Google ‘s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro made their debut Tuesday during Google’s fall Pixel event, showcasing the new Android 12 phones’ cameras, their Google-built Tensor chip and a Pixel Pass subscription bundle, among other reveals.
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Hands-on with Google’s premium flagship Pixel 6 Pro
1/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET After teasing it back in August, Google has finally taken the official wraps off its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro Android phones. It’s the Pixel 6 Pro that’s the flagship of the pair, packing a triple rear-camera setup, a high-resolution 6.7-inch display and Google’s own Tensor processor. At $899 (£849, converts to about AU$1,570), the Pixel 6 Pro costs a sizeable $200 more than the Pixel 5. There’s no question that Google’s pitching it as a premium phone to be considered alongside the iPhone 13 and Samsung’s Galaxy S21. Click through to take a closer look at the Pixel 6 Pro.
2/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET It has a glass back and while I find this black color scheme dull, it feels lovely to hold. It definitely has a more premium look and feel than the Pixel 5.
3/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Pixel 6 Pro will be doing battle with the iPhone 13 Pro — a phone which offers stellar camera quality and great performance all round. I’m excited to see how the two phones compare in everyday use.
4/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Pixel 6 Pro (left) runs the latest Android 12 software while the iPhone (right) runs iOS 15.
5/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Pixel 6 Pro (left) with the smaller Pixel 6.
6/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Android 12 has a neat look overall which should make it easy for even Android newbies to get to grips with.
7/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET That camera strip hides three cameras: a 50-megapixel standard lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens that offers 4x optical zoom.
8/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The iPhone 13 Pro takes superb images so I’m excited to take both phones on a photoshoot soon.
9/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET There’s a fingerprint scanner built into the display. There’s no face unlock offered here.
10/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Android 12 settings menu.
11/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Pixel 6 Pro (left) has an 11-megapixel front-facing camera, while the Pixel 6’s tops out at 8-megapixels.
12/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The orange color option is much more fun than the plain black model.
13/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET That camera strip protrudes quite a lot from the phone. As a result, it won’t lie flat on a table.
14/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET A fun new software feature on the Pixels is the ability to have the system colors change depending on the dominant colors in whatever you set as your homescreen background. That way, you have a unified color palette across your device.
15/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Starting at $899, the Pixel 6 Pro is cheaper than the iPhone 13 Pro ($999).
16/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Google is smart to try and undercut Apple’s phone, although whether it’s worth spending the extra remains to be seen when we test these phone side-by-side.
17/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Both phones are IP68 rated for water-resistance.
18/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Google’s Tensor processor promises a variety of benefits, particularly for machine learning, speech recognition, AI as well as better on-device security.