Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Are Far Cheaper Than Expected, Offer Incredible Value For the Price

by in Technology | Oct, 21st 2021

The long-awaited Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have finally been unveiled and, frankly, we’re all taken aback by their price: $599 for the “base” model and $899 for the Pro. These MSRPs are much lower than what everyone was expecting. And, well, they’re much lower than we’re used to seeing from Apple, Samsung, and the like. For the last few years, the $1000 flagship phone has been the norm, and it’s such a nice surprise to see companies offer great value in lower segments of the market as well. That, of course, isn’t because of their benevolent nature or willingness to “better the world” but rather because of competition. Google can only charge so much when there’s a host of Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi that are offering insanely good products for a fraction of the cost.

Google Pixel 6 — Hard to Beat At This Price

Moreover, the price delta between these two Google Pixel 6 phones is so big that only a select few should opt for the more expensive model — the $300 difference in price isn’t exactly justified seeing how both phones share so much of the same DNA. The Pixel 6 Pro has a more advanced screen with a higher refresh rate, but 90Hz on the base model is more than sufficient and will result in almost as smooth an experience. The Pro model has more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB) and storage, but most folks don’t need that much memory to begin with. There’s also a difference in protective glass on the front (Gorilla Glass Victus vs. Gorilla Glass 6), but that’s hardly enough to justify splurging for the more expensive model.

The most important thing is that both phones have exceptional build quality along with Google’s bespoke Tensor SoC. Ditto for their camera systems: the 50-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel ultrawide are shared by both models. The only thing Pixel 6 buyers will miss out on is the 48-megapixel telephoto which, in all fairness, is something most of us can live without. 

In all fairness, there are other differences as well, but none of them justify the $300 jump in MSRP, especially considering how the base Pixel 6 will still harness the many cutting-edge AI features that Tensor is expected to bring. So you might as well redirect those funds into something else!

The review embargo still hasn’t been lifted, but if these phones end up performing even remotely as well as we expect them to, they’ll no doubt offer a premium Android experience that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. And for “just” $599, the Pixel 6 will instantly become one of the most alluring devices on the market. 


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