Google’s Pixel 6 Pro finally gives its users a larger 120Hz display, a better camera hardware, and Android 12 straight out of the box. The Pixel 6 Pro promises to be the best Android experience. What does the Pixel 6 Pro do to live up to that promise? Let’s get into the review and find out.
Design and Display:
Google chose a more substantial design for the Pixel series this year. The Pixel 6 Pro weighs in at 210g. It is not difficult to hold, but it is heavy enough. Google’s Pixel 6 Pro introduces a new design language with its curved display and glass back. This phone’s focal point is its dual-tone glass and horizontal rear camera bump. It’s impossible to miss, even if it’s tempting!
It is solid in terms of build quality. The Pixel 6 Pro features a glass front and back, supported by an aluminum frame. All are protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. The screen’s punch hole camera is located at the top, while the optical in-display fingerprint scanner is at the bottom.
The largest Pixel 6 Pro display to date is the Google Pixel 6 Pro. The display is a 6.7-inch AMOLED Quad HD+ resolution screen. It supports a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate. This allows it to go down to 10Hz to conserve battery. It is certified with HDR10 and IP68.
Although the Pixel 6 Pro’s display is very accurate in color, it lacks brightness when compared with other phones of similar price. The display works well for streaming Netflix and playing games. This is the best display that we have ever seen on a Pixel.
The phone’s new plastic case isn’t all that impressive. It seems to let dust through too easily and doesn’t do justice to its overall design and chic look.
Performance and Hardware:
Google’s first custom-made Tensor chipet is included with the Pixel 6 Pro. It was built on 5 nm architecture. It features a custom-built machine learning engine, which allows for new software features.
Overall, for a first-generation product, Tensor doesn’t do too bad. While Apple’s A15 Bionic is clearly better, Tensor still has a lot of work to do. The Tensor chip performs well for everyday use and was able match other smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Thermal throttle can occur during gaming which is a real bummer.
The phone has 12GB RAM and three storage options. There are three storage options available: a 128GB option, one 256GB option and one that is 512GB. These options are not expandable, but the phone provides sufficient storage.
Android 12 is the first version of the Pixel 6 Pro. Android 12 introduces significant visual changes, including the updating of fonts & menus. It also brings better visuals, larger buttons, and colorful themes.
Google’s Tensor chip also makes it possible to add other features, such as on-device speech recognition and translation, and other AI-powered features such as Live Transcribe or Live Translate.
Live Transcribe works seamlessly and does not require an internet connection. The device has a speech-to-text model, punctuation is automatically added and you can just say “send”. It gets sent! It’s that simple!
Android now has Live Translate, a cool new feature. All the work is done automatically, without needing to switch between translation apps.
Live Translate is also available for captions. For now, it only supports a handful of languages and it can be difficult to see the text being translated in real time.
The Pixel 6 Pro has dual stereo speakers and they sound great. However, the bottom-firing speaker sounds louder than the earpiece. The speakers are good, but we have heard better.
The Pixel 6 Pro has a 5000mAh battery. This is a large battery for a Pixel smartphone, but it doesn’t affect the battery life. Google Tensor chipset and 120 Hz screen use quite a bit of power. Although the battery isn’t bad, it’s not as impressive as other similar-equipped phones.
The Pixel 6 Pro, unlike many other flagships of today, doesn’t come with a charging brick. You can purchase the Google 30 W charger separately. However, this will increase the price of the phone.
The Pixel 6 Pro features three new camera sensors: a 50MP main camera, a 48MP periscope telephoto camera with 4X optical zoom, and a 12MP ultrawide camera. These sensors are all larger than the ones in its predecessors.
Optic image stabilization is available on both the main and periscope cameras. The Pixel 6 Pro’s cameras perform really well in daylight. The images are more detailed and have a greater dynamic range. The sharpening is even greater, which looks great overall, but the textures are more speckled up close.
There are four zoom options available in the camera app: 0.7X, 1X1, 2X, 3X, and 4X. Google’s Super Res zoom is used to enhance 2X photos. However, there are many details that are preserved at the cost of additional noise.
The dedicated periscope camera can be switched to the 4X zoom and these shots turn out great. These images have a great dynamic range and aren’t too sharpened. They also have a more natural look. The shots are good overall. While this periscope camera can be used as an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s 10X zoom, Samsung still captures more detail.
Low light shots can turn out very solid. Night sight mode is the default and works well. Night sight mode can take several seconds to activate. Night sight enabled images appear sharp and clear. Even though the colors are a little too bright, they accurately represent the scene.
The front-facing 11MP selfie camera takes great selfies with pleasing colors, good dynamic range and nice details.
Google Pixel 6 Pro is a compelling device with a powerful triple-camera setup, large battery, and striking new design.
Although the battery life is not bad, it does not last very long. The Google Tensor chip, while a great performer, is not suitable for prolonged gaming. The Pixel 6 Pro stands out against flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro. Tensor chips the latest software features and updates directly from Google. This is Google’s advantage.
It might be worth looking at the Pixel 6 Pro if you are coming from an older Pixel.