Issues are completely different with the Google Pixel 6 — extra completely different than they ever have been. Google is making an attempt to go head-to-head with Samsung and Apple, not simply in software program or digital camera efficiency, however with the general bundle. It’s a daring transfer from an organization that has tried and tried once more to compete with out a number of success. Did Google succeed? Discover out in Android Authority’s full Google Pixel 6 evaluate.

About this Google Pixel 6 evaluate: I examined the Google Pixel 6 for eight days. It was operating Android 12 on the November 5, 2021 safety patch. The Google Pixel 6 evaluate unit was supplied to Android Authority by Google.

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  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB): $599 / £599 / €649
  • Google Pixel 6 (256GB): $699

Google fully reimagined the Pixel line with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional. Google itself referred to as the Pixel 6 Professional “[its] very first flagship smartphone.” And in comparison with earlier Pixels, it’s laborious to not see that, even within the non-“Professional” mannequin. The corporate makes use of higher-end supplies all through the telephone, making some early Google telephones really feel like youngsters’s toys. The Pixel 6 is its first actual shot at giving folks a viable different to the most recent Galaxy S and iPhone.

Because the smaller and cheaper of the 2 units, the Google Pixel 6 is supposed to attraction to those that need the flagship telephone expertise however may not wish to pay $1,000 for that proper. The Pixel 6 is the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 13 Professional Max or the Galaxy S21 to the Galaxy S21 Extremely. To be clear, although, this isn’t a smaller different — the Pixel 6 is a really massive smartphone (extra on this later).

Associated: One of the best Google Pixel offers

Value and dimension apart, the Pixel 6 shares a number of similarities with its bigger sibling. Each telephones have Google’s brand-new Tensor system on a chip (SoC), massive batteries, 5G connectivity, in-screen fingerprint sensors, and newer, bigger digital camera sensors. The Professional mannequin’s further options embrace an additional telephoto lens, a bigger, smoother, extra pixel-dense display screen, and it is available in extra storage choices. Each telephones additionally don’t include a charging brick within the field, although Google does present a USB-C to USB-C cable. For those who want an additional brick, we’ve bought you coated.

The Google Pixel 6 is priced aggressively in comparison with the flagship competitors. It’s obtainable beginning at $599 within the US and will be discovered in any respect main carriers, Amazon, Greatest Purchase, and the Google Retailer. You should buy it in two storage variants — 128GB and 256GB — and three colorways: Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, and Sorta Seafoam. Whereas all Pixel 6 fashions include sub-6GHz 5G connectivity, solely the fashions bought from Verizon and AT&T have mmWave radios. These fashions additionally price no less than $100 extra.

Design: Considered one of a form, at a worth

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  • Gorilla Glass Victus (entrance), Gorilla Glass 6 (rear), steel alloy
  • 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm
  • 207g
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • IP68
  • Stereo audio system
  • Digital camera bar
  • Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam

A giant a part of Google’s reimagination of the Pixel line has to do with its design. The Pixel 6 not seems or looks like an afterthought of a smartphone. Each facet of the telephone was designed deliberately, for higher or worse.

The Google Pixel 6 is made primarily of glass — Victus on the entrance, Gorilla Glass 6 on the again. It has matted aluminum edges that remind me of the Pixel 4 sequence. The mix of glass (a few of Corning’s greatest, no much less) and steel makes for an all-around premium-feeling telephone, although, one I’d not wish to use with out a case. Ever.

For those who prefer it then you definitely higher put a case on it.

At 207g, the Pixel 6 is a heavy telephone. With a show that measures 6.4 inches, you’ll want two palms to do something with it. The glass isn’t textured, so it’s extremely slippery. Mix these three components, and you’ve got your self a one-way ticket to Dropville except you wrap it in some mixture of TPU and silicone. In different phrases, you’ll want a case.

The Pixel 6 seems like no different Pixel telephone. There’s a giant black digital camera bar that stretches throughout the complete high of the telephone’s again. It’s a bit harking back to the Nexus 6P. This new digital camera bar starkly protrudes out, providing you with a pleasant index finger relaxation should you’re making an attempt to make use of the telephone with one hand. There’s additionally seemingly no wobble when utilizing the telephone on a desk.

Now is an efficient time to speak about colorways. The Pixel 6 will get all of the enjoyable colours this 12 months. Sorta Seafoam (our Google Pixel 6 evaluate unit) includes a blue-white again and a pastel yellow-green accent on the highest, which truly does remind me of seafoam. The Kinda Coral colorway is my private favourite, with a shiny orange accent on the highest. Stormy Black is probably the most subdued of the three, with a glossy black and grey shade combo. In distinction, the Pixel 6 Professional’s colours are extra lame skilled.

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You’ll discover there’s no rear-facing fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 sequence like there was on the Pixel 5. Google ditched it in lieu of a front-facing, in-display fingerprint sensor. I don’t condone this resolution. The fingerprint sensor is slower to unlock than conventional capacitive sensors. Usually on the Pixel 6, I would want to reposition my finger or wait an additional second for the telephone to register my fingerprint. It’s only a slower solution to unlock the telephone than we’ve had previously. And no, there’s no fancy face unlock function as we noticed within the Pixel 4 sequence.

Google ditched the rear-facing fingerprint reader of the Pixel 5 for an in-display fingerprint sensor. I don’t condone this resolution.

Again to the positives. The Pixel 6 has a number of the greatest haptics I’ve ever skilled in a smartphone. The haptic motor is miles higher than the Pixel 5’s. The vibrations are tight and easy, and you may regulate vibration ranges to your liking.

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The Pixel 6 has stereo audio system. There’s a small top-firing speaker above the show and two conventional speaker cutouts flanking the USB-C port on the underside (audio primarily comes out of the right-most speaker on the underside). Altogether, the speaker setup is troublesome to cowl up whether or not you’re utilizing the telephone in panorama or portrait mode. The audio system additionally get very loud with out distorting or muddying audio. Bass ranges even shine by at loud volumes, which is one thing I couldn’t say for the Pixel 5.

Lastly, the Pixel 6 has an IP68 ranking for mud and water resistance — a function that’s all the time welcome, however not typically assured at this worth level.

Google’s Pixel telephones have been getting fairly stale by way of design, and the Pixel 6 line brings a much-needed refresh. Some received’t like the way in which Google is taking its design language, but it surely’s laborious to not acknowledge that these are distinctive, interesting-looking telephones. Some may even name them downright wonderful.

Show: Don’t go chasing waterfalls

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  • 6.4-inch OLED
  • 2,400 x 1,080 decision
  • 411ppi
  • 20:9 facet ratio, 90Hz refresh charge

Shows are a key space the place the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional differ. The Google Pixel 6 has a flat 6.4-inch OLED show with a Full HD+ decision. It’s not as pixel-dense because the Pixel 6 Professional’s, however most individuals can be hard-pressed to note a distinction. Plus, Google’s resolution to go for a 1080p show permits the telephone to avoid wasting valuable battery life. Extra on that later.

The Pixel 6’s show is flat, and there are noticeable bezels round all edges of the display screen. I wouldn’t name them “massive” bezels by any means, however they’re there. Nevertheless, I a lot want slightly bezel and a flat show to the unwieldiness of a waterfall show, as discovered on the Pixel 6 Professional. Some folks will want as little bezel as potential, nonetheless.

The Pixel 6’s show will get lots shiny to be used outside even in direct daylight.

Regardless, the Pixel 6’s show will get lots shiny. It provides 500 nits with regular max brightness or as much as 800 nits of max brightness for HDR content material when the telephone switches to excessive brightness mode. It will get shiny sufficient for outside use in direct daylight and really dim on the lowest brightness setting. There’s even an accessibility function that permits you to dim the display screen even additional in case your eyes require a dimmer show. Google additionally contains pure, boosted, and adaptive profiles so you possibly can regulate the colour temperature and saturation to your liking.

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The Pixel 6’s show has a 90Hz refresh charge. It feels all-around smoother than the Pixel 5’s 90Hz display screen, and I observed no jitters all through my time utilizing it. The excessive refresh charge is both on or off — not variable, just like the Pixel 6 Professional’s. You additionally get a bump as much as 120Hz on the Professional mannequin. Throughout his testing for his Pixel 6 Professional evaluate, my colleague Eric observed it could steadily stutter when switching between 60Hz and 120Hz. I discovered no such points with the Pixel 6.

Nearly the one criticism I’ve with the Pixel 6’s show is that viewing angles may very well be higher. When the telephone is tilted — and possibly extra so than you’d ever have to tilt in in on a regular basis use — you begin to see ribbons of pink and blue present up, significantly on white backgrounds. I wish to be clear that this isn’t a significant criticism and that it’s nowhere close to the “blue tint challenge” discovered on the Pixel 2 XL. Simply maintain this in thoughts should you go for this mannequin.

Efficiency: Tensor (largely) holds up

  • Google Tensor
  • Arm Mali-G78 GPU
  • 128/256GB of non-expandable storage

Google has made its very personal SoC, and the Google Pixel 6 is the primary smartphone to run it. Which means efficiency on the Pixel 6 sequence is extra vital than ever.

Now, Google didn’t create its personal chipset simply to rival the likes of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or the Apple A15 Bionic. Uncooked energy is vital, after all, however the Google Tensor chipset focuses extra on picture processing and on-device machine studying than performing effectively in pace assessments. You possibly can learn extra concerning the precise make-up of the Tensor chipset in our comparability with the Snapdragon 888 linked beneath.

Preserve studying: Google Tensor vs Snapdragon 888

On a regular basis efficiency with the Google Tensor on the Pixel 6 was simply nice throughout my testing. I observed zero hiccups in efficiency whereas scrolling by social media, snapping pictures, switching apps, or gaming. Apps opened rapidly, and I’ve but to hit some extent the place I’ve overloaded the machine to the place efficiency would begin turning into a difficulty. I additionally performed Asphalt 9 and Name of Obligation: Cellular and observed little to no stuttering all through every gaming session.

The Google Pixel 6 is backed by 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. For my utilization, this quantity of RAM has greater than sufficed for multitasking. Nevertheless, should you’re actually after probably the most highly effective Pixel 6 machine, you’ll wish to go for the Pixel 6 Professional with its 12GB of RAM. I believe 12GB throughout the board would have future-proofed the Pixel 6 line a bit extra, particularly as a result of we’re undecided how effectively the Google Tensor chipset will maintain up over time.

Right here’s how the Pixel 6 compares to a number of the different top-performing units out proper now:

As you possibly can see, the Pixel 6’s numbers are fairly far behind one of the best of one of the best. Efficiency in GeekBench 5 is simply underneath the Pixel 6 Professional and competing flagships just like the OnePlus 9 Professional and Galaxy S21 Extremely. In our customized Pace Check G benchmark, the Pixel 6’s efficiency is effectively underneath the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely (Snapdragon 865 Plus) and even the OnePlus 8 Professional with its Snapdragon 865.

Benchmarks should not the Google Tensor’s robust go well with.

For those who’d wish to see a comparability between two equally priced and positioned telephones, we pit the Pixel 6 in opposition to the OnePlus 9, with its Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB of RAM. You possibly can see the outcomes beneath. You’ll additionally wish to take a look at our Pace Check G YouTube channel to see how Tensor compares in opposition to the Samsung Exynos 2100 within the Galaxy S21 Extremely.

So, pace assessments aren’t the Pixel 6’s robust go well with. It’s been a strong on a regular basis performer in my testing, although. We additionally have to query how effectively the Tensor chip will maintain up over time since we’ve solely been capable of check the chip for just a few weeks. Typically, chips with much less uncooked compute energy can begin to present their age after just a few months.

Once more, pace assessments and benchmarks are hardly Google’s first priorities with regards to processing. As a substitute, it centered on 4 most important facets when creating the primary Tensor chip: machine studying, picture processing, ambient process computing, and safety.

Machine studying and picture processing are the place the Tensor actually shines.

Processor-intensive machine-learning duties corresponding to stay video transcription now happen all on the Tensor Processing Unit. Google says text-to-speech translation high quality has improved by 18{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} in comparison with the capabilities on the Pixel 5. And since these options each happen on the chip — versus being despatched to a server — they happen quicker and will be executed with out an web connection.

Speech-to-text recognition in Gboard is approach quicker now, too. I used to be shocked with how effectively it labored in comparison with my older Android telephones. It’s additionally higher at routinely inserting punctuation when it senses pauses in your speech. You possibly can even say “ship,” and Gboard will know to ship your message as an alternative of typing the phrase.

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The Tensor chip’s customized picture sign processor (ISP) incorporates stay HDR+ tone mapping, low-light video, and Google’s auto-focus engine to assist course of photos and movies faster than earlier than. Tensor additionally has a context hub devoted to processing low-power duties corresponding to Now Taking part in and always-on show notifications. Now Taking part in music identification is seemingly 3 times quicker on the Pixel 6.

Lastly, the Titan M2 safety co-processor is an integral a part of the Tensor chipset to make the Pixel 6 much less weak to assaults. You possibly can learn all about Google’s efforts to maintain your on-device information protected proper right here.

Additionally learn: What to search for in your good 5G plan and community

The Google Pixel 6 sequence provides 5G connectivity, however you’ll want to concentrate to the mannequin quantity, so that you get entry to the best bands. All Pixel 6s within the US on AT&T and Verizon (G9S9B) help mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G, whereas unlocked, Google Fi, and T-Cellular fashions (GB7N6), in addition to all international variants, solely help sub-6GHz. Verizon and AT&T mark up the mmWave Pixel 6 by no less than $100 on their web sites, however with the present state of mmWave within the US proper now, that worth hike isn’t price it. We recommend shopping for the Pixel 6 unlocked at $599 and bringing it to your provider of selection.

I examined the Google Pixel 6 on T-Cellular’s sub-6GHz community, and efficiency went swimmingly all through the testing interval.

Not like most inexpensive flagships, the Pixel 6 can be geared up with the most recent Wi-Fi and Bluetooth requirements: Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. Each Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections have been robust and secure over the past week, too.

Additionally, should you’re selecting between the Pixel 6 and 6 Professional, know that the usual Pixel 6 doesn’t help ultra-wideband (UWB) tech, whereas the 6 Professional does. Google hasn’t talked about why that is the case and even what the Pixel 6 Professional will use it for.

Battery: All-day energy

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  • 4,614mAh battery
  • 30W wired charging
  • 21W wi-fi charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
  • Battery Share

I’ll be the primary to confess I used to be nervous concerning the Pixel 6’s battery life. The final time Google launched a high-end telephone, battery life was insufferable. Then, the corporate switched to a lower-res display screen and a lower-powered processor within the Pixel 5, making up for the Pixel 4’s battery woes. So, can Google’s Tensor processor and the massive 4,614mAh battery within the Pixel 6 ship all-day battery life?

Sure, it may. After which some. I’ve had no points getting the Pixel 6 to final all day and even effectively into the following day with out charging it. On a number of days all through the Google Pixel 6 evaluate interval, I averaged round 5 hours of screen-on time whereas additionally streaming hours of podcasts and music. Processor-intensive duties like taking pictures or movies will drain the battery faster, after all, however common customers will be capable to get by an entire day with no issues.

Like all Pixel telephones, the Pixel 6 options Google’s Adaptive Battery function, which ought to allow you to eke out as a lot battery as you possibly can primarily based in your telephone utilization. And should you actually want your telephone to final so long as potential, Excessive Battery Saver mode will pause most apps and notifications, permitting you to solely entry the stuff you want most.

While you do have to cost up, the Pixel 6 makes use of its 30W wired charging to get from 0-100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} in round two hours and 9 minutes. Google says the telephone can cost to 50{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} in half-hour, however our testing confirmed it didn’t attain that degree till the 38-minute mark. Notably, to get these quick 30W charging speeds, you’ll want an adapter that meets the USB Energy Supply PPS normal. In order for you these quick charging speeds, we’ve an article that can level you in the best course to purchasing the right charger.

Additionally learn: One of the best wi-fi chargers you should purchase

The Pixel 6 nonetheless solely helps 12W wi-fi charging for the whole lot that’s not the second-generation Pixel Stand. However, should you shell out the additional money for Google’s wi-fi charger, you’ll be handled to 21W charging speeds. Nonetheless not the quickest, however an enchancment nonetheless, and quicker than one of the best telephones from Apple and Samsung.

The telephone can even cost different wi-fi charging-capable units, such because the Pixel Buds, on its again. It’s a function that may turn out to be useful should you neglect to cost your wi-fi earbuds.

Digital camera: Main upgrades from earlier Pixels

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  • 50MP most important, LDAF, OIS, EIS, 1/1.31-inch sensor (ƒ/1.85, 1.2μm, 82-degree FoV)
  • 12MP ultra-wide (ƒ/2.2, 1.25μm, 114-degree FoV)
  • 8MP entrance sensor (ƒ/2.0, 1.12 μm, 84-degree FoV)
  • Rear video: 4K at as much as 60fps, 1080p at as much as 60fps
  • Entrance video: 1080p at 30fps

Google has caught with the identical 12MP rear-facing digital camera sensor on the Pixel sequence for years, relying closely on its post-processing to compensate for the dearth of decision and element. That each one adjustments with the Pixel 6.

Google’s new flagship boasts a 50MP main digital camera sensor, full with OIS, EIS, LDAF, and an ƒ/1.85 aperture. There’s additionally a secondary 12MP ultra-wide sensor with a 114-degree subject of view. Nevertheless, the usual Pixel 6 misses out on the Pixel 6 Professional’s 48MP telephoto lens.

Additionally learn: Every part you have to know concerning the Google Pixel 6’s digital camera

So, how are the cameras? Nice, truly. Google made the best resolution to go together with a bigger 50MP most important lens. This permits the machine to absorb far more element, and although you’ll be capturing pixel-binned photographs, photos don’t look fuzzy the second you begin zooming in.

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The Pixel 6’s cameras ship punchier, extra saturated colours than previously. They’re nonetheless nowhere close to Samsung’s saturation ranges, although — Google nonetheless leans extra in the direction of pure colours than the Galaxy S21.

The photographs above, specifically, present a large dynamic vary. The center picture on the underside reveals a darkish bridge ceiling overhead and a sunny river through the daytime on the underside half of the photograph. Blacks are nonetheless fairly darkish, and the river and sky look precisely like they did whereas I used to be standing there. That’s a powerful shot that I don’t suppose the Pixel 5 may’ve dealt with.

Associated: One of the best digital camera telephones you may get

Not the whole lot is a slam dunk. Some outside photographs present overly robust HDR processing that tones down shadows a bit an excessive amount of. You possibly can see this in all three of the tree pictures beneath.

To Google’s credit score, shade accuracy between the ultra-wide and normal lenses is fairly good. The ultra-wide lens leans on the pink facet, however not overly so to the place it’d damage the photograph. See the bridge pictures above to see what I imply.

For those who have been hoping the Pixel 6 has a robust zoom recreation, it’s best to mood your expectations. The Pixel 6 helps software program zoom to 7x. With out a devoted telephoto lens, the machine must depend on Google’s Tremendous Res Zoom software program and post-processing to hobble these photos collectively. Sadly, I haven’t been capable of take an appropriate 7x zoom shot with the Pixel 6. Alternatively, the Pixel 6 Professional excels on this space.

As talked about, the Pixel 6 delivers extra saturated colours, particularly in daylight. The pictures of the stone males (beneath) present how far more punchy the colours within the Pixel 6 cameras are in comparison with the Pixel 5.

Due to the Pixel 6’s bigger picture sensors, it may supposedly let in 150{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} extra mild than the Pixel 5. This makes an enormous distinction in nighttime photographs utilizing Evening Sight. See for your self:

Google’s Evening Sight mode continues to impress within the Pixel 6. The pictures beneath present photos taken at night time with not a lot mild to work with. But, the telephone was nonetheless capable of seize loads of it.

Each few years, Google releases a “wow”-inducing digital camera function that’s meant to vary the way in which we take sure kinds of pictures. This 12 months’s function known as Magic Eraser, which helps you to take away sure components from the background of your pictures. Consider it because the Pixel’s model of the Spot Therapeutic Brush in Photoshop.

All you have to do is take a photograph and click on the edit button. The photograph editor will both recommend the Magic Eraser instrument for you, or you’ll find it underneath Instruments. Faucet on the instrument, and it’ll suggest stuff you may wish to erase out of your photograph. If it guessed appropriately, simply faucet the “erase” button. If not, you possibly can draw over the ingredient you’d prefer it to erase.

Situations need to be proper for the Magic Eraser instrument to be actually magic.

Magic Eraser will be magic at occasions, however solely in the best situations. Have a look at the photograph beneath of the bridge and water. The emergency life raft was a comparatively easy case, because it had a largely strong background of water and grass to color over. There are a few blemishes, however total, not unhealthy.

It really works much less reliably in busy environments. Within the photograph beneath, I wished to color out the 2 folks on the left. Nevertheless, it seems they took up an excessive amount of area for the Magic Eraser instrument to deal with, so it left just a few odd digitized components of their place. The photograph seems nice, however inferior to I’d have hoped.

Google additionally added two new modes centered round movement to the Pixel 6 digital camera app: Lengthy Publicity and Motion Pan.

Lengthy publicity mode leaves the digital camera shutter open for an prolonged time frame, permitting the sensor to usher in extra mild whereas nonetheless capturing the nonetheless components of the photograph. This can lead to some fairly cool-looking pictures with out the necessity for a tripod.

Nevertheless, I’d like extra management over the Pixel 6’s long-exposure mode. There are not any settings to tweak, so it’s both you are taking a long-exposure photograph or not. You possibly can’t regulate how lengthy the shutter will keep open, so you possibly can’t tailor the mode to the state of affairs you’re making an attempt to seize.

There’s additionally Motion Pan mode, which focuses on a shifting topic and provides a blur impact to the background. It really works okay. As per normal, it’s troublesome to seize shifting topics with any digital camera, so lots of my outcomes got here out a bit blurrier than I’d have favored.

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Motion Pan

The Pixel 6 has an 8MP front-facing digital camera sensor, which has similarities to that of earlier Pixels. The Pixel 6 Professional has an upgraded 11.1MP front-facing digital camera. That mentioned, I’m not complaining. I’ve been fairly proud of the Pixel 6’s front-facing photos. I’ve additionally observed an enchancment in front-facing portrait mode photographs. The Pixel 6 has been extra able to detecting edges of individuals’s faces and hair than the Pixel 5. It’s even higher at not chopping off the facet of my glasses!

There’s just one front-facing digital camera on the Pixel 6. The digital camera app provides normal 1x photographs and a 1.4x shortcut for straightforward zooming.

That is no wide-angle digital camera, although. The sensor has an 84-degree subject of view, which is large, but it surely may very well be wider. You may have to resort to taking a landscape-mode selfie should you’re making an attempt to suit mates within the shot.

Face Unblur is one other new digital camera function that’s good for folks. For those who snap a photograph of your shifting little one and their face is just a bit too blurry, Face Unblur will kick in routinely. While you go searching by your pictures, you’ll see slightly Face Unblur badge on the high of the photograph, letting you understand no less than one face within the photograph has been enhanced.

See beneath for an embarrassing shot of me leaping round in my lounge till Face Unblur kicked in. Hey, no less than my face is evident! Sadly, this function doesn’t work on pets.

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The Pixel 6 has obtained video enhancements, too. One function that ought to make video chatting and vlogging slightly simpler is Speech Enhancement. Flip it on within the Digital camera app settings, and the Pixel 6 will try and decrease the background noise you’re experiencing. As you possibly can hear within the video beneath, it really works.

Entrance-facing video is ok on the Pixel 6, however you’ll get significantly better outcomes with the Pixel 6 Professional. The Pixel 6’s sensor is locked to 1080p at 30fps, whereas the Professional mannequin can shoot 4K with its entrance digital camera.

The rear cameras on the Pixel 6 can shoot 1080p or 4K at 30/60fps. See a 4K at 60fps video pattern beneath.

The Pixel 6 pictures suite competes with the easiest digital camera telephones on the market, together with some that price a number of hundred {dollars} extra. You possibly can take a look at the full-resolution digital camera samples on this Google Drive folder.

Software program: All about you

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  • Android 12
  • Three years of OS updates, 5 years of safety patches

The Google Pixel 6 is likely one of the first units to ship with Android 12. The newest model of Google’s OS is a significant visible overhaul from Android 11, with an all-new design language referred to as Materials You. It themes nearly each facet of the software program — the short settings, keyboard, icons, settings menus, and extra — with a shade scheme that matches your wallpaper. It’s extremely private and addictive to make use of at occasions.

Android veterans will discover different key design ingredient adjustments across the person interface. The fast settings toggles are rectangular, the notification shade is now a full-screen ingredient, there’s a giant emphasis on themed widgets, and the lock display screen is totally completely different from earlier Android variations.

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Android 12 additionally brings native scrolling screenshot help, one-handed mode, a quick-tap gesture to entry the Google Assistant, and a Privateness Dashboard that tells you which ones apps used sure permissions at what time. You possibly can even toggle on/off entry to the microphone and digital camera proper out of your fast settings.

Android 12 is a refreshing, typically addicting overhaul to the working system.

There are numerous extra options in Android 12 that I received’t try to suit into this evaluate. For extra data on the brand new OS, see our Android 12 options hub.

Sadly, should you don’t personal a Pixel telephone, it’ll be fairly a while earlier than your telephone will get entry to Android 12. Software program updates are making their solution to non-Pixels quicker than ever earlier than, but it surely’s nonetheless a truth consumers have to wrestle with: purchase a Pixel and get updates on day one, or purchase from one other firm and wait just a few months?

Associated: When is the Android 12 replace coming to your telephone?

Google rolls out semi-regular software program updates to Pixel telephones, which it calls Characteristic Drops, that carry new software program options, wallpapers, and extra. That is nothing new — virtually each different producer rolls out new options to their units each few months. Google simply calls it by a pleasant title.

There are, after all, a handful of Pixel 6-exclusive software program options that aren’t obtainable on every other units. These embrace Wait Occasions and Direct My Name, which use Google’s ingenious Duplex mannequin.

Wait Occasions permits you to see how busy companies are at any specific time all through the week, even earlier than you place the decision. In my expertise, the function has labored reliably and precisely.

Direct My Name mainly provides your Pixel 6 the reins to the telephone dialog. Google Assistant will transcribe what the operator says and shows every menu merchandise on-screen. You possibly can merely faucet a menu merchandise to choose, so that you don’t even have to take heed to all of the choices. It’s nice. That is made even higher by Maintain For Me, an older function that permits the Assistant to attend on maintain in your house.

I alluded to this within the efficiency part, however Stay Translate is now far more highly effective on the Pixel 6. In in style messaging apps, together with Android Messages, Stay Translate will routinely translate obtained messages for you proper contained in the app. You possibly can then reply in your native language, and your message will translate again into the sender’s language. This additionally works in media apps. Stay Caption can translate languages in real-time and show textual content in your display screen in apps corresponding to YouTube. I haven’t had a lot success getting it to work in music apps, however apparently, it’s purported to work there, too.

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On the Pixel 6, you can even ask the Google Assistant to carry out sure actions with out first verbalizing a hotword. As an example, you possibly can inform an alarm to “cease” (with out saying “Hey Google, cease!”) or say “reply” or “decline” when a telephone name is available in.

Google leads on Android software program help, but it surely’s nonetheless effectively behind Apple.

Due to the in-house Tensor chipset, Google introduced that the Pixel 6 sequence will obtain three years of main OS updates and 5 years of safety patches. Which means the Pixel 6 sequence will see Android 15 and safety updates into October 2026. That is up from Google’s earlier Pixel dedication of three years of main OS updates and three years of safety updates.

Google may be the frontrunner in replace longevity within the Android world, but it surely’s nonetheless effectively behind Apple’s help for older iPhones. Apple lately up to date a six-year-old iPhone to the most recent model of iOS. Whereas I welcome Google’s improved software program help with the Pixel 6, it may do significantly better.

Google Pixel 6 specs

Google Pixel 6
Show 6.4-inch OLED
20:9 facet ratio
FHD+ decision
2,400 x 1,080
90Hz refresh charge
HDR help
24-bit depth

Gorilla Glass Victus entrance
Gorilla Glass 6 again

Processor Google Tensor
Titan M2 safety
Inside storage 128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
Battery and energy 4,614mAh (typical)
30W wired charging
USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)
21W wi-fi charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
12W Qi wi-fi charging
Battery share

No charger in field

Cameras Rear:
– 50MP most important
1.2 μm, ƒ/1.85, 82-degree FoV
1/1.31-inch sensor
– 12MP ultra-wide
1.25 μm, ƒ/2.2, 114-degree FoV
Laser AF

– 8MP single
1.12 μm, ƒ/2.0, 84-degree FoV

Video Rear:
4K at 30/60FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

1080p at 30FPS

Audio Stereo audio system
Triple mics
Bluetooth 5.2
No 3.5mm port
Safety In-display fingerprint
Titan M2 chip
5 years safety updates
Water resistance IP68
Buttons and ports USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
Energy button
Quantity rocker
Twin-SIM (single nano and eSIM)

No expandable storage
No 3.5mm port

Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC help
Bands [5G Sub-6GHz] Mannequin GB7N6
GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
LTE: Bands B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14
5G Sub-6: Bands n1/2/3/5/7/8/12/14/20/25/28
No 5G mmWave

[5G mmWave + Sub-6GHz] Mannequin G9S9B3
GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
LTE: Bands B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14
5G Sub-6: Bands n1/2/3/5/7/8/12/14/20/25/28
5G mmWave: Bands n257/n258/n260/n261

Software program Android 12
Pixel UI
Dimensions and weight 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm
Colours Stormy Black, Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam
In-box contents 1m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0)
Fast Swap adapter
SIM instrument

No charger in field

(*France has charger and headphones included per native legal guidelines)

Worth and competitors

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Google Pixel 6

The extra inexpensive Pixel

The Google Pixel 6 includes a 6.4-inch FHD+ show and runs on the all-new Google Tensor SoC. It has an upgraded digital camera system, unique software program options, and provides a number of the greatest {hardware} Google has ever produced.

The Google Pixel 6 is priced competitively in opposition to the flagship competitors in late 2021. Once more, pricing begins at $599 and goes as much as $699 for the 256GB mannequin.

The Pixel 6’s $599 worth undercuts the Samsung Galaxy S21 and iPhone 13’s $799 beginning worth. It’s even $100 cheaper than the iPhone 13 Mini, Apple’s most cost-effective current-gen iPhone. And don’t even attempt evaluating it to the iPhone 13 Professional’s $999 beginning worth. In different phrases, Google has priced the Pixel 6 effectively underneath the competitors.

Google is providing an extremely compelling flagship expertise that Pixel followers have been ready for. The value tag alone is a big promoting level for the machine. For those who’re after slightly extra out of your cash, the Pixel 6 Professional ($899) provides extra RAM, a telephoto digital camera lens, a much bigger show and battery, UWB help, and 5G mmWave as normal (within the US).

The OnePlus 9 ($729) is also a worthy different to the Pixel 6. It’s nearer to the Pixel 6’s worth, although its cameras undoubtedly don’t maintain as much as the Pixel’s.

Platform-agnostic consumers may hunt down Apple’s newest iPhone 13 ($799). Once more, it’s costlier, although it excels in efficiency, battery life, and its pictures and videography expertise.

Google Pixel 6 evaluate: The decision

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Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

The Google Pixel 6 represents a number of issues for Google. It’s a shift away from the “specs aren’t that vital” mindset that’s adopted the corporate round for the reason that Nexus days. It’s but extra proof that Google could make a rattling good telephone for effectively underneath $1,000. And most significantly, it reveals that Google can compete with Apple and Samsung within the inexpensive flagship tier, identical to it got down to do.

I received’t fake that there aren’t caveats. The digital camera system, whereas a lot improved, nonetheless received’t be versatile sufficient for some customers because of the lacking zoom lens. And let’s not neglect, these are massive, slippery telephones, so anybody hoping for an actual Pixel 5 successor shall be disenchanted. Additionally, Google took a giant danger with Tensor, and with out long-term efficiency metrics, it’s unclear if all the firm’s laborious work has paid off. The corporate additionally may’ve made far more of an effort to incorporate a biometrics system that isn’t scorching rubbish.

Between the lengthy battery life, versatile cameras, and strong efficiency, the Google Pixel 6 is likely one of the most well-rounded smartphones on the market.

Each time I like to recommend a Pixel telephone to mates, members of the family, or Android Authority readers, there’s all the time a very good motive for it — be it the easy-to-use digital camera system, low cost price ticket, or day-one software program updates and safety patches. I genuinely consider that Pixel telephones are simply simpler to make use of than different smartphones from different producers. That’s nonetheless very a lot the case for the Pixel 6, however now there aren’t any evident omissions or oversights that want addressing.

Battery life is nice. The display screen, efficiency, audio expertise, and cameras are all strong. The general bundle Google delivered with the Pixel 6 is astoundingly good. Throw in that low cost price ticket, and you’ve got your self one of many easiest-to-recommend smartphones of the 12 months.

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