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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 when. When is Google planning to launch its soft-reboot of the Pixel lineup? This, again, is unclear for the time being. Patterns from years past would point to September or October for an unveil and a release not too long after. October 19, 2021, has been suggested as a possible release date for these new phones, but it remains unconfirmed at this point.

Google has confirmed that the phone will be released in “Fall 2021.”

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. 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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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.

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro explained

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 stands to reason that prices will be roughly in that same ballpark, if not higher.

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

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.

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, 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.

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

Google Pixel 6 Stories Yesterday

Google’s upcoming Tensor chipset may end up lagging behind the current top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and even Samsung’s own Exynos 2100 chips and that is absolutely fine. The idea that Tensor needs to rival the best in the business is at best a fallacy.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 16

Google last week kicked off marketing for its next phone with a 30-second online clip that has since aired on television. Country-specific marketing campaigns are now underway, with the Pixel 6 getting billboards across the US.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 15

Just this week, Google has teased the Pixel 6 from a long-dead Twitter account and with 10,000 bags of potato chips. Google Store Chelsea now has the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on display.

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Leaked tidbits from a real Pixel 6 Pro unit suggest that the included Google Tensor chip may be one of the fastest chips available for Android phones.

Update: Even more precise details have come to light.

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Google is going all out to advertise its next flagship phone around the world. In Japan, it offered “Google Original (Potato) Chips” to highlight the new Tensor SoC in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 14

Despite the phone not having a proper release date yet, we’ve sure learned a lot about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro so far. Today, another leak has revealed a few more details about the Pixel 6 Pro, including some tantalizing details about its camera array.

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Apple’s iPhone 13 event just ended, and Google has a secret message for you: Wait for its upcoming flagship. That piece of Pixel 6 buying advice comes from the long-dead Google Nexus Twitter account. 

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Pixel 6 may revive Google’s signature fabric cases w/ new colors, retailer suggests

The Pixel 6 is only a month or two away, and it’s set to reinvent some big historical parts of the Pixel series. One thing that sounds like it will come back, though, is the fabric case which might introduce a bunch of new colors on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 Stories September 13

The hype train for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is really starting to gain momentum as Google kicks the marketing team into gear for what will be the biggest campaign in the history of the smartphone series. A soft series reboot and a host of new features means the Pixel 6 will be highly anticipated — at least by fans.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 11

With the Pixel 6, Google is “ready to invest a lot in marketing,” and that started with the first online ad on Wednesday. It’s continuing the momentum with a Pixel 6 UK ad campaign that sees “Google Pixel” be the “proud sponsor” of a new British television show that premiered this week.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 9

The Pixel 6 promises so much that there is the distinct possibility that we could be let down by the soft reboot of the series. With Android 12 similarly offering a massive overhaul alongside the Pixel 6 launch, we want to know what feature you’re most excited by.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 8

Just over a month after the first preview, Google this evening released the first Pixel 6 ad. With a “For All You Are” tagline, this 30-second video provides our first real, non-rendered glimpse of the hardware.

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Google teases Pixel 6 again in new image showcasing Android 12’s Material You

Today, in the midst of the latest Android 12 Beta release, Google dropped its first new image of the Pixel 6 since showing off the phone in August alongside a celebration of the Material You design that will make its proper debut on that phone.

Google Pixel 6 Stories September 6

Despite not knowing the official launch date for the Pixel 6, we’re very excited to see just what the next-generation Made by Google phones will bring to the table. We know many of you out there are excited too, and it’s interesting to hear which Pixel 6 model you’re looking to buy at launch.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 4

Google Pixel 6 specs: ‘Tensor’ chip, 120Hz display, 4x zoom, under-display fingerprint

Seemingly to outdo itself from two years ago, Google today announced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in an early teaser well ahead of the formal launch later this year. While Google is keeping some specifics close to its chest, we’re getting a pretty good idea of what the Pixel 6 specs will bring to the table.

Google Pixel 6 Stories September 2

We don’t yet know the official launch date for the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, but for Google, a lot is riding on the upcoming flagship duo. What’s also interesting is just what specific device people are looking at picking up.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories September 1

We’re likely in the homestretch for Google’s Pixel 6 series to arrive, with likely only a matter of weeks between now and the company’s full announcement. As evidenced by its early preview of the phones, Google is clearly confident in its upcoming release and, apparently, it’s preparing to back that up with boosted Pixel 6 production.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 31

The Pixel 6 series is a reboot for the lineup in more ways than one, and the spec sheet we’ve learned so far certainly reflects that. Today, new details are coming out regarding the Pixel 6’s wireless charging capabilities, and specifically how much faster it will be.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 30

The lack of an in-the-box charger means that if you want access to faster-charging methods with the upcoming Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, then you’ll have to stump up extra cash to buy one. To our surprise, the response from you, our readers, when we asked late last week was not quite what we expected.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 27

Google ads for Pixel phones have been all over the place as of late, and the latest one about the 5a with 5G’s headphone jack parodies old Jony Ive product videos, but seemingly without realizing its own product history.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 26

Google has confirmed that it is set to exclude the charger from the box with the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, positing an environmental stance as the reason why. With rumors of faster charging, it might mean that to get the fastest charge speeds, you’ll now need to pick up a separate accessory.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 25

Google reiterates that Pixel 6 will have UWB as it works to expand support in Android 13

The Pixel 6 series is going to be the company’s most ambitious flagship to date, and it really seems like Google isn’t holding back when it comes to various specs. Following some previous rumbles earlier this year, Google has once again reiterated that the Pixel 6 series will have UWB, but work is still being done to expand the feature for other devices to easily use it.

Qualcomm is known for powering the brains of most Android smartphones in the US, but the company’s other major stronghold is in the modem used to give most smartphones, even iPhones, cellular connectivity. For Google’s upcoming Pixel 6, though, a new report adds further confirmation that Samsung will supply the 5G modem.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 18

While its formal debut has yet to be scheduled, we already know the Pixel 6 is coming this fall, thanks to Google’s early reveal. Behind the scenes, though, it seems production is facing a pandemic-caused hurdle that will see the Pixel 6 made in China.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 17

Google’s next phone will be a stark departure in terms of specs, design, and cameras. We also learned today that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will not include a USB-C charger in the box.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 11

The latest version of the Google Camera app suggests that the Pixel 6 series will use a 50 megapixel sensor made by Samsung.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 9

Google made a big splash in 2016 with its original Pixel, not necessarily in terms of sales, but in terms of showing what a smartphone camera could really be capable of. The company has held up its camera prowess for the most part in the time since, but some areas have fallen behind the competition. Zoom is perhaps the biggest area the Pixel 5 falls behind, and it’s why I’m crazy excited to get my hands on a Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 7

This week, Google took the wraps off of its fall smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, offering each in three colorways. Now that we’ve seen official renders of the Pixel 6 series, what’s your favorite color?

Update 8/7: The results are in, here are your favorite colors for the Pixel 6 series.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 5

Smartphones have been getting bigger and bigger over the past decade or so, with phones like the Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max packing massive displays, and in turn, big footprints. Google’s Pixel lineup has been a reliable place to go for a smaller-size device for a while, but the Pixel 6 is bucking that trend entirely. Good.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 4

Google decided that we didn’t know enough about the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and so we saw a soft reveal of the upcoming flagship duo ahead of a “full” launch later this year. It has us thinking about all the connotations and combinations that these devices are bringing and what portions of the Pixel 6 need to be explained.

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Based on what Google announced this week for its next set of flagship phones, the company is going all in on the premium space. Obviously, that’s going to come with a cost for potential customers, and Google isn’t being shy that the Pixel 6 price will be on the higher end of the spectrum.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 3

Yesterday, Google unveiled this fall’s Pixel 6 series phones, leaving quite a few questions unanswered. To get to know the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro a bit better, let’s take a look at their official wallpapers, which also tell us the phones’ resolution.

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With the hype surrounding the Pixel 6 series now at an all-time high, we’re learning more by the hour. The latest such snippet is that the Google Tensor chipset to be used within the upcoming duo will reportedly be made using a 5nm process, with Samsung handling the production.

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Google came out of the blue this week to announce its next flagship smartphones — the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. This is months ahead of the expected schedule that pins the launch around October. So, why is Google coming out on all of this so early? There are a lot of ways to look at it, but personally, I think there’s a clear message. Google is confident about the Pixel 6 in a way it hasn’t been before.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories August 2

Qualcomm stock dips following Pixel 6 ‘Tensor’ reveal, teases future collaboration w/ Google

The Android smartphone market, especially in the US, has long been dominated by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. As Google confirmed that its next flagship Pixel would use its own “Tensor” chipsets, Qualcomm was quick to confirm it wasn’t done working on Pixels.

I’ve been covering Google and the Pixel series for a long time. While most people get caught in the trees and love to compare the Pixel against the other smartphones on performance and specs, one of my favorite past times is trying to zoom out, look at the forest, and create a narrative around what Google is trying do — or try to decipher what they think they’re trying to do. Here’s my attempt at this given today’s Pixel 6 pre-announcement.

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The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro confirmed to launch in these 8 countries

While you can’t actually go out and buy or even pre-order the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, we do know the eight countries in which the device will likely be available at launch.

‘Google Tensor’ is the official name of the Made by Google ‘Whitechapel’ processor

Earlier this year, we leaked that Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, would run on a Made by Google ‘Whitechapel’ chip instead of one made by Qualcomm. Today, Google has formally unveiled its first Whitechapel hardware as the “Google Tensor” chip.

Yes, you heard right — the Pixel 6 series looks to restore a ‘real’ earpiece speaker

We’ve had a good look at what the Pixel 6 will look like and what it’s packing, but one thing that nobody seems to be talking about is the return of a proper earpiece or speaker at the top of the phone.

Google will spend more on marketing the Pixel 6 series than any Made by Google phone to date

The poor market penetration for Pixel devices since launching in 2016 could be set to change in 2021, with Google’s Rick Osterloh confirming a large marketing push for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

While Google’s Pixel phones have been famous for their killer cameras, video has always been a sore point for the lineup. Today, Google has confirmed that its new “Tensor” chip will make some big improvements to video on Pixel 6.

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Google today announced that its next flagship smartphones would be the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro and, with that, announced that both smartphones would see a camera revamp after 5 generations of roughly the same hardware.

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Following this morning’s tease, Google today announced that this year’s flagship phones are the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Both phones will be available in the fall and be powered by a brand new chip.

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Google teases ‘preview’ of 2021’s new Pixel phones today

Made by Google this morning tweeted that it had a “preview to share on new Pixel phones.” Set for 9 a.m. PT, we highly expect that the company’s hardware division will tease its Pixel 2021 lineup.

Google Pixel 6 Stories July 15

Despite the numerous leaks, there are still quite a few things we don’t know about the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The latest Google Camera update offers some insight into the Pixel 6 series specs, including screen resolution, flash for the selfie camera, and more.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories July 12

Last week we asked you just what Pixel 6 colors you’d really love to see adorning the upcoming flagship Made by Google device — and the response was impressive.

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Google Pixel 6 Stories July 8

We’re still a couple of months out from Google debuting its Pixel 6 lineup, and so far, information has been relatively scarce. We’ve seen the design and picked up on a couple of other tidbits, but it’s been quiet compared to years past. Now, an alleged rumor claims to reveal the specs for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

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If we take the Pixel 6 renders at face value, the design will be a huge talking point, but we’re still unsure of what colors we might end up seeing.

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