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Google Pixel 6 Review: First Practice

availability

  • EnglandRRP: £ 599
  • USARRP: $ 599
  • EuropeYou can not use it
  • CanadaYou can not use it
  • AustraliaYou can not use it

Preface

The Pixel 6 was launched, unlike any other phone I remember. Over the past few months, Google has revealed almost every aspect of the device as a slow drip feed of information.

Combine it with an excessive number of leaks, including everything that Google itself has revealed, and little we didn’t know about this phone before the actual release.

But the phone’s launch is finally here, Google Pixel 6 It will be available for purchase from October 28th. I’ve had both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro for the past few days. A full review of both devices will be done later, but I think it certainly makes a good first impression.

With a new look, a chip designed to Google’s specifications, a brand new camera sensor, and a very attractive price, this search engine giant could be the winner here.

Price and release date

See below for Pixel 6 pricing. The phone will be available in the UK starting October 28th. I’ll update this when I know more about the region.

Design and screen

  • 6.4 inch OLED display
  • 90Hz smooth display
  • Completely new design

When Google first announced the Pixel 6 in August, I was surprised to find that it looked quite different from other Pixel smartphones, especially in some of the more colorful shades.

From different angles, it looks a lot like a Samsung phone, but when turned inside out, the distinctive visor on the back makes it stand out from the crowd.

It’s strange that Google chose a shiny glass rear when matte finish seemed to be the wisest route. The Pixel 6 tends to pick up fingerprints and I’m not a big fan of finishing.

Another strange design choice is the placement of the volume key just below the power button. I only have this phone for a few days, but I pressed the volume key many times instead of the power button. We expect this to change with long-term use of the device.

That said, the Pixel 6 is still a compelling smartphone. With this industrial matte finish on the sides, the visor that covers the camera sensor duo is easier on the eyes than the giant camera bumps.

Phone is included IP68 The rating prevents water accidents and the back of the glass allows wireless charging. These are two features that are not dead certificates for mobile phones at this price.

One of the notable design differences between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is the curved screen of the latter. The regular Pixel 6, on the other hand, has a more traditional flat panel. This tends to be what I really like.

The screens on both models are decent, but if you want the best display, you should choose the Pro model. The size of the Pixel 6 is 6.4 inches HDR An OLED panel with an in-display fingerprint scanner (the first time I saw this on a Pixel smartphone), a refresh rate that can switch between 60 and 90Hz, and a resolution of 1080p. These specs aren’t special, but they actually translate into a great screen with punchy colors and a great viewing angle.

Performance and battery life

  • Google Tensor Chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • 4600mAh battery with Qi charge

One of the most interesting parts of the Pixel 6 is the new chipset. Instead of the usual Qualcomm SoC (system-on-chip) commonly found on Pixel smartphones (and for that matter, other Android phones), the Pixel 6 has Google’s own power supply. tensor Silicon.

Rumor has it that the Tensor is manufactured by Samsung and resembles one of the Korean branded Exynos chips. However, it also has many elements that Google has improved over the years, such as AI and ML (machine learning).Tensors should give Google more control over the phone, which is likely to be one of the reasons search giants are now promising. minimum 5 year security update. Paired with the Tensor SoC is the Titan M2 coprocessor, which covers all the security aspects of the phone.

The Tensor seems to be an impressive chip, but you’ll need to use the phone to evaluate its performance next to other devices. More importantly, it’s important to see how the chip affects other aspects of phone performance, such as camera processing. The vast majority of phones these days, even the best midrange and the best cheap ones, are fast enough for most people. It’s how they use their tip skills in other areas and determines how well they are used.

Pixel 6

The Pixel 6 has 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. Keep in mind that there is no way to increase that amount, so choose wisely.

Another highlight of the Pixel 6 is Android 12 It is running. Android 12 and the Material You theme engine have been stepped up in terms of software look and feel new and fresh. The icons and default app now imitate wallpaper colors, but there are some redesigned widgets that look great. In particular, I’m a fan of updated watches. It’s a shame that there are very few of these new widgets from Google itself.

Of course, Android 12 is available on older Pixel smartphones (and other Android devices, but you don’t expect the same functionality everywhere), but as designed specifically for these Pixel smartphones. I feel it.

It’s too early to determine battery life, so we’ll focus on specs here. I have a 4600mAh battery that can be charged at 30W, but I need to have my own charger. According to Google, with its own 30W plug, you get 30% in 30 minutes. There is also a new wireless Pixel Stand that can be charged at 21W.

camera

  • Two cameras on the back
  • 8MP camera on the front
  • A completely new sensor for Google Pixel

The last part of the Pixel6 jigsaw is the camera. Pixel smartphones have stood out from the crowd in the past as a result of their excellent photographic skills. I want to be the same here as well. The first impression was good, and after years of using the same module, Google finally offered a new main sensor.

There are two cameras on the back of the Pixel 6. There is a 50 megapixel main wide sensor (1.2 μpixel, f / 1.85, 1/13 inch sensor) and a 12 megapixel ultra wide sensor with a 114 degree field of view. These hardware features are combined with Google’s very good photo processing algorithms.

There’s a feature that’s clearly missing here, it’s all kinds of optical zoom lenses. Like apple, iPhone 13 When iPhone 13 Pro, Telephoto zoom cameras are for more expensive models only. If you need 4x optical zoom, you need to select the Pixel 6 Pro.

Back of Pixel 6 and camera

All of the Pixel 6’s zoom skills are done via digital zoom, so I don’t expect much unless the AI ​​can actually do some magic.

The Tensor chip also adds some new features such as the Magic Eraser tool that makes it easy to remove photo bombers from snaps using machine learning and AI skills. There is also a cinematic blur option that adds sparks to snaps of fast-moving objects such as cars. On the video side, you can shoot up to 4K at 60fps.

First impression

At £ 599 / $ 599, the Pixel 6 is already promising. The Tensor chip, new camera sensor, and updated design will certainly help make it stand out.

Google Pixel 6 specifications

The major specifications of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are as follows:

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