Google launches Pixel 6 & Pixel 6 Pro: Everything you need to know

After lots of leaking and teasing, Google has finally launched the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro officially at their Pixel Fall event which was streamed on YouTube. During the event, Google talked about the new features of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro which include the display, better battery life, improved cameras, and the Google Tensor SoC. Without further ado, let’s go through everything you need to know about the newly launched Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro.


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Price and Availability

The Google Pixel 6 is priced at $599 for the base 128GB model and the Google Pixel 6 Pro is priced at $899 for the base 128GB model. They are already available for pre-order on the Google Store and will be available in physical stores from October 28.

Display

The display happens to one of the many places where the new Google Pixels got upgraded. On the Pixel 6, there’s a 6.4 inches AMOLED display that has a FHD+ resolution with 411 PPI density and up to 90Hz high refresh rate. On the Pixel 6 Pro, there’s a 6.71 inches LTPO AMOLED display that has a QHD+ resolution with 512 PPI density and up to 120Hz refresh rate (10-120HZ). There’s support for HDR10+ and always-on display on the 6 and 6 Pro. They both have a punch-hole cutout at the top center for housing the selfie camera. Both also have Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on their screens with up to 2X more scratch resistance.

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The Pixel 6 Pro display is curved at the edges and Google terms it as a waterfall display while the Pixel 6 has flat edges.

Design and Body

The design of the new Google Pixels is unique to them as they call it the “Pixel Design.” There’s a horizontal bump at the rear for housing the camera, this is a great bump design as it prevents rocking on flat surfaces.

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On the rear, there’s Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the Pixel 6 Pro and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the Pixel 6. On the sides, there’s a polished alloy frame on the Pro model and a tactile alloy frame on the non-Pro model. They both have IP68 water and dust resistance certification.

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Processor and Memory

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are powered by the new custom-made Google Tensor SoC which is built on a 5nm fab processor and has a 2.84 max clock speed. This new Tensor SoC allows for better Machine Learning, AI, better speech recognition, and many more features while using up to 50% less power. When compared to the Pixel 5, it offers up to 80% faster CPU performance and up to 370% better GPU performance.

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The Pixel 6 comes with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 internal storage while the Pixel 6 Pro comes with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage (color-dependent).

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Camera

Coming to the camera department, Google made significant hardware and software upgrades when compared to the previous gen with new algorithms, sensors & lenses. The new main camera is 2.5X bigger than the previous gen and allows for up to 150% more light for better low-light performance.

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On the Pixel 6 Pro, there’s a triple rear camera setup that features a 50MP camera with OIS & f/1.85 aperture, a 12MP ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 48MP telephoto camera with 4X optical zoom, OIS & f/3.5 aperture. The telephoto camera allows for up to 20X Super Res zoom. As for video recording, you can record 4K videos at 30/60fps in HDRnet and 1080p videos at 30/60/120/240fps. There’s an 11.1 ultrawide selfie camera on here that can record videos at up to 4K 30fps.

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On the Pixel 6, there’s a 50MP camera with OIS, f/1.85 aperture & 7X Super Res zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there’s an 8MP selfie camera. You can record 4K videos at 30/60fps in HDRnet and 1080p videos at 30/60/120/240 fps.

There’s a new LDAF sensor on the 6 & 6 Pro which allows for better low light performance. Some new camera features include Face Unblur, Motion Mode, Real Tone, Magic Eraser, and Motion AutoFocus.

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Battery and Charging

The battery life on the new Google Pixels also got better as Google now terms it a 24 hours+ battery life. On the Pixel 6 Pro, there’s a 5003 mAh battery while on the Pixel 6, there’s a 4,614 mAh battery.
They both support fast wired charging at up to 30W using the new Google 30W fast charger that you have to buy separately as no charger is included in the box. They also support fast wireless charging with the Pixel 6 going up to 21W and the Pixel 6 Pro up to 23W, this is only achievable using the new 2nd gen Pixel Stand that you have to buy separately.

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Network and Connectivity

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There’s support for 5G network with Sub6 and mmWave on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, it has support for global LTE & 5G bands.
As for connectivity, they come with Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi Direct, HE160, MIMO, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC and  Ultra-Wideband chip (only on Pixel 6 Pro).
As for location, they support Dual Band GNSS, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS.

Software and Security

Straight out of the box, the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro come running on Android 12. Thanks to the Tensor SoC, Google promises up to 5 years of security updates to its Pixel 6 lineup.

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Also, Tensor has a built-in Titan M2 security chip and Google Tensor security core, which protects you and your data from outside attacks.
Beneath the display, both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have an optical fingerprint scanner for biometric security.

So, this is basically everything you need to know about the newly launched Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro.

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