The Pixel 6 series from Google was possibly the most leaked device out there with almost all of the specs already in the news. Today, Google has officially unveiled the duo, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The launch bids adieu to last year’s not so exciting mid-range hardware and debuts Google’s own chip with top-of-the-line specs putting more emphasis on performance and photography.
About that chip, namely Google’s very own Tensor chip. It’s a 5nm SoC with an octa-core processor with two dedicated Cortex-X1 powerful cores, two mid-level cores, and four power-efficient ones. Not to forget the custom image processor for improved computational photography which should make the Pixel 6 lineup one of the best smartphone cameras out there, if not the best.
There’s a Magic Eraser that automatically removes distractions from photos, Face Unblur chooses a sharp face from the collection of photos and turns it into an action shot. Meanwhile, Portrait Modes pictures are now much better with superior subject separation and better skin tone rendering. And then the Night Mode and Astrophotography takes an upward curve as well over last year’s Pixels.
The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro can also Live Translate messages, captions, or text via the camera viewfinder in up to 55 languages. Whereas, the Tensor SoC comes in handy and works as an Interpreter in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish, without any internet connection.
The Tensor also comes with a built-in Titan M2 security chip. This protects your photos, texts, and sensitive information from external threats. Google, this time, is leaving no stones unturned in terms of security as it promises up to 5 years of security updates to its Pixel 6 lineup. This should come in handy and make the most out of the in-built security chip.
On paper, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is superior out of the two with a bigger 6.7-inch screen, a much better 1440p resolution, and a faster 120Hz refresh rate. The screen is also LTPO AMOLED type and has a variable refresh rate, making it a bit power efficient. On the other hand, the vanilla Pixel 6 has a smaller 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED screen with a slower 90Hz refresh rate. Nonetheless, both phones have Gorilla Glass Victus on top and an in-display fingerprint scanner, but the Pixel 6 Pro has a curved display, while the normal Pixel 6 has a flat one with thicker bezels.
The differences don’t stop here as the Pixel 6 Pro also has better camera hardware with a dedicated 4x zoom camera atop a large 48MP sensor, which can be further expanded up to 20X with ‘Super Res Zoom’, says Google. For selfies, the Pixel 6 Pro sports an 11.1MP selfie camera, an upgrade over the Pixel 6’s 8MP selfie camera.
Besides that, the remaining two cameras are pretty much the same with a 50MP 1/1.3-inch Samsung GN1 sensor that combines pixels with the final output of 12.5MP image, and a 12MP ultrawide camera.
Both phones with larger screens have some significantly bigger batteries, but the Pixel 6 Pro has an upper hand here as well with a massive 5,000mAh cell over the Pixel 6’s smaller 4,600mAh unit. Both phones charge up to 30W speed and 21W/23W wirelessly through Google’s own Pixel Stand charger. Unfortunately, you have to shell out your cash for both wired and wireless chargers.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has three color options: Cloudy White, Stormy Black, and Sorta Sunny and has three memory variants — 12GB/128GB, 12GB/256GB, and even a 12GB/512GB. As for the price, it starts at $899 (around NPR 109,000 in Nepal) in the US.
The Google Pixel 6, on the other hand, has three color options as well — Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Stormy Black — and comes in 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB memory trims, with price starting at as low as $599 (approx. NPR 73,000 in Nepal).
Both phones are now available for pre-order with shipping beginning from October 28.