Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: I held both. Here's what you need to know. 

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We got some hands-on time with the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Each has Google's new, custom-designed system on a chip, called Tensor. The long and the short of it is simple: Google's actually trying to make a real flagship phone this year. Will it be enough?

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The Verge
The Verge Month ago
What does Google need to do to make the Pixel 6 a success?
Heath Ratliff
Heath Ratliff 9 minutes ago
Desktop mode to compete with Samsung DeX.
Ronald Fierro
Ronald Fierro 14 hours ago
@thegodtroynaar ..........HAHAHAHAHAHA
Roberto Flores Cordon
They better offer a 256GB version at least.
david bradford
david bradford 7 days ago
Sell it as a midrange phone because that's what it is
Language Teacher
Language Teacher 9 days ago
Remove that huge chunky bumper car camera section. I held onto my pixel 3 for all this year now I regret I should have bought the pixel 5 before this huge bump was added.
Heath Ratliff
Heath Ratliff 6 minutes ago
Without a desktop mode to compete with Samsung DeX, everything else about the phone is moot.
James Dean
James Dean 16 hours ago
How important is 5g in next 2 years on phones. i have a pixel 4xl and love i feel no need tp upgrade expect if 5g is going to be a issues for job productivity. Is there anybody out there that can answer this question would appreciate it thank you
Oblivious Cat
Oblivious Cat 17 hours ago
new design reminds me of Nexus 6P
ROOKEY GARAGE 17 hours ago
Tensor chip is going to help us finally catch some clear pics of ghost
xerikl 20 hours ago
I don't like curved screens. Pixel 6 for me this time. Looks pretty in red
Leonardo Cozza
Will be there any 6A for European market?thanks
takaa e
takaa e Day ago
i feel like the camera glass will just break on few drop....
Expatrocious Day ago
I know it comes out in a few weeks but it feels like forever 😭.
Ludwig Day ago
Will they have the same main sensor and ultra wide sensor?
anymouse 2 days ago
Thanks, but no thanks, I'll keep my Pixel 3. I only care about 3 things for a new Pixel: Zoom camera (and yes the 6 pro has that), the fingerprint sensor on the back (I just returned the Galaxy s21 Ultra because I HATED the in screen sensor) and I depend on the phone squeeze to speak commands. So, no thanks to the Pixel 6, maybe the Pixel 7 will be better. Hey Google, just because other phone manufacturers have something doesn't mean you have to copy them!
linndoria 4 days ago
So, I'm guess this will cost over $1200 Canadian like the S22? Wonder how the case would fit and work on these?
Sukhdev Johal
Sukhdev Johal 4 days ago
Waste of time. Google has lost the smartphone market. It’s only a matter of time before Google exit from the market
Pedantic PaTroll
Pedantic PaTroll 4 days ago
AI is definitely a selling point. That point being your data. And df is a tpu - sounds like the abbreviation for some type of plastic used to make thrash bags or something lol.
ItsNoha 5 days ago
You keep saying that they’re “going for it” by making a flagship phone, like it’s the first time. The Google Pixels 1 & 2 were absolutely flagship phones and top tier devices for that gen of smartphone.
I thought Jensen owns the tensor brand
FluffyCow Gaming
I've still got the 3a! maybe its time for an upgrade!
Everything's Chill
They advertised the previous pixel line heavily lol what
Nathan John
Nathan John 6 days ago
Nexus 6p 2.0
Ray Jenkins
Ray Jenkins 6 days ago
Google needs to ' reactivate ' their customer tech help phone numb.' It's real bummer to have an expensive top line phone but can't get someone on the phone to talk to about a customer problem.
Ashante Dula
Ashante Dula 6 days ago
Does it have a headphone jack?
Theaddekalk 6 days ago
as long as the do a flagship and a simple cheap phone im happy, the first oxiels were awseome and they were cheap
CASMANWHAT 6 days ago
You held it. I don't see you holding it now. Good day.
WiseMan Inc
WiseMan Inc 7 days ago
Why do people always stress googles "years" of making mid range phones.... Pixel 4 was a 2019 flagship and the soli sensor was far ahead of it's time.
Artificial Intelligence
Droooooooooid 🤖👾
Karthikeyan S
Karthikeyan S 7 days ago
Hey, can you now tell us what you have seen on Pixel 6/6 Pro video Vs the Iphone 13 Pro video and talk a little about that to know which one is expected to be the winner? Eagerly waiting for your video on this, as you held the new Pixels recently.
Andre Mendes
Andre Mendes 7 days ago
Now they just have to sell it in more than 20 countries since there are 160+ countries in the world. How can they want to gain market with this strategy?!
James Knott
James Knott 7 days ago
Who will make the Pixel 6? I have owned a Nexus 1, Nexus 5 and currently Pixel 2. The N1 & P2 are both good solid phones, but the N5 felt like cheap junk. Also, the microphone connection failed, so I had to use a Bluetooth ear piece, just to use the phone and the battery failed far too soon The N1 & P2 were made by HTC and the N5 by LG. Based on my experience with the Nexus 5 and also a computer monitor, I won't be buying other LG products. Also, does it include the 5G millimetre wave bands?
Eli Porter
Eli Porter 8 days ago
As soon as I decide to get an iPhone, Google decides to make a premium phone. I guess I can wait until the Pixel 6 is announced to see which phone would be better.
Gianluca 8 days ago
G**gle knows too much already no way they’ll enter my life
Meggin Anderson
Meggin Anderson 8 days ago
How does it compare to the Samsung ultra s21?
pleappleappleap 8 days ago
How about the Pixel Fold?
The Owl Bard
The Owl Bard 8 days ago
Excited for this phone. . . until I realized that it's probably going to be a 1000 bucks. I think I can really only drop 500-600 comfortably but i'll have to wait for the pricing to drop before I make any final decisions. Always loved Pixel over other smartphones because they were able to offer so much for the money. Glad they're trying new things but may need to wait for this one.
Cody Lanier
Cody Lanier 8 days ago
My "mid range" pixel has performed better than any flagship I've ever owned. I'm not okay with this Price increase based on slapping the label "flagship" on this new phone.
doc B
doc B 9 days ago
i think these phones are a bit stupid. the smallest one is 6.4" and the larger is 6.7? 1.too close in size. 2. That's too damn big. They should have done one normal 6" phone with polycarbonate backs like S21 base model and then made the 6.7 the pro with glass etc. I am not paying $1000+ for a 6.4" that doesn't have all the features of the Pro.
James Botsch
James Botsch 9 days ago
Made in china! Don't buy!
jags 9 days ago
Verge be like Google event: new processor Don't get too excited Apple event: new processor, this is game changer Verge is always Apple fan.
Raquel Foster
Raquel Foster 9 days ago
Google doesn't need better hardware. They need to make Android less awful. I've had a Nexus 4, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel 4a. Android is getting worse - and Apple has stopped being so aggressive about breaking Google Maps/Calendar/Contacts and Chrome on iOS. Even Android Auto has gotten worse, and that's the #1 thing I actually need my phone for. It used to let you navigate to places on today's calendar events. It used to be a lot better than Apple CarPlay. But now CarPlay is better. CarPlay works fine with Google Maps, and it has a really nice split view with Spotify. The only thing that's better on my Google phone is the swype keyboard, and I can get the Google keyboard on iOS. So I guess an iPhone is the best Google phone. I mean, Face ID is stupid, but I'd rather have a $350 iPhone SE than any Android phone.
cus 9 days ago
Huge mistake not having a reasonably sized pro version. Even the smaller 6.4 inch is way too big for me personally. I was super hyped for the pixel line up this year but having no smaller option killed it for me. Probably gonna trade in my s21 towards an iphone 13 pro now they it has 120 hz. There's a reason apple continues to have a 6.1 inch version of their pro line and has even made the normal version the same size.
jason beedle
jason beedle 9 days ago
We all know the camera quality will be amazing but I really hope they get the video side of it right this time round.
Roel Arevalo
Roel Arevalo 10 days ago
I own a pixel 4 LX, I like it a lot, however it overheats when I'm playing online games like Ingress Prime, an augmented reality mobile game. I wish google would be smart enough to instead of using a glass back it would use an aluminum back to act as a heatsink to keep the phone cooler.
Tanbir Nr
Tanbir Nr 10 days ago
But Googles marketing is very bad...they don't sell it to every major countries & the price were higher than US
D K 10 days ago
Just make it available in India, and for god sake price it right! Been holding off from Pixel Land since the 2! Hopefully not anymore. 🤞
Renbits 10 days ago
very interesting that the salesman wants the customer to be excited for the product? 🙄
faisal 97
faisal 97 10 days ago
if this is around the price of iphone. people will compare to iphone. android environment is already better than ios. it just needs to do better on camera soln. lets see
Gino Walter
Gino Walter 11 days ago
No one can challenge Samsung as long as all the parts in there phone are made by Samsung
1B_Vincent Renzo Quilon
Release it globally at lower price and every phone company will quack these very seconds
Andrew Jardine
Andrew Jardine 11 days ago
Any idea of cost, or chances of black Friday deal? I'm still rocking the pixel 2 and been waiting for a big upgrade.
Rand-San 11 days ago
The phone better feel faster. Their currently using like 99% of the processing power to spy on us. /s
Robert Sullivan
Robert Sullivan 11 days ago
I wonder as a passing observer and a life long HTC Fan, is this commitment to stepping up their game have anything to do with all the HTC talent they brought over two years ago? If it does then I'm in.
Siddhesh Abnave
Siddhesh Abnave 11 days ago
Pixel 2 was awesome and all tension is on tensor SoC 😅 noice
Miguel Afonso
Miguel Afonso 11 days ago
Most brands: embargo. Google: say what you want, but no phone to show
Morning Blues
Morning Blues 11 days ago
Many would probably shift from iphone to googlepixel if google only knows how to market their product. First, expand google stores to more countries.
Andrew David
Andrew David 11 days ago
if pixel video is comparable or better than Iphone I will switch in a heartbeat
G K 12 days ago
Who is making this phone? LG?
PJ 12 days ago
Who's here watching from the flagship Pixel 2XL
PorschePal79 12 days ago
It's coming out October 23rd. Google hid the release date on the display preview for the Fitbit Charge 5. The Fitbit Charge 5 ships late September not October.
Bogdan Ignat
Bogdan Ignat 12 days ago
They will fail if they're priced equally or higher than Samsung's prices
Frankie Bloodshed
Frankie Bloodshed 12 days ago
I wonder how the battery is gonna compare to the Pixel 5A
Shayna Richardson
Shayna Richardson 12 days ago
I couldn't figure out why he called them mid range phones until he said that the in screen thumb print was a "PreMiUM fEatUrE". Ew. That's literally my least favorite part of this.
Fernando A. Torres
Fernando A. Torres 13 days ago
Watching this on my Pixel 3, something i love about this pixel is the double sensor front camera (wide and ultrawide)
Vishaal Khairnar
Vishaal Khairnar 13 days ago
Google atleast put 6500mah battery...
tucanphos 13 days ago
Welco 13 days ago
Google is pure evil, the presenter a Corpo drone
Rusty James
Rusty James 13 days ago
You talked about everything accept that which I actually care about. Audio. I'm still on the pixel 2 XL mainly because I love the front facing duel speakers. My p2 still sounds good, but better is always better. I do know that I'll never be able to go back to or switch to a non front facing duel speaker system. So what's the deal???
Noob Noob
Noob Noob 13 days ago
It's fugly.
Joeri Thienpont
Joeri Thienpont 13 days ago
1000 for a phone is just ridiculous.
Pedro Freitas
Pedro Freitas 13 days ago
"today's announcement " is an ad, a paid ad!
ray forster
ray forster 13 days ago
Hiya. I've stumbled across this video. I will subscribe after commenting.. Man, honest to god I was all set to buy the pixel 5 on its release (I had the pixel 3 before that) but I decided not to in the end. I had a gut feeling that better things by Google were on the way? That 12.2 meg camera, I felt that it was at the end of its days. I'm glad I waited. I'm currently on a Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC phone (I call it my bridging device, but it's actually not that bad a phone) and I'm definitely gonna get that Google pixel 6 pro when it is released 👍🏻
Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes 13 days ago
He says his played around with the pixel 6 and pixel 6 Pro phones then he shows us the pixel 5 what's a liar
Krishnan Sriram
Krishnan Sriram 14 days ago
Pixel phone had 3 issues in the past and that kept haunting them time & again, apart from few other minor issues 1. Battery - This has never been Pixel's strength. You can argue Pixel 5 & 5a are good. But they are sub-par in contemporary market 2. BT - Bluetooth connectivity has been the worst. Few get lucky and all is good for them, rest all got pissed and eventually moved out of Pixel market 3. Audio - This has been a weird game and has been on & off Minor issues include - Over-sold AI features, s/w support (compared to Apple), Camera improvements, terrible, terrible Pixel buds and all the trolls Google does on Apple and mimick them there-after Challenge Now, Pixel not only need to fix all of the above, they have a newer problem. They are going with their on SoC. Fingers crossed. "Google promises One day battery life". That's already SCARY enough!! Most of the Android competitors have already stepped into 1.5, 2 days. If Google can''t beat them, Pixel6 will be a repeat of Pixel4. Unless Pixel fixes all of above, it will remain as an interesting player in market. It can certainly be a darling for geeks. Rest all will pass on it and choose Samsung, Motorola, 1+, Xiomi, Vivo,....... Even my hope needs a hope when it comes to pixel. Burnt myself 4 times, so far. I'll not buy Pixel until the holiday season. By then the verdict will be out.
Irandi Hernandez
Irandi Hernandez 14 days ago
WHY do they insist on putting glossy finishes on their premium handsets? We always ask for matte finishes in the end anyway.
Warren-Klyph 14 days ago
And here I am still using my Pixel 2.
Vlad Kollerov
Vlad Kollerov 15 days ago
Google always was bad in hardware, they always has worst engineering, and they very often abandoning their projects. Even if they were promising, but they need just a little bit effort. So I would never trust Google. I prefer phones with real great cameras, like Samsung S21 Ultra or Huaway P50.
Catchthehare 15 days ago
Every Pixel phone I've had needed to be replaced within 2 years. Always a critical failure with the speakers, battery or cameras, until the last round I just replaced the camera myself. I was also surprised how my Google news feed stories were also magically aligned to real life conversations I was having a few days prior... then the penny dropped. It listens to everything. I tried to love these phones for 6 years, but it's a hard pass from here on in.
TimBo 15 days ago
Pixel 3's are bricking unexpectedly and all Google has to say as they are aware of it and have nothing else to share? What if all the Pixel 6's brick a year after you buy it when the warranty is over? I guess Google would have nothing else to share.
Christine E. Springer
Hope they keep the call screen! That is the best feature, IMO.
blurryperson 16 days ago
I think going for flagship is a mistake. When they did it with the nexus it didn't work so well
Pixel KING
Pixel KING 16 days ago
I'm so exited I have watched the commerical like 7 times , since they dropped it last night at 9PM CST
nope jones
nope jones 16 days ago
didn't they do that with the 1,2 and 3? so google lied to me?
That Dude
That Dude 17 days ago
Cant wait to upgrade from my 4xl
Not Name
Not Name 17 days ago
hard to slip into front pocket....stupid
Mike Dohn
Mike Dohn 17 days ago
Why does Google allow iOS apps for UStotal and Google maps? I think if Google stopped it on iOS, it might make people go to android.
Noir_The_Underdog. 17 days ago
I've been saying this for years and I'm glad google is finally changing. I've been here since P2 and it's probably their best phone tbh, but I have not been impressed by ANYTHING that's been coming out. I skipped P3 and got the P4 and it's decent but it just didn't compare to the Samsung S21 at the time. I was very close to switching teams but the announcement of P6 got me excited. I'm so ready for it to come out.
M D 17 days ago
Horrible review
NZ RADCORE 18 days ago
Question: do in screen fingerprint sensors still work if you have a screen cover?
ANUBIS PHARAOH 18 days ago
If they only have one storage option (128gb), they are doomed to fail. Samsung and Apple at least gives you options. I am waiting to see. With the exception of lesser quality photos, the One Plus has been a better buy then Pixel, however One Plus is now charging premium prices, and with subpar photos compared to Samsung and Apple, is where they loose out. Also, One Plus used to update software extremely fast, now they are starting to update slowly. This is one reason Apple is the most purchased phone. Android phones want to make too much profit off their phones. They have to realize they are not Apple. I phones have great resale value, and Android phones have terrible resale value. If you are charging I phone prices, at least have an equivalent phone. Apple also leads due to service, Apple stores are a great resource. If Google wants to be successful, give equivalent specs as an I phone, but sell for less. Instead of trying to make 800% profit off your phones, try doing 200% profit, and price the competition out of the market. Look at LG, they had some good phones, but they wanted to sell them for the same price as Samsung flagships and iPhones, now they are no more.
ANUBIS PHARAOH 18 days ago
What storage options?
ANUBIS PHARAOH 18 days ago
More storage options. 128 GB is not enough. They need to have 256GB and 512gb options. Stereo speakers. Bring back expandable storage, only can get it with Sony now. If Sony had a brighter screen I would upgrade to it. Everything else on the Sony phone is nice. Why are all the phone companies forcing us to store our information in the clouds. Give us expandable memory and more storage.
S Houth
S Houth 18 days ago
I’m actually excited for this! Tired of owning an iPhone. Samsung phones are bloatware heavy.
stereomois 16 days ago
Last time I got a phone really considered getting an iPhone before settling on the Pixel 3a. Not the fastest but takes pretty good pics. Bloatware is horrible, another reason why I like the pixel phone.
Jesse Jenkins
Jesse Jenkins 18 days ago
This is gonna be Ryan Geiss' baby. The guy that brought you winamp visuals 20yrs ago works on this stuff at Google. Super stoked
James James
James James 17 days ago
What the hell are you talking about
hvip4 18 days ago
It better have some sweet haptic feedback
mikeo111 19 days ago
Back end looks kinda like a nexus 6p
Renard Thatch
Renard Thatch 19 days ago
Wonder if bricking all their Pixel 3XLs via software update an refusing to fix them will affect their pixel 6 sales in anyway
stereomois 16 days ago
pixel 3XL has scheduled security updates until October 2022, so if they use that tactic it may be for the pixel 7.
Adam Halsall
Adam Halsall 19 days ago
Is no-one else bothered by the fact that the phone has built in fingerprint scanning in its screen?
Stan Smith
Stan Smith 19 days ago
Why do they spend so much time and extra money on things like glass backs and color, All phones I have had in the past and most I see every day in the wiled are placed inside some form of phone case? I have not seen the back or sides of my Pixel 3a xl 5 times in the 2 years I have owned it. I had a nexus 4 (I think it was) with the glass back, and I hated it. Kept falling off my leg wile sitting, so I bought a case for it., the fancy glass back never saw the light of day again until I had to replace it because it broke. Waste of time and money for something I never saw.
Shane Murphy
Shane Murphy 19 days ago
you should not get hyped for any phone. I buy all of my phones one model year later and at a steep discount. I also purchase used.
stereomois 16 days ago
I bought my pixel 3a new, but waited about 8 months and got it fairly cheap
Anderson Sampaio
Anderson Sampaio 19 days ago
Pixels the best Android experience for me 🥰🥰
-- 20 days ago
Glad I got the Pixel 5 while I could ^^ The pixel 6 will have better specs I guess, but I prefer the compact size, and the camera on the Pixel 6 back looks awful.
J Kaufman
J Kaufman 20 days ago
If that's what the camera "bump" (aka mountain) is going to look like, then I'm out.
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