The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google’s latest high-end smartphones, will go on sale on October 28. Google is undercutting the iPhones and Samsung Galaxys of the globe with superior hardware that doesn’t compromise on speed, photography, or day-to-day use at €649 and €899, respectively.
The new Pixels are effectively a completely new phone, with a modern design that feels substantial in the hand. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro lead with Google-exclusive hardware and features, but they’re also a well-rounded smartphone that’s not too expensive.
What, who, and how:
Who are these for: The €649 Pixel 6 is perfect for anyone looking for a stylish Android phone that works quickly, takes fantastic images, and won’t slow down for years owing to automatic software upgrades. If you’re searching for a phone that excels at photography and has a truly exceptional telephoto lens, the €899 Pixel 6 Pro is the phone for you.
What you should know: The Nexus 6 and 6 Pro are the first phones to include Google’s Tensor processor. It has some of the smoothest and fastest performance we’ve observed on a phone in everyday use. When you add in Google-only services like call waiting and live captioning, the Pixels make a strong case for themselves.
How they stack up: Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from Google provide high-end features at significantly lower prices than the competitors. We’d even go so far as to argue that these are the best Android phones currently available. Pixels open apps faster and complete processes faster than the Samsung Galaxy S21, and they have a longer battery life. Google’s proprietary features, such as call waiting, transcription, and translation, all add a human element to the user experience, allowing them to focus on new features. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are flagship Android phones that can compete directly with the iPhone 13 family and other top Android phones.
Cameras that are extremely dependable:
We’ve tried a lot of phones, and the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have some of the best mobile photography we’ve seen, making them feel like the iPhone of Android phones.
Both have a 50-megapixel wide lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens as their starting point. Both are sharpshooters, and with most shots in our testing, it was simple to just point and shoot. Furthermore, the 6 and 6 Pro concentrate and identify what is in any given photo with lightning speed.
The photos taken are beautiful and do not skew the colors or objects in the shot. We’re not claiming every shot is ideal, but for the most part, you’ll end up with a great image. It performs a wonderful job with hair (particularly on dogs) with a decent degree of blur when using a custom setting like Portrait on the wide lens. Similarly, the specialized Night Sight option adds a lot of extra light to a dark scene while opting for a cooler tone. Both of these settings outperform the Galaxy S21 and the Z Flip 3.
Pixel also relies heavily on AI to find and frame the correct photo – focussing was quick and it worked for a variety of shots. People, landscapes, animals, buildings, and cityscapes were all easily dealt with. Magic Eraser, which intelligently removes people or objects from a shot, is one of the latest tricks. However, it’s only half-baked, resulting in a lot of distortion and messed-up backdrops.
Google Tensor provides a fluid and seamless experience:
Rather than using a standard Qualcomm processor, Google has gone the Apple route and designed its own chipset for the upcoming Pixels. And it enables Google to enhance the overall experience to its maximum potential.
That chip is the Google Tensor, which is combined with 8GB of RAM on the Pixel 6 and 12GB on the Pixel 6 Pro. However, in our tests, the difference in RAM did not make a visible difference.
Both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro feel as quick as any other Android smartphone on the market and open faster than previous models. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro can rapidly launch the camera app and be ready to shoot, which is an improvement over the Pixel 5a with 5G and other Android devices. Twitter, Instagram, Monday, Slack, Outlook, Stadia, Xbox Game Pass, Trello, Spotify, Recorder, Asphalt 9, COD Mobile, and a slew of more apps worked flawlessly.
Battery life that lasts all day:
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro offer improvements in the battery category and seem like the most integrated product from Google yet, thanks to Google designing and producing both the hardware and software. It’s also resulted in some incredibly long battery life, to the point where our tests are still running. The 6 and 6 Pro, on the other hand, should be able to get through a day with ease.