Introducing Pixel 6 Pro, the completely redesigned, fully loaded Google 5G phone.* With a powerful camera system, next-gen security, and the custom-built Google Tensor processor, it’s the smartest and fastest Pixel yet.
The processor made for Pixel.
Google Tensor is the first processor designed by Google, custom-made for Pixel with 12GB of RAM. You’ll notice the difference immediately. Pixel runs smoother, apps launch faster, and pages load quicker. And Pixel’s security chip helps protect your private data.
Compatible with all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Also compatible with prepaid carriers including Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Google Fi, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, Mint, and H2O.
A powerful new camera system.
Capture finer details with a 50MP camera - including three pro-level lenses and a telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom.
Designed for daily life.
The 6.7-inch Smooth Display, up to 120Hz** is made with Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus,™ the toughest Gorilla Glass yet. Its high refresh rate means smoother, more responsive gaming, scrolling, and moving between apps.
It’s everything a battery should be.
Pixel’s all-day Adaptive Battery is everything a battery should be. It can last beyond 24 hours, even on 5G.* It learns your favorite apps, so it doesn't waste power on ones you never use.
Secure to the core.
Google Tensor is the first processor with the security core built in, and it works with the next-gen Titan M2TM security chip.
You’re in control of your privacy.
Transparency is built into your Pixel. You have control over your phone’s mics and cameras.
Switching is simple.
It only takes a few steps to move messages, contacts, and photos from your old cell phone and get going on Pixel.*****
*Requires a 5G data plan (sold separately). 5G service not available on all carrier networks or in all areas. Contact carrier for details. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors,
including carrier network capabilities and signal strength. Actual results may vary. Some features not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info.including carrier network capabilities and signal strength.
**Measured diagonally; dimension may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
*****Some third party apps and data may not be transferred automatically. Visit g.co/pixel/copydatahelp for information.
1 m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0)
Quick Start Guide
Quick Switch Adapter
Voice Assistant Built-in
5G, GSM, 4G LTE
Phone Memory (RAM)
Google Pixel 6 Series
Pixel 6 Pro 128GB (Unlocked)
Data Plan Required
Google Pixel 6 Series
Voice Assistant Built-in
Wireless Charging Standard
Google Pixel 6 Pro
AT&T, Cricket, Google Fi, H2O Wireless, MetroPCS, Mint Mobile, Net10, Simple Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, Total Wireless, TracFone, Verizon
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome little phone
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
I've run this phone both rooted on a custom OS (via xda-devs) and using the stock OS, both of which work wonderfully. Display is vibrant and sharp, and nearly uses the entirety of the screen's surface area. Works great on Google Fi network. Geekbench 5 results attached for your review.
First, this open-box item was claims as - "Includes all original parts/accessories", but it only came with an OEM/3rd party cable. No box, no pin, no USB adapter, no original cable. Totally misleading description.
Second, the battery decreased from 100% full charge to 65% just in 5 mins! the defective battery obviously. So have to return it.
really negative experience. See pictures of unboxing. I can provide video if necessary
This is my third Google Pixel, and probably the last one.
Pixel 6 Pro is the worst of the Pixel´s line up. Apps freezes, camera freezes, it shows some purple crashes on the screen, really terrible! Google really needs to fix these software issues.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Google Team
We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear that you are having issues with your Pixel 6 Pro.
If you are still experiencing these issues, we recommend contacting our customer support team for assistance. (From your phone click on Settings > Tips & support > Contact us)
Battery, Camera, Features
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The best phone ever launched with some problems
• Extremely fast processor and ample RAM
• Latest security updates and Android versions
• Camera opens fast and shoots quickly, taking great shots in most conditions
• Camera features like Magic Eraser, Motion Modes, and Face Unblur, and Speech Enhancement are useful and market-leading
• AI voice typing and language translation features make this phone the most interesting piece of computing hardware on the market
• Camera processing software needs to be tweaked to take better portrait shots and improve low-light performance
• Telephoto lens is hard to switch to; subjects must be at least 4 feet away; no macro mode
• Under-screen fingerprint reader can be difficult to work with and projects a bright light under the sensor that can be blinding
• Lack of face unlock and Active Edge is disappointing, particularly considering how good Pixel 4 XL's face unlock was
• Curved screen is pretty annoying to use and can warp images on the edge
• User experience problems were introduced with Android 12 as Google removed or changed the UI for the worse
Let me begin by saying I'm an Android aficionado and a Pixel lover. It's because of that love that I might sometimes overlook the amazing, wonderful, awesome things about the phone that I take for granted, and spend too much attention to the little bugs and nitpicks that affect my experience as someone who's basically going to stick with a Pixel, no matter what.
If you have never owned a Pixel phone before, there have always been several extremely great things about them that you should know, in order of importance:
• The best camera processing software of any phone, period
• Always get the latest security updates before any other phone
• Google's vision for Android as the default, with lots of options available for tweaks and settings changes
• Features like call screening, spam call and text message detection, "hold for me," which can help you avoid listening to annoying hold music
• With the exception of Pixel 4 XL, have always used mid-range hardware and been sold at mid-range pricing, but generally perform well above the level of other phones in their price range.
Some of the best things about the Pixels of the past are also true about the Pixel 6 Pro. It gets the latest security updates and uses Google's vision for Android. Some things are new. The Pixel 6 Pro is using new camera hardware for the first time since 2016, and it can take some really amazing shots. It has a new design, a totally new, Google-designed SoC (system on a chip; the main processor of the phone) called "Tensor" that can match and in some cases exceed the absolute best SoCs on the market at raw processing power. The Pixel 6 Pro uses this chip to do a ton of very complicated AI processing directly on the phone, without breaking a sweat.
The AI processing is impressive, allowing the Pixel 6 to translate live speech on the fly, take dictation as well as enterprise-level software solutions that cost thousands of dollars, and process live video through HDR algorithms while the camera is recording. In almost all cases, the Pixel 6 Pro is the fastest phone I've ever used.
In addition to the expected good things about Pixel phones, the Pixel 6 in particular does an incredible job of processing important software features on the phone. The new motion photo modes, 4k HDR video, and things like Face Unblur and Magic Eraser are great benefits, and the Pixel 6 Pro handles them effortlessly. I've also been very impressed with how the Pixel handles open apps. My Pixel 4 XL is starting to show its age and shutting open background apps down after I take a picture, or switch to just a couple more active apps. The Pixel 6 Pro with its 12 gigs of RAM completely eliminates this problem, keeping power-hungry apps like Pokemon Go open in the background for hours, even after taking pictures and using many other apps.
The final thing I'll mention as a big positive is battery life. It took over a week for Android's Adaptive Battery to work well for me, but now that it is, I regularly get 5+ hours of screen-on time with more than 25% battery left at the end of the day. I anticipate this phone will be a battery champ for many years to come, and I appreciate that.
Unfortunately, there are also some drawbacks to the changes. The new camera hardware is impressive, but it seems like the software team needs some more time to make the processing work better. Particularly in portrait mode, the camera has trouble with edge detection, sometimes leaving chunks of the background adjacent to the subject un-blurred and looking janky. This usually occurs with flyaway hairs and fuzzy sweaters, and can lead to what should be a very nice shot looking very cheaply processed. Also, the phone's performance in low light doesn't match up to previous Pixels. Shots I took on Halloween as the sunlight was fading ended up looking either too blurry or too artificially sharpened, with only a very few looking great like Night Sight photos on other Pixels.
The new under-screen fingerprint reader hasn't been much of a trouble, but other reviewers have said it doesn't work well for them, especially with a screen protector. I've had some issues where the reader requires me to re-apply my finger or run it a few times, but for the most part it works great. One thing I'll say is that the under-screen sensor creates a little hollow area, and the phone has a different sound to it because of that. Kind of a hollow "thunk" as compared to phones without the under-screen reader. My biggest complaint about it is that it shines a very bright light onto the reader, making it difficult to use in a darkened room without blasting yourself in the face with bright light. Make sure your finger is covering the sensor or look away!
I'm hopeful that Google will find a way to add face unlock to this phone through software updates. It's a feature I wasn't in love with when I first used my Pixel 4 XL, and certainly isn't perfect in today's world where I'm wearing a mask half the time, but I miss it greatly. Face unlock on the 4 XL is fast, secure, and incredibly intuitive.
As a final complaint about the hardware, I'll say that I really don't like the curved screen. The curve causes some content to bend and become distorted. In my case, that means memes and webcomics on Facebook and Patreon, which present images across the full width of the viewport. Oftentimes small text at the edges of the screen is hard to read because of the curved edge. If the Pixel 6 would've come with 12 gigs of RAM, I would have gotten it instead, to get the flat screen.
Another big list of drawbacks is the many changes that were made to the user interface in Android 12. For the most part, the changes have to do with design—and they're fine. System icons are bigger and can be customized to automatically match your phone's background, typefaces are generally larger and more spaced out, and new widgets bring these design touches to your homescreen in interesting ways. But frustrating changes have occurred in the User Interface that have negative effects on the usability of the phone.
For example, the quick settings button that turns wi-fi on and off has now been moved to a new "Internet" quick setting button. Where once you could swipe down from the top of the screen and turn wi-fi off with a tap, you now have to swipe, tap, tap, and then tap again to exit a popup menu.
Another annoying UX blunder is the removal of home controls and Google Pay from the long-press power menu. This was an incredible feature of Android 11, and allowed users to activate important functions without looking at the phone first. Physical buttons are ALWAYS better than on-screen buttons to do simple routine tasks, and Google took it away.
My final complaint about Android 12 has to do with how it handles links and saved passwords. In the past, it was a trivial thing to tell Google that you wanted to open certain links in certain apps. Now, some links open in the browser no matter how many times you tell Android to open them in an app instead. In my case, links to Reddit now open in the browser. I've gone into app settings to tell Android to open all Reddit links in the app, but after several hours, they revert.
Saved passwords for apps are also a problem. In Android 12, users must enter and save their password in the app. Any saved passwords from the web version of the app do not automatically transfer, and the Autofill functionality that helps users to easily search for saved passwords is broken. Instead, the user has to exit the app, navigate to passwords.google.com, find the saved password, provide their device unlock (PIN, password or biometrics), copy the password, then go back to the app and enter it. Once the password is entered and saved, it works, but the process to set this up is unnecessarily cumbersome.
~The final word on Pixel 6 Pro~
Google Pixel phones have often had initial periods of hiccups and bugs right after launch, and though Google aficionados hoped this time would be different, it's clear that isn't the case. Many of the problems I mentioned above can be fixed with changes to software, and I hope the passion and time many of us are putting into telling Google how we feel will result in changes that benefit all users as time goes by.
The indisputable thing is that, despite some minor quibbles about the fingerprint sensor and the curved screen, this phone is an incredible piece of hardware. I anticipate using this phone for years to come, and I am really looking forward to seeing how the Pixel and Android teams can adjust things to make the phone's user experience match the incredible hardware package they're working with.
Best Android phone ever made. Yes it’s big a bit shy under 7 inches. But why you would buy it if you didn’t want a big phone I don’t know. The phone is not as heavy as I thought it would be and is lighter then the best IPhone. People have wanted more battery life and the companies are giving us that, but that means a little more weight. I’m getting 2 ½ days of battery life.
The Picture and video capabilities are amazing. I absolutely love the look of it. Definitely the best looking phone on the market.
I’ve had no problem with the fingerprint sensor.
Most of my complaints are nitpicks. (I don’t like the data/wifi toggle tied together.) And the power button on any large phone she be below the volume button.
Great phone all around. But you might want to go to BB and hold it in your hand and make sure you want a big phone, there not for everyone.
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