with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
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After a long wait, I’ve got my hands on Google’s new premium flagship phone, the Pixel 6 Pro, which Google revealed at its Pixel 6 event alongside the Pixel 6. And so far, I’m impressed. Google teased the phone back in August and I explained at the time why I was excited to try its new camera setup, its Android 12 software and the Google-made Tensor processor at its core. Now it’s actually in my hands that excitement hasn’t faded. I’ve only spent a short amount of time with the phone so far but I’ve already noticed a few key improvements over the previous Pixel 5. 

But then it needs to make those improvements, given its significantly higher asking price. At $899 (£849, converts to about AU$1,570), the Pixel 6 Pro costs a sizable $200 more than the Pixel 5, so there’s no question that Google is pitching this handset as a premium phone to be considered alongside the iPhone 13 and Samsung’s Galaxy S21 (though in many ways, the Pixel 6 is more exciting). 

The Pixel 6 Pro feels like a much more premium phone, replacing the textured back of the 5 with a two-tone, all-glass glass back with camera strip along the top. It’s reassuringly solid to hold, while the glass on the front curves gently at the edges to meet the aluminum frame. One tip, though: Buy the sorta sunny orange color option — my stormy black review model is pretty dull to look at. 

Hands-on with Google’s premium flagship Pixel 6 Pro

with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
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.
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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.
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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.
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4/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Pixel 6 Pro (left) runs the latest Android 12 software while the iPhone (right) runs iOS 15.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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9/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET There’s a fingerprint scanner built into the display. There’s no face unlock offered here.
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10/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Android 12 settings menu.
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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.
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12/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The orange color option is much more fun than the plain black model.
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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.
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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.
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15/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Starting at $899, the Pixel 6 Pro is cheaper than the iPhone 13 Pro ($999).
with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
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.
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17/18 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Both phones are IP68 rated for water-resistance.
with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
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.

The 6.7-inch display stretches right to the edges of the phone and it seems both bright and pin-sharp thanks to its 3,120×1,440-pixel resolution. Google also says it has an adaptive screen refresh rate that dynamically adjusts between 10 and 120Hz, depending on what you’re doing. If you’re gaming, for example, you’ll need that high refresh rate, but in order to save power, the phone will adjust to a much lower rate when the phone is simply displaying the home screen. 

Google’s own Tensor processor

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are powered by the Tensor processor — Google’s first custom-made chip, which the company promises will have a variety of benefits, particularly for “machine learning,” speech recognition and AI. It’s a significant move for Google to produce its own silicon and it marks a clear commitment to remain in the hardware game — after all, you don’t go to the effort of developing your own processors as a one-off experiment. 

with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
© Provided by CNET That camera strip definitely sets the Pixel 6 phones apart from the competition. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

But many of the benefits will come over time as Google develops more ways to take advantage of its new hardware. In use right now, you won’t notice any difference from any other high-end smartphone processor. It seems nippy and free of any annoying lag and you’ll operate the phone in exactly the same way you would any other Android phone. Think of it like putting a new engine in a car; you’ll still drive it just the same, on the same roads, using the same fuel, but it might go a bit faster and may be more efficient. Or it may not. Time will tell and I’ll have more details on this in my full review.

with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
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Android 12

The Pixel 6 Pro arrives with the latest release of Android on board; Android 12. Google has already shown off some of the key upgrades in Android 12, which includes features like scrollable screenshots and more advanced controls over privacy, such as being able to turn off system-wide access to the microphone and camera from your control panel. 

with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
© Provided by CNET The Pixel 6 Pro with its Android 12 homescreen (left) and the iPhone 13 Pro with iOS 13 (right). Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Privacy is helped as well by the dedicated hardware co-processor — called the Titan M2 — which should allow for better on-device security. Google also promises five years of security updates for both Pixel 6 phones, which will mean you can keep using your device safely for much longer. 

One of the bigger features that’s (for now) exclusive to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro however is the ability to create custom themes for the phone based on whatever image you have as your background. When you choose a new wallpaper (either one of the many built-in wallpapers, or any of your own images saved to your phone) the phone will automatically pick out the dominant color and will use that, and its complementary colors to change the look of the interface. 

3 rear cameras

The back of the Pixel 6 Pro is home to three cameras; a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera that offers 4x optical zoom. The main camera uses a larger 1/1.3-inch sensor which Google says captures 2.5x more light than the Pixel 5, helping it take brighter, sharper images in low light. The Pixel 5 was already able to take decent low-light images so I’m excited to see what these upgrades bring to the table. 

with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
© Provided by CNET The strip houses the three rear cameras. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The Pixel line has always been known for taking solid images: They’re usually up there with, but not really surpassing the competition. Both the iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra pack superb cameras capable of capturing beautiful images in any conditions so the Pixel 6 Pro will need to put in a stellar performance to tempt enthusiastic photographers to part with their cash. 

On paper, its triple setup sounds appealing, offering more zoom than the iPhone 13 Pro (4x versus 3x, although less than the S21 Ultra’s 10x optical zoom) as well as 4K, stabilized video, improved auto modes for better skin tones for people of color and a “magic eraser” function, which can apparently automatically remove people and objects from the background of an image.

with pixel 6 pro, google might finally stand a chance against apple and samsung
© Provided by CNET How will the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera stack up against the iPhone 13 Pro? I can’t wait to find out. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Premium phones can live or die on the back of their camera quality so I’m keen to take the Pixel 6 Pro for a proper photo tour to see just how well it compares. 

Other Pixel 6 Pro key features

IP68 water-resistanceIn-screen fingerprint scanner5G connectivity12GB RAM128GB base storage5,003-mAh battery30W fast charging11-megapixel front-facing camera

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