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The Pixel 6, Google’s Properly High-End Phone, Starts at Just $599

Google just unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Out of the two devices, the standard Pixel 6 is (naturally) the more affordable phone. In fact, it retails from just $599 – that’s only about RM2,500.

Needless to say, this is a fantastic starting price for a high-end flagship phone like the Pixel 6. Of course, the $599 price tag is for the base model with 128GB of storage. If you want double the storage (256GB), it will set you back $699 (about RM2,915).

One of the major highlights of the Pixel 6 has to be the chip powering this phone, which is Google’s very own Tensor SoC. In terms of raw processing power, it’s said to be competitive with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. On top of that, it also comes with a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) for AI tasks, enabling faster speech recognition.

In the camera department, the Pixel 6 doesn’t get the telephoto lens of the Pro model, though it still has the same 50MP primary sensor – which outputs 12.5MP images – as well as a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. On the front, it features an 8MP selfie camera.

Other specifications of the Pixel 6 include a 6.4-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, IP68 water and dust resistance, a sizeable 4,614mAh battery, and obviously, Android 12 out of the box.

The Pixel 6 is now available for pre-order in the US; it is set to start shipping from 28 October onwards. As usual, it’s unlikely the Pixel 6 will be officially available in Malaysia, though we reckon it’s only a matter of time before local retailers import the device here.

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