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Google has officially launched its latest Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Starting at $599 and $899, respectively, both phones feature a distinctive new design with a polished metal unibody, curved glass, and a bar on the back containing what the company says are the most advanced cameras it’s ever built. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are available to pre-order beginning today ahead of their October 28 release.

From Google:

Both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a new 1/1.3 inch sensor on the back. This primary sensor now captures up to 150% more light (compared to Pixel 5’s primary camera), meaning you’re going to get photos and videos with even greater detail and richer color. Both phones also have completely new ultrawide lenses with larger sensors, so photos look great when you want to fit more in your shot.

Pixel 6 Pro also has an amazing telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom and up to 20x zoom with an improved version of Pixel’s Super Res Zoom. There’s also an upgraded ultrawide front camera that records 4K video. You can make use of that wider front camera in Snapchat’s new ultrawide selfie feature. Plus, for instant Snapchat access, the new Quick Tap to Snap feature is coming exclusively to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro later this year.

Google is also complementing the release of its new Pixel phones with a new subscription service dubbed Pixel Pass. Costing $45 per month for the Pixel 6 and $55 per month for the Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel Pass provides a series of benefits that include YouTube Premium and 200 GB of Google One cloud storage. Pixel Pass also includes Google Play Pass, granting access to games and apps without ads or in-app purchases.

Pixel Pass services:

  • YouTube Premium for ad-free watching and background play while using other apps
  • YouTube Music Premium for ad-free, uninterrupted listening
  • Google One with 200 GB of safe, reliable cloud storage for full resolution photos and videos, Google Store discounts, automatic phone backup and more
  • Google Play Pass with access to hundreds of games and apps completely free of ads and in-app purchases
  • Preferred Care coverage to cover life’s little accidents with hassle-free device repairs

Source: Google (1, 2)

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8 Comments

  1. Both myself and my daughter as sporting 5’s right now. I’ll get the 7’s when they come out. I don’t see the need for this incremental upgrade at this time.

  2. So, is it worth $150 and $450 more than the 5a respectively?

    I think personally I’m mostly done spending big money on top end phones, as they don’t do anything my lower end phones can’t, at least not in my usage.

    It will be interesting to see how googles in house chip will perform.

    That said, there is much ado about it’s AI and machine learning capabilities. I don’t understand why we would want or need that in a phone. I’d rather pass.

    As far as I am concerned, everything AI is pretty much a negative. I just don’t trust it to get things right. I insist on doing everything manually myself. The first thing I do when I get a new phone is to disable the Assistant and all of the automated AI features, as well as all cloud features.

  3. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 42760, member: 203″]
    So, is it worth $150 and $450 more than the 5a respectively?

    I think personally I’m mostly done spending big money on top end phones, as they don’t do anything my lower end phones can’t, at least not in my usage.

    It will be interesting to see how googles in house chip will perform.

    That said, there is much ado about it’s AI and machine learning capabilities. I don’t understand why we would want or need that in a phone. I’d rather pass.

    As far as I am concerned, everything AI is pretty much a negative. I just don’t trust it to get things right. I insist on doing everything manually myself. The first thing I do when I get a new phone is to disable the Assistant and all of the automated AI features, as well as all cloud features.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yea modern technology that is built to get better as you use it is not something everyone wants. (Mostly due to privacy and advertisement issues).

    It does serve a purpose once the pretense of privacy in the modern age is given up on. Even employers are selling your Metadata and so are your insurance providers and doctors.

  4. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 42831, member: 215″]
    … and doctors.
    [/QUOTE]
    Pretty sure that last one is explicitly illegal.

    And honeslty I hope against hope we some day can once and for all completely band any and all data collection and / or sharing with business ending levels of stiff fees for anyone who violates the law, and stipulations that any historical data must be removed, and any product developed based on that data must be destroyed.

    I really don’t care if it ends entire industries, it must happen. This Big Brother bullshit has to end.

    There is no convenience no matter how large that is worth giving up your privacy over.

  5. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 42835, member: 203″]
    Pretty sure that last one is explicitly illegal.

    And honeslty I hope against hope we some day can once and for all completely band any and all data collection and / or sharing with business ending levels of stiff fees for anyone who violates the law, and stipulations that any historical data must be removed, and any product developed based on that data must be destroyed.

    I really don’t care if it ends entire industries, it must happen. This Big Brother bullshit has to end.

    There is no convenience no matter how large that is worth giving up your privacy over.
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  6. I recently upgraded my phone to get 512 GB storage, or Google would finally have me interested in a Pixel. Might look for a used 6 Pro next year and check out Graphene OS.

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