Google Pixel 6 launch event live blog: could we see a Pixel Fold phone too?

The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro launch event is starting very soon where we'll hear all the details about the next flagship Android phones sporting the latest Android 12 software - and we're here to give you the lowdown as it happens.

What do we expect to see during the launch? We've got the full scoop for you here - but if you can't be bothered with all that clicking and scrolling, here's the bones of what we expect to see:

We will see...

This one is easy - we're going to see the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro - although we know more about the latter model here. We know the Pixel 6 will have the new Tensor chip from Google - both will - but we need to wait to hear the full spec list.

And then there's Android 12 - which has confusingly already appeared, but not quite - which we believe will get a far greater showing today.

We might see...

Google isn't bad at springing the odd surprise at its events, and the Google Pixel Fold has been heavily rumored for a while. The rumors have been spreading around around this handset for years - but as foldable phones really start to become mainstream (thanks Samsung), this could be the day Google shows off something.

The Google Pixel Buds could make an appearance - we've not heard many rumors, but then again we didn't hear many before last year's Pixel Buds appeared - so there's a good chance a yearly refresh is possible.

Also heavily rumored: Google Pixel Pass, which would reportedly combine the all of Google's subcriptions and a yearly hardware refresh for the latest Pixel phone.

We won't see...

We sadly don't think an official confirmation of the heavily rumored Google Pixel Watch is incoming, mostly because we reckon Google is saving that for the Fitbit brand it's acquired.

And then there's the Pixel 6a - we think this is likely to happen next year, as the low-cost variant of the phone makes more sense in March or April 2022... otherwise it will just compete with today's new phones.

If you're planning to tune in, the October 19 launch starts at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (that's 4am in AEDT on October 20). You'll be able to watch the launch on Google's official website or using the embed below.

Welcome to Google Pixel 6 launch day. This is one of the strangest smartphone launches of the year as we've seen this handset teased multiple times online, appear in TV adverts, and even in the shop windows of the company's New York City store.

However, there are still a few key details we don't know. We don't know how much it'll cost, when it'll be released, a few of the core specs and we don't know what the company's new Tensor chip is really capable of.

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Google Pixel 6 phones on display

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Google Pixel 6 phones on display

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Google Pixel 6 phones on display

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Google Pixel 6 phones on display

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Google Pixel 6 phones on display

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The Google Pixel 6 will be fully revealed later today during the company's big launch event. What else can we anticipate to see? There will certainly be a reveal for the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Other potential announcements include further details on Android 12 and when it'll arrive on other Pixel phones as well as reveals for the Google Pixel Watch or Google Pixel Fold.

Stick with us throughout the day to hear everything we see in the runup to the big event such as last-minute leaks and teasers we see from Google HQ.

A Pixel 6 in Kinda Coral, held by someone wearing a red dress

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Oh Google (or Amazon, we're not sure who's at fault here): the Google Pixel 6 Pro has already been listed, complete with all the specs.

The page 'confirms' that the phone will pack an OLED screen, a 120Hz refresh rate, a powerful 12GB of RAM, an under-display fingerprint camera... it's all listed over on Amazon if you want to see the full specs(although we imagine it may get taken down soon).

We are saying 'confirms' because this doesn't mean it's certain to be the final spec list - time and again we've seen retailers put a product page live before the announcement, only to find out it's based on the rumored specs we've been bringing you.

In this case though, it seems far more concrete, based on some of the detail. Saying "~89.0% screen-to-body ratio" and "Triple 50 MP, (wide), PDAF, OIS, 48 MP, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 4x optical zoom, 12 MP, (ultrawide), Features Dual-LED flash, Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, panorama, Video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS" for the camera feels far more of a spec sheet reprint than an intern copying down info from the web.

Well, only a few hours left to find out if this one is right...

If you were hoping the Google Pixel Watch could show up today... sorry, but we've been hearing unsubstantiated leaks about its debut before every Pixel event since time began, so you've only got yourself to blame at this point.

Case in point, a big leaker has just said the smartwatch isn't coming today - apparently, it'll more likely come in the first few months of 2022, though that again sounds like a vague guesstimate.

Either way, don't hold your breath for the anticipated Wear OS showcase, and it sounds this is a mobile-focused launch.

It's very possible that Android 12 could roll out to eligible phones after the unveiling event later - that's full-fat Android, not the beta. By 'eligible' we mean one of the last few generations of Pixel phone, as other brands need to create their own versions of Android 12.

We don't know this for sure, but there's no harm in getting your Pixel phone ready if you're excited. Perhaps back up your data and charge up your phone ready for official news on the matter.

If you do have a Pixel phone and are excited for Android 12, you might get an extra bonus, as it seems likely that the update's biggest feature won't actually come to other phones, at least until 2022. That's Material You, the theme redesigning feature, and Google hasn't actually shared the code for it with other phone brands yet.

How can you watch the Pixel 6 launch event? The link below will allow you to tune in directly from Google's own stream.

When the event kicks off you'll be able to watch the live stream directly above, or click through to the video on YouTube itself. You can also set a reminder so you don't miss the event.

Beyond that there is one other way to watch: Google has set up a website for the event which you can find by clicking here. The site gives the basic event information, and lets you change the appearance of the website by holding the space key (a reference to Android 12's Material You feature).

There's no actual reference to an event live stream on the site, but other parts of Google's product website suggest the video will be streamed there.

Olivia Tambini, Audio and Music Editor for TechRadar, says, "Given that the Pixel Buds A-Series launched just a few months ago, we don’t think it’s likely that we’ll see a new pair of Pixel Buds at today’s event. 

Saying that, there is a small chance that Google could use this opportunity to announce an upgrade to its Pixel Buds (2020) and bring us the Pixel Buds (2021). 

The Pixel Buds A-Series are a cheaper, less premium version of the 2020 Pixel Buds, so a new version of the latter could see some upscale features like active noise cancellation introduced to the range.

So what is the Google Pixel Pass? This has been leaked over the last few weeks, and it's expected to be a rival to Apple One. It'll be one subscription service where you can get access to all of Google's services such as YouTube Premium and Google One cloud storage.

On top of that, the leak suggests it'll allow you to upgrade your phone yearly with whatever the new Pixel phone is. For example, if you bought into Pixel Pass on the Pixel 6 you'd be able to upgrade in 12 months time to a new Pixel 7.

There's no gurantee this will be launching alongside the Pixel 6, but one big leak heavily suggests it'll be ready to go later today.

Will there be anything from Google's Nest brand today? Carrie Skinner, Homes Editor at TechRadar, said, "I don’t expect Google to launch any new Nest devices tonight because we’ve already seen a number of smart home devices launched during the year. 

"At the end of August, four new Nest home security cameras and video doorbells were announced, while its smallest smart display, the Google Nest Hub, was given an overhaul in March this year."

Unlike most phone launches, we actually know what both the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will both look like. This isn't through leaked information either as the company has been consistently teasing the new handsets.

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Google Pixel 6

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Rear of the Pixel 6 Pro showing the camera bar and lock key

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Side profile of the Pixel 6 Pro

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Front of the Pixel 6 Pro with the display on the homescreen

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We've seen the company reveal the handsets online, and it has then followed this up through other events such as installing them in the window of its New York City flagship store.

Usually a company like Google would want to leave this big reveal for when the handsets debut, but this unique approach has meant we've had a lot of time to get used to the design and now we're more excited about the upcoming phone's features.

There may be a few surprises today, but it's unlikely we'll hear anything big around the phone's design as we know all of those details already.

What surprise would you like to see appear at today's Pixel event?

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Daryl Baxter, Software and Downloads Writer for TechRadar, is excited about anything Android 12 related today. The new software isn't yet available on phones, but we may hear about what it'll be landing.

He said, "'After a month of iOS 15 being available, it'll be interesting to see how Android 12 will work with themes and widgets. That's something iOS users have long requested.

"If we hear any more about this, such as more themes for the Pixel 6, it could be alluring to many who want to upgrade."

What colors will you be able to buy the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in? We already know each colorway for the new phones, but we've yet to hear what they'll be called. As it's Google, expect them to have some kooky names.

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Three Google Pixel 6 side-by-side, rear view

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Three Pixel 6 Pro, from the back, side by side

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You can see the colors for each above, and we expect to learn the names for each variant at today's big event.

What's all this about the Google Pixel Watch, then? We've heard of this device for years and years. In fact, this may be one of the most anticpated smartwatches of all time.

Rumors said we may see the Google Pixel Watch debut by the end of 2021, and this is one of the last opportunites for the company to introduce it. A big leak has suggested it won't be coming today though, so it's likely we'll be waiting until 2022 until the Wear OS flagship device rears its head.

How much are these phones set to cost? One leak suggests the Pixel 6 will cost less than the Pixel 5 at $599 (roughly £435 / AU$810) while the Pixel 6 Pro will cost more at $898 (around £655 / AU$1,215).

Those translations are just rough prices, so you should likely expect a higher price in the UK and US.

This matches what we've heard directly from Google, even though the company hasn't yet given us any figures. Google hardware executive Rick Osterloh was quoted in Der Spiegel as saying the Pixel 6 'belongs in the upper segment' of phones as a 'mainstream premium product.'

He even said the Pixel 6 Pro would be "expensive", so that may mean this leak is accurate or we may see the prices trickle even higher for this latest series of smartphones.

Less than two hours to go until the big event so we're going to run you through what you should expect later today. These are the big elements we expect to hear about directly from Google.

  • Google Pixel 6 - the company's next flagship handset
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro - the company's first ever premium tier smartphone
  • An update on Android 12 - perhaps a release date for the new software?
  • Maybe a surprise - Google Pixel Fold, new Pixel Buds or maybe something totally different
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Jeremy Kaplan, Content Director at TechRadar, says, "Frankly, Google gets a bum rap for its Pixel phones. Yes, the battery life has been an issue with some models. But in terms of value for your money, they're usually unbeatable. And Google has done a really excellent job ensuring that the latest software -- and therefore the latest security updates -- are immediately available across its devices. 

"This has been a real sore spot for phones from even the biggest brands (I'm looking at you, Samsung!) Throw in the company's really important work on computational photograph, and a design that at tries to step away from the "it's a black slab of glass and metal" look and you've got a lineup that should stand out in people's eyes. 

"Is Pixel perfect? Nah, nothing is. But Google deserves more recognition than it gets."

Less than 24 hours ahead of the launch, tech leaker Snoopy provided us with some photos of the new Pixel 6. Unlike other launches, this hasn't set the tech world aflame as we've known what the design will be like for some that.

That said, it's helpful to have some context about what the new smartphones look like in real life. Here's the examples:

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Getting settled and ready to watch? You don't have to use the YouTube linked at the top of the screen. The company is also allowing you to use its own event website that you can find in the tweet below:

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With 20 minutes to go, we're getting settled in ready for the launch. One of the big questions is how long the launch will be? Yesterday's Apple event was only an hour or so long, so it may be Google aims to keep this one trim as well.

You may be joining us for just half an hour as the company rattles through its Pixel phones, or it may be a longer affair with far more announcements throughout it. Anyhow, you're here with us ready to learn about everything Pixel 6.

10 minutes to go, and it's weirdly silent when these events don't have hold music playing as the introduction.

Ah, we spoke too soon. Here we are - the music has begun and we're seeing images of the phones on the screen. The caption says "The show starts soon. Stick around to be among the first to meet the brand new Google Pixel 6."

The music is similar to what you'd find on that lofi hip hop radio, beats to relax/study to on YouTube. If you have no idea what we're talking about, check out this YouTube channel next time you want some background music.

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Here are the official Indian prices of all iPhone 7, 7 Plus variants

Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 7 alongside the iPhone 7 Plus and the Apple Watch: Series 2 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on 7th September.

While the pricing of the entry level 32GB model of the iPhone 7 was revealed on 7th September itself, the pricing of the iPhone 7 Plus and the rest of the storage configurations of the iPhone 7 was finally revealed by Apple on their Indian website yesterday.

Apple has finally ditched the 16GB base model and has doubled the storage of all the other models as well. This move was long, long overdue.

Starting at Rs 60,000 and Rs 72,000

The iPhone 7 starts at Rs 60,000 for the 32GB base variant while the iPhone 7 Plus's 32GB model has been priced at Rs 72,000.

The 128GB variant of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus costs Rs 70,000, and Rs 82,000 respectively, while the 256GB variant of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus clocks in at a whopping Rs 80,000 and Rs 92,000.

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will go on sale in India on October 7.

Massive price cuts for the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus

Apple has also drastically reduced the price of some variants of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, while at the same time doubling their base storage configuration from 16GB to 32GB. The 64GB model has been discontinued and the 128GB model slots in above the 32GB model in the lineup.

Thus now the 32GB model of the iPhone 6S costs Rs 50,000 and the 128GB model is priced at Rs 60,000, a whopping 22,000 rupees cheaper than before.

The 32GB model of the iPhone 6S Plus has been priced at Rs 60,000, which is the same price as the 32GB model of the iPhone 7. Thus one can choose between either a larger screen or the latest and greatest iPhone, albeit with a smaller screen. The 128GB model of the iPhone 6S costs Rs 72,00, which is again a mammoth 22,000 rupees cheaper than before.

Thus, in a nutshell, the prices of the 128GB models of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S have been slashed massively, the 64GB model has been dropped and you now get 32GB of internal storage for the same price at which you got 16GB before.

The iPhone SE also gets some love

The odd duck in the iPhone lineup, the iPhone SE has also seen a price  cut, though not at the same level as the iPhone 6 and 6S. Its price has  been reduced from Rs 49,000 to Rs 44,000 for the 64GB variant and the  new 32GB variant has been priced at Rs 39,000. Sadly, even with these  priced cuts, the iPhone SE remains massively overpriced in India. (It  costs just 449 dollars in USA, which roughly translates to about 30,000  rupees).

Here is the pricing of the entire iPhone range in India:

32GB   : Rs 60,000   
128GB   : Rs 70,000   
256GB   : Rs 80,000

32GB   : Rs 72,000   
128GB   : Rs 82,000   
256GB   : Rs 92,000 

iPhone 6S

32GB   : Rs 50,000   
128GB   : Rs 60,000

iPhone 6S Plus

32GB   : Rs 60,000
128GB   : Rs 70,000

iPhone SE

32GB   : Rs 39,000
64GB   : Rs 44,000

Here is a recap of all that's new in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to help you decide whether the devices are worth your hard earned cash:

Design

Apple's latest spin on the iPhone rocks an aluminum body, much like the iPhone 6S.

The ugly antenna lines are a thing of the past now with Integrated Antennas and the iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus also come with a new 'Jet Black' finish that looks incredibly suave.

Other colours on offer are the standard Gold, Silver, Rose Gold and another shade of black simply titled 'Black'.

The Jet Black finish is only available for the pricier 128GB and 256GB models.

Cameras

iPhone 7

The Camera on the iPhone 7 received a complete overhaul and now comes with a new 6-element lens, a wider aperture of f/1.8 that absorbs 50 per cent more light, and an all new high speed 12-megapixel sensor that is 60 per cent faster than the iPhone 6S.

The device also features a Quad-LED True Tone Flash, a flicker sensor and an Apple designed image signal processor that uses machine learning to look for bodies and objects in the image and then adjusts the photos by choosing the best exposure and white balance.

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus takes things up a notch and comes with not just 1, but two 12 MP cameras! The above details are of the primary wide angle lens, but the device also comes with a secondary Telephoto lens. These two together dramatically improve Zoom capabilities on the iPhone 7 Plus.

With the dual camera setup, you get a 2X optical zoom plus a 10X digital zoom, which Apple claims is better than digital zoom on most smartphones thanks to the second telephoto lens.

The dual camera setup allows for depth of field adjustment. The ISP scans the screen and uses machine learning to create a depth map of the image using the two lenses.

Hardware

A10 Fusion

Apple has upgraded its A-series processor to the A10 Fusion. It's a quad-core setup that is said to be 40% faster than the A9 and two times faster than the A8 seen in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6, respectively.

Graphics Performance

The GPU looks to triple the performance of the A8 and will be more battery-friendly than previous iterations.

In fact, Apple claimed that the Apple A10 Fusion is 120 times faster than the original iPhone and the GPU is 240 times faster than the original iPhone!

Battery Life

While touching on the battery life, Phil Schiller claimed that the iPhone 7 will have the best battery any iPhone has ever had.

The iPhone 7 will last 2 hours longer than the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 Plus will last 1 hour longer than the iPhone 6S Plus.

R.I.P Headphone Jack!

As expected, Apple has done away with the headphone jack, and audio is routed digitally through the lightning port. Apple also launched a new version of the EarPods which connect through the lightning port.

This setup allows audio to be transmitted digitally using the device's lightning port, avoiding the analog conversion that occurs via the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack entirely.

The removal of a headphone jack, seen as a huge negative is actually a good thing and will be seen as an inspired decision in the long run.

Audio technology has stagnated over the years, still relying on analogue mediums of transmission such as the dated 3.5mm jack. In fact, the 3.5 mm jack has not changes since the 1980's when the Sony Walkman was introduced.

What is great is the fact that Apple will bundle a lightning to 3.5 mm adapter in every iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus box!

IP67 Water/Dust resistance

The iPhone 7 is also the first iPhone to be water-resistant. Now you can finally use your iPhone near a pool or a beach without worrying about expensive repairs.

What is disappointing is the fact that the competition such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Xperia Z5 come with IP68 water resistance, which is better than the iPhone 7's IP67.

Brighter Display

The iPhone 7/7 Plus also have a new Retina HD Display, which Apple promises is 25% brighter than the iPhone 6S's display and has a wide colour gamut, supporting Cinema P3 standard colours.

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Watch Google Pixel Fall Launch Event Livestream here

The Google Pixel Fall Launch Event is happening in just a few hours, where Google will unveil the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro devices, along with other Nest products.

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Watch Google Pixel Fall Launch Event Livestream here

The Google Pixel Fall Launch Event is happening in just a few hours, where Google will unveil the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro devices, along with other Nest products.

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