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Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: hands on review

By Luke Hopewell October 29, 2021

This year we get more Pixel than ever before, and there’s a Pro version to boot! This is the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. We went hands on to see if it does what it says on the tin (spoiler: it does).

A new chip, new camera, new design, new models. The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro have what you need for your everyday adventures.

Both models are packed with top-shelf gear. Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro both come with 50-megapixel rear-facing cameras that take unreal pics at anytime of the day or night.

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are designed to excel at computational photography for better HDR, Night Sight and everyday pics; AI and machine learning to get you what you need when you need it; speech recognition for live translation1, and more.

The camera pairs with awesome software smarts to take uncompromising pics. So you can adjust the focus of a shot after the picture has been taken, and with Magic Eraser you can literally delete photobombers from your special moments2.

The new design is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus for added protection and scratch resistance, and security is taken care of by a smart little fingerprint reader under the display.

It’s not the first device to have an in-screen fingerprint reader, but I have to say it’s the fastest and most reliable I’ve ever used in a smartphone.

All of this is powered by Google’s new hardware under the hood – Google Tensor.

What is Google Tensor?

At the heart of both Pixels this year is Google’s first ever processor called Tensor.

Tensor is custom-designed for this year’s Pixels, and everything they’re good at.

Google is also taking hardware security very seriously on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Connected to the Tensor SoC is the new Titan M2TM security chip to keep your stuff safe.

Google says the Pixel 6 Pro in particular has the most layers of hardware security in any device on the market at the time of release. And with Android 12 you can take better control of your private data to make sure it’s only being shared where you want it to be3.

Pixel 6 vs Pixel 6 Pro: what’s the difference?

Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro sitting side by side on a table with travel equipment

The Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch 1080p OLED screen that refreshes up to 90Hz. That means it’s designed for great Full HD content in rich colour and vibrant blacks. The 90Hz refresh rate means you’re getting a “smoother” screen overall that makes your day-to-day actions look super crisp.

The Pixel 6 Pro is a step up, designed for those who won’t compromise.

The Pixel 6 Pro features a larger 6.7-inch screen with a higher resolution. You get a display resolution that’s 1440×3120 so everything looks sharper, with a higher refresh rate at 120Hz. It kicks everything into top gear.

Other than screens, the Pixel 6 Pro features more storage than the Pixel 6, with a 512GB variant to sit alongside the 128GB and 256GB. Speaking of memory, the Pixel 6 Pro also has more RAM at 12GB compared to the Pixel 6’s 8GB.

The Pixel 6 Pro also comes with a 48-megapixel telephoto camera, with 4x optical zoom so you can get closer to your subject without blur. The front camera is also boosted to 11.1-megapixels on the Pixel 6 Pro compared to 8-megapixels on the Pixel 6.

The 6 Pro is also the first ever phone to support mmWave 5G.

What is mmWave 5G?

mmWave – pronounced as “millimetre wave” – is a short-range, high-frequency network technology that really shows off what 5G can do. It’s the next ‘wave’ of 5G, so to speak.

If you think of a network like a pipe, you can only force so much down that pipe before things become congested. We’re always looking to create newer, wider pipes so more data can be carried across our network for more people at once. That’s where mmWave comes in.

mmWave is a huge pipe. It has a lot more bandwidth on offer. Nearly 10 x regular 5G and can allow tens of thousands of people to connect, stream or upload photographs simultaneously. It’s another step towards delivering on 5G’s potential with super-fast speeds and more capacity.

As mmWave signal only travels a few hundred metres from a cell it is best suited for areas of intensive customer demand such as transport hubs, shopping districts and even sports stadiums or tourism hotspots, which is where we have begun the rollout.

Telstra currently has 65 mmWave sites live across 5 cities and we plan to nearly triple that number before the end of the year.

mmWave support means you can do even more cool stuff with your Pixel 6 Pro in even more places thanks to our massive 5G network that covers 75% of Australians. Duo HD screen sharing – for example – allows you to watch your favourite show or game over a video call so you can be together, even when you’re apart.

When is the Google Pixel 6 coming out?

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are available for purchase on Telstra from 28 October.

Telstra customers will be able to get $150 off the Pixel 6 Pro 512GB from launch until 22 November. That means you get a 512GB device for the same price as a 256GB device, but only for a limited time, or while stocks last.

Things you need to know

Compared to the main rear camera on Pixel 5.

1 Not available in all languages or countries. Not available on all media or apps. See g.co/pixel/livetranslate for more information. Internet connection required during setup only.

2 Magic Eraser may not work on all image elements.

3Based on a count of independent hardware security subsystems and components.

Battery life depends upon many factors and usage of certain features will decrease battery life. Actual battery life may be lower.

Compared to Pixel 5. Based on internal CPU benchmark testing on pre-production devices.

Google Pixel 6 Pro on a stone table with a glass of water
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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: price, release date and more

By Luke Hopewell October 20, 2021

Google is truly spoiling us this year. We get not one, but two new Pixel devices: the Google Pixel 6 and for the first time ever, the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Here’s everything you need to know.

Google Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6 facing back and front

The Pixel 6 takes on the design language of existing Pixel models and builds on it to create something modern and beautiful.

Running Android 12, it features a 6.4-inch Smooth Display wrapped in Gorilla Glass VictusTM for better scratch resistance, and it’s IP68-rated for water and dust resistance1, and it works well in direct sunlight thanks to High Brightness mode.

It’s all powered by Google’s first-ever processor, called Tensor. Designed by Google to be the beating heart of the Google Pixel 6 phones, it’s built to enable new experiences. It helps apps launch faster, battery last longer and features like Live Translate run even smoother.

It even features Google’s new Titan M2TM chip to keep all your stuff safe.

Tensor works to power an intelligent Adaptive Battery that allows your phone to last beyond 24 hours, even on 5G.2 By learning your favourite apps, it won’t waste power trying to run stuff you don’t use. And to push it even further when you need it, there’s the Extreme Battery Saver that can help push the battery to 48 hours of life.3

Google is renowned for incredible cameras and smart imaging software to capture some of the best pics on a smartphone. The new camera system for both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro feature some amazing gear.

The Pixel 6 camera is about capturing your life as it happens, without you needing to tweak a million settings to get the right shot.

For example, Motion Mode is designed to capture awesome action shots as they happen, like skateboarding tricks your kids just learned or a waterfall you just stumbled across.

Blur isn’t an issue, either, as the Pixel 6 can unblur a face to make a shot sharper so you never miss a moment.4 And with Real Tone, you’re going to take accurate portraits that authentically and beautifully represent all people and the nuances of all skin tones.

You can even use the Magic Eraser to get rid of unwanted subjects in the background of a pic to make you the true star of every photo.

For video buffs, the Pixel uses the power of its new processor to shoot Live HDR Video, even in low light. And it’ll all sound amazing too with Speech Enhancement on the mics to reduce background noise and capture the subject loud and clear.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 Pro in black and white, facing front and back

This is the big one. It’s Dylan going electric. It takes everything the incredibly capable Pixel range is known for and gives it extra juice.

The Pro does everything the Pixel 6 does, plus a little more where it counts.

The screen, for example, is upped to a big 6.7-inch edge-to-edge Smooth Display, with up to 120Hz refresh rate for super smooth scrolling. It boosts its own brightness in high-ambient light settings so you can watch all your favourite content, even in direct sunlight.

It’s also coated in new Gorilla Glass VictusTM, making it up to 2x more scratch resistant than previous Pixel devices (when compared to Pixel 5 and 4a 5G).

You also get a new, upgraded camera system, with three rear-cameras, pro-level lenses and a telephoto lens that features 4x optical zoom. There’s even a Super Res Zoom mode on the Pro that allows you to punch in up to 20x. This new Pro Camera captures 150% more light than a Pixel 5, making it great for everything from beach snaps in Summer to stunning astrophotography after dark.5

Combine that with the Live HDR video, Real Tone, speech enhancing microphones, Magic Eraser, Face Unblur and more, and you can see why the new Pixel Pro camera is such a big deal.

And to make sure you always look your best, the front-facing camera can shoot 4K video and take ultra-wide selfies.

The Pixel 6 Pro also takes connectivity to the next level as it is the first handset in Australia to be compatible with mmWave 5G.

mmWave – pronounced as “millimetre wave” – is a short-range, high-frequency network technology that really shows off what 5G can do. It’s the next ‘wave’ of 5G, so to speak.

If you think of a network like a pipe, you can only force so much down that pipe before things become congested. We’re always looking to create newer, wider pipes so more data can be carried across our network for more people at once. That’s where mmWave comes in.

mmWave is a huge pipe. It has a lot more bandwidth on offer. Nearly 10 x regular 5G and can allow tens of thousands of people to connect, stream or upload photographs simultaneously. It’s another step towards delivering on 5G’s potential with super-fast speeds and more capacity.

As mmWave signal only travels a few hundred metres from a cell it is best suited for areas of intensive customer demand such as transport hubs, shopping districts and even sports stadiums or tourism hotspots, which is where we have begun the rollout.

Telstra currently has 65 mmWave sites live across 5 cities and we plan to nearly triple that number before the end of the year.

mmWave support means you can do even more cool stuff with your Pixel 6 Pro in even more places thanks to our massive 5G network that covers 75% of Australians. Duo HD screen sharing – for example – allows you to watch your favourite show or game over a video call so you can be together, even when you’re apart.

And to keep all that safe on your travels, it’s IP68 water and dust resistant1.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: pricing and availability

Two women holding the Google Pixel 6 and smiling

We’re excited to carry these great new Google flagship smartphones on Australia’s largest 5G network. It means you can do more stuff in more places than ever, and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on them.

You’ll be able to pre-order the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from 8am AEDT on 20 October. There will be five colours on offer (and you’ll only find Kinda Coral and Sorta Sunny at the Google Store and select retailers). Pixel 6 is available in Stormy Black; Sorta Seafoam; and Kinda Coral. Pixel 6 Pro is available in Stormy Black; Cloudy White; and Sorta Sunny.

Thanks to Telstra Plus, you can pickup either the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro for a special introductory price. Until 27 October, the Pixel 6 will be available for just $799, while the Pixel 6 Pro will be available for just $1099 on an eligible plan. To find out more or to join Telstra Plus, head to Telstra.com.

Things you need to know

1. Designed to comply with dust and water protection rating IP68 under IEC standard 60529 when each device leaves the factory but the device is not water or dust proof. The accessories are not water or dust resistant. Water resistance and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and will diminish or be lost over time due to normal wear and tear, device repair, disassembly or damage. Dropping your device may result in loss of water/dust resistance. Liquid damage voids the warranty. See g.co/pixel/water for details.

2. Estimated battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby and use of other features. Average battery life during testing was approximately 34 hours. Battery life depends upon many factors and usage of certain features will decrease battery life. Battery testing was conducted by a third party in California in mid 2021 on pre-production hardware and software, using default settings. Battery testing was conducted using two major US mobile networks using sub-6 GHz non-standalone 5G (ENDC) connectivity. Actual battery life may be lower.

3. Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby and use of limited other features that are default in Extreme Battery Saver mode (which disables various features including 5G connectivity). Battery testing conducted using two major US carrier networks. Battery testing conducted by a third party in California in mid 2021 on pre-production hardware and software using default settings, except that Extreme Battery Saver mode was enabled. Battery life depends upon many factors, and usage of certain features will decrease battery life. Actual battery life may be lower.

4. Deblurring may not work on all photos or videos with faces.

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What’s new for Pixel phones in June?

By Harry Tucker June 8, 2021

One of the best parts about owning a Google Pixel is that it just keeps getting better after you’ve bought one, with new software features being added regularly1. This June, Google is launching a bunch of new features to make your Pixel 3 or newer safer, smarter and more fun.

From making a video of the night sky with Night Sight2 on Pixel 4 or newer, to alerts that remind you to look up while you’re out walking, your Pixel is now more helpful than ever.

Capture the stars in motion

Astrophotography in Night Sight2 first dropped in 2019 with the Pixel 4, and immediately blew us away with how well it could capture beautiful starry nights – not only for a smartphone camera, but for any camera.

This month’s update takes this to the next level by adding the ability to create a time-lapse video of the stars moving across the night sky, right from the camera app if you own a Pixel 4 or newer device. Everything happens during the same exposure, so you still get an amazing photo of the night sky, as well as a video you can easily share. Normally this would require a lot of gear, time and effort to get up and running on a camera, but in the world of Pixel it’s as simple as finding a good spot to capture the sky and opening the camera app.

Show your pride on your Pixel

If you’ve got a Pixel 3 or newer, you’ll be able to celebrate Pride with new wallpapers and ringtones coming your way. These include Pride-themed ringtones and notification sounds created by LGBTQ+ artists and YouTube creators. You’ll also get three bold, joyful wallpaper designs created especially for Google by artist Ashton Attzs.

Cut and paste essential info even faster

Google’s excellent Gboard keyboard app becomes even smarter this month, with important information such as a phone number or URL you’ve copied automatically appearing on the clipboard3. Now you can easily drop them into places such as Messages without needing to bring up the paste button – neat!

A hidden space for photos and videos

Most of us have a photo or two that may need a bit of extra privacy. Google Photos is receiving an update this month that means your photos and videos can now be stored in a locked folder, even right after taking them if you need. Images and videos in your locked folder won’t show up in shared albums, memories or any other apps on your device, and can only be viewed using your passcode or fingerprint.

Walk safely with your phone

Sometimes you can get a bit too engrossed in a tweet as you’re walking through the city – we get it, we’ve all been there! Luckily, your Pixel 3 or newer will soon be able to detect that you’re out for a stroll, and every now and then it’ll remind you to look up from your screen so that you can be mindful of your surroundings.

Things you need to know

1. Your Pixel will receive feature drops during the applicable Android update and support periods for the phone. See g.co/pixel/updates for details.

2. Available only on Pixel 4, 4a, 4a (5G) and 5 phones. See g.co/pixel/astrophotography to learn more.

3. Not available in all languages or countries. See g.co/gboard/clipboard for more information.

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All the new stuff coming to Google Pixel in December

By Luke Hopewell December 8, 2020

The best thing about the Google Pixel is that it gets better and better over time. With feature drops, your phone gets a boost of helpfulness thanks to software updates. Here’s what’s new in December.

How to get feature drops

You can see your device’s Android version number and security update level in your Settings app. You’ll get notifications when updates are available for you. You can also check for updates. Learn how to see and update your Android version.

You’ll get new features, tricks and apps on your Pixel 3, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a/4a with 5G and Pixel 5 as time goes on1.

Group movie nights are back on

December’s feature drop includes what’s called Duo Screen Sharing2. With this new feature, you’ll be able to join a video call on Google Duo via your Pixel 3 or newer phone, and share a video that the whole chat can watch.

Unlike other video sharing apps, you don’t need to open the video in a separate app. You all watch the video at the same time, in the same chat window! It’s being together without being together.

With Duo Screen Sharing, you can get closer to the ones you love in new and fun ways.

Get the most out of your phone

Adaptive Response is coming to your Pixel1. You’ve already got a load of great gear on your Pixel, and Adaptive Response is here to make it sing for you.

It takes your phone’s hardware and software and optimises them automatically to your environment to make your experience the best it can be each time.

With Adaptive Connectivity on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G can help to save battery life by switching between 5G2 and 4G based on the app that you’re using. It’ll choose 4G for things like browsing the web or sending texts, and switch to 5G when you’re watching films or downloading large files.

And with Adaptive Sound on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G, your audio sounds great no matter what environment you’re in3. Plus, improved location and safety features will keep you on the right track. And now you can use Google Lens to translate right in your phone’s browser4.

Vault the language barrier with Google Lens

With this month’s feature drop you can now have your Pixel 3 (or newer1) help you cross the language barrier with the tap of a button.

Google Lens can now detect if you’re reading something in another language, and automatically translate it for you6.

Simply take a screenshot of the page and tap the Lens chip to read the translated text.

Voila!

Walking smarter with Pixel

The new feature drop now features more accurate GPS for users of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G1,2!

Your ridesharing service can find you more easily, and there’s no more guessing which side of the street you need to be on when you’re walking to your destination.

Make it yours

With new customisation features coming to your Pixel1, you can personalise it even further.

Personalise your home screen with new icons, grid views and app shapes, and create wallpapers out of famous artworks.

You can also make playlists from your Now Playing history. Just check your Now Playing history, then export your selected songs into a new YouTube Music playlist.

Pixel, but make it art

We all need a dose of culture in our lives, now more than ever.

Thankfully, Google Arts & Culture is introducing new wallpapers of famous artworks for your Pixel 3 or newer phone1. Find your favourite pieces from world-class museums, save them as your wallpaper and learn more about the art and artists.

Things you need to know

  1. Your Pixel will receive feature drops during the applicable Android update and support period for the phones. See g.co/pixel/updates for more details.
  2. Requires Wi-Fi or 5G Internet connection. Not available on all apps and content. Data rates may apply. Subscriptions may apply. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, operator network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction.
  3. Not available for all apps or content. Available only on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G).
  4. For available Google Lens languages, go to g.co/help/lens. Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
  5. Available only on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G.
  6. For available Google Lens languages, go to g.co/help/lens. Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
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Call me maybe? Telstra and Google add inbound calls to Google Nest devices

By Campbell Simpson November 10, 2020

Our homes are becoming more connected than ever with smart technology like Google Nest devices, and we can make them even smarter with innovative and useful features that allow you to use your technology in the way that suits you best.

Last year we became the first mobile carrier in the world to offer outbound calling on Google Home/Nest devices through the launch of Voice Activated Calling, so we’re happy to say that you can now take inbound calls now too!

It’s really simple – once you’re set up, your Google Nest device will announce who is calling (if it’s one of your mobile contacts), and all you have to do is say “Hey Google, answer call” to get connected.

It’s the ultimate hands-free solution if you’re busy in the kitchen, or your mobile is out of reach. It helps you to efficiently multitask as we juggle different things at home in these difficult times, whether talking to family and friends, or taking work calls.

Speaking of “out of reach”, if you happen to have misplaced your phone (make sure you check under the sofa cushion), you can ask Google to call your own number to locate it.

We know the addition of inbound call answering will be just as useful and convenient as the outbound feature, and with hundreds of ‘Triple Zero’ emergency calls made since we launched, it proves how valuable more clever and connected devices in the home can be in situations like that.

Setting up is easy using the Google Home app, where you can select up to six different mobile numbers in the home.

You can configure which Google Nest devices you wish to add to your smart phone ring group in settings in your Google Home App. You can even activate a Do Not Disturb feature when you don’t want to be interrupted.

Your voice can answer calls on your Google Nest Mini, Home, Home Max, Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max regardless of where your mobile is located or even if it is turned off.

Google Nest devices use the same number as your mobile phone but operates independently and can be used as a second line if your mobile device is in use, so it’s perfect for taking two calls at once if you’re Mr or Mrs Popular.

We’re currently the only telco in Australia to partner with Google in bringing this clever and new way to connect. It’s yet another part of our commitment to provide the best network and best technology to help everyone to thrive.