Google announced the Pixel 6 at its fall launch event on October 19. While the event marked the first Pixel 6Pro model in the series, taking over from the now defunct Pixel XL, this guide will focus on the most affordable Pixel coming out in 2021, the Pixel 6. 

The Pixel 6 was actually confirmed all the way back in August, meaning the revamped three-tone design and Google Tensor chip were no surprise to us when we saw them at the event. 

However, Google did hold back on much of what is going on inside the phone, including the specs, battery life and camera, until now, meaning there was still plenty of exciting information announced during the livestream. 

Read on to find out everything there is to know about the Pixel 6, including how much it costs, release date and all the specs. 

You can learn more about how the Pixel 6 series performs in our hands-on Pixel 6 review and Pixel 6 Pro review.

Pricing and release date 

The Pixel 6 was announced on October 19 and is priced at £599/$599. The phone is available to pre-order now, with an official release date set for October 28. 

That makes the Pixel 6 £250 cheaper than the £849 Pixel 6 Pro and the same price as it’s predecessor, the Pixel 5. 

Screen and design 

The Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400. The phone has the same 90Hz refresh rate as the Pixel 5, along with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus cover for better durability. 

The display has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, full 24-bit depth, HDR support and is always-on with Google’s At a Glance and Now Playing features. 

The Pixel 6 measures 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm and weighs 207g. It also features a fingerprint sensor hidden below the display and is dust and waterproof up to IP68. 

It’s available in a number of three-tone designs we initially got a peek at back in August. This includes Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam and Kinda Coral, which will be available only from Q4. 

Specs and features 

One of the biggest updates for the Pixel line this year is the transition to Google’s own Tensor chip. The chip also includes the Titan M2 security coprocessor and the phone will take advantage of five years of Pixel security updates from its release date. 

The Pixel 6 features 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of storage. You can also get 256GB of storage if you’re looking at picking up the Stormy Black and Sorta Seafoam models. 

The 6 supports a range of connectivity types, including 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and Google Cast. 

The 6 packs a 4614mAh battery, offering up to 24 hours of battery life or up to 48 hours with the Extreme Battery Saver mode switched on. 

The Pixel 6 also supports fast charging, with a 30W USB Type-C charger (not provided) able to provide 30% charge in 30 minutes, and works with Qi-certified wireless chargers. The phone supports wireless Battery Share, meaning it can be used to charge other wireless devices, such as earbuds or other phones. 

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The Pixel 6 has a dual-rear camera consisting of a 50-megapixel (f/1.85) wide sensor with an 82-degree field of view and Super Res Zoom up to 7x, and a 12-megapixel (f/2.2) ultra-wide sensor with a 114-degree field of view. The main sensor is capable of capturing up to 150% more light than previous Pixels, according to Google. 

The camera can record 4K video at up to 60fps and includes an LDAF (laser detect auto-focus) sensor, optical and electronic image stabilisation and a spectral and flicker sensor.

Pixel 6 Sorta Seafoam

On the front of the phone, there’s an 8-megapixel (f/2.0) camera with a wide 84-degree field of view capable of recording 1080p video at 30fps. 

The camera also has a wide array of features, including the new Face Unblur for clearer faces, Magic Eraser to get rid of photobombers, Motion Mode for longer exposures and Real Tone for more accurate skin tones.

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