The Pixel 6 is Google’s affordable flagship phone for 2021 and proves to be a leader in the field with a top-class camera and a new advanced chip at its heart – while undercutting most of the competition on price.
The phone costs £599 ($599/A$999), which is £250 less than the Pixel 6 Pro, while still offering 90% of what you get with Google’s top model.
It has a 6.4in 90Hz OLED screen that is flat, not curved at the sides. The display is slightly less sharp, slower and smaller than that on the 6 Pro, but is still very good with excellent brightness and viewing angles.
The Pixel 6 (right) is slightly shorter but otherwise similar in dimensions to the Pixel 6 Pro (left). Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The sides are painted black aluminium, the back is glass, and there is a large camera bar design similar to the 6 Pro. Despite the reduced screen size the Pixel 6 is not a small phone and is only 1.1mm narrower and 3g lighter than its bigger sibling. Those with smaller hands will struggle to hold it in one hand without an attachment.
Screen: 6.4in 90Hz FHD+ OLED (411ppi)
Processor: Google Tensor
RAM: 8GB of RAM
Storage: 128 or 256GB
Operating system: Android 12
Camera: 50MP + 12MP ultrawide, 8MP selfie
Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 5, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 and GNSS
Water resistance: IP68 (1.5m for 30 minutes)
Dimensions: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm
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