The Pixel 6 exemplifies the best of what Google services and Android 12 have to offer. So much so that I’d claim that the Pixel 6 is the most significant phone upgrade Google has made since it launched the Pixel line in 2016. The phone’s new cameras, Google’s Tensor chip and premium ambitions follow months of hype — partly stemming from Google announcing the phone months before it was released — and its bold two-tone design. All of these changes come while keeping the Pixel 6 at a midtier $599 price, which easily washes away the bad taste left by the understated Pixel 5.
Previous Pixel phones have lived in that safe, quiet and crowded midtier space where phones cost between $600 and $800. For most people, they were good and sometimes great phones but lacked the luster, specs and appeal of more premium phones from Samsung and Huawei.