. That’s still not changing for end users, but Google is now providing a path for developers to return to Android 12 on the Pixel 6 for app testing. 

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 23

The smartphone market as a whole continues to hit a plateau, and in Q2 2022, the North American market saw a dip of around 6%. Despite that, Google’s Pixel lineup continued growth in North America during Q2, while Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra was the most popular Android smartphone in the region.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 19

Google posts additional instructions for Pixel 6 owners that flashed Android 13

With Android 13, Google made it so that the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a cannot reinstall Android 12 in order to address a security issue. In addressing that vulnerability, another problem might arise, and Google has released instructions on how to avoid bricking your device if you flashed Android 13.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Google is continuing to work on bringing facial recognition to the Pixel 6 and future devices, including the Pixel 7. Now, the latest direction enlists the Pixel’s under-display fingerprint sensor to be used in conjunction with face unlock.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 16

Google released Android 13 today for Pixel devices, and it’s rolling out now to devices. However, for Pixel 6 series owners, Android 13 is essentially a permanent upgrade, as there’s no way to roll back to Android 12.

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Google dropped Android 13 yesterday for Pixel owners, but it seems that some Pixel owners aren’t seeing the update delivered properly. Instead, there’s a growing number of reports of Pixel owners seeing an Android 12 “update” sent to their device.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 15

How to install Android 13 on Google Pixel

Android 13 is now available for select Google Pixel devices ahead of rolling out to the wider Android ecosystem. While it’s not a major upgrade, there’s a fair bit to get excited about – here’s how to install Android 13 on Google Pixel devices.

Retail availability of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are coming to a close, and the US Google Store is discounting the latter to $649 while the former is now $499.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 10

In a slight departure for the Pixel’s social media presence, Google is running a wallpaper contest where the winner gets a free Pixel 6. 

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 9

With the Pixel 6a, Google Photos launched a new “Camouflage” capability as part of Magic Eraser, and it’s now also available for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 8

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 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 Stories August 2

In most cases, Google rolls out the latest Android security patch to Pixel phones on the first Monday of every month. That did not occur this morning, and it looks like the August Pixel update has been delayed.

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Google Pixel 6 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 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 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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If you’ve held off picking up the Pixel 6 series ahead of the Pixel 6a launch, you might be wondering just what the difference is. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories July 18

As a mid-ranger, the Nothing Phone (1) is not the flagship that many hoped for, but with a comparable spec sheet and price to the Pixel 6, we’re here to examine where they stack up against one another.

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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 Stories July 15

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 Stories July 13

Yesterday, Google kicked off a pretty big three-day sale that discounted the Pixel 6 by $100 to $499, and it’s now sold out on Amazon.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories July 12

Following its reveal at Google I/O, there’s a fair bit of excitement around the Google Pixel 6a, as it’s the biggest upgrade Google’s budget smartphone has ever seen. But with the regular Pixel 6 discounted to $499 thanks to Amazon’s festivities, there’s absolutely no reason to keep waiting.

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Google Pixel 6 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 Stories July 6

Google Store very much wants you to buy the Pixel 6 with Pixel Pass

The Pixel Pass is Google’s hardware and software subscription, and the Google Store is now making sure prospective Pixel 6 buyers are aware of it before checking out.

Google Pixel 6 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 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 Stories June 24

Does the Poco F4 offer a better package than the baseline Pixel 6 — a device we hailed as one of the best “default” Android phones you can buy? Let’s find out.

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Google Pixel 6 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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Google Pixel 6 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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Google is rolling out the Pixel’s eleventh Feature Drop this June with Android 12 QPR3. It’s available for the Pixel 4/XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro from today onwards.

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Google Pixel 6 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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