Hands on: Google Pixel 6 Pro review
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Hands on: Google Pixel 6 Pro review
After months of teasers and semi-reveals, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is now officially here,
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the company’s first serious attempt at a top-end device that can take on the very best smartphones right now,
Launched alongside the standard – and considerably cheaper – Google Pixel 6,
this new Pro variant is designed to be the very best from the company, packing its new Tensor chipset and other high-end internals, a top-tier camera setup, and a variety of other improvements.
We’ve used the Google Pixel 6 Pro for a few days now, and while we haven’t had enough time to give our full verdict on the phone, below you’ll find all the key details, plus our early impressions.
Google Pixel 6 Pro release date and price
You can pre-order the phone now in the US, UK and Australia, with Google only saying it’ll be “coming soon”.
The Pixel 6 Pro price starts at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299 for the version with 128GB of storage. It’ll also come in a 256GB and 512GB variant costing AU$1,449 and AU$1,599 in Australia respectively, but we’ve yet to find out how much these handsets will cost elsewhere.
That’s a good bit more expensive than the Google Pixel 6, which starts at $599 / £599 / $999; but it’s remarkably cheaper than other top-end handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which cost in excess of $1,100 / £1500 or AU$1,800
Design and display
The Google Pixel 6 handsets look unique, with the horizontal camera strip taking up a large portion of the rear of the phone. It’s the most remarkable element of the design, and it’s an acquired taste, and something that’s certain to divide opinion.
The strip juts out from the rear of the phone by some way, which is likely to put some people off – although it undeniably gives the handset a unique look.
The handset is large, so you may want to opt for the Google Pixel 6 if you’re looking for a smaller device. It features a glass rear that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus technology, which should ensure it’s not easily scratched.
It’s also IP68 water and dust resistant, so should be able to easily survive the odd dip in water, although we wouldn’t encourage fully submerging your phone for an extended period of time.
ts curved edges ensure the phone sits comfortably in your hand, although some may find it a touch slippery to hold – we found that a case was able to help with that issue.
On the bottom edge of the handset is the USB-C port, in between the speakers. On the right hand edge you’ll find the power button and the volume buttons.
The Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.7-inch QHD+ display, which is suitably large and offers crisp picture quality – the resolution of 1440 x 3120 is a remarkable step up compared to 2020’s Pixel 5 and its 1080 x 2340.
The color options for the Pixel 6 Pro are Sorta Sunny (yellow and gold), Cloudy White (white and gray) and Stormy Black (black and gray), although while you’ll be able to buy the 128GB variant in all three colors, the 256GB version is only available in Stormy Black.
Google’s smartphones are built around the company’s camera technology, and on paper the camera setup in the Pixel 6 Pro looks like the best from the company yet, with a 50MP wide camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera and a 48MP telephoto shooter.
That telephoto camera is capable of up to 4x optical zoom, and in our early testing we found that it produced detailed images with little effort.
The ultrawide camera gives you a 114 degree field of view, for when you want to get more people, or more of a sweeping vista, into the frame.
The standard 50MP camera is certainly a step up from what we’ve seen on previous Pixel phones, but we want to put it through more testing before we can give you a full picture of what it’s capable of doing.
On the front of the phone you’ll find an 11.1MP selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and initial results from this camera also looked good with natural skin tones in our portrait shots.
We’re still testing all the Google 6 Pro’s cameras, so look out for our full review, where we’ll share our in-depth findings, along with sample images.
Performance and battery
We don’t know exactly what the Tensor chip offers that’s different from what you get from Snapdragon processors, but Google is promising top-end power for those who need a phone with plenty of grunt.
As with the cameras, we’ll be able to tell you more about what the Tensor chipset is capable of in our full review.
The battery capacity is 4,905mAh, which seems suitable for a smartphone of this size.
There’s fast-charging here, although it’s not as fast as you’ll get with some other Android phones. It tops out at 30W, with the phone able to charge from zero to 50% in around 30 minutes.