The Google Pixel 6 series has officially launched. And if all we heard about its specification and features during the launch is anything to go by, then we’re looking at a device that is a significant upgrade from its predecessor – the Google Pixel 5. To be fair, the Google Pixel 5 isn’t a bad smartphone. But as far as flagship smartphones go, the device didn’t offer flagship-level features and specifications when it launched a year ago.
However, the launch of the new Pixel 6 series – which comes with the company’s in-house Tensor processor – is an indication that Google is beginning to pay attention to its smartphones. The Pixel 6 also gets a design overhaul, with a much more premium look when compared to the Pixel 5.
The design of the new Pixel 6 is a major upgrade – it has got this premium feel to it. When you look at the rear of the smartphones, the camera setup has been redesigned. It is now a rectangle-shaped camera tray that houses the cameras. It has got the IP68 dust and water resistance rating too. Google seems to have also moved on from headphone jacks and micro SD card slots.
At 6.7-inch, the Pixel 6 is significantly larger than the Pixel 5 (6-inch). Also, the display of the Pixel 6 is a Quad HD display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, compared to the Pixel 5’s HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The new Pixel also has its fingerprint sensor embedded in the display.
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Google’s decision to use the Snapdragon 765G chipset (a non-flagship chipset) on the Pixel 5 launched a year ago was surprising and it was met with mixed feelings. This year, however, Google shocked us all as it announced its own chipset, Google Tensor. And according to Google, the new processor will give its new smartphones better hardware for image processing and the best speech recognition. The Pixel 6 is backed by 12GB RAM. That’s a significant upgrade when compared to the Pixel 5 (8GB). This will definitely give you a better multitasking experience.
The Pixel 5 smartphone ships with 16-megapixel ultrawide and 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main camera sensors. That’s no where near what the new Pixel 6 is coming with. The Pro version ships with a main 50-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and an additional 48-megapixel telephoto camera.
Key Specs: Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6 Pro
|Pixel 5||Pixel 6 Pro|
|Display||6-inch (1080 x 2340, 429ppi)||6.7-inch QHD + 120Hz Refresh rate|
|OS||Android 11 (upgradable to Android 12)||Android 12|
|Processor||Snapdragon 765G||Google Tensor|
|Internal Storage||128GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Rear fingerprint sensor||In-display|
|Camera (Rear)||12.2MP (main) and 16MP (ultra wide)||50 MP (wide) + 48 MP (telephoto) 4x optical zoom + 12 MP(ultrawide),|
|Colors||Just Black, Sorta Sage||Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny|
|Refresh Rate||60Hz/90Hz||Up to 120Hz|
|Zoom||7x Super Res digital||4x optical and 20x Super Res digital|
|Video||Rear: 4K (at up to 60fps), 1080p (at up to 240fps), Front: 1080p at 30fps||Rear: 4K and 1080p (both up to 60fps), Front: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at up to 60fps|
|Camera (Front)||8MP||11.1 MP (ultrawide)|
The Pixel 6 offers so many advantages over the Pixel 5. The new premium design, massively improved camera quality, a new custom-made chipset, all make the Pixel 6 a far better option than its predecessor. And for just an extra $200, it sure is worth upgrading to. The Pixel 6 is available to pre-order on Amazon.