This week – Google announced its new flagship Pixel phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The two phones will retail at $599 and $899, respectively. As far as phones go, the new Pixel phones are a turning point for Google.

Google’s new handsets are powered by a new “system on a chip” (SoC) created by Google. It’s an eight-core CPU called Tensor — Google claims that its single-core performance is “80% faster than [the] previous generation [Pixel]” and “the GPU performance is 370% faster than our previous generation [Pixel].”

This means that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are leaps and bounds faster than the Pixel 5, which is impressive considering their prices.

Although the Pixels might not be iPhone 13-level fast, the phones’ cameras could catch Apple off guard. Both phones have a 50-megapixel main camera and another 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. The Pro even has an added 48-megapixel telephoto camera.

We’ll wait for the DXOMARK scores to see who’s boss. 

Additional benefits include an in-screen fingerprint sensor, “24-hour+ battery life,” and other exciting software developments (including the “Hold for Me” and toll-free ‘wait times.’) The company also rolled out the Pixel Pass, which will offer options for Pixel stans to get new phones for cheaper and bundled with some other nice benefits.

Once both Pixel phones went live for preorder, the Google Store crashed for over an hour. We guess that’s a positive sign that Google’s latest phone might have staying power.