As Google confirmed earlier this year in its announcement preview, Google is dropping the XL moniker with Pixel 6 phones and will use ‘Pro’ branding for the bigger variant. As a result, we have Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in this year’s lineup of flagship Pixels.
Starting off with the design, the major visual difference is the presence of a new camera bar reminiscent of the classic Nexus 6P. The new camera bar houses the camera modules and the rear LED flash. With its distinct camera bar, you’ll have no trouble distinguishing the Pixel 6 from the myriad of Android phones out there.
At the front, Pixel 6 sports a flat display while the Pixel 6 Pro flaunts a curved display. Google has used a polished aluminum frame on the Pixel 6 Pro. The regular Pixel 6, on the other hand, will feature a matte aluminum finish. Google says both of these finishes feel great in hand, but we will have to test that out ourselves.
Coming to the display, Pixel 6 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ flat AMOLED display with a 90Hz adaptive refresh rate. Meanwhile, you’ll find a 6.7-inch QHD+ curved AMOLED display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate on the 6 Pro.
Google has switched to Tensor Chip with the Pixel 6 series. Tensor is Google’s in-house SoC for Pixel phones. The Tensor chipset uses two Cortex-X1 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.25GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. According to Google, the Tensor chip offers up to 80% performance boost than the 7nm Snapdragon 765G found on the Pixel 5.
The Pixel 6 series also equips Titan M2 security chip to keep your personal data safe. With the Titan M2 chip, Google says Pixel 6 series has the most hardware security layers in any phone. Speaking of security, you finally get an in-display fingerprint scanner for unlocking the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
If there’s one aspect in Pixel hardware Google was reluctant to change over the years, that’s the rear camera. The company has been using the same 12.2MP Sony IMX363 sensor since 2018 when it launched the Pixel 3. And that’s for the good reason. By sticking to the camera module, Google was able to leverage computational photography to offer flagship-grade camera outputs. However, things are changing for the better in the Pixel 6 series, with Google adopting larger camera sensors.
The Pixel 6 has a primary 50MP f/1.85 Samsung GN1 sensor that captures over 150 percent more light than the Pixel 5. That’s accompanied by a 12MP f/2.2 Sony IMX386 wide-angle lens. Other than these sensors, Pixel 6 Pro will offer an additional 48MP f/3.5 Sony IMX586 telephoto lens capable of 4x optical zoom and 20x Super Res digital zoom.
For selfies, you get an 8MP selfie camera on the Pixel 6 and an 11.1 f/2.2 MP sensor on the 6 Pro with a 94-degree field-of-view. You can record up to 4K videos at up to 60 fps on Pixel 6 Pro’s rear camera and 4K videos at 30fps from the front camera. The non-Pro Pixel 6’s front camera video recording maxes out at 1080p at 30fps.
So, what do these sensors truly mean for the Pixel 6 series? Well, they unlock a bunch of cool new camera features here. The new camera features included in the Pixel 6 series are Face Unblur, Magic Eraser, Motion mode, and improved Night Sight & Portrait mode. While Face Unblur attempts to deblur faces in images to make them sharper and usable, Magic Eraser helps you remove unwanted objects and people from your image. Motion mode is a feature to add more depth to action shots involving moving subjects.
Pixel 6 is priced at $599 for the base variant. If you are interested in the Pixel 6 Pro instead, it is available at a starting price of $899. You can pre-order the Pixel 6 series today and it will start shipping on October 28. Second-gen Pixel Stand is sold separately and is coming soon at $79. Check out the exact prices below:
- Google Pixel 6 (128GB) – $599
- Google Pixel 6 (256GB) – $699
- Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) – $899
- Google Pixel 6 Pro (256GB) – $999
- Google Pixel 6 Pro (512GB) – $1,099
Pixel 6: Available Countries
Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be available to buy in the following nine countries on October 28th