Google Pixel 6 expected release date, price, specs and more

What to expect from the forthcoming Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro

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The Google Pixel 6 launch event is taking place on 19 October, 2021. And this, in partnership with a lot of huge leaks over the past few weeks, means that we now have a very good idea of what the flagship new range is going to offer.

Indeed, thanks to a megaton leak at UK phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, we now have complete details of the Google Pixel 6 specs, including a full rundown of its screen, charging, cameras and software.

And the good news is that the Google Pixel 6 looks like a massive upgrade on the  Google Pixel 5. For example, both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are coming with a brand new Tensor processor made by Google itself that is reportedly 80 per cent faster that the Pixel 5's Snapdragon 765G. 80 per cent!

As such, the Google Pixel 6 very much looks like it's going to be the best Pixel yet, and a serious contender to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Apple iPhone 13. Right here we reveal everything we already know about the range, as well as what to expect in terms of the Pixel 6 release date and Pixel 6 price.

We've also got the very latest Pixel 6 news that is breaking in the days before launch. Simply scroll down or select a section in the nearby menu to get started.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Leaked images of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google Pixel 6 latest news

11 October, 2021 – Well, that's that then. The entirety of the Google Pixel 6 range had just leaked over at Carphone Warehouse.

Let's deal with this avalanche of leaked information one phone at a time, starting with the Pixel 6 Pro.

The Pixel 6 Pro is powered by Google's Tensor chipset and it is 80 per cent faster that the Pixel 5's Snapdragon 765G.

The Pixel 6 Pro camera has a main 50 MP sensor and that captures 150 per cent more light than the Pixel 5. There's also a telephoto lens that supports 4x optical zoom.

This phone also comes sporting a feature called 'Magic Eraser'. This is an AI tool that can automatically remove unwanted objects and people from photos.

In terms of display and charging, the Pixel 6 Pro comes with a 6.7” LTPO OLED panel with variable refresh rate ranging from 10-120 Hz and a battery that  supports 30W over USB Type-C.

Security on the Pixel 6 Pro comes courtesy of a Titan M2 chip.

As for the Pixel 6, that comes with the same Tensor chipset, same Titan M2 chip, and the same 50MP main camera sensor. However, this handset comes with a 6.4-inch OLED display (not an LTPO panel), no telephoto lens and only 21W charging.

That's basically everything there is to know, then, about both Pixel 6 phones. All we need now is confirmation of the Pixel 6 price.

30 September, 2021 – The Google Pixel 6 price has reportedly leaked, with YouTube M. Brandon Lee relating information from an unnamed European carrier. The carrier prices are for devices with the codenames "oriole" and "raven", which are thought right now to be the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

The leaker states that the Google Pixel 6 price could be as low as €649 (around $758 / £560 / AU$1,045).

Now, interestingly, this pricing is roughly in the same ballpark as the Pixel 5 retailed for, but the difference here is that the Pixel 6 is coming with a more flagship hardware spec from what has leaked so far.

The Pixel 6 is scheduled to come with the company's own supercharged Tensor processor, as well as the most powerful cameras ever installed on a Pixel device, and the who thing is being wrapped up in a radical new design.

As for the Pixel 6 Pro, which is rumored to come with a 120Hz screen, the leaked pricing information is as follows: €899 (around $1,047 / £776 / AU$1,448). This again is very competitive compared to other "Pro" phones from rival makers, so here's hoping this pricing proves to be accurate.

27 September, 2021 – Rumours around the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro continue to swirl. Google's approach to its phones seems to be somewhat different to other companies. It has released information about the design, without offering any clues about when the phone might be released. However we do know that October has traditionally been the month the company has launched new Pixel devices. A new rumour strongly suggests Google will have an event on October 5, but also that this might not be the Pixel launch. 

20 September, 2021 There have been rumours around for some time now that we would get a folding Pixel this year. That's stepped up a notch when Evan Blass, who tweets as Evleaks, suggested a trusted source had confirmed the phone would be coming this year. Not only that, but there are rumours of a second device in the works for next year...

We believe that the Pixel 6 will have an under screen fingerprint reader after numerous leaks. The first was at the start of the year when code in Android suggested it was coming to the new device. Then, a few days ago a Google Exec was showing off his new wallpaper, when keen-eyed Twitter users spotted what looks like a logo indicating an under-screen reader. Overall, this rumour feels pretty likely. 

Google Pixel 6 release date

The Google Pixel 6 release date is now confirmed as 19 October, 2021. This is the date that Google is announcing its new range of phones to the world. Google Pixel 6 pre-orders (or even direct orders) are expected to go live immediately.

When Pixel 6 phones will actually be in user hands, though, is still a mystery. No concrete information is yet known, but we estimate orders being shipped within a week or two of the 19 October event.

Google Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6

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Google Pixel 6 price

Our best idea yet of how much the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro will cost comes courtesy of Tech YouTuber M. Brandon Lee, who has broken pricing information from an unknown European carrier.

According to lee the Google Pixel 6 price will be: €649 (around $758 / £560 / AU$1,045).

And the Google Pixel 6 Pro price will be: €899 (around $1,047 / £776 / AU$1,448).

This pricing sounds pretty accurate here to T3 and is very competitive with rival flagship smartphones. Indeed, it is even cheaper than the Pixel 5, which itself was cheaper than the Pixel 4. This could be a pricing trend.

The Google Pixel 5 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.

So, where will the Google Pixel 6 price land? At this stage, nothing’s confirmed, but we estimate Google will not want to alienate users with a super-premium price tag, perhaps opting for a price point that sits in between the Samsung Galaxy S21 or the iPhone 12 mini.

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Google Pixel 6 design

Google officially unveiled its Pixel 6 devices earlier in 2021 (see above), 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 color scheme and a central punch-hole camera in the display.

The dimensions of the Google Pixel 6 Pro are 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm (with an 11.5mm camera bump).

Colors, based on the images we've seen of both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro include white, black, pink, yellow, and green. The names for these colors are rumored to be Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam, Stormy Black, Sorta Sunny, and Cloudy White.

Google 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 it slightly curved. The resolution of this display is thought to be 1440 x 3120 pixels.

The Pixel 6 also has a 120HZ refresh rate, but the panel is thought not to be LTPO.

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Google Pixel 6 camera

Google Pixel 6 camera

Google Pixel 6 Pro

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The Google Pixel 6 camera details have now been confirmed.

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.

Google Pixel 6 specs

Google Pixel 6 Tensor SoC

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Google 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 is thought to 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 up to 512GB of storage space.