Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Google Pixel 6

Google has unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – and many of the previously leaked details have been confirmed. On paper, the smartphones sound like true high-end devices that focus on two things at once: According to Google, the camera lives up to the highest standards and has many new features. The internal Tensor chip (SoC), on the other hand, should make Pixel smartphones smarter and faster than ever before.

Pixel 6 cameras

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The main camera sensor is said to be able to capture 150 percent more light than its predecessors. The maximum resolution is 50 megapixels (MPixels). Both models also feature a 12 MPixel ultra wide-angle lens. However, the first differences between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro become apparent in the other camera features, as only the Pro model has a telephoto lens with optical zoom. The models also differ in terms of the front camera, but not quite as clearly: the Pixel 6 takes pictures with a maximum of 8 MPixels, the 6 Pro with 11.1 MPixels. In addition, the Pro model has a slightly wider angle of coverage, which should be especially noticeable in group photos.

The real highlight, however, is not necessarily the camera hardware, but rather the image optimization software – and here both smartphones are equally well equipped. The range of features includes a portrait, panorama and night vision mode, a sharpening function to get more out of the image even in low light, and an eraser to automatically remove objects or people from the picture. Motion mode, designed for dynamic sports shots, also sounds exciting (see the image gallery below for examples).

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Also common to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is the internal Tensor chip, which Google says makes the devices run 80 percent faster than the Pixel 5. In addition, the chip improves user interaction, such as with voice recognition and the already mentioned camera functions. Thanks to the Tensor SoC, the battery should also last longer. In combination with another chip, the Titan M2, the new smartphones are also particularly safe.

The rest of the hardware is more or less standard in the current premium and high-end class: the Pixel 6 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, has a full 12 GB of RAM and a choice of 128 GB or 256 GB of internal storage. The front and back are made of Gorilla Glass. The frame itself on the Pixel 6 has a matte finish, while the Pixel 6 Pro has a glossy finish.

Other features include WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, an under-screen fingerprint sensor, NFC, 5G and Google Cast. The smartphone does not have a jack. The devices can be operated via eSIM and a nano-SIM card (dual-SIM function).

It is also interesting that Google deviates from the familiar 2-year update principle. Pixel 6 models will now receive three years of Android upgrades and five years of security updates. Compared to Android competition, this is a clear advantage because support usually ends after two years, and cheap smartphones often don’t even receive updates, let alone an upgrade to a new Android version. It remains to be seen whether other manufacturers will follow suit.

Further differences and similarities between the two Pixel smartphones can be seen in the table below.

Prices and availability

The Pixel 6 will be sold at a recommended retail price of €649 (128GB of storage). The colours are Stormy Black, Kinda Coral and Sorta Seafoam.

You can get the Pixel 6 Pro for a suggested retail price of 899 euro (128 GByte) or 999 euro (256 GByte). The colours here are Stormy Black, Cloudy White and Sorta Sunny.

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