After months of teasing, Google has finally given its latest Pixel phones a genuine unveiling. The new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the latest high-end phones from a firm that hasn’t had much success in the high-end phone market in the past. Both are available for preorder beginning today, October 19th, and shipping will begin on October 28th. All major US carriers, as well as shops such as the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Costco, and others, will sell the phones, according to Google.
This comes after the conclusion of an era for the Pixel in May 2020, which caused Google’s team to lose a few key players as it looked forward to a new age. The switch to Google’s proprietary Tensor chip, as well as the launch of a more capable camera system than Google, has ever used before, and some aggressive pricing, suggests Google’s renewed desire to make ripples in the smartphone market. Google claims that its new processor has a number of advantages, including the ability to accomplish more on the phone without being connected to the internet – particularly through Google’s popular virtual assistant.
Google is using its advantages for the first time in years by guaranteeing five years of Pixel updates, which rivals the iPhone’s software support. A new Pixel Pass membership package, which includes a single subscription for various Google Services as well as a new Pixel every two years, appears to be attracting Google devotees.
“When we first started, our entire ambition was to get to this stage,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of devices. “This is, in fact, our initial vision, which we’ve finally been able to realize after creating a lot of capabilities in both technology and product development,” says Osterloh.
The Pixel 6 costs $599 (246,123 naira), while the Pixel 6 Pro costs $899 (369,390 naira), bringing it closer to the price of competing for high-end gadgets. “Obviously, there’s a lot of technology and these are pricey, but even though these are flagships, we’re aiming to offer users fair value,” Mr Osterloh added.
Tensor, according to Google, is a custom-designed ARM SoC (System on a Chip) that gives it a competitive advantage over other high-end Android phones on the market. The chip’s most notable feature is the inclusion of a proprietary TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) for AI as well as numerous major processing pipelines. Two high-power application cores, two mid-range application cores, four low-power application cores, a dedicated security coprocessor, a private computation core, and an image processing core are also included. The Pixel 6 has 8GB of RAM, while the Pixel 6 Pro has 12GB of RAM.
Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have a standard smartphone design with a big horizontal bar across the upper back. Instead of the camera lenses and sensors being pushed to one side in a camera “bump,” as seen on many recent models, that bar houses them all. A 50-megapixel (MP) main camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera are included in both variants. For a total of 4x optical zoom, the Pro model includes a 48MP camera. The Pro model has more memory, a higher-resolution screen, and a faster screen refresh rate of up to 120hz (or 120 screen refreshes per second), which smooths down animations and quick movements.
“For a long time, Pixel has been known for awesome photography, which is truly a function of our ability to do AI-driven, machine-learning-driven improvements to the camera experience,” Osterloh said.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have 6.4 and 6.7-inch displays, respectively. The Pixel 6 has an FHD+ (2400×1080 pixel) OLED with Google’s “Smooth Display,” which can refresh at up to 90Hz. HDR compatibility, a high brightness option, a million-to-one contrast ratio, and a complete 24-bit depth for 16 million colours are all included. With a QHD+ (3120×1440 pixel) LTPO OLED and Google’s Smooth Display delivering up to a 120Hz refresh rate, the Pixel 6 Pro outperforms Pixel 6. The LTPO OLED changes from 10Hz to 120Hz depending on the content a user is watching on the device, just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
3. Battery life and Charging:
The batteries in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are 4614mAh and 5003mAh, respectively. According to Google, this will give you “beyond 24-hour battery life” and up to 48-hours if you use Extreme Battery Saver. Charging gets a nice little boost as well, with support for up to 30W fast charging. The bad news is that Google isn’t including its 30W USB-C charger in the box, so customers will need to buy it separately or find another 30W USB-C charger that supports USB-PD 3.0 to take advantage of the faster speeds. When paired with a pair of wireless headphones or a Qi-compatible timepiece, both phones support Qi wireless charging, rapid wireless charging, and battery sharing.
The enhancements to Google’s software support are significant enough to merit their section. Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come with a five-year security update guarantee. That’s an improvement over the Pixel 5’s three-year support, and it finally puts Google back at the top of Android software support, where it belongs.