The brand new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional showcase one of many largest year-to-year cellphone upgrades I’ve seen in a very long time. Within the lead-up to Google’s fall Pixel occasion on Tuesday, the corporate behind Android and YouTube did one thing many different cellphone makers do not and introduced each new Pixel 6 telephones again in August. The Pixel 6 has new digicam {hardware}, runs on Google’s first in-house processor and has a design that appears in contrast to another cellphone bought at the moment.

The Pixel 6 collection is a crucial launch for Google as a result of it is a massive shift away from the corporate’s nice midtier cellphone technique of the previous and a major step towards a portfolio designed to compete with premium telephones from Apple, Samsung and Huawei.

Thematically, Google has aimed to make the Pixel 6 work properly for extra individuals. A part of which means making the cameras work higher for individuals with completely different pores and skin tones and enhancing voice recognition to simply establish completely different talking patterns and accents.

Of the 2 telephones, the $599 (£599) Pixel 6 is the extra inexpensive mannequin. It is priced to compete with the iPhone 13, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and different midtier Android telephones reminiscent of the present Motorola Edge. For extra info on the Pixel 6 Professional, take a look at my comparability under or learn our first impressions of the Google Pixel 6 Professional by my colleague Andrew Hoyle. (Pricing for Australia hasn’t been introduced, however the worth within the UK, which has comparable tax, converts roughly to AU$1,100.)

The Pixel 6 has some of the eye-catching designs of 2021.


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The Pixel 6 design highlights its digicam bump strip

Google used 100% recycled aluminum for the physique of the Pixel 6. The edges have a matte end and total the Pixel 6 has an IP68 ranking for water and mud resistance. The Pixel’s defining bodily characteristic is its horizontal digicam bump strip. It could be simple to say the digicam strip was impressed by Robocop’s visor, or the visor on Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. However Google stated it wished to make a singular digicam bump that celebrates the digicam system. So as an alternative of a sq. within the nook the designers went for a strip.

Google Pixel 6 camera bump

As a substitute of a sq. within the nook, the digicam bump on the Pixel 6 runs horizontally throughout the again of the cellphone.


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In individual it seems to be like a chunk of a black mineral that has been lower, formed and polished right into a digicam bump that retains your cellphone stage so it does not wobble. The digicam bump homes broad and ultrawide cameras (extra on these in a second).

On the entrance of the Pixel 6 is a 6.4-inch show coated in Gorilla Glass Victus with an under-display fingerprint reader. The display has a 90Hz excessive refresh charge, which ought to make animations look smoother and really feel extra responsive.

Tensor defines the Google Pixel 6

The brains of the brand new Pixel do not come from Qualcomm. As a substitute the cellphone’s powered by a brand-new chip known as Tensor. It is the primary processor designed by Google and it has been custom-made for the Pixel. Google stated that it is 80% sooner than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip present in final 12 months’s Pixel 5

Google wished to go farther with software program and computations and therefore created the Tensor chip. As a lot because the digicam bump strip defines the design, Tensor defines the Pixel. It permits for on-device AI like sooner, extra correct speech recognition and picture processing.

I requested about the potential for seeing a Tensor chip in one other gadget and whereas Google declined to remark, the corporate did say that this was not a one-off. 

Pixel 6 digicam will get higher at pores and skin tones with Actual Tone

The primary digicam on the Pixel 6 has a large angle lens and a 50-megapixel sensor, which is the most important sensor ever in a Pixel digicam. The digicam makes use of pixel-binning to mix a number of pixels collectively to create a 12.5-megapixel picture. The outcomes are brighter photographs with higher particulars and extra correct colours. Google claims the brand new major digicam can seize 150% extra mild than the principle digicam on the Pixel 5.

There’s a new ultrawide digicam with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 114-degree subject of view. Across the entrance is an 8-megapixel selfie digicam.

Google Pixel 6 sample photos

These are three photographs Google supplied us with that have been taken with the Pixel 6.


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But when there’s one factor Google Pixel cameras are identified for, it is software program and computational images. Google designed the Pixel cameras and computations to be extra correct regardless of your complexion with Actual Tone. For the previous 18 months Google has partnered with administrators, photographers and cinematographers like DP Kira Kelly and colorist Alex Bickel, identified for his or her stunning depictions of communities of shade. The concept was to enhance the Pixel’s cameras and algorithms in two methods.

The primary is detection. Google wished the cellphone to have the ability to establish a face, regardless of how mild or darkish somebody’s pores and skin is or how complicated the lighting is. The second half is working with engineers to enhance the aesthetics of how photographs have been rendered. When a topic has a darker complexion, the algorithm provides extra nuance to midtones and undertones.


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Android 12 and different notable software program additions for the Pixel 6

The Pixel 6 runs Android 12, which provides extra customization round preferences and aesthetics. Simply because the Pixel 6 represents the largest cellphone improve from Google in years, Android 12 marks the largest OS replace in years. Android 12 is full of visible upgrades like customizable shade palettes, larger buttons and up to date notifications.

Google Pixel 6

That is the Android 12 lock display for the Pixel 6.


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And the Pixel 6 will get a bunch of latest nifty software program updates, notably Wait Time, which helps you to know the perfect instances to name a enterprise so you will not have an extended wait. There’s additionally Direct My Name, which makes use of Google Assistant to work its manner by means of the automated prompts of a name till it will get to an precise individual.

In photographs, there is a new device known as Magic Eraser that allows you to shortly take away undesirable issues and folks out of your photographs. RIP, all you photobombers. There’s additionally a Movement mode, which may create Motion Pan photographs the place the background is blurred to imitate your topic shifting shortly. Movement mode may create Lengthy Publicity photographs that make working water seem like silk and seize mild trails from automobile site visitors.

Learn extra: Google Pixel 6 vs. 6 Professional vs. Pixel 5 vs. 5A: What are the variations?

Pixel 6 vs. Pixel 6 Professional: All of the variations

The 2 telephones Google launched Tuesday are comparable in a lot of methods. However there are variations that set them aside and maybe the most important distinction is worth. Within the US, the Pixel 6 begins at $599 and the Pixel 6 Professional at $899.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

On the left is the Google Pixel 6 Professional and on the proper the Pixel 6.


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The display on the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch, FHD Plus, excessive refresh-rate show that may swap between 90Hz and 60Hz. The Pixel 6 Professional has a bigger 6.7-inch QHD LTPO (that is low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) that may adapt the refresh charge between 10Hz and 120Hz. The show on the Professional curves over the edges of the cellphone.

When it comes to cameras, the Professional has a 48-megapixel, 4x optical zoom telephoto digicam. The Pixel 6 does not. The Pixel 6 has an 8-megapixel front-facing digicam with an 84-degree subject of view that may report 1,080p video at 30 frames per second. The Professional has an 11-megapixel selfie digicam with a wider 94-degree subject of view that may report 4K 30fps movies.

Different variations:

  • The again of the Professional has Gorilla Glass Victus and the Pixel 6 has Gorilla Glass 6.
  • The Pixel 6 Professional has an ultrawideband chip and the Pixel 6 does not.
  • The Pixel 6 has a 4,614-mAh-capacity battery and the Professional has a 5,003-mAh one.
  • The Pixel 6 Professional helps each sub-6 and mmWave 5G.
  • The Pixel 6 helps sub-6 5G. A costlier provider model additionally helps mmWave.

The Pixel 6, 5G and battery life

The Pixel 6 helps sub-6 5G. Some provider variations of the Pixel 6 may even help mmWave, which is the quick model of 5G that is not extensively obtainable. Google says that battery life is a single day when utilizing 5G. The Pixel 6 has a 4,614-mAh battery and helps 30-watt USB-C quick charging, however as with just about each different phone-maker, the fast-charger is bought individually. 

Google Pixel Move

Google guarantees to help the Pixel 6 and 6 Professional with 5 years of OS and software program upgrades. The search big additionally has a brand new subscription service known as Pixel Move that allows you to purchase the Pixel 6 and get cellphone safety, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Google One and Google Play Move for $45 a month over two years. You may get a Pixel Move for the Pixel 6 Professional for $55 a month.

This is all the pieces to know concerning the Pixel 6 Professional and Google’s new Tensor chip. Plus, why Pixel telephones are nice options to Apple and Samsung telephones (and why the Pixel 6 is extra thrilling than the iPhone 13), and whether or not it is nonetheless price it to purchase a Pixel 3, 4 or 5.

Google Pixel 6 specs vs. Google Pixel 6 Professional, Google Pixel 5, Apple iPhone 13

Google Pixel 6 Google Pixel 6 Professional Google Pixel 5 Apple iPhone 13
Show dimension, decision 6.4-inch OLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels; 60Hz or 90Hz 6.7-inch LTPO OLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels; 10-120Hz 6-inch FHD+ OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532×1,170 pixels
Pixel density 411 ppi 512 ppi 432 ppi 460 ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.2×2.9×0.4 in 6.5×3.0x0.4 in 5.7×2.8×0.3 in 5.78×2.82×0.3 in
Dimensions (millimeters) 158.6×74.8×8.9mm 163.9×75.9×8.9mm 144.7×70.4x8mm 147x72x7.65mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 7.3 oz; 207g 7.41 oz; 210g 5.33 oz; 151g 6.14 oz; 174g
Cell software program Android 12 Android 12 Android 11 iOS 15
Digital camera 50-megapixel (broad), 12-megapixel ultrawide 50-megapixel (broad), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 48-megapixel (telephoto) 12.2-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (ultrawide) 12-megapixel (broad), 12-megapixel (ultrawide)
Entrance-facing digicam 8-megapixel 11-megapixel 8-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video seize 4K 30, 60fps (rear), 1,080p 30fps (entrance) 4K 30, 60fps (rear), 4K 30fps (entrance) 4K HDR video recording with Dolby Imaginative and prescient as much as 4K at 60fps
Processor Google Tensor Google Tensor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Apple A15 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM 8GB 12GB 8GB Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery 4,614 mAh 5,003 mAh 4,000 mAh Undisclosed; Apple lists 19 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor Beneath show Beneath show Rear No (Face ID)
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Particular options 5G sub 6 (some provider fashions even have 5G mmWave) help, Wi-Fi 6E, 30W fast-charging, wi-fi charging, Magic Eraser, Movement mode, Actual Tone, Face Unblur, Cinematic Pan, 5 years OS safety updates, IP68 ranking for mud and water resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus (entrance), Gorilla Glass 6 (again), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G sub 6 and mmWave help, Wi-Fi 6E, Ultrawideband, 30W fast-charging, wi-fi charging, Magic Eraser, Movement mode, Actual Tone, Face Unblur, Cinematic Pan, 5 years OS safety updates, IP68 ranking for dust- and water-resistance, Gorilla Glass Victus (back and front), dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) 5G enabled; waterproof (IP68); 90Hz-refresh-rate show; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); reverse wi-fi charging; quick charging 5G enabled; MagSafe; waterproof (IP68); wi-fi charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Worth off-contract (USD) $599 (128GB) $899 (128GB) $699 $799 (128GB), $899 (256GB), $1,099 (512GB)
Worth (GBP) £599 (128GB) £849 (128GB) £599 £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB), £1,079 (512GB)
Worth (AUD) Converts to AU$1,100 Converts to AU$1,570 AU$999 AU$1,349 (128GB), AU$1,519 (256GB), AU$1,869 (512GB)

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