November 27, 2021

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The Pixel 6 is here, and Google got serious about hardware

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It’s no surprise the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are launching today. The company already revealed the phones a few months ago, and today basically serves as a confirmation for the myriad of additional leaks we’ve had so far. Still, it’s nice to see some concrete evidence that Google has finally started to take its phones’ hardware seriously.

We’ve had our hands on the new phones for a couple of days now, and while we’re not able to share a full review yet, it’s evident that this is the most exciting phone from Google in years. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the Pixel 6 is starting at just $599, undercutting the vast majority of flagship phones, with the larger Pixel 6 Pro going for $899. The Pixel 6 is even cheaper than last year’s Pixel 5 with its relatively wimpy specs.

I liked the Pixel 5, mind you. It was far from the flagship phones of the year, but it got most of the basics right. But with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google aims higher, looking to match or exceed the competition in specs, design, and software.

Specs

Let’s confirm those final specs once and for all.

Here are some of the highlights for the Pixel 6:

  • 6.4-inch OLED panel with flat edges
  • 1080 x 4200 resolution
  • 90 Hz refresh rate
  • Google Tensor Processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128/256 GB storage configurations
  • Gorilla Glass Victus front panel, Gorilla Glass 6 on the rear
  • 4,614 mAh battery for “beyond 24-hour battery life”
  • 30W quick charging (brick sold separately), 50% in 30 minutes
  • 23W wireless charging
  • Titan M2 Processor
  • IP68 water resistance
  • 50 MP F1.85 wide camera with a massive 1/1.31″ sensor and optical image stabilization
  • 12MP F2.2 ultrawide camera
  • 8MP F2.0 selfie camera
  • 7x Super Res Zoom
  • HDR 4K 60 FPS video, 240 fps slow-mo
  • Wifi 6E support

The Pixel 6 Pro features largely the same specifications, with a few key differences:

  • 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with slightly curved edges
  • 1330 x 3120 resolution
  • 120Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • 12 GB RAM
  • 128/256/512 GB storage configurations
  • Gorilla Glass Victus on the rear as well as the front
  • 5,000 mAh battery
  • 48MP F3.5 telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom, 1/2″ sensor size
  • 11.1MP F2.2 ultrawide selfie camera
  • 20X Super Res Zoom
  • Ultra-wideband radio for accurate object location and positioning.