The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Professional present the search large taking daring new strides with its smartphone line. The 2 telephones — and the Pixel 6 Professional particularly — undertake recent, premium designs and all the highest specs a flagship ought to provide. It’s virtually as if Google lastly took person suggestions to coronary heart and answered long-standing requests with gadgets that seemingly have all of it. However these aren’t the one challenges Google tackled with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional. The corporate took issues a step additional by engineering its personal processor for the telephones, Google Tensor, to offer them superior on-device synthetic intelligence and machine studying powers. The result’s two telephones that ship a variety of experiences not accessible from most different {hardware}. Can the Pixel 6 Professional, with its high-end attraction, persuade folks to surrender their Galaxies and go along with Google? Discover out within the Android Authority Google Pixel 6 Professional evaluate.

About this Google Pixel 6 Professional evaluate: I examined the Google Pixel 6 Professional evaluate unit over a interval of seven days. It was working Android 12 on the November 5, 2021 safety patch. The unit was supplied by Google for this evaluate.

What you want to know concerning the Google Pixel 6 Professional

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  • Google Pixel 6 Professional (128GB): $899 / £849 / €899
  • Google Pixel 6 Professional (256GB): $999 / £949 / €999
  • Google Pixel 6 Professional (512GB): $1,099 / £1,049 / €1,099

There are two flagship Pixel telephones for 2021: the vanilla Pixel 6 and the top-of-the-line and bigger Pixel 6 Professional. The telephones share most options, together with the Tensor processor and a uniquely Google tackle Android 12, however a number of issues apart from measurement do set them aside. For instance, the Pixel 6 Professional has a telephoto digicam, extra RAM, and an additional radio when in comparison with the Pixel 6. These additional options, mixed with the Pixel 6 Professional’s classier design, give the bigger cellphone license to hold the “Professional” mantle.

Greater than ever, Google is focusing on high telephones with the Pixel 6 Professional. The corporate is clearly taking purpose at Apple and Samsung, which lead the market relating to premium gadgets. Not solely has Google sought to match its opponents by way of design, but in addition in efficiency and, particularly, digicam prowess. It’s fairly a change of tempo for a corporation that has till now appeared to let others dominate the higher crust of the market, eschewing cutting-edge specs whereas specializing in its software program expertise.

Associated: One of the best Google Pixel offers

The Google Pixel 6 Professional is out there in three finishes: Stormy Black, Cloudy White, and Sorta Sunny. Every end could be ordered in one in every of three non-expandable storage allotments: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Pricing is consistent with the likes of the Apple iPhone 13 Professional and Samsung Galaxy S21 households, although it notably undercuts ultra-premium flagships such because the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely and the iPhone 13 Professional Max. The cellphone features a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-A to USB-C adapter, however doesn’t pack a charging brick. You’ll additionally need to be very cautious when shopping for an adapter because the quickest charging speeds are solely accessible with a selected breed of wall chargers — take a look at our devoted article for extra.

The Google Pixel 6 Professional formally goes on sale on October 25, 2021. On the time of this writing, the provision of the Pixel 6 Professional is proscribed. Google sells the cellphone immediately by way of its net retailer, although many colours and storage variants are at the moment back-ordered, that means you’ll have to affix a waitlist. Availability is equally scarce at main third-party retailers similar to Amazon and Finest Purchase. Even US carriers promoting the telephones, together with AT&T, T-Cellular, and Verizon, have transport instances that push into late November. Outdoors the US, snagging a Pixel 6 Professional seems to be proving simply as tough at the least till provide and demand stability out.

Let’s begin peeping this Pixel.

Design: Lastly, a premium Pixel

Google Pixel 6 Pro standing in the park

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  • Gorilla Glass Victus, steel alloy
  • 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
  • 210g
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • IP68
  • Stereo audio system
  • Digicam bar
  • Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny

The sixth-generation Pixels take a decidedly totally different strategy to design when in comparison with earlier generations. Wanting again eventually yr’s Pixel 5, for instance, you had a smallish gadget that was made out of a unibody aluminum chassis with a skinny plastic coating. It was distinctive, however got here throughout as a bit pedestrian. Google has put that look firmly behind it. The Pixel 6 Professional is a full-on, top-tier premium gadget as evidenced by its design, supplies, and high quality of manufacture.

See additionally: One of the best Pixel 6 Professional instances you should purchase

Gone is the unibody chassis in favor of the glass sandwich strategy. A sophisticated steel alloy body is positioned between curved glass back and front. The body is thinner alongside the aspect rails and thicker the place it kinds the highest and backside edges. It’s shiny and easy. Google says all of the glass is Gorilla Glass Victus — Corning’s present high grade. What I can let you know is the glass is extremely polished and additional slippery, making the cellphone laborious to carry onto. In the event you’re vulnerable to dropping telephones, seize a case.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Rear panel against white wall

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The Pixel 6 Professional is a giant, large smartphone. It’s bigger than an Apple iPhone 13 Professional Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, and it’s pretty weighty, too. If the compact Pixel 5 appealed to you, I’m afraid the Pixel 6 Professional pushes issues into new dimensions. Oddly, the smaller Pixel 6 isn’t that a lot smaller than the Pixel 6 Professional in any respect. Google went large this yr and we’re all going to must take care of it.

Google went large with the Pixel 6 Professional.

Google truly did carry over some design parts from earlier Pixels: the buttons and different controls positioned alongside the outer body. The ability button and quantity toggle are on the correct edge. In contrast to many competing gadgets, Google positioned the ability button above the amount toggle. In the event you’re coming from a Galaxy gadget it might take a while to your muscle reminiscence to recuperate. Notably, these two buttons hardly have any profile in any respect and lack the contrasting energy button of older Pixels, making them laborious to inform aside. The journey and suggestions are minimal at finest, too. These buttons may very well be higher.

The SIM card tray is built-in into the cellphone’s left edge. The Pixel 6 Professional helps one bodily SIM card and an eSIM must you want to use the cellphone with two networks. On the underside, you’ll uncover the USB-C port centered between two slits.

You’ve most likely seen the digicam bar on the again. How might you not?

You’ve most likely seen the digicam bar on the again. How might you not? In reality, Google designed the Pixel 6 Professional’s rear panel across the digicam bar, which is thick and runs horizontally back and forth. That’s why the rear glass is cut up into two segments. I like that Google went with totally different shades on the separated items of rear glass. On our Sorta Sunny evaluate unit, there’s a yellow-ish shade beneath the digicam bar and an orange-ish shade above it. The digicam bar itself is protected by a layer of black glass and excessive steel ridges on both aspect. It’s fairly a glance, however nonetheless Google-y all the identical. I like that Google matched the colour of the antenna traces constructed into the steel body to the orange piece of glass above the digicam.

Google Pixel 6 Pro camera bump

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Along with the Gorilla Glass Victus to assist forestall breakage, Google made positive to waterproof the cellphone. That is desk stakes for a contemporary flagship. The Pixel 6 Professional carries an IP68 ranking for cover in opposition to mud and water. Which means it may well deal with a 30-minute dunk in about 5 ft of water.

The Pixel 6 Professional has stereo audio system. Bi-directional sound is fashioned when the earpiece and a downward-firing speaker work collectively. Google didn’t name out any particular audio applied sciences within the audio system, similar to Dolby Atmos, however they do sound good. Not solely do the audio system get good and loud, however they’re additionally clear all through the amount vary. I used to be capable of fill mid-sized rooms with loads of sound with out crackling and distortion.

Google Pixel 6 Pro against rocks

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Biometrics on the Pixel 6 Professional are restricted to the in-display optical fingerprint reader. There’s no Soli-assisted face unlock nor another kind of facial recognition accessible. Coaching the Pixel 6 Professional’s fingerprint reader was a little bit aggravating. It required me to re-do your entire sequence twice throughout the course of. The reader has a reasonably sizable studying space within the decrease portion of the display. It wasn’t excellent, although, and I needed to press it twice infrequently. I additionally thought it was a bit sluggish in comparison with readers on different fashionable flagships. The rear-mounted fingerprint reader of the Pixel 5 was quicker and extra dependable.

Extra studying: How fingerprint scanners work

Final, haptics. The Pixel 6 Professional has tight haptics which are good and delicate with out being too delicate. The motor produces fantastic vibrations that really feel delicate quite than buzzy or jarring. You may dial in your most well-liked vibration power must you want.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro rear panels

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The Pixel 6 Professional’s design isn’t for everybody. It’s obtained a novel look that can certainly get peoples’ juices flowing somehow. That’s completely comprehensible. Not each cellphone has to attraction to each purchaser. Personally, I recognize that the Pixel 6 Professional has any character in any respect when in comparison with the quite a few boring slabs available on the market. Google has ensured that its cellphone will probably be seen wherever it goes. For an organization that has for too lengthy made telephones that mix in, a little bit visibility ain’t a foul factor.

Maybe extra importantly, the corporate can lastly declare to play in the identical area as its {industry} friends. The Pixel 6 Professional hits extra of the must-have design cues and creature options that right this moment’s flagship consumers need of their gadgets. Save from the lacking headphone jack (to be anticipated), the Pixel 6 Professional has checked almost each field there’s to verify. Verify?

 Show: Gunning for Galaxy

Google Pixel 6 Pro display centered in train station

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  • 6.7-inch LTPO OLED
  • 3,120 x 1,440 decision
  • 512 pixels per inch
  • 19.5:9 side ratio, 120Hz refresh fee

The Pixel 6 Professional has the most important and finest display we’ve ever seen on a Google smartphone.

I don’t learn about you, however I used to be sorely upset with the comparatively compact six-inch show of the Pixel 5. I used to be on the lookout for one thing extra. I’m positive different consumers have been too. Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, and myriad competing cellphone makers have been providing large smartphone screens unfailingly yr after yr. That’s why it appeared unusual for Google to restrict its 2020 flagship to such restrained dimensions. Google has apparently seen the sunshine, so to talk.

The Pixel 6 Professional’s panel doesn’t fairly fee as the biggest available on the market, however at 6.7 inches it’s shut. Google additionally noticed match to up the decision to QHD+ and enhance the refresh fee from the Pixel 5’s 90Hz pace to the currently-favored 120Hz fee. On the very least, these specs convey the Pixel 6 Professional into the identical enjoying discipline as its friends. Does it carry out on the similar degree?

The Pixel 6 Professional’s show specs put the cellphone in the identical enjoying discipline as its friends.

The display’s measurement is interesting should you like large telephones. In the event you’re not into large slabs in your pocket, you possibly can all the time go along with the marginally smaller Pixel 6. I recognize the big canvas of the Pixel 6 Professional for almost each activity, from studying emails to scrolling via social media to watching video content material. Google stored the bezels to absolutely the minimal and the user-facing digicam is however a small punch gap centered on the high.

Quad HD+ decision means you have got loads of pixels on board, pushing a density of 512ppi — three shy of the Galaxy S21 Extremely. On-screen parts similar to textual content, graphics, icons, photographs, and video look crisp and sharp. You merely can’t complain about this many pixels. Google doesn’t, nevertheless, let Pixel 6 Professional house owners dial the decision all the way down to FHD+ to save lots of battery life, although you possibly can regulate font and icon sizes. Galaxy telephones typically do allow house owners to alter the decision between HD, FHD, and QHD.

Brightness is superb. Add to that the 1,000,000:1 distinction ratio and HDR help, and you’ve got a display that’s able to brilliant highs and darkish lows. I used to be significantly happy with the standard of HDR content material from Netflix and the like. Outside visibility is stable. Google additionally presents pure, boosted, and adaptive coloration profiles for the display and which means you all the time get a pleasant clear white irrespective of the lighting situations at hand.

The Pixel 6 Professional’s adaptive 120Hz refresh fee didn’t impress me as a lot as I’d hoped. The cellphone has two refresh fee settings, 60Hz and 120Hz adaptive. The latter adjustments the speed between 10Hz and 120Hz relying on the display exercise to assist stability battery life and efficiency. More often than not you utilize the 120Hz adaptive setting, the display truly sits at 60Hz. It leaps to 120Hz as quickly as you swipe up or down on the display.

Extra studying: Refresh fee defined

Sadly, there have been loads of instances when the scrolling habits at 120Hz was completely janky and stuttery quite than easy. This isn’t one thing I’ve seen on different 120Hz panels, so I used to be stunned to note it right here. I noticed stuttering display scrolling habits in apps together with Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the browser — typically when there was a mixture of textual content and picture/video content material. I didn’t expertise the identical drawback in text-heavy apps similar to Gmail. Nor did we see janky scrolling on the Pixel 6’s 90Hz display. We’re undecided if what we noticed is a {hardware} or software program challenge with our unit or a broader challenge, but it surely’s one thing we contacted Google about. We’ll be sure you provide extra particulars as soon as we’ve them.

Google Pixel 6 Pro front right offset

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The final merchandise value discussing is the show glass. The Pixel 6 Professional options curved aspect edges that wrap round to satisfy the steel body. The vanilla Pixel 6 has, by means of comparability, a very flat display. Curved screens could also be interesting visually as a result of they usually cut back aspect bezels all the way down to nothing, however the touch-sensitive curves can result in ghost touches. I undoubtedly seen some unintentional touches when utilizing the Pixel 6 Professional, although not too many. Google appears to have tuned its software program to correctly account for the bent glass. That is most important when typing on the software program keyboard. In the mean time, there’s nothing to actually complain about right here, although we’ve solely examined the cellphone for a number of days and issues could crop up.

In sum, Google has stepped up its display tech large time after the Pixel 5’s underwhelming panel. In fact, it’s extremely probably Google sourced the panel from none apart from Samsung. However, the Pixel 6 Professional’s show pushes all the correct boundaries for a flagship cellphone.

Efficiency: On the sting

  • Google Tensor
  • Arm Mali-G78 GPU
  • 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB / 256GB / 512GB non-expandable storage

We might write article after article on Google’s resolution to design its personal processor for the Pixel 6 Professional. In reality, we have already got. Google has till now relied on industry-made systems-on-a-chip from market chief Qualcomm for its Pixel telephones. This yr, Google took a flip. It engineered a custom-made chip for the Pixel 6 sequence as a way to convey new options and experiences to the telephones that it says weren’t doable with different chips. The brand new processor is known as Tensor.

Tensor could have been engineered by Google, however that doesn’t imply Google began from scratch. Tensor has an ordinary CPU that features eight acquainted 5nm cores: two Arm Cortex A76 cores at 2.25GHz, 4 Arm Cortex A55 cores at 1.8GHz, and two Arm Cortex X1 cores at 2.8GHz. This DynamIQ configuration contains a mixture of effectivity cores, mid-range cores, and efficiency cores as a way to unfold the workload round. The CPU is joined by a reasonably normal 20-core Mali-G78 GPU for pushing polygons. Different elements embody a sophisticated Picture Sign Processor for images; Context Hub for ultra-low-power ambient experiences; the Tensor safety core, a devoted and remoted Titan 2 chip for delicate duties; and the Google Tensor Processing Unit, which integrates machine studying on the gadget degree. Final, it’s joined by a aggressive 12GB of RAM and loads of built-in storage choices.

The sum of those elements is Tensor, a chip that Google says delivers new speech, translation, text-to-speech, computational images, videography, and safety features not beforehand accessible to cell gadgets.

Relating to common smartphone duties, similar to downloading and putting in functions or swiping via the person interface or opening and shutting apps, it runs largely fantastic. Efficiency is as easy and as fast as you’d anticipate from any flagship smartphone. I didn’t discover any efficiency hiccups apart from the occasional app crash and the aforementioned scrolling habits. Nothing out of the bizarre for a pre-retail gadget. Gaming was not an issue for the cellphone, both. The 3D video games I examined, together with Name of Responsibility Cellular, ran very well and motion was easy all through.

Operating benchmarks tells a considerably totally different story. Pushing the Google Pixel 6 Professional via AnTuTu, Geekbench, and 3DMark exhibits us a machine that places up respectable numbers which are nonetheless a stone’s throw from the highest of the sport. Basically, the Pixel 6 Professional put up scores that have been about 80{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} of these attained by smartphones working the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 — a processor that’s almost a yr previous and shortly to be eclipsed by a brand new chip from Qualcomm. In our homegrown Pace Check G benchmark, which balances CPU and GPU exams, it recorded a time of 1 minute 33 seconds, which is effectively behind the highest rating of 1 minute 13 seconds, although nonetheless aggressive with different gadgets within the worth vary.

Benchmarking is just not what issues to Google. AI- and ML-driven experiences do.

We might attribute this to Google’s alternative of mid-range cores. Google chosen the marginally older A76 quite than the newer A78, which is what’s contained in the Snapdragon 888. In any other case Tensor and the 888 are utilizing the identical X1 and A55 cores. We might additionally attribute the distinction to the GPUs. The Snapdragon 888 runs an Adreno 660, which is totally different from the Mali-G78. Whether or not or not these minor part variations clarify the distinction in benchmark scores is up for debate.

What’s additionally up for debate is how effectively Tensor holds up over time. It actually runs nice proper now and is performant sufficient that we wouldn’t advocate in opposition to the cellphone. That is merely one thing we’ll must keep watch over.

In fact, benchmarking is just not what issues to Google right here. AI- and machine learning-driven experiences do. We’ll contact on extra of these within the software program part later on this Google Pixel 6 Professional evaluate.

Wi-fi is one other think about efficiency. The Pixel 6 Professional helps 5G. All fashions, together with these bought within the US and the remainder of the world, help sub-6GHz 5G. The mannequin bought within the US additionally helps mmWave 5G for AT&T and Verizon customers. Fairly than choosing a typical Snapdragon X55 or X60 modem for the Tensor SoC, Google went with a Samsung 5123 modem. It is a barely older modem — Samsung used it within the Galaxy S20 Exynos sequence handsets. The 5123 has not but beforehand made an look in a US cellphone, that is its first time.

We examined the Pixel 6 Professional on the Google Fi community within the US, which runs on T-Cellular’s service. In that respect, it linked to T-Cellular’s mid-band sub-6GHz spectrum for 5G service. Efficiency was good, although I’ve seen higher speeds from different telephones on T-Cellular’s sub-6GHz 5G community.

Extra studying: One of the best 5G telephones you should purchase

Google was additionally positive to go along with the newest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth expertise. The cellphone helps Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, which is on par with different elite flagships and excellent news for future-proofing functions. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth efficiency have been each wonderful whereas I examined the gadget.

Final, the Pixel 6 Professional has one radio the common Pixel 6 doesn’t. It contains an ultra-wideband chip for correct ranging and spatial orientation. Google hasn’t mentioned why the vanilla Pixel 6 doesn’t embody the UWB chip, nor has it specified how the Pixel 6 Professional will use the UWB chip apart from to notice it really works with suitable equipment.

Battery: Larger is all the time higher

Google Pixel 6 Pro quick settings menu against white wall

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  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 30W wired charging
  • 23W wi-fi charging
  • Battery Share

Google went large with the battery. That’s excellent news. The 5,000mAh energy cell contained in the Pixel 6 Professional is way bigger than the 4,080mAh battery that was in final yr’s Pixel 5 and it matches what’s in most competing flagships. Furthermore, Google ensured that the cellphone can cost at speeds which are useful if you’re in a rush.

How is the battery life? Google claims the Pixel 6 Professional presents “past 24 hours” of battery life. In reality, its testing confirmed a median of 34 hours of battery life per cost. Over every week of utilizing the cellphone, I wasn’t ever capable of drain the battery in a single day. I obtained it all the way down to about 20{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} a few instances and that took some effort with the display brightness set excessive and the refresh fee set to 120Hz adaptive. Display screen-on time averaged about six and a half hours, which is within the ballpark for a flagship cellphone.

Over every week of testing, I wasn’t capable of totally drain the battery in a single day.

Google contains loads of battery tech in Android 12 and the Pixel 6 Professional. First, there’s Google’s Adaptive Battery, which displays your utilization of the cellphone over time and adjusts to make sure you get the very best battery life. Then there’s the comparatively new Excessive Battery Saver device, which Google claims can push the 6 Professional’s battery all the best way as much as 48 hours when wanted. This mode, typical of such a device, kills off background apps and duties as a way to preserve energy. You may tweak it by customizing which apps are allowed to stay working.

When your cellphone is lifeless and desires a recharge you’ll want a charger with help for the USB Energy Supply Programmable Energy Provide (USB PD PPS) normal to get the utmost speeds. The most secure wager will probably be Google’s new 30W wired PD PPS charging brick ($25) — which prices additional (keep in mind, it’s not included within the field). Google says this charger will enhance the battery by 50{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} in half-hour. Since Google’s new charger is just not but accessible, we have been restricted to testing with a third-party equal. Utilizing an off-the-shelf 30W PD PPS wired charger netted a forty five{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} improve in battery cost over half-hour, so not fairly as much as Google’s claims however shut sufficient.

Some competing telephones can cost a lot quicker than this, with OnePlus pushing to 65W and types like Xiaomi even additional past that. Whereas Google’s charging fee is okay, it’s undoubtedly not essentially the most speedy, although it’s fractionally quicker than each the Galaxy S21 sequence and the iPhone 13 household.

Associated: One of the best wi-fi chargers

The Pixel 6 Professional expenses wirelessly, too. With Google’s new Pixel Stand 2 ($79), the 6 Professional helps wi-fi charging as much as 23W. With all different Qi-compatible wi-fi chargers, the 6 Professional maxes out at 12W. It took shut to 2 hours to cost wirelessly on the tools we’ve available.

Final, the Pixel 6 Professional helps wi-fi energy share for equipment because of the Battery Share function. Google hasn’t spelled out what the charging fee is, however you need to use the cellphone to energy up your wi-fi earbuds or different gear ought to you want to.

Digicam: Succesful however in need of fascinating

Google Pixel 6 Pro top view of camera bump

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  • 50MP, LDAF, OIS (f/1.85, 1.2μm pixels, 82-degree FoV)
  • 12MP ultra-wide, (f/2.2, 1.25μm pixels, 114-degree FoV)
  • 48MP telephoto, 4x optical zoom, (f/3.5, 0.8μm pixels, 23-degree FoV)
  • 11.1MP entrance digicam, (f/2.2, 1.22μm, 94-degree FoV)
  • 4K video at as much as 60fps

Google has lastly (lastly!) matched its flagship competitors with a three-camera smartphone. Previous Pixels have dallied with dual-camera setups with a secondary zoom or ultra-wide shooter, however by no means the trifecta of an ordinary, ultra-wide, and telephoto digicam. It’s lengthy overdue, as Apple, Samsung, and different cellphone makers have relied on this triple-play configuration of their high telephones for a while now. Why does this matter? It enormously expands the varieties of photographs you may get from the cellphone in addition to the standard of these photographs. It’s value noting that the vanilla Pixel 6 forgoes the telephoto and has simply an ordinary and ultra-wide digicam setup.

Equally necessary, Google has up to date its sensor choice for the cameras. The corporate has maybe over-relied on 12MP sensors for its normal cameras relationship all the best way again to the unique Pixel. Within the 6 Professional, we get a 50MP normal digicam, 12MP ultra-wide, and 48MP telephoto. Pixel rely isn’t the whole lot relating to images, but it surely doesn’t damage. Mixing the lens choice, fashionable sensors, and Google’s computational images algorithms collectively ought to result in image magic, proper?

See additionally: One of the best digicam telephones you may get

Basically, the Google Pixel 6 Professional takes excellent photographs with the usual sensor. Your common shot goes to be sharp and correctly uncovered, and present correct coloration. One factor we seen throughout all of the photographs we took was the consistency of correct coloration. “Correct” coloration, nevertheless, doesn’t all the time imply interesting coloration. Some cellphone makers (ahem, Samsung) are identified to oversaturate the colours of their photographs to offer them some visible pop. The Pixel 6 Professional doesn’t try this, which implies the outcomes generally come throughout as flat or missing vibrancy. Personally, I want correct as a result of you possibly can all the time enhance colours utilizing enhancing instruments after the actual fact.

Some downsides to the photographs embody heavy-handed HDR. It seems as if the Pixel 6 Professional goes too far in balancing out exposures, which implies photos don’t all the time have the distinction and/or depth you need. Furthermore, we seen some particulars have that an over-processed look to them, significantly if you drill in shut. This may be frequent on pixel-binned cameras, similar to these on the Pixel 6 Professional.

Switching to the ultra-wide digicam, we see a lovely field-of-view and largely good focus all through the picture. It dials issues out to 0.7x, which isn’t as vast because the 0.6x or 0.5x you’ll get on some ultra-wide cameras, however that doesn’t matter a lot. Importantly, the colour tone matches that of the primary digicam. This implies photographs you are taking from each cameras have the identical basic look to them. Not all cameras can do that. You will notice some noise within the photos infrequently.

The zoom digicam was significantly spectacular. There are a number of easy on-screen controls that mean you can bounce from 0.7x to 1x, 2x, and 4x. Nevertheless, you need to use the pinch-to-zoom gesture and dial within the actual quantity of zoom you want all the best way as much as 20x. The {hardware} itself is able to 4x optical zoom utilizing the periscoped lens design. Every thing past that could be a mixture of optical and digital zoom. Of notice, the colour tone of the telephoto digicam matches the opposite two.

Extra studying: Digicam zoom defined — how optical, digital, and hybrid zoom work

Furthermore, the zoom is pretty usable via the 20x vary. Specifically, it was a shock that the utmost 20x zoom took pretty sharp and colourful photos that weren’t scorching rubbish. Some smartphone zoom cameras boasting excessive zoom numbers merely don’t ship. This one does.

Seeking to take some portraits or selfies? The Pixel 6 Professional has you lined. Whether or not you’re photographing folks by way of the primary digicam or the 11.1MP user-facing shooter, you possibly can anticipate sharp photographs that ship correct pores and skin tones. The latter is one thing Google mentioned it labored laborious to unravel. I used to be more than happy with the best way my pores and skin turned out in these photos, although a lot of the work Google did was to enhance the outcomes of these with pores and skin a lot darker than mine. Edge detection is very nice with portraits and the background blur is sufficient to push your focus to the topic quite than the setting.

Nighttime and low-light photographs proceed to be a boon for the Pixel. Photographs we took at midnight (utilizing the Pixel digicam’s Evening Sight function) are by some means capable of collect sufficient mild to make the picture work. You’ll see a bit extra noise or grain on these photographs, however Google makes a usable picture out of nothing in some situations. Processing Evening Sight photographs typically takes a second or two and you want to maintain nonetheless to get good outcomes. The photographs beneath present a choice of indoor and low-light photographs, adopted by some nighttime photographs.

Google gave the Pixel 6 Professional loads of video seize options. It data video as much as 4K at 60fps, which is just about normal for a flagship. Samsung and a few opponents have ratcheted the video decision of their telephones as much as 8K, however that continues to be overkill for now. Video powers embody slow-motion and time-lapse in addition to 4 kinds of video stabilization. You may as well document 4K footage at 30fps by way of the entrance digicam, whereas the common Pixel 6 caps at 1080p.

The standard of video is superb. I shot 1080p footage at 30fps and 4K footage at 60fps and each regarded wonderful. I used to be happy with focus, readability, coloration, and publicity. You’ll get stereo sound seize with the choice to make use of “audio zoom” if you zoom the video digicam in in your topic. This device does its finest to remove background noise and deal with the sound coming from the topic. It’s largely good. I don’t suppose the Pixel 6 Professional delivers fairly the identical visually spectacular video that comes from an Apple iPhone 13 Professional, but it surely’s not terribly far off both.

Google gave the Pixel digicam a few new, neat methods for having enjoyable along with your photos.

Google gave the Pixel digicam a few neat new methods for having enjoyable along with your photos. The primary is known as Magic Eraser and is supposed to assist rid your photos of individuals or different issues within the background that mess up a cool shot. I had combined success with this device. In some situations it labored completely and in others it merely produced smudges. You may see the before-and-after course of with a profitable erasure beneath.

The Pixel 6 Professional additionally has a brand new movement device for including a little bit of motion-related drama to your photos. The movement function has two distinct instruments: Motion Pan and Lengthy Publicity. Motion Pan has you progress the digicam alongside along with your topic. The software program then blurs the background to convey motion. Lengthy Publicity is precisely that, an extended publicity so issues like water look easy quite than frozen. You may see how effectively this works within the waterfall photographs beneath.

Total, the Google Pixel 6 Professional has an excellent digicam, one which competes proper within the mixture of high telephones. I don’t suppose it’s fairly the category chief that Pixels have all the time been and maybe it’s not as spectacular as I hoped it might be contemplating all of the noise Google made concerning the Tensor processor’s computational images powers. Nonetheless, it’s going to simply problem the {industry}’s finest. Preserve your eyes peeled for some in-depth digicam shootouts very quickly.

Software program: Aiding You

Google Pixel 6 Pro front centered in front of train

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

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Professional are the primary telephones to ship with Android 12. Granted, Google made Android 12 accessible to older Pixels on the day the Pixel 6 household launched, however the brand new {hardware} is the primary to incorporate the recent OS out of the field and a number of other options are unique to Google’s newest telephones.

Android 12 is an entirely revitalized model of Android. You may examine all the key new options proper right here. For the needs of this evaluate, we’ll deal with new options particular to the Google Pixel 6 Professional — and there are many these.

First, we’ll cowl some fundamentals. Android 12 adopts Google’s new Materials You design language. The design model seems to be and feels extra private. It depends on matching system colours to these discovered in your essential wallpaper. For instance, select a blue-dominant wallpaper and your icons, graphics, and such can have a blue tint to them. It’s delicate, however sprinkled all through the OS it provides up. I just like the cohesiveness of this new color-matching scheme. Not everybody does.

Most of the widgets have been re-envisioned. The obvious is the analog clock widget, which has a complete new form. You’ll discover lots of the widgets have rounder corners and, in line with the colour theme, many undertake the bottom colours discovered throughout the remainder of the OS. Once more, cohesiveness.

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The Fast Settings and Settings menus have been given a visible overhaul. I significantly like the brand new Fast Settings menu, which has a lot bigger and easier-to-toggle buttons. The largest change to the Settings menu is the brand new, bigger font alternative from Google and the elevated spacing for simpler one-handed use. It really works for me.

The Pixel 6 Professional has a handful of software program options which are enabled by the Google Tensor processor.

Like many Pixel telephones earlier than it, the Pixel 6 Professional has a handful of software program options that aren’t accessible on different Android telephones, lots of that are enabled or boosted by the Google Tensor processor. Let’s take them one after the other.

  • Calling Help: Google has enhanced Google Assistant’s means to scale back the ache of constructing sure varieties of cellphone calls, similar to to companies which have difficult resolution bushes or lengthy wait instances. With Wait Instances, for instance, the Pixel 6 Professional can typically let you know when enterprise numbers are at their busiest, which lets you determine when is finest to make the decision. The device enables you to see a complete week’s value of enterprise hours. It really works fairly effectively.
  • Direct My Name: This function visualizes the choice tree with all of the numbered choices spelled out on the display (press one to depart a voicemail, press zero for the operator, and so on.) It really works fairly effectively, too, although I seen resolution bushes which have a variety of choices don’t all the time present the whole lot. It actually will depend on the readability of the recording on the opposite finish of the road.
  • Maintain For Me: Utilizing this device, you possibly can set the cellphone to sit down on maintain for you leaving you free to deal with one thing else whereas ready to talk with somebody. Google says the device is wise sufficient to inform the distinction between a recorded voice message (for instance, “Your name is necessary to us, please proceed to attend”) and an actual operator or firm consultant. I attempted it a few instances with combined success. These options aren’t excellent, however they are often genuinely useful and cut back the ache factors of calling some companies.
  • Voice typing enhancements: Assistant is now higher at voice typing. You may say “Hey Google, kind…” and the assistant will launch the microphone and transcribe your speech (when within the Google Messages app). There are a slew of instructions similar to clearing textual content, sending messages, halting dictation, and inserting emoji. I take advantage of voice typing rather a lot and might say that these instruments are a bit higher on the Pixel 6 Professional than on the Pixel 5.
  • Reside Translate: Reside Translate obtained an enormous variety of upgrades to enhance the expertise of talking with somebody in a special language. It really works finest in messages and media apps, or when utilizing the digicam and interpreter mode. In Android Messages (and a bunch of third-party messaging apps), you possibly can obtain messages in one other language and have them translated routinely upon receipt. In media apps it enables you to translate songs which are sung in one other language. With the digicam, you possibly can extra simply and persistently see a real-time translation of textual content that’s captured within the viewfinder, similar to meals menus or avenue indicators. The interpreter mode is fairly superior, permitting you to have a full-0n, real-time dialog with somebody in one other language. Most of those options require some extent of constructing changes to the settings menu, downloading varied languages forward of time, and comparable. They do work should you put in a little bit little bit of effort.
  • Recorder: Google’s Recorder app, which is wonderful at transcribing cellphone calls or conferences, now works in German and Japanese. That’s excellent news, however Google has a protracted solution to go on language adoption for different areas.
  • New Assistant phrases: There are new fast phrases for utilizing Assistant that don’t require the “Hey, Google” catchphrase, similar to answering or declining calls. That is good, however we want a enormously expanded checklist of those actions as a result of saying “Hey, Google” remains to be extraordinarily awkward.

Whereas these are welcome instruments to have aboard any smartphone, I’m undecided they’re absolutely the important options that the majority customers are clamoring for. Don’t get me unsuitable, I actually recognize them, they do work as supposed, and certainly they’ll help an excellent many individuals of their day by day lives. What issues most right here is that the pace of those companies is wonderful. Because of Google Tensor, a lot of the language processing occurs on the gadget quite than within the cloud. That makes all of the distinction on the earth for pace and privateness.

Final, we’ve to speak concerning the replace scenario. Google says the Pixel 6 Professional will obtain three years of OS-level updates and a minimal of 5 years of safety updates. This feels a bit like Google is underselling consumers on working system upgrades contemplating it its transfer to {custom} {hardware} and the actual fact it actually owns Android. That mentioned, it at the least matches the perfect you may get on any Android cellphone, whereas the promise of 5 years of safety patches is the most effective you may get.

The benchmark right here remains to be Apple, nevertheless, which helps iPhones for round six years for each platform upgrades and safety updates. Contemplating it’s now transferring to personalized {hardware}, Google must be within the enterprise of supporting its personal telephones for a similar size of time.

Google Pixel 6 Professional specs

Google Pixel 6 Professional
Show 6.7-inch OLED
19.5:9 side ratio
QHD+ decision
3,120 x 1,440
512ppi
120Hz adaptive refresh fee
HDR help
24-bit depth

Gorilla Glass Victus back and front

Processor Google Tensor
Titan M2 safety
RAM 12GB LPDDR5
Inside storage 128, 256, or 512GB
UFS 3.1
Battery and energy 5,000mAh (typical)
30W wired charging
USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)
23W wi-fi charging (w/ Pixel Stand)
12W Qi wi-fi charging
Battery share

No charger in field

Cameras Rear
– 50MP essential
1.2 μm, ƒ/1.85, 82-degree FoV
1/1.31-inch sensor
OIS and EIS
– 12MP ultra-wide
1.25 μm, ƒ/2.2, 114-degree FoV
– 48MP telephoto
0.8 μm, ƒ/3.5, 23.5-degree FoV
1/2-inch sensor
4x optical zoom
OIS and EIS
– Laser AF

Entrance:
– 11.1MP single
1.22 μm, ƒ/2.2, 94-degree FoV

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

Entrance:
4K at 30FPS
1080p at 30/60FPS

Audio Stereo audio system
Triple mics
Bluetooth 5.2
No 3.5mm port
Safety In-display fingerprint
Titan M2 chip
5 years safety updates

IP68-rated

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
UWB chip
Bands [5G Sub 6GHz] Mannequin GLUOG
GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19 LTE: Bands
B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14
17/18/19/20/25/26/28
29/30/32/38/39/40
41/42/46/48/66/71
5G Sub-62: Bands
n1/2/3/5/7/8/12/14
20/25/28/30/38/40
41/48/66/71/77/78
eSIM

[5G mmWave + Sub 6GHz] Mannequin G8VOU
GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA: Bands 1,2,4,5,6,8,19
LTE: Bands
B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14
17/18/19/20/25/26/28
29/30/32/38/39/40/41
42/46/48/66/71
5G Sub-6: Bands
n1/2/3/5/7/8/12/14
20/25/28/30/38/40
41/48/66/71/77/78
5G mmWave: Bands n257/n258/n260/n261
eSIM

Software program Android 12
Pixel UI
Dimensions and weight 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
210g
Colours Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny
In-box contents 1m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0)
Fast Swap adapter
SIM device
Paperwork

No charger in field

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

Worth and competitors

google pixel 6 pro camera

Google Pixel 6 Professional

The Pixel 6 Professional outshines its little brother with a 6.7-inch QHD+ show and 120Hz refresh fee. It has the identical two rear cameras because the Pixel 6 however with an extra 4x optical telephoto lens.

Google hit some flagship-tier aim posts this yr, all whereas retaining the Pixel 6 Professional’s beginning worth cheap at $899.

Google is giving followers of its telephones lots of the options they’ve been clamoring for. The corporate dialed up the standard of the design and supplies and packaged them collectively in a cellphone that’s as fantastic as any Galaxy S or Galaxy Word there ever was. The Pixel 6 Professional has extra character than some competing slabs, even when the seems to be could not attraction to everybody. Toss in desk stakes similar to an IP68 ranking, stereo audio system, speedy wi-fi charging, a trio of succesful cameras, a fairly display, and stable battery life, and you’ve got a close to complete bundle. Efficiency over time is the one actual query mark right here, because it barely trails the uncooked compute energy of Snapdragon-equipped rivals.

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The pricing ought to give Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, and others one thing to fret about. Google’s $899 price ticket for the premium Pixel undercuts the price of among the high telephones available on the market. It’s doable, ought to Google put some precise advertising muscle behind the Pixel this yr, that the corporate’s telephones will obtain one thing they by no means have: followers outdoors of the tech sphere.

What if the Pixel 6 Professional is simply too large or nonetheless too expensive for you? You may all the time take a look at the smaller Pixel 6 ($599). The chief differentiators between the Pixel 6 Professional and the Pixel 6 are the display and battery measurement, the quantity of RAM, the digicam configuration, and the ultra-wideband radio. Wish to spend even much less? Don’t overlook the new-ish Google Pixel 5a ($449), which makes additional trade-offs, however is a wonderful mid-ranger.

As normal, the most important participant within the sport, Samsung, has a flotilla of choices from which to decide on. The obvious competitor to the Pixel 6 Professional is the Galaxy S21 Extremely ($1,199), which has comparable specs and options throughout the board. You may spend rather less to get the Galaxy S21 Plus ($999) or the Galaxy S21 ($799), that are each smaller than the Extremely. In order for you one thing out of the bizarre, you would possibly think about the Galaxy Z Fold 3 ($1,799) or the Galaxy Z Flip 3 ($999), although you’ll be sacrificing digicam high quality and battery life for the privilege of getting a foldable cellphone.

One of the best remaining possibility is the OnePlus 9 Professional ($1,069). Sadly for OnePlus, its cellphone is dearer and doesn’t match the digicam high quality of the Pixel 6 Professional. In the meantime, if cash is much less of an object, there’s the Sony Xperia 1 III ($1,299) which is a well-made, enthusiast-focused cellphone with a princely worth to match.

Google Pixel 6 Professional evaluate: The decision

Google Pixel 6 Pro rear in front of falls

Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Google has by no means fairly managed to ship a pure winner with its line of Pixel smartphones. Every iteration has suffered some small challenge holding it again. With the Pixel 6 Professional, Google has come maybe as shut because it ever has to dialing in the correct mix of kind, options, and performance to appease followers of flagship telephones.

From a distance, it seems as if Google checked all the correct packing containers. The Pixel 6 Professional has a metal-and-glass construct with high-quality supplies. It has a big, beautiful show that’s brilliant, quick, and pixel wealthy. The battery lasts so long as another flagship’s does and it recharges in a rush (with the correct equipment). Crucially, the brand new triple-camera system supplies for unimaginable imaging flexibility and delivers constant outcomes throughout the board. Google’s Android 12 tweaks only for the Pixel 6 Professional could be useful should you don’t thoughts spending a while climbing the brief studying curves.

With the Pixel 6 Professional, Google has come as shut because it ever has to dialing in the correct mix of kind, options, and performance to appease followers of flagship telephones.

The Pixel 6 Professional’s weaknesses are few and much between, however they do exist. The in-display fingerprint sensor is an instantly apparent misstep — it simply isn’t quick sufficient. As well as, the Google Tensor processor isn’t fairly as much as par with the efficiency of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 when pushed to its limits. Proper now, it’s shut sufficient, however this might matter extra the longer you maintain onto the Pixel 6 Professional if Google’s machine studying can’t offset the CPU efficiency delta long-term. There’s additionally a tinge of disappointment that Google hasn’t expanded software program improve help past three years. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless the most effective supported Android cellphone you should purchase.

True followers of the Google Pixel cellphone have already positioned their orders, evaluations be damned. These consumers will certainly delight within the Pixel 6 Professional’s many compelling options and can probably grumble, maybe loudly, concerning the issues that hassle them. In the event you’re a purchaser who’s on the fence, what we are able to let you know is that Google created a wonderful, extremely aggressive smartphone within the Pixel 6 Professional. It takes the struggle straight to Samsung’s door and beats on it loudly. The Pixel 6 Professional is certainly value robust consideration from everybody.

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