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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

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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

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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

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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

Pixel 6 is already sold out at the Google Fi store

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.

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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

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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 29

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

5G signal issues with January patch for Pixel 6
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Stories May 26

[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 Stories May 25

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Stories April 21

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“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

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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.

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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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