Over the years Pixel phones are created their separate identity in the smartphone industry and every new Pixel provides something new and wonderful out-of-the-box experience to their users. This year they completely remodifies pixels from the inside out and launched their most anticipated Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
A great amount of hype was created earlier as Google announced these phones and now after one month most of them seem true. The Pixel 6 comes with a completely new design, a large camera module at the back, and new dual-tone color combinations that look impressive.
This year is different and special for pixel fans because the first time Google made their custom processor called Tensor for these Pixel 6 and 6 Pro and they are promised tons of other improvements in the hardware and software department.
Tensor allows the phone’s camera to recognize text, but also translate it on the fly if it’s in a foreign language. The new chip powers Pixel features like voice-powered typing and robocall screening, not to mention a new string of photo processing capabilities.
On top of the confident design, it brings custom silicon the biggest camera upgrade in five years, and the most assertive visual overhaul in Android 12. The only thing left for google to do was to make sure the price didn’t get out of control and guess what it did that too.
At 600 bucks the pixel 6 undercuts the iPhone 13 and Samsung’s galaxy s21 by a full benjamin it may not pack the polish or the photographic prowess of its professional-grade sibling but take away that juxtaposition and there’s very little here beyond the bolder than usual bezels to suggest that this is anything but a top-shelf smartphone.
Price and Availability of Google Pixel 6:
Google released both the phones on 19th October 2021 and they are immediately available for preorders. The Pixel 6 goes on sale on October 28 in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the phone will also launch in Italy, Singapore, and Spain in 2022.
Although we don’t know when these phones are available in other countries Google may release the Pixel 6 in South America and probably skip India due to a Global supply chain issue and the current shipping crisis. If Google can get production up the way they want, we might see it launch in more countries next year.
You can directly buy Pixel 6 from the official website and there you have three different options, you can buy an unlocked version at $599 for the 8GB/128GB model (256GB costs $100 more).
At Verizon and AT&T, you’ll pay more for the Pixel 6 — $699 at Verizon and $739 at AT&T. The reason for the price discrepancy comes down to 5G. Verizon and AT&T are selling Pixel 6 models that work with their fast mmWave-based 5G networks.
You can also use Google’s subscription-based service Pixel Pass and pay $45/month for the Pixel 6 and other services like Google One storage as well as streaming from YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, and Google Play Pass. Apart from the subscriptions, special care is taken in terms of repairs and replacement.
Other E-commerce websites also sell new Pixel 6 phones but the price may vary in different regions so first check the price thoroughly and then decide. You can buy the Pixel 6 from Amazon and Best Buy.
|Display||FHD+ (1080 x 2400) OLED at 411 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio, Full 24-bit depth for 16 million colors, Auto HDR, Always On Display|
|Glass Protector||Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ cover glass,|
|Dimensions||6.2 height x 2.9 width x 0.4 depth (inches) · 158.6 height x 74.8 width x 8.9 depth (mm)|
|Weight||207 g · 7.30 oz|
|Processor||Google Tensor, Titan M2™ security co-processor|
|Software||Android 12 with three years of software and five years of security updates|
|Camera||50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera, 1.2 μm pixel width, ƒ/1.85 aperture
82° field of view, 1/1.31″ image sensor size, Super Res Zoom up to 7x
12 MP ultrawide camera, 1.25 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 114° field of view
Lens correction, LDAF, OIS
|Front camera||8 MP, 1.12 μm pixel width, ƒ/2.0 aperture, Fixed focus, 84° field of view|
|Video||4K @30/60 FPS from the rear camera and 1080p @30 FPS from the front cam
Cinematic Pan support, Slo-mo video support up to 240 FPS, Digital zoom up to 7x
|Storage||128 GB/ 256GB|
|Fingerprint reader||Under-Display Fingerprint reader|
|Battery||4614 mAh battery with 30W fast charging support, 21-watt wireless charging,
Reverse wireless charging, USB power delivery 3.1
|Camera Features||Magic Eraser, Motion Mode, Real Tone, Face Unblur, Panorama, Manual white balancing
Locked Folder, Night Sight, Top Shot, Portrait Mode, Portrait Light, Super Res Zoom
Motion autofocus, Frequent Faces, Dual exposure controls, Live HDR+
|Connector||USB- Type C 3.1|
|Colors||Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, Stormy Black|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer|
|Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA|
|Tracking||with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS, and NFC for payment|
|Price||launched at $599|
Design and Display of Pixel 6:
Previously all other Google phones are made with good quality material and looked good too but They’re not perfect. And there are some areas where they come up a little bit short but this time they came up with something unique.
Dual-tone colors and the new camera module look new no other Google flagship has this kind of design. The distinctive new look stems entirely from the horizontal camera bar that stretches across the back of the phone. That’s quite a different approach from other camera arrays, which are generally restricted to the upper left corner of a device.
The Pixel 6 measures 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm (6.24 x 2.94 x 0.35 in) undoubtedly a big phone and the weight is 207 grams so it feels nice on hand not too heavy. The back and front are covered by Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 and Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™.
We have a Slim horizontal bar that stretches across the width of the phone and houses two camera sensors, as well as the flash. There are two different colors one above the camera sensors and another below where we have the famous G logo, apart from that the design is very clear.
On the front of the Pixel 6, you get a cutout for the 8MP selfie cam in the center of the 6.4-inch display and a fingerprint sensor underneath the glass panel on the bottom. I must say the in-display sensor is flashing the screen to light up your finger not a supersonic sensor used by other brands and takes more time to unlock.
In terms of buttons and ports, the volume rocker and power button are placed up which is generally the other way around. And the buttons are quite good & clicky! And there’s no 3.5mm jack. On the bottom, we have a speaker grill a microphone grill, and a USB Type-C port.
The phone comes with a 6.40-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels at a pixel density of 411 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate can be set to automatically switch from 60Hz to 90Hz depending on the content onscreen. There’s a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera and the screen is flat with thick, Sharpie-like bezels that bleed into the matte-finish aluminum sides.
Colors are fairly consistent on the Pixel 6’s display when compared to similarly priced phones that use AMOLED panels. In use the screen is pleasant and the resolution is good, but if you need a higher 120 Hz refresh rate with LTPO support and a brighter display then go for Pixel 6 Pro.
Apart from that Google has not skipped any single feature here, you’ve got the HDR10+ support and Alyaws on display. and most importantly the adaptive display brightens up the screen in outdoor situations and we get 625 nits of max brightness in our testing.
The New Camera of Pixel 6:
One department where Pixel phones are always excelled and left behind their competitors and this time with Pixel 6 you probably experience a new level of photography.
All other players are including bigger sensors on their phones but Pixel still used those small sensors, somehow Google had figured out a great way to compensate for the small sensor, with incredible software, amazing computational photography, great HDR and multi-frame bracketing, and all this stuff that made their images exceptional.
But this time the Pixel 6 has the biggest camera hardware upgrade of any pixel in a long time combined with Google’s Tensor chip which has all the computational power to produce excellent images.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Google Pixel 6 on the rear packs a dual-camera setup featuring a 50-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.85 aperture and a pixel size of 1.2-micron, and a 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.25-micron.
The 50 MP sensors have laser autofocus and optical image stabilization but you can’t take 50 megaPixel photos. There’s no Hi-Rez mode or anything for it. It’s always binning, and everything is down to 12 and a half megaPixels.
While the Google Pixel 6 Pro adds a fancy telephoto lens to its rear camera array, the Pixel 6 sticks with the traditional wide-angle/ultrawide angle setup.
The photos are sharp, white balance is pretty good, but still a little bit too cool sometimes. In regular lighting, the Pixel does an enormous amount of HDR, and it almost looks like someone turned up the clarity slider in Photoshop just a little bit too high, so shadows never quite get too black and the sky is never blown out.
This main sensor is amazing as it’s taking in a ton of light and a lot of information. So actually the more difficult high dynamic range shooting situations are handled great, like shooting directly into the sun or shooting at night, with bright lights,
These more difficult shots look impressive now because the processing is keeping so much information in the final shot, but even so, these darker scenes tend to overexpose when you don’t adjust the slider in the viewfinder.
The 12MP Ultrawide sensor is good too, the 17 mm lens has a 114-degree field of view the photos are soft compared to the main sensor and the viewpoint is less wide compared to other wide-angle cameras but the contrast, and dynamic range, and colors are natural.
With the combination of AI and Tensor Google introduced some cool options in the photo app where you can turn any photo just by touching an option and in real-time, the photo gets edited even offline. Here are some samples…
There’s a new motion mode that has two options action pan and long exposure action pan takes the background of a photo where your subject is moving and gives it a dramatic motion blur and a long exposure option gives you a smile kind of effect.
Another new editing feature is Magic Eraser where you can easily erase any face or object from a picture after capturing sometimes we don’t want to share something on social media and it’s a very handy feature in those scenarios. Magic Eraser, available in the editing tools in Photo will automatically select people and objects to remove, which you can do with a tap.
In terms of video, the phone supports 4K up to 60 FPS and OIS and the 50MP sensor to crank out amazing videos that are well-stabilized, easy to keep in focus, and just as vivid and fun as the still photos look.
The rear camera setup has autofocus. It has a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron. The pictures came up sharp and good and the edge detection is perfect but we feel the night selfies are sometimes noisy although usable.
Finally, the pictures are perfect in most cases and the videos are great but at night you should use the Auto Night Sight to get a clear photo because a little shake makes your image hazy.
Performance and Battery Life of Pixel 6:
There is a lot of speculation going on for the last few months and once we know the first time Google also used their custom-made chip for their Pixel lineup we all are very excited about this new one.
Google named it TENSOR and it’s a 5mm Octa-core CPU where that uses two 2.80 GHz Cortex-X1, two 2.25 GHz Cortex-A76, and four 1.80 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. The GPU used here is Mali-G78 MP20.
It’s the first chip Google has made and was specifically designed by Google for the Pixel. I found the Tensor chip and the 8GB of RAM made the phone peppy to use. Opening the camera app is fast, app animations look smooth and it handles games well.
Now, a lot of people were wondering how Tensor would benchmark, and I don’t think that’s the right way to think about this new chip, but just out of curiosity, we run a geek bench at it,
And we have the numbers that got 1,035 on single-core, 2,800 multi-core, that’s maybe eight to 10% slower on paper than the Snapdragon 888 but also still way, way ahead of the Snapdragon 765 G, they used on the Pixel 5a. But then also we did some GPU benchmarks from the 3D mark, and it was looking at 10 to 12% faster than the Snapdragon 888.
The Chip improves the camera performance, speech recognition, and other features – especially improving voice commands, translation, captioning, dictation, anything carried out on a device.
Options like cost screening, where Google assistants can filter incoming calls for you, or Now Playing which ambiently detects whatever song is playing in the background in your environment, and just keeps a running list. And we’ve seen live captioning of any videos and phone calls and movies in real-time.
And the gameplay is also great with super smooth performance while playing PUBG Mobile on the Pixel 6, graphics looked sharp and response times were good, even if my aim wasn’t. I was also impressed by the Pixel’s speakers located at the top and bottom of the phone.
The Pixel 6 powers a single cell 4614mAh nonremovable battery and supports multiple charging methods 30-watt type-C cable charging, 21-watt fast wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. Google claims the phone can fill up to 50% in 30 min using the 30-watt charger.
In terms of battery life, google quotes that a single charge will get you through a day and in regular use. We found that to be true in heavy use days were shooting lots of photos and videos, watching lots of movies or youtube videos, playing lots of games still the battery last around 15-20% and we constantly get six hours of screen on time.
New Android runs inside Pixel 6:
This is one area where Pixel phones are miles ahead and over the years the Android modifies itself to a great extent giving users take full benefit of their phone.
The Pixel 6 runs brand new Android 12 out of the box where software takes great advantage of new custom hardware and we see some features are working flawlessly in this new Android.
Android 12 introduces us to Google’s new Material You interface that’s baked right into the Pixel 6. When you choose a wallpaper the theme color then Material U will take the color of your wallpaper and choose a lock screen clock and quick settings accent colors to match what it thinks will look good with that wallpaper.
Google Assistant is smarter than ever, and some of the new features have the potential to come in handy. You can now send text messages by dictating them through the assistant, and it’s shockingly accurate, as the assistant can even insert punctuation without making it sound like you’re sending an old-timey telegram.
The most valuable implementation is an interpreter feature that lets the Google Assistant listen to and translate spoken text. The interpreter feature probably works best when you’re traveling overseas and talking to native language speakers it can and you can access 40 other languages if you have an online connection.
Apart from this, there are tons of new features like new Widgets, toolbar and notification settings, new fonts and icon shapes, privacy dashboard, precise and accurate location, and much more.
We have dedicated a post only for Android 12, go and check that out for detailed info. Click here to know more.
Other Important features:
- The new TENSOR chip is also included with the Titan M2 security module to enhance the security of Pixel 6 so breaking the OS and installing a custom OS is difficult here.
- Pixel 6 comes with stereo speakers. There’s a small top-firing speaker above the display and two traditional speaker cutouts flanking the USB-C port on the bottom (audio primarily comes out of the right-most speaker on the bottom).
- We can insert a single nano sim inside and the second sim would be an e-Sim so technically the Pixel 6 supports a dual sim.
- The phone supports both mmWave and Sub-6 category of 5G networks but the speeds may vary in different countries.
- There are three color options available for PIxel 6 Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Stormy Black looks good with a two-tone finish.
- The device supports the latest Wi-Fi 6e category and very power efficient in terms of using the Wifi power share.
- The phone comes with an official IP68 rating which means it is water and dust-resistant, you can dip your Pixel 6 inside the pool, and still the phone works.
- Custom-made TENSOR gives you another advantage now Google gives you their three major Android version updates and you can get 5 years of security updates from Google.
A final thought on Pixel 6:
The 6.4 inches AMOLED screen looks good, The new TENSOR is fast and smooth we don’t find any hiccups using the device, the 50MP main camera is excellent and takes some incredible photos, and is on top of that, you have some AI-powered editing options that make the experience even better.
As far as charging and battery life the device will get you one day and the fast-changing is ok, not great but additionally you get other charging methods.
But by far the most important thing is you’ve got all the latest features of Android 12 and even got the future updates earlier than anyone. Stock Android is clean and smooth without any bugs and bloatware.
Although there are some negatives like the Box doesn’t include any charger, no 3.5 mm headphone jack, the wide-angle lens is not wider enough, and Fast charging is slow compared to other devices.
Finally, all we can say is the Pixel 6 is not an affordable device but if you’re using your phone for photography and video making activities and not obsessed with the specs too much rather than focus on the quality and the clean and clear UI with all the important tools then it’s a perfect device for you.
Ok that’s all guys and let me know what you think about Google Pixel 6 in the comments section below if you have any more queries just drop them as well, we will more than happy to answer all your questions.