After their initial (and official) reveal, back at the start of August, we’ve been slowly seeing more and more information, both official and leaked, coming online for the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro handsets. Now Google has finally fully revealed their brand new Android devices and there’s quite a bit to cover. Here is everything you need to know about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Hardware, Sizes & Displays
What are undoubtedly the most premium-looking Pixel devices to date, the design and build quality of these handsets but them much more in line with what the likes of Samsung and OPPO are offering. They both support IP68 too which is more than enough to protect them from some rain and dust.
The Pixel 6 measures in at 158.6 by 74.8 mm, with the Pixel 6 Pro coming in at 163.9 by 75.8 mm making these two of the largest Pixel phones to date. The Pixel 6 packs a 6.4″ flat display with the Pixel 6 Pro housing a larger 6.67″ screen with a curved panel, both of which are OLED and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Refresh rates for the base model will be 60-90 Hz while the Pro supports 10-120Hz, thanks to its LTPO panel.
In their new ‘camera bar’ layout, both phones will house a 50MP Samsung G1 sensor which is said to allow in 2.5X more light than the sensor found on last year’s Pixel 5 so expect you’re astrophotography shots to be even more impressive.
They will also both feature an additional 12MP ultrawide camera with a 114 degree field of view. If you’re looking for a telephoto lens option, only the Pixel 6 Pro model includes a 48MP 4x optical zoom lens which can go up to a 20x hybrid zoom via Google’s Super Res Zoom feature
When it comes to the Selfie camera, there’s an 8MP camera on the regular Pixel with the Pixel 6 Pro packing a 12MP lens capable of shooting 4K video. Both are ultra-wide lens too so you shouldn’t have any issues capturing group selfie shots with either camera.
During the presentation, Google showed off some extremely impressive tricks that are now capable on these new devices with one of the standouts being the new ‘Magic Eraser’ tool built directly into the Google Photos App’s editing tools. Think of it as an extremely easy way to automatically photoshop people and other distractions from photos you’ve captured, all with just a few taps.
There’s also a new Face Unblur option which is designed to help make sure photos of people’s faces look as sharp as possible and a new Motion Mode designed to preserve a sense of action when shooting sports or other fast-paced scenes.
Internals & Batteries
As previously announced at their initial reveal, these particular Pixel handsets will be the first devices to be powered by Google’s brand new Tensor chip. Claimed as one of the most secure and feature-packed chips ever to grace a Pixel, or any non-iPhone device for that matter, Google has a lot of faith in the smarts of this new custom-designed chip.
Storage capacity on the devices ranges from 128GB to 256GB for the Pixel 6 with the Pixel 6 Pro going one step further with a 512GB option. In terms of RAM, The Pixel 6 comes with 8GB of RAM while the Pixel 6 Pro packs 12GB of RAM. Battery sizes are impressively large for both handsets with the Pixel 6 housing a 4,614mAh battery, and an even larger 5,000mAh battery inside the Pixel 6 Pro so we expect battery life to be quite something, especially considering the new ‘battery-friendly’ chip.
Both devices are capable of wired and Qi wireless charging. Wired charging speeds are coming in at 30W for both with the Pixel 6 capable of 21W wireless charging and this jumping ever so slightly to 23w for the Pixel 6 Pro. Google also showcased a new Wireless Charging Pixel Stand. The bulkier design of the new stand is down to the fact that it now incorporates a cooling fan to enable the faster charging.
There are also two charging coils – one for the phone and one for a compatible wearable. The fast charging goes up to 23W for the new Pixel models, 15W for Qi-certified wearables and up to 3W for the Pixel Buds.
Android 12 Software
Unsurprisingly, both new handsets will come with the latest version of Android, Android 12, pre-installed. This OS update seems to be Android’s most personalised yet with the colours of your phone’s wallpaper being used to decide the overall colour palette of the entire UI.
Other useful usability features are the OS’s ability to translate languages and messages directly on the device, even inside your favourite messaging apps including WhatsApp. Security is also extremely prominent, not only in this particular version of Android, but also something that’s directly implemented into these new devices.
Their new Titan M2 security chip is said to be one of the most secure offerings available today and, to help towards Google’s sustainability push, these new handsets will get 5 years of security updates and 3 years of major OS updates so you should be able to hold on to your handset for longer without worrying of it being unprotected or becoming obsolete.
Pricing & Availability
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is available exclusively on the Google Store from €899.00 for the 12GB/128GB model. The Google Pixel 6 is available through Google’s retail partner Vodafone Ireland (online and in store) and the Google Store from €649.99 for the 8GB/128GB model (PAYG or free on RED Unlimited Max tariff with Vodafone).
You can learn more about each device here and be sure to keep an eye on TheEffect.Net for our full review coming soon.