After months of leaks, we’ve finally had the official launch of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro and it’s safe to say, we’re very impressed.
This post we’ll run what we’ve learned about the new devices.
New Form Factor
This didn’t come as a surprise, we’ve seen the renders for a while now. But Google has incorporated elements of their existing design language into a wholly new looking device. The new camera bar gives us Nexus 6P vibes, the two-tone effect is still there, we have improved screen to body ratios and finally an under display fingerprint sensor.
Google has achieved something impressive. While sticking to the tried and tested glass slab, they have managed to make a phone that looks striking and unique.
You’ll get a slightly larger, higher quality screen with the Pro model, in a not too much larger form factor due to the slightly better increased screen to body ratio in the pro.
New camera hardware
That new camera bar houses all new camera hardware too. For years Pixel phones have been the champions of smartphone photography, despite using the same outdated camera hardware for years. This has been due to Google’s impressive computational photography work. That said, computational photography can only get you so far and this year’s upgraded camera hardware should go a long way to improving the quality of shots you’ll get with these devices.
Both devices are now rocking a 50mp shooter on the rear which Google claims allows for a 150% increase in light capture over the Pixel 5. Both Devices have a 12mp ultrawide, while the Pixel 6 Pro boasts an impressive 48mp telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom and up to 20x super res digital zoom.
Google made a big deal about how they have been independently rated as the best smartphone for security this year. There are a combination of factors leading to improved security this year. The devices come with an improved Titan M2 security chip. They also come with improved security features in Android 12 such as a privacy dashboard, security hub and notification LEDs when a device is using your camera or microphone Finally, thanks to Google’s new Tensor chip, they are able to offer 5 years of security updates, too.
Google’s new Tensor chip is an incredibly important step. It enabled what is termed “vertical integration”. What this means is Google now controls the hardware and software experience entirely. They can now optimise their devices and software for maximum efficiency, meaning the best Android experience should be on Pixel devices.
The Tensor chip boasts 70% improved CPU performance and 370% GPU performance over the Pixel 5 and should improve battery performance too.
The Tensor chip also enables a range of new AI features such as faster on-device translation, better face recognition, computational videography to bring Google’s video experience in line with their photo experience, a magic eraser feature to remove unwanted photo elements and much more.
It’s long been known that camera equipment, going back decades, has been designed with lighter skin tones in mind. This means that communities of colour have had a diminished experience while using modern smartphone cameras. With the computational photography smarts we have, there is no excuse for this, and, to their credit, Google has recognised this.
Google worked with photographers specialising in taking photos of people of colour. They took thousands of photos and made recommendations. This made Google’s machine learning dataset 25 times more diverse.
They have incorporated this new dataset into what they call real tone technology. With real tone, skin tones will be much more accurately represented.
Specifications of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Typically there isn’t much difference between Pixel phones of different sizes. However, with the pro moniker, the new Pixel 6 Pro has some significant differences over the Pixel 6.
The below table from Tomsguide.com outlines the main differences:
Pixel 6 Pixel 6 Pro
|Price:||$599 / £499||$899 / £849|
|Colors:||Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam||Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny|
|Display: size (resolution):||6.4-inch (1080×2400 pixels, 411ppi)||6.7-inch (1440 x 3120, 512ppi)|
|Refresh rate:||Up to 90Hz||Up to 120Hz|
|Processor:||Google Tensor with Titan M2||Google Tensor with Titan M2|
|Storage:||128GB | 256GB||128GB | 256GB | 512GB|
|Rear cameras:||50MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.85), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2)||50MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.85), 12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2), 48MP telephoto (ƒ/3.5)|
|Zoom:||7x Super Res digital||4x optical and 20x Super Res digital|
|Front camera:||8MP (ƒ/2.0), 84-degree field of view||11.1MP (ƒ/2.2), 94-degree field of view|
|Video:||Rear: 4K and 1080p (both up to 60fps), Front: 1080p at 30fps||Rear: 4K and 1080p (both up to 60fps), Front: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at up to 60fps|
|Authentication:||Fingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensor||Fingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensor|
|Battery:||Rated for 24 hours (48 with Extreme Battery Saver), at least 4524 mAh||Rated for 24 hours (48 with Extreme Battery Saver), at least 4905 mAh|
|Dimensions:||6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches||6.5 x 3 x 0.4 inches|
|Weight:||7.3 ounces||7.4 ounces|
That’s all we have on the Pixel 6 launch and why we’re excited by these new devices.
Both devices will ship October 28th. If you’re looking for new handsets for your business, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org