Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6: Here’s Why You Should Upgrade

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.

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Design Overhaul

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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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Software Upgrades

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.

Improved Camera

Google Pixel 6

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 5Pixel 6 Pro
Display6-inch (1080 x 2340, 429ppi)6.7-inch QHD + 120Hz Refresh rate
OSAndroid 11 (upgradable to Android 12)Android 12
ProcessorSnapdragon 765GGoogle Tensor
RAM8GB12GB
Internal Storage128GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Battery4080mAh5003mAh
Fingerprint SensorRear fingerprint sensorIn-display
Camera (Rear)12.2MP (main) and 16MP (ultra wide)50 MP (wide) + 48 MP (telephoto) 4x optical zoom + 12 MP(ultrawide),
ColorsJust Black, Sorta SageStormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny
Refresh Rate60Hz/90HzUp to 120Hz
Zoom7x Super Res digital4x optical and 20x Super Res digital
VideoRear: 4K (at up to 60fps), 1080p (at up to 240fps), Front: 1080p at 30fpsRear: 4K and 1080p (both up to 60fps), Front: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at up to 60fps
Camera (Front)8MP11.1 MP (ultrawide)
Price$699$899

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.

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