Google Pixel 6 Pro on a table with travel equipment
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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.

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Google Pixel 4a with 5G: more Pixel for your buck

By Luke Hopewell November 9, 2020

What’s better than one Google Pixel? Two Pixels! This year alongside the Pixel 5, Google released the awesome Pixel 4a with 5G.1 We’re excited to be the exclusive mobile carrier offering Pixel 4a with 5G in Australia, to bring you more help from Google for less.

High-speed help for less

Side-by-side, the Pixel 4a with 5G and the Pixel 5 may look very similar. Indeed, when you look at their impressive spec sheets, the two line up pretty well, but the Pixel 4a with 5G comes packed with all the help from Google for only $799.

The Pixel 4a with 5G enjoys a 6.2-inch screen that makes your photos, video calls and everything in-between look great. It packs in the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor as the Pixel 5. It even packs in the same camera system inspired by the pros, with an ultrawide lens and features like Cinematic Pan for high quality video stabilisation and Portrait Light for professional looking filters. You can also take awesome shots at night with improved Night Sight and HDR+ for better lighting.

And you also get the best features of the Pixel 4a with 5G on Australia’s best network. Together with Pixel and 5G you can stream in a flash, as soon as you hit play, your favourite TV programmes and movies can be ready for you to watch in ultra-clear HD. 5G is rolling out in selected areas on selected plans, make sure you check out our coverage maps to see where it’s available.

Pixel 4a with 5G also helps keep your data safe with the custom made Titan M security chip, plus with Google Assistant you can stay on top of your to-do list. And with an All-day adaptive battery plus Extreme Battery Saver your Pixel can last up to 48 hours2 so you don’t have to worry about running out of power when you really need it. The Pixel 4a with 5G even has a 3.5mm headphone jack for your favourite pair of headphones.

The Pixel 4a with 5G gives you the opportunity to get a leading Android flagship 5G experience for less.1 And at a time when money matters, that’s important.

Learn more about Pixel 4a with 5G on Telstra

As the exclusive mobile carrier offering the Pixel 4a with 5G, we know that now is a time when getting more for less matters. That’s why for our new customers, we’re offering a welcome credit of $240 on us until 25 November.

We’re also making our XL plan cheaper to give everyone more for less. Consumer customers who take out a $115 XL plan will receive a $50 credit on their bill per month for 12 months. That means customers will receive 180GB of data for $65 per month for 12 months.

You can find out more about our flexible new plans and the new Pixel 4a 5G on Telstra.com.

Things you need to know:

[1] Requires a 5G data plan (sold separately). 5G service and roaming not available on all carrier networks or in all areas. Contact carrier for details about current 5G network performance, compatibility, and availability. Phone connects to 5G networks but, 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary. Some features not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info.

[2] For ‘All day’: Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby and use of other features. Testing was conducted on two major US carrier networks using Sub-6 GHz non-standalone 5G (ENDC) connectivity. For ‘Up to 48 hours’: 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). Testing was conducted on two major US carrier networks. For both claims: Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 battery testing was conducted by a third party in California in mid-2020 on pre-production hardware and software using default settings, except that, for the ‘up to 48 hour claim’ only, Extreme Battery Saver mode was enabled. Battery life depends upon many factors, and usage of certain features.

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Australia’s best 5G now in more places

By Nikos Katinakis October 12, 2020

We’re on a mission to bring better connectivity to everyone, especially with our 5G. We’re working to grow our footprint to 75% by June next year, and today we’ve passed an important milestone on that journey with over 2000 sites now live covering more than 41 per cent of Australia’s population.

We’ve made a commitment to roll out our exciting new 5G capabilities to more areas across metro, regional and rural Australia, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

More than 12 million Australians now live, work or pass through our 5G coverage footprint daily, giving them access to our superfast network at a time when connectivity matters more than ever.


There are now over 1400 suburbs across the country with more than 50 per cent 5G coverage, and we recently celebrated our 2000th live site in Airlie Beach in Queensland’s Whitsundays. It now joins more than 60 other cities and towns in the country where the 5G rollout is underway.

Since the middle of 2020, we’ve rolled out 5G to more than a dozen regional areas, including:

  • Nowra, Medowie, Corowa, Cowra, Orange and Malua Bay in NSW;
  • Paynesville, Wangaratta, Bairnsdale and Corryong in Victoria;
  • Sunshine Coast in Queensland;
  • Berri and Pt Elliott in South Australia and;
  • Esperance in Western Australia.

We’ve also rolled out improved in-building 5G coverage to key parts of Westfield Centrepoint, Bondi Junction, Macquarie Shopping Centre, Melbourne Central, Chadstone, Carindale, Chermside, Marion, West Lakes, Carousel Cannington and Booragoon Garden City shopping centres as well as selected areas of the Brisbane, Melbourne and Darling Harbour Convention Centres.

It’s an exciting time for 5G, with a number of new flagship devices on the near horizon. As more and more people get their hands on the devices of the future, it’s important for us to keep working hard to bring Australia’s best 5G to more and more cities and regional areas.

We’re a long way ahead of our competitors. We’ve got the technology leadership and we’re investing more overall to bring 5G to more Australians.

To find out where 5G is going to land near you, check out our new Mobile Coverage Maps that show not only where 5G is now, but where it’s being built in the coming months.

Devices |

Meet the power-packed new 5G Google Pixel 5

By Luke Hopewell October 1, 2020

The Google Pixel 5 is here, and there’s more to love about the Pixel experience than ever, with improved cameras, a bigger screen and a smarter design with power and security built-in.

As soon as you clap your eyes on it, you notice the larger 6–inch screen (151 mm display), with a design that pushes it closer to the edge than ever thanks to a hole-punch 8-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera. That POLED screen will dole out your favourite games, videos, and more at a brilliant 1080×2340 resolution with 432 pixels per inch.

The camera has always been where the Pixel models have shone through, and this year’s upgrades are worth writing home about. The Pixel 5 features two rear-facing cameras: a Dual Pixel wide-angle camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 77-degree field-of-view, backed up by a 16-megapixel Ultrawide camera with an awesome 118-degree field-of-view.

As usual, the cameras go hand-in-glove with Google’s incredible computational photography smarts to make your images sing. Night Sight is back for unreal photos when the Sun goes down and the stars come out and, now with Night Sight in Portrait mode, you can capture beautifully blurred backgrounds even in extremely low light. HDR+ has been improved to ensure that colour, lighting and more are all adjusted automatically to bring out the best in bright shots, and lens correction means that any lens distortion created by wide-angled cameras is fixed automatically.

You get other nifty new auto-awesome features like Portrait Relighting for applying filters after you’ve taken the snap, and Cinematic Pan on your videos for a cinematic look on your videos.

Going for the shot is also safer than ever with Pixel 5 thanks to a new IP68[1] dust and water resistance rating that helps keeps your phone safe from unexpected accidents. And speaking of accident safety: the Pixel 5 also has what’s called Car Crash Detection. Should things take a turn out on the road, Google Pixel 5 can automatically call emergency services when you have Car Crash Detection turned on.

The Pixel 5 is also a great device for keeping in touch during 2020, with Google Duo coming pre-installed. And thanks to our amazing 5G network[2], we’re also supporting HD Streaming functionality on the Pixel 5 which allows you to share your screen with your friends, so you can watch the same video or cheer on sports together while being safely distanced.

You can use the best features of the Pixel 5 with Australia’s best network. Together with Pixel 5 and 5G you can stream in a flash, as soon as you hit play, your favourite TV programmes and movies can be ready for you to watch in ultra-clear HD. 5G is rolling out in selected areas on selected plans, make sure you check out our coverage maps to see where it’s available.[3]

You also get an unreal all-day battery life from the new Pixel 5 with a whopping 4080mAh cell to keep you talking, texting, browsing, watching and playing for longer. The Pixel 5 also includes Wireless Charging[4] and Reverse Wireless Charging, so you can not only keep your gear juiced, but help your mates out on the go![5]

And of course, your stuff is kept safe from intruders and ne’er-do-wells with the awesome Titan M security chip built-in for 24×7 security for sensitive photos and data.

Pixel 5 pricing

The Google Pixel 5 will be released 15 October 2020, with pre-orders opening from 1 October. Customers who pre-order the Pixel 5 with Telstra will receive a bonus Google Nest Hub Max (RRP $349) when they add it to a month to month plan.[6]

Nest Hub Max with Google Assistant helps your busy family stay in touch and on track. Leave video messages and make video calls to friends and family. [7] Check in on home when you’re away with the built-in Nest Cam. [8] Share reminders and to-dos. Everyone sees their own calendar, commute and more with just a glance. [9] Enjoy Google Photos, YouTube, videos and music[10] on the 10-inch HD screen with stereo speakers.

The Pixel 5 is available on our awesome post-paid mobile plans that offer consumer and small business customers greater flexibility with month-to-month plans; no excess data charges in Australia and the ability to personalise your plan through add-ons. Plus, you get access to Australia’s best 5G on our Medium and above mobile plans to take advantage of the great new features on Pixel 5 in 5G coverage areas.

The Google Pixel 5 (128GB) will be available in two colours – Just Black and Sorta Sage – from $999, which works out to $41.62 a month when you add to the $65+ Medium mobile plan (5G access included) and stay connected for 24 months (Min. cost $2559 when you stay connected for 24 months. Plan price may change).

Google Pixel 4a with 5G coming to Telstra

What’s better than one new Pixel? Two new Pixels!

We’re excited to carry the Google Pixel 4a with 5G as the exclusive telco partner in Australia, so that everyone can get the fast speeds and incredible experience that comes from our partnership.

The new 4a with 5G features the familiar design of the Pixel 4a, while packing in support for Australia’s best 5G network. You also get the benefit of an ultrawide lens and a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can pump your fave tunes that way if you’re so inclined!

We’ll share more about pricing and availability of the Pixel 4a with 5G soon.

Things you need to know:

1 Pixel 5 has a dust and water protection rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529. Charger and accessories are not water-resistant or dust-resistant. Water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and may be compromised due to normal wear and tear, repair, disassembly or damage.

[2] Telstra’s 5G now rolling out in selected areas and available on selected plans. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary. Some features are not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info.

[3] Screen sharing not available on group calls. Requires Wi-Fi or 5G internet connection. Not available on all apps and content. Data rates may apply. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength, and signal obstruction

[4] Qi-compatible. Wireless charger sold separately.

[5] Designed to charge Qi-certified devices. Use of Battery Share significantly reduces Pixel battery life. Cases may interfere with charging and will reduce charging speed. Charge speeds may vary. See g.co/pixel/wirelesscharging for more information.

[6] Redemption criteria apply. Limit one per customer. Bonus offer ends 26 November 2020.

[7] Next Hub Max requires a Wi-Fi network, a nearby electrical socket and a compatible (Android, iOS) mobile device. Minimum OS requirements are available at g.co/home/req. Subscription(s) may be required to access certain content. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Google Duo account required to make video calls and leave video messages.

[8] Night Vision not supported.

[9] Personalised results, for up to six users, require additional enrolment and setup.

[10] Music services require a subscription.