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Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6
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8.8/10
Informr score
The Google Pixel 6 currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 36 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Google Pixel 6 is the closest thing Android has to compare to Apple’s ever-popular iPhone series. With a massive boost to its performance via a new chipset and cameras that reviewers are hailing as phenomenally good, the Pixel 6 seems to be making for smartphone supremacy.

What's good

  • Great performance
  • Android 12 (with rapid updates)
  • Awesome camera utilities
  • New design

What's bad

  • Slow fingerprint reader
  • Unimpressive battery life
  • No telephoto lens

Google Pixel 6 seems to be offering a lot for an Android phone. But can it compete at the top of the increasingly competitive mobile phone charts? Let’s see if reviewers believe it delivers!

Design

Google has brought us a design that actually stands out in the seat of plastic phones available today. Not only does it feature a two-toned color scheme, but the camera bump extends completely across the phone.

There’s some debate between reviewers about whether this is good or bad but most were very happy that the phone doesn’t rock unevenly when they set it down flat -- a common problem with other phones on the market.

The colors available are Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam and Kinda Coral.

Display

The Google Pixel 6 has an OLED display and while it doesn’t have the QHD of its bigger sibling, reviewers stated it was nearly impossible to tell until you were staring at the phone unnaturally closely.

It was also said that the Pixel 6 had more saturation and brighter colors than even the new iPhone, making the darks darker and the brights brighter. The always-on screen allows notifications and the time to be shown at all times.

Performance

The Google-designed Tensor chipset has set the bar pretty high for phones in this price range, allowing the Google Pixel 6 to run extremely snappy. Reviewers pushed the phone and never complained of stutters or pauses.

Software & Storage

Android 12 is present on the Pixel 6, making it one of the most up-to-date Android handsets available. It will also continue to receive updates nearly instantly after they’ve been released, making this a compelling option for the security-conscious or those who want fast access to the bleeding edge of Android software.

You have two options for storage between 128GB or 256GB, although it’s important to note that only the 128GB has the Kinda Coral color available.

Cameras

One of the most impressive parts about the cameras on the Google Pixel 6 is the smart features they’ve built in.

Software analysis removes blur from faces and improves how the camera perceives skin tone. There are also quick options for removing a person or object in the background of a photo and tools to add artistic motion blur to photos.

The Google Pixel 6 was rated one of the best smartphone cameras available in 2021.

Battery Life

Battery life will depend on whether or not you’re using 5G.

With 5G enabled, the phone only lasted about 8 hours. However, disabling 5G added 2 hours to battery life with comparable use. The 90Hz display will also impact battery life.

Reviewers were disappointed that while the Pixel 6 allows 30W charging, the box does not include the new higher-speed charger. So plan to spend a little extra to get the best charging experience.

Audio

The phone features stereo speakers -- one at the top and one at the bottom of the phone. This placement didn’t muddle the sound when holding the phone and, at louder volumes, reviewers were pleasantly surprised by the amount of bass on offer.

You won’t find a headphone jack though, so adapters or Bluetooth will be required for private listening.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum and glass chassis
  • 6.4-inch OLED display
  • Google Tensor (5 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 12
  • 128 or 256GB of storage
  • 50+MP and ultra-wide lens camera
  • 4,614mAh battery

Bottom Line

The Google Pixel 6 makes a good case for Android phones in 2021. Between its smooth performance, a new chipset, amazing camera, and a beautiful 90Hz display, there are very few things to criticize. It even brings a unique take to phone design -- something rare with phone’s today.

Android Authority says, “The Google Pixel 6 is the most well-rounded smartphone Google has ever produced. The upgraded cameras perform well (and are long overdue), the software experience is unmatched, and performance from the Tensor chipset is solid enough (for now). The Pixel 6 is incredibly easy to recommend to anyone looking for a Galaxy S21 or iPhone 13 alternative.”

Digital Trends states, “The Pixel 6 may be flatter and cheaper than the Pixel 6 Pro, but the software, performance, and even the screen and camera get close enough to still make it tempting.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
50+ MP, f/1.9


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The Google Pixel 6 is a powerful smartphone that combines many positive features at an attractive price. Especially in terms of display and camera, the smartphone doesn't need to shy away from the competition. The panel is bright and accurate, and it also operates at up to 90 Hz. In addition, the de...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
XDA Developers

Overall, I’m torn on whether I like the direction that Google has taken for the displays of its two main phones. Of course, everyone would want them both to be a bit better—a slightly brighter display for the 6 Pro and a more refined OLED for the regular 6—but Google’s pricing has made it difficult...

- Dylan Raga, XDA Developers
Craving Tech

Google Pixel 6 is still an amazing phone, though if you have a spare $300 lying around, the Pixel 6 Pro offers better display refresh rate, a larger 6.7″ display, an extra telephoto lens, and more RAM. But honestly, if you don’t always need the latest and greatest in a phone, Google Pixel 6 is an am...

- Michael Aulia, Craving Tech
GSMArena

The Pixel 6 has us muttering some valid if small-ish, complaints. Competitors have largely moved to 120Hz displays, and this one is still at 90Hz, though the jump from 60Hz to 90Hz is perhaps the more visible one. Charging is slow in the grand scheme of things, but about alright in the Pixel 6's con...

- GSMArena
Digital Trends

If the Pixel 6 was the same overall size as the Pixel 5, it would have wowed me even more than it has. Because it’s not, all the design alterations (a flat screen and fewer curves) do is emphasize this is just the cheaper, lower-class version of a better phone. It’s not a phone that will suit someon...

- Andy Boxall, Digital Trends


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Google Pixel 6 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Google's suggested retail price is $599.00. You can compare Pixel 6 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Google backs up the Pixel 6 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Pixel 6 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Google support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Google's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.4"

The Google Pixel 6's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Google Tensor (5 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ MP, f/1.9 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4614mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4614 mAh battery. Google's performance ratings are 1274 minutes, 757 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Pixel 6 Specs

Overview
Release Date October 28, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 12

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Processor Google Tensor (5 nm) Octa-core 2.8 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.2 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
50+ Megapixels, f/1.9, Wide
12+ Megapixels, f/2.2, Ultrawide
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels, f/2.0
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 411 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, HDR
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4614 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Up to 21 W
Fast Charging Up to 30 W
Video Playback Time Up to 1225 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 757 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1274 minutes
Standby Time Up to 10.75 days
Mixed Usage Up to 1440 minutes
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, Stormy Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.86 x 7.48 x 0.89 cm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 207 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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Additional Information
  • 5 years of Pixel updates including security updates
  • Titan M2™ security coprocessor
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