After many leaks, official teases, and months of waiting, Google has finally given its latest Pixel phones a formal launch. The new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the latest high-end phones from the company that hasn’t traditionally been able to make much of a dent in the high-end phone market. Both are available for preorder starting today, October 19th, and will begin shipping on October 28th. Google says all the major US carriers, plus retailers such as the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Costco, and others, will be selling the phones.
There are a lot of things to cover with the new Pixels, but the most important place to start is this: $599 and $899. Those are the starting prices for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, respectively. That pricing is aggressive compared to similar iPhones, Samsungs, or even OnePlus phones, especially when you consider that Google is providing 128GB of storage in both base models. (The 6 can be equipped with up to 256GB, the 6 Pro has options up to 512GB.)
Ars Technica has more on the new Tensor SoC by Google that powers these new Pixels. I’d love to say more about these new Pixels, but Google refuses to actually sell them anywhere, so I’m not even sure Pixel phones even exist in the first place. I’m not into conspiracy theories, but until Google sells these things in more than like 3 countries, I’ll just keep calling them an elaborate hoax.
I’m still fuming over Google not providing a standard 4G API in Android. This gave Samsug an excuse to work with telecoms vendors on an individual basis who would support 4G on a whim. The day 3G/2G is switched off my 4G phones lose voice capability. They have the hardware to support LTE but as default not the software or telecoms vendor support. Even today UK telecoms vendors only support all 4G LTE capability properly on a phone by phone basis.
So telecoms standards have just become yet another way of enabling forced obsolecence. This really does rock my sense of stability with the world.
I think “elaberate con” is a good way to describe the IT industry today.