I’ve been using both for the last few days and still can’t share much about them – check out our review next week – but these pixels feel just as tall as most $ 1000 phones. The Pro especially has shiny aluminum on the edges that gives it sleek look, while the Pixel 6 sticks to a matte texture that is more muted. Both are wrapped in glass, with Gorilla Glass Victus protecting the Pro screen and Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the standard Pixel 6. The Victus is about a year newer than the 6 and is supposed to be more protective.
These are also two of the larger pixels produced by Google. The Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch screen and the Pro has a 6.7-inch screen, but they don’t feel drastically different in size. This is because the Pixel 6 has thicker borders around the screen, and the Pro’s screen curves to the edges to maximize screen space.
They have almost every feature you’d want in a top Android phone, including OLED panels, stereo speakers, full 5G connectivity, fast Wi-Fi 6E, IP68 water resistance and wireless charging (a new Pixel Stand wireless charger is on the way too). Both have fingerprint sensors on display for the first time for Google, but a feature that has become the norm for most high-end Android phones.
Like its competitors, the Pixel 6 range does not include charging adapters in the box, only USB-C to USB-C cable and USB-C to USB-A adapter.
Here’s how they differ:
Pixel 6: It has a screen refresh rate of 90 Hz, just like last year’s Pixel 5, and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The Tensor chip, which Google says provides up to 80 percent faster performance than its Qualcomm-powered predecessor, is paired with 8 gigabytes of RAM. It has a battery with a capacity of 4524 mAh, which according to Google should last more than a day. There is neither a MicroSD card slot (nor a headphone jack), but on the Pixel 6 you can choose between 128 or 256 gigabytes of storage options.
Pixel 6 Pro: You get a higher resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels and a screen refresh rate of 120 Hz, which Google says can be lowered to 10 Hz when not much happens on the screen to save battery life. Larger size means more capacity than 4,905-mAh, and you also get 12 gigabytes of RAM. And if you’re recording a lot of video, there’s an additional 512-gigabyte storage option. The Pro has an exclusive ultra broadband (UWB) chip that can help it locate other UWB devices, much like how the new iPhone 13 can find the exact location of Apple AirTags. Google says it will introduce “several features” that UWB will use in the coming months, but we still don’t know what they will be.
Pixel phones are known for their stellar cameras, but their lead is waning. To combat this, Google is upgrading its imaging hardware. Both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro have the same main camera, a large 50-megapixel 1 / 1.31-inch sensor that can take up to 150 percent more light than the Pixel 5. The camera uses a process called pixel binning, where the pixels merge to absorb more light, so you end up with a 12.5-megapixel image.