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The two Pixel 6 numbers that completely change everything

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They’re here. They’re really, truly, officially here.

After what’s felt like 47 years of waiting and approximately 994 gazillion unofficial leaks, Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones are out of hiding and on their way into the world.

Well, okay: To be fair, they’ve technically been in the world for a handful of days now — at least, for those of us lucky enough to receive loaner review units for evaluation. I’ve been totin’ the Pixel 6 and its plus-sized sibling around in my dusty ol’ dungarees for nearly a week at this point, and lemme tell ya: Based on these first several days, the devices are every bit as impressive as we’d been hoping they would be.

We’ll save the nitty-gritty of the Pixel-using experience and how the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro differ, specifically, for another day. (Hint: The comparison isn’t as simple and straightforward as you might expect.) Today, I want to talk a bit about the most consequential Pixel 6 revelations of all — actually, two of ’em.

And fair warning: My logic around this might come as a surprise.

The pivotal Pixel 6 numbers

We’ll start with the most obviously prominent Pixel number, and that’s the price: The Pixel 6 is selling for an almost shockingly low $600 in the U.S., in its lowest storage configuration, while the Pixel 6 Pro will run $900 in its base-model option. (The prices do go up from there, but only as a result of increased local storage capacity.) That, if you’ll pardon my French, is gosh-darned cuckoo. For context, Samsung’s current top-of-the-line standard Android flagship, the Galaxy S21, starts at $800 in its smallest available model and goes up to $1,200 for the most premium, plus-sized version — the one that’s most comparable to the Pixel 6 Pro.

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