The Google Pixel 6 launch event has now taken place, with a release date for the new smartphone announced for 28 October 2021. Google's official launch event revealed all the details on the tech giant's latest device – and it's very impressive.
We've known what the Pixel 6 would look like for months now, with the handset breaking cover way back in August this year, and now finally we've been given the official reveal that phone fans have been waiting for. Described as "the most personal, most helpful phone" to date by Google's Rick Osterloh in his opening monologue, the company looks to have taken feedback on board.
Pixel 6 pre-orders have now gone live and will go on sale in stores on Thursday, 28 October. With its new competitive pricing, we expect these to be a hot product.
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The good news is that the Pixel 6 and the more expensive flagship Pixel 6 Pro look to take Google back into the big leagues in terms of phone production. Could this be the game-changer?
There's also a 120HZ LTPO OLED screen, a stunning new 50MP main camera, a reduced starting price, a new slew of colours, and the all-new Android 12 operating system delivered, too, among other things.
Pixel 6 launch live stream
The Pixel Fall Launch has now concluded. Ahead of the presentation, Google teased the event by saying: "On October 19th, we’re officially introducing you to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – the completely reimagined Google phones. Powered by Google Tensor, Google’s first custom mobile chip, they’re fast, smart and secure. And they adapt to you".
You can now rewatch the Pixel 6 launch live stream below. It's around 55 minutes in full and even has an appearance from Netflix's Marie Kondo of all people, so well worth a watch for that alone.
Pixel 6 official T3 unboxing
T3 got its hands on the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro ahead of time. Check it out below to see exactly what it looks like outside of the box, as well as the differences between the two devices.
Pixel 6 price
The Pixel 6 will launch at $599 / £599 / AU$999, while the Pixel 6 Pro will launch at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299. It's a very appealing price point, challenging the biggest on the market and making Google more of a threat than ever to the competition.
The Google Pixel 5 originally launched at $699 / £599 / AU$999 making it substantially cheaper than the Google Pixel 4, which went on sale at $799 / £669 / AU$1,049. Google is again following that trend offering the Pixel 6 at an even lower cost.
On top of this, Google Pixel Pass was officially announced, an all-in-one subscription that gives consumers access to Google's full suite of services (YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass, 200GB cloud storage and YouTube Music Premium) as well as the chance to pay for the Pixel device via monthly instalments.
Google Pixel Pass for the Pixel 6 is available from $45 a month, while the Pixel 6 Pro starts at $55. After two years of payments, anyone subscribed can instantly upgrade.
Pixel 6 design
Google officially unveiled its Pixel 6 devices earlier in 2021 and plenty more leaks since then have shown us the phones from every angle.
The design of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is quite stark, with a distinctive horizontal camera block, three-tone colour scheme and a central punch-hole camera in the display.
The dimensions of the Google Pixel 6 Pro are 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm (with an 11.5mm camera bump).
The Pixel 6 will be available in three new colours: Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral and Stormy Black. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, is available to pick up in Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White and Stormy Black.
Pixel 6 screen
The Google Pixel 6 screen size is confirmed as 6.7 inches for the Pixel 6 Pro and 6.4 inches for the Pixel 6.
The Pixel 6 Pro has a 120HZ LTPO OLED screen that is slightly curved. The resolution of this display has been confirmed to be 1440 x 3120 pixels at 512 PPI.
The standard Pixel 6 screen output offers 1080 x 2400 at 411 PPI. It also has a 120HZ refresh rate, but the panel is not LTPO.
Pixel 6 camera
The Google Pixel 6 camera details have now been confirmed as well. The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 50MP main sensor that lets in 150 per cent more light than the Pixel 5's main sensor.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro will also come with a 12MP ultra-wide camera sensor and a telephoto lens, too. The telephoto lens will be able to deliver 4x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom.
Pixel 6, however, will come with the same 50MP main sensor and ultra-wide, too, but will miss out on the telephoto lens.
Magic Eraser is the big new camera software feature this year, with the AI tool allowing for the easy removal of unwanted objects and people from photos. Face Unblur and Motion Mode are two additional new camera features that look to enhance action shots and add/withdraw blur where you want it.
Pixel 6 specs
Google has revealed its full specs for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro. The tech giant has followed Apple's lead and produced a processor of its own to power the Pixel 6. The Tensor is a system on a chip (SoC) that has been custom-built for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro and delivers an 80 per cent performance improvement over the Pixel 5.
In terms of supporting hardware, the Pixel 6 will come loaded with 8GB of RAM and a choice of either a 128Gb or 256GB storage drive. The Pixel 6 Pro, meanwhile, is slated for 12GB of RAM and similarly is available for up to 258GB of storage space.
The battery is said to support 24-hour battery life, and support up to 48-hour battery life with Extreme Battery Saver enabled. It will charge around 30 per cent of its battery in 30 minutes. This is the same across both the standard and pro.
Pixel 6 pre-orders
Google Pixel 6 will be available on shelves in most major territories from 28 October 2021. You can head on over to the Google Store right now to place a pre-order for either the Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro.