The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the company’s most serious smartphone rival to date. With its own Tensor processor, a gigantic 6.7-inch 120Hz refresh rate display, 50-megapixel main camera, 4x telephoto zoom, and a surprisingly reasonable $899 starting price, Google has brought everything to the table. In short, the Pixel 6 Pro is attempting to outperform the iPhone 13 Pro, as well as all other Android smartphones from Samsung and OnePlus. Google exceeded all expectations by actually pulling it off after only a few days of use.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Specifications
Price: Starting at $899
Android version: 12
Display: 6.71-inch OLED (3120 x 1440)
Refresh rate: 10-120Hz
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear cameras: 50MP (f/1.85) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 48MP (f/3.5) telephoto with 4x optical zoom
Front camera: 11MP (f/2.2)
Video: Up to 4K 60 fps (HDRnet)
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Battery life (hrs:min): 7:49 (Adaptive) / 7:55 (60Hz)
Charging: 30W wired (charger not included), 23W wireless (Pixel Stand), 12W Qi
Size: 6.5 x 3.0 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 7.4 ounces
Colors: Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Price and Release Date
Google has kept the Pixel 6 Pro’s price modest compared to other flagship phones. The Pixel 6 Pro, which starts at $899 for the 128GB model, offers a lot of physical value in addition to Google’s great software design and support.
The Pixel 6 Pro, which was announced on October 19, is now available for pre-order with a ship date of October 28. You can get yours through AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile, as well as the Google Store and Google Fi. Be aware that some carrier prices exceed Google’s MSRP, which appears to be connected to 5G capabilities.
Pixel Pass, which starts at $45 a month, is included with the Pixel 6 Pro. A Pixel upgrades every two years, device protection, a 200GB Google One cloud subscription, YouTube Premium (including YouTube Music Premium), and Google Play Pass are all included in this all-in-one plan. On paper, it appears to be a good offer.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Design
This is the most elegant design on a Pixel phone yet, as well as one of the most appealing and distinct appearances on any smartphone from any company. It solves one of the most vexing problems with today’s smartphones, the protruding camera panel, in a novel approach by stretching it across the entire width of the phone.
If you tap on the screen to text while the phone is laying on the table, it will not sway back and forth as other phones do. It may appear to be a minor detail, but in our opinion, it is a success.
The Pixel 6 Pro is available in three colors: Stormy Black, Sorta Sunny, and Cloudy White. All share a pattern with one color to the north of the camera bar and another to the south. The color difference in Stormy Black is quite faint, simply a slightly lighter gray at the top.
The new Android 12 software allows you to select a color theme that extends all the way down to the phone’s icons and menus. The Google “G” logo is located in the center of the phone’s back, exactly where the phone must be placed for wireless charging.
The phone has curved edges, as does the screen, so it fits pleasantly in the hand. Nonetheless, this is a large phone that may be too large for some users’ hands. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to try it on for size. The Pixel 6, the non-Pro variant, is a little smaller with a 6.4-inch display and hence more suited to little hands.
The new Google Nexus 5X is an elegant and appealing phone, easily Google’s best yet. Corning Gorilla Glass Victus is used on the front and rear of the phone. The fingerprint sensor is located beneath the display. There is no facial recognition, but this under-screen fingerprint sensor is effective and quick.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Display
The display is one of the reasons it looks so amazing. The display is incredibly high-resolution, with a pixel density of 512 pixels per inch, and because the fingerprint sensor is concealed in the glass, it reaches almost edge to edge. There isn’t much bezel here. Whereas earlier Pixel phones had the front-facing camera peeking out from the corner of the display, it now rests in the center. This is more appealing and less distracting.
It, like many other flagship phones, has an adjustable refresh rate display that ranges from 10Hz to 120Hz for a super-smooth experience. Smooth Display is what Google calls it, and you can turn it off if you want, but it’s a very effective, bright display that’s wonderfully adjusted.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Cameras
We’ve finally arrived at the feature that identifies a Pixel: the cameras. Google pioneered what was possible with computational photography, and while other phone manufacturers have since caught up, Pixels remain on our list of the best camera phones on a regular basis. The Pixel 6 Pro raises the bar this year.
Google enhanced the hardware to complement the better software algorithms and Tensor capabilities. The main sensor has been upgraded to 50MP, allowing for 150 percent more light, according to Google. The 12MP ultrawide camera offers a 114-degree field of vision, while the 48MP telephoto features a 4x optical zoom thanks to folded optics. Overall, the Pixel 6 Pro has a digital zoom range of up to 20x, with the AI-powered Super Res Zoom helping to clean up the final photos.
The centerpiece of the new AI features driven by the Tensor processor is Magic Eraser. This is an amazing piece of engineering that allows you to efficiently eliminate undesired elements from the background of your images. It’s clearly not perfect, but the Pixel 6 Pro will propose things to eliminate automatically. According to Google, it is most effective around beaches and parks.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Performance
Google, like Apple, has entered the chip design market with its a-series chips. This phone employs a Google Tensor processor, which is designed to keep software and hardware in sync. This means that much more may be done on the device, such as translation, speech recognition, and other tasks that were done previously via the cloud.
Live Translate is one of the new phones’ standout features, and it performs admirably. If you receive a text message in Spanish and don’t understand the language, simply push the button and it will automatically translate into English. Do you want to return to the original message? Simply tap and it will return. Because Google Assistant is smarter in this area, it now adds punctuation automatically when you dictate a message.
Again, these are actions taken on the device, such as when you download the necessary language packs. It’s true that most flagship phones are lightning-quick, and this one is certainly lightning-fast at every task it has to complete. Strong security mechanisms are also incorporated.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Battery Life
Longevity has never been a strong suit for Pixel, with some models performing horribly away from the mains. With the 6 Pro, you won’t have to worry about that.
There’s plenty of juice here to get you through the day without needing the plugin, and if you’re careful with power-hungry games and apps, it’ll still be there the next morning. It’s not as long-lasting as some competitors, but if you’re in a hurry, the extreme energy saver mode can help stretch the 5000mAh battery closer to 48 hours between charges.
You may choose between wired and wireless charging, with the latter functioning in both directions in case you need to charge another device. The official Pixel Stand is required for the maximum wireless rates of 23W, with standard Qi charging pads topping out at 12W.
30W cable charging isn’t the fastest, but it’s fast enough to keep up with the latest iPhone and Galaxy models. If you have the correct adaptor, that is: Google does not include one in the box. On a suitable charger, it will recharge to 50% in roughly half an hour.
Pixel 6 Pro Review: Verdict
Pixel phones have always had cameras capable of competing with full-fledged flagships, but they’ve made concessions to stay on the inexpensive side. The Pixel 6 Pro now features top-of-the-line hardware to go along with its photographic capabilities.
Google is battling Apple’s best with algorithm-assisted shooting modes that increase versatility and a trio of lenses that deliver stunningly clear shots in all lighting conditions. The iPhone may have a little advantage in areas like macro photography and video, but the Pixel offers better zoom and editing capabilities.
Even with a few display glitches and a design that not everyone will find attractive, the fact that cameras are now only part of the package will give Apple and Samsung users serious pause for consideration. The Pixel 6, which makes a few compromises in the name of value, provides a pretty similar experience for a much lower price. However, given that the 6 Pro is still cheaper than both the Galaxy S21+ and the iPhone 13 Pro, you’re getting a lot of phones for your budget.
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