The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are Official: All the Details You Need to Know

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro release date

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Google has now announced all of the details for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, its two most important phones to date, both of which offer a lot of phone for prices well under competitors. Let’s run through all you need to know in case you’ve been putting off on buying a new phone until Google held its annual Pixel event.

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro prices and release date

Assuming you have been following the leaks, these are two of the last pieces of info you needed confirmation on and we have them for you today.

The Pixel 6 starts at $599 and the Pixel 6 Pro starts at $899. For those base prices, you get 128GB of storage, but the Pixel 6 can be upgraded to 256GB and the Pixel 6 Pro can go to 256GB and then 512GB.

The full breakdown of prices, storage options and 5G type is as follows:

  • Pixel 6 (5G sub-6 only)
    • 128GB – $599
    • 256GB – $699
  • Pixel 6 (5G mmWave)
    • 128GB – $699
    • 256GB – $799
  • Pixel 6 Pro (5G sub-6 + mmWave)
    • 128GB – $899
    • 256GB – $999
    • 512GB – $1,099

Both phones are up for pre-order starting today, October 19. The first round of shipments should arrive by launch day, which is October 28.

The Pixel 6 comes in Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Stormy Black. The Pixel 6 Pro comes in Stormy Black, Cloudy White, and Sorta Sunny.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

The rest of the Pixel 6 story

OK, if you are still reading, that means you want to know more and didn’t follow every little leak down to the type of fingerprint reader used, so let’s talk about Google and its new Pixel 6 phones.

We have a Pixel 6 running Google’s Tensor chip, a 6.4″ FHD OLED display (90Hz), 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, 4614mAh battery, 30W wired charging, fast wireless charging, 8MP selfie camera, the Titan M2 security chip, stereo speakers, in-display fingerprint sensor, USB-C (USB 3.1) port, IP68 water and dust resistance, and support for all of the US 5G bands, including 5G mmW in some models.

Then we have a Pixel 6 Pro running that same Google Tensor chip and with most of the rest of the Pixel 6’s specs. There are several upgrades, though, including a 6.7″ QHD curved OLED display (120Hz, LTPO), 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 storage, 5003mAh battery, 11MP selfie camera, and a UWB chip.

There are some differences in the cameras too. While both have main 50MP wide angle and 12MP ultra-wide angle lenses, the Pixel 6 Pro also has a 48MP telephoto lens. The 50MP camera sports a f/1.85 aperture (it’s a 1/1.3 inch sensor), 82-degree field of view, and can Super Res Zoom on the Pixel 6 up to 7x. The ultra-wide camera shoots at f/2.2 and with a 114-degree field of view. On the Pixel 6 Pro, the 48MP telephoto camera shoots at f/2.2 with a 23.5-degree field of view and has 4x optical and 20x digital zoom capabilities.

We have optical and electronic stabilization, LDAF (laser detect auto focus), a spectral and flicker sensor, 4K video at up to 60fps, slow motion at up to 240fps, stereo recording, speech enhancement in video, 4K Cinematic Pan stabilization, and a whole bunch of special camera modes and features. Google is finally releasing its Magic Eraser in Google Photos, a Face Unblur tool, Real Tone for pictures of people, and a Motion mode on the Pixel 6 line-up.

As for software, the Pixel 6 phones run Android 12, so that means you get the Material You theming across the system, system-level searching of the phone, more powerful Google Assistant voice typing, Live Translate in Messages, from media, and through the camera, quick phrases that let you control some activities (calls, alarms, and timers) without saying “Hey Google,” and a revamped At a Glance widget, with more information than ever.

As for other noteworthy bits, here’s a short list:

  • Google Tensor is said to provide 80% faster performance over the Pixel 5. (More on Tensor later today.)
  • These phones should be the most secure of any Pixel, thanks to the new Titan M2 security chip and the Security hub that lets you know if how you can improve the security of your phone and Google accounts.
  • The main 50MP camera on each phone can capture 150% more light, which is the most ever in a Pixel phone.
  • The Pixel 6 Pro has Gorilla Glass Victus protecting both its front and rear glass panels, while the Pixel 6 has Victus up front with Gorilla Glass 6 on the back.
  • The Pixel 6 phones will receive 5 years of security updates.
  • Google is indeed launching a Pixel Pass that will couple together a new Pixel phone with upgrades after two years, 200GB Google One plan, YouTube Premium, and Google Play Pass, all for a “low monthly price.” The Pixel Pass will be sold through Google Fi and the Google Store and starts at $45/mo for the Pixel 6 and $55/mo for the Pixel 6 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 Kinda Coral

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Specs

 Pixel 6Pixel 6 Pro
OSAndroid 12Android 12
ProcessorGoogle Tensor
Titan M2
Google Tensor
Titan M2
Display6.4" Flat FHD OLED
90Hz
2400x1080, 411ppi
Gorilla Glass Victus
6.7" Curved QHD LTP OLED
120Hz
3120x1440, 512ppi
Gorilla Glass Victus
Rear Camera50MP wide
--f/1.85, 82° field of view
--1/1.31" image sensor
--Super Res Zoom up to 7x

12MP ultra-wide
--f/2.2, 114° field of view
50MP wide
--f/1.85, 82° field of view
--1/1.31" image sensor

12MP ultra-wide
--f/2.2, 114° field of view

48MP telephoto
--f/3.5, 23.5° field of view
--1/2" image sensor size
--4x optical zoom
--Super Res Zoom with telephoto up to 20x
Front Camera8MP
--f/2.0
--84° wide field of view
11.1MP
--f/2.2
--94° ultrawide field of view
MemoryStorage: 128GB, 256GB UFS 3.1
RAM: 8GB LPDDR5
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB UFS 3.1
RAM: 12GB LPDDR5
Battery4614mAh
30W wired charging
Fast wireless charging
Battery Share
5003mAh
30W wired charging
Fast wireless charging
Battery Share
Connectivity5G (sub-6, mmW)
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
5G (sub-6, mmW)
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.2
UWB
NFC
OtherIn-display fingerprint
USB-C (USB 3.1)
Stereo speakers
IP68
In-display fingerprint
USB-C (USB 3.1)
Stereo speakers
IP68
Size158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm
207g
163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
210g
ColorsStormy Black, Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny

Again, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are up for pre-order today. Since we have both phones, stay tuned for so much more, including our unboxing right here!

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