The Google Pixel 6 is a midrange handset brimming with specs that might seem more at home on a premium device. The rear camera system has been kitted out with a handful of different photography settings, there’s a new operating system to explore and the Pixel 6 also sees the debut of Google’s first ever custom-made processor: Google Tensor. Discover the top five features of this smartphone in more detail below.

1. 6.4-inch FHD+ Smooth Display

Despite its budget-friendly price point, the Pixel 6 is equipped with a 6.4-inch FHD+ Smooth Display and an 83.4% screen-to-body ratio – the bezels are pared right back for an immersive user experience, whether you’re browsing YouTube or reading on your Kindle app.

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The display comes with built-in Always On technology, which – when enabled – allows you to see essential information like the date, time, temperature outside and a summary of your notifications when your phone is inactive. Coated with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and Gorilla Glass 6 on the back, this handset is the most durable Google phone yet, with an IP68 dust and water resistance rating, so you can scroll in the rain without a second thought.

2. Dual-lens Rear Camera System

Turn the Pixel 6 over and you’ll see the reconfigured rear camera system made up of two high-spec lenses: a 50MP wide lens and 12MP ultra-wide lens. This upgraded setup includes bigger sensors that can let in up to 150% more light – transforming dedicated photography modes like Night Sight and Portraits.

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But there are plenty of new settings to experiment with too, like Magic Eraser, which allows you to eliminate unwanted distractions in the background with a few taps. Meanwhile, Motion Mode brings your action shots to life by capturing movement in the frame, without blurring your subjects in the foreground. As for videography, you can record in stunning 4K on the Pixel 6, with optical image stabilisation to keep your footage crystal clear when you’re filming on the move, or your hands are a little unsteady.

3. Google Tensor Chip

This handset also showcases the Google Tensor for the first time – Google’s first custom-built chip. This intelligent processor is capable of up to 80% faster performance than the previous model, so it can instantly translate messages whether you’re on or offline, and even the most advanced smartphone games are more responsive.

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Paired with a 5G connection, the Google Tensor makes buffering videos a thing of the past, and helps to enable speedy downloads – be it a document you need for work or a full-length feature film. Not to mention, this processor features an additional layer of protection, which works alongside the new Titan M2 security chip to keep your data safe at all times.

4. Android 12

The Pixel 6 comes with the new Android 12 installed and ready to use. There’s a lot of upgrades to unpack with Android 12, but perhaps the most noticeable is the new user interface, which pulls colours from your chosen wallpaper to create a more unified theme.

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Another hotly-anticipated feature of Android 12 is the new Game Dashboard, which you can activate by going to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb > Schedules, and then toggling on Game Dashboard. When you’re playing a game that supports this setting, you’ll have access to a helpful floating panel of controls, giving you the option to stream your gameplay live on YouTube, activate do not disturband more.

5. 4,614 mAh Battery

Powering away behind the scenes, there’s a 4,614mAh battery, more than capable of keeping the Pixel 6 running all day long. From your morning podcast to your late-night Deliveroo order, this device an last up to 48 hours in Extreme Battery Saver mode.

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Fast Charging is available with the cable included in the box, or you can make the most of Wireless Fast Charging, using a Qi-certified charger (sold separately). Plus, if you’re on full power but you forgot to charge your Pixel Buds, you can transfer power over using Battery Share – and this works for other compatible wirelessly charging devices too.

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