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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: How to pre-order, pricing, UK availability

Google's new flagship devices have finally been revealed. Here's when and where you can buy them.

Google Pixel 6 colours
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Published: Tuesday, 19th October 2021 at 6:00 pm

Google’s next flagship smartphone series, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, has now been unveiled - and UK pre-orders for the new devices are open.

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Both handsets come with a bold new design that places the camera inside a black strip that runs along the entire width of the frame, separating the rear into a two-tone colour design. They each house Google’s new chipset, which is called “Tensor” and claims to enhance the phones’ AI capabilities and provide faster performance.

The phones ship with Android 12, Google’s latest software, and come with upgraded camera systems, better speech recognition and a 24 hour-plus battery life.

Google officially showcased the devices at an event on 19th October, after months of speculation about the phones - confirming pricing, availability and more.

While the standard Pixel 6 will retail at the exact same price point as its predecessor, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is being pitched as a higher-end device with another camera lens, higher refresh rate, slightly bigger battery capacity and a better high-res display.

We’ve been impressed with the more expensive model during our hands-on time so far, so be sure to read our full impressions ahead of the final review, which is now in progress. Our experts have had hands-on time with many Google products, so be sure to read our Pixel 5 review, Pixel 4a 5G review and Pixel Buds review.

Here is everything that we know so far about the Google Pixel 6 series release date, pricing, UK availability and specs. Thinking of upgrading your phone? Don’t miss our guides to the best Android phone and best budget smartphone of 2021 so far.

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Google Pixel 6 series: how to pre-order

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are available to pre-order now via Google. They both went live to order on 19th October following the official launch event.

The new handsets are also available via a variety of UK retailers:

Currys

EE

Vodafone

Three

O2

Argos

Google Pixel 6 series: UK release date

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be released on 28th October in the UK via a wide range of select stockists, including EE, Vodafone, O2, Three, Currys, Argos and Amazon. It will also be available to purchase via the Google Store website.

Google Pixel 6 series: UK pricing and colours

Google Pixel 6 Pro

The standard Pixel 6 is priced from £599 and will be available in three colours: Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral and Stormy Black. The Pixel 6 Pro is priced from £849 and will be available in the colours Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White and Stormy Black.

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 6 Pro: compared

The two Pixel phones may look similar at a glance (aside from the Pro being slightly bigger in size) but there are a couple of big differences when it comes to the specs. In general, the 6 Pro bumps up the power - especially for the camera set-up.

The standard Pixel has a 6.4-inch display at 1080 x 2400 resolution, while the Pixel 6 Pro ups that to a 6.7-inch panel at 1440 x 3120 resolution. However, both are OLEDs so it’s unlikely there will be complaints when it comes to the screen quality of either.

The Pixel 6 Pro gets a third camera lens - a 48 megapixel (MP) telephoto - and while the standard model has a commendable refresh rate of up to 90Hz, the Pro gets up to 120Hz - which means it will be slightly smoother scrolling through apps.

There are a lot of similarities, though, and it will be up to you whether you want to pay the £200-plus extra for the slightly increased specs on the Pixel 6 Pro model. Both have 5G connectivity and will be fully supported with updates for five years. Here’s a direct comparison of some of the major specifications on both new smartphones:

Google Pixel 6 specs at a glance

  • Display: 6.4-inch display FHD+ (1080 x 2400) OLED
  • OS: Android 12
  • Chip: Google Tensor
  • Rear camera: 50 MP main, 12 MP ultrawide
  • Video: 4K from rear, 1080p from selfie
  • Selfie camera: 8 MP
  • Refresh rate: up to 90Hz
  • Weight: 207 g
  • Battery: Typical 4614 mAh
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Memory: 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB for all colours, 256 GB for Stormy Black and Sorta Seafoam variants only. No card slot for upgradable memory. Charging port: USB Type-C
  • Support: Five years of Pixel updates.

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs at a glance

  • Display: 6.7-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3120) OLED
  • OS: Android 12
  • Chip: Google Tensor
  • Rear camera: 50 MP main, 12 MP ultrawide, 48 MP telephoto
  • Video: 4K from rear, 4K from selfie
  • Selfie camera: 11.1 MP
  • Refresh rate: up to 120Hz
  • Weight: 210 g
  • Battery: Typical 5003 mAh
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Memory: 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB for all, 256 GB Stormy Black only
  • Charging port: USB Type-C
  • Support: Five years of Pixel updates.
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