Google’s upcoming flagship Android phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, have received approval by the FCC in the United States, moving them one step closer to launch.
In the US, like many other countries, smartphones — and really anything with wireless capabilities — need to receive approval from the FCC before they can be sold. This approval process involves ensuring the device only operates at approved frequencies, doesn’t interfere with other devices, and doesn’t cause harm to individuals.
Breaking from tradition, Google has been boldly advertising the Pixel 6 around the world, including in television ads and billboards, well ahead of launch. Each of these US-facing advertisements have needed to explain that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro had not yet received FCC approval and therefore may not be sold.
As of Monday morning, that’s starting to change, with a handful of models of the Pixel 6 series appearing at the FCC for approval. For the Pixel 6 Pro, we find GLU0G and G8VOU listed, with the primary difference being the availability of mmWave 5G connectivity. Similarly, for the smaller Pixel 6, there’s G9S9B and GB7N6, with the same core difference of mmWave availability.
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