The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has been possibly the most leaked devices in recent memory. With the continual stream of leaks, there aren’t really any surprises left in store.

Pixel 6 Pro – Starting at AU$1,299.00

Now we’re talking, the highest spec phone from Google to date sporting their own first-generation Tensor chip. It carries 12GB of memory and starts at 128GB of storage. The screen is a 6.7” QHD+ OLED LTPO display that runs a dynamic 10-120Hz refresh, which provides a great battery saving. The 5,000 mAh battery is expected to power you through a full day of heavy calls, emails, messaging, streaming and productivity.

The camera has seen a big bump in specs and capacity this year with a triple rear camera system: 50MP Main sensor said to capture 150% more light than the Pixel 5, a 12MP Ultrawide and a 48MP Telephoto with 4X optical zoom. The front-facing camera is an 11.1 MP Ultrawide with 4K video capacity. As we know though, megapixels don’t make the camera the optics and software are a major contributing factor which Google has also made huge leaps in upgrading to make it easier to use and produce exceptional results.

The Pixel 6 Pro comes in three storage options:

  • 128GB for $1,299.00
  • 256GB for $1,499.00
  • 512GB for $1,599.00

Pixel 6 – Starting at AU$999.00

The little brother of the Pro, the Pixel 6 starts at 128GB of storage with 8GB of RAM. It sports a slightly smaller, 6.4” FHD+ 60-90Hz Smooth Display and IP68 rating and Corning Gorilla® Glass Victus making it a tough device. The camera here too has seen a jump in capability with a dual rear camera system with 50 MP main camera and 12 MP Ultrawide.

The Pixel 6 comes in three colours: Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral and Stormy Black which all have their own charm. For a 128GB version you’ll need to drop $999.00 or for the 256GB a cool $1,129.00.

New and upgraded features

When Google officially announced the Pixel phones, one of the major notes was the Tensor chip:

Tensor was built for how people use their phones today and how people will use them in the future. As more and more features are powered by AI and ML it’s not simply about adding more computing resources, it’s about using that ML to unlock specific experiences for our Pixel users.

But it’s not just in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning that users will see the benefit. Coupled with the software upgrades in Android 12, users will see a cleaner and more responsive OS, as well as better processing capacity for photos. Users will enjoy better security for longer (5 years) and greater battery life through dynamic adjustments to their usage habits.

Both devices are available now for pre-order and will be available for purchase next week from the Google Store, Telstra, JB Hi-Fi, Optus, Vodafone, Harvey Norman and Officeworks. If you’re looking at Kayo or BINGE subscriptions, it’s probably worth grabbing your Pixel 6 from the Google Store, because you’ll get 3 months free as an added bonus.

Google has continued to evolve their hardware with each generation, this time around it feels more like a revolution with huge leaps forward. It’s a pretty compelling offer if you’re in the market for a new phone soon and of course, as mentioned, the pricing is pretty reasonable at $999 for the Pixel 6 or $1,299 for the Pixel 6 Pro.

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So I just learned that the new Pixels will get Hold for Me and Call Screen in Australia. Two features I’ve been really looking forward to! mmWave for the Pro is also sweet, being on Telstra.

Got the 6 Pro white. Stoked.

Decision decisions. Now have to make up my mind between a Pixel Pro 6 and the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

I do like the cleanskin UI approach of the Pixels and monthly security updates etc. If Oppo was doing the same …

Really good pricing for base storage models. How Google prices their higher tier storage devices baffles me. P6 an extra $130 for 128Gb but P6 Pro is an extra $200??? Then to confuse us more Google only charges an extra $100 for 256Gb extra storage on the biggest 512Gb model. Doesn’t make any sense to me.