Google takes the wraps off the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones
Google has taken the wraps off its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones which are powered by the new Tensor chip so they are smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have been reimagined top to bottom and include new camera systems, onboard machine learning and a slick new design.
And of course, the Pixel 6 is the first smartphone to run the new Android 12 operating system.
Android 12 features a redesigned UI and themed icons plus a range of new widgets to include on your home page.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be priced at $999 and $1299 respectively and will be available to preorder today.
They will be available on October 28 from the Google Store, Telstra, JB HiFi, Optus, Vodafone, Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
In terms of screen size, the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch display while the Pixel 6 Pro stretches that to 6.7-inches.
The Pixel 6 Pro display can intelligently adjust up to 120Hz for a smoother and more responsive performance and eventually go all the way down to 10Hz to save battery.
The new Google devices have a new industrial design with new materials and finishes.
Pixel 6 has a matte aluminium finish while the Pixel 6 Pro model has a more premium look with a polished aluminium frame which really makes it shine.
The rear panel adopts a two-tone finish. Rather than having the same colour, you are presented with similar colours – one on top of the camera system and the other below.
The Pixel 6 has a dual rear camera system that’s made up of a 50-megapixel main camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
The Pixel 6 Pro has a triple rear camera system that includes a pro level telephoto lens with 4X optical zoom.
The cameras include a 50-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultrawide and 40-megapixel telephoto with 4X optical zoom.
The camera’s main sensor can capture up to 150 per cent more light than Pixel 5 resulting in vivid colours and greater accuracy for your images.
The Google Tensor chip is the first processor designed by Google especially for the new Pixel smartphones.
It provides up to 80% faster performance than Pixel 5 and makes Pixel 6 run smoother, launch apps faster and make gaming a whole new experience.
Tensor gives the Google Pixel 6 devices advanced on device AI which enables features like speech recognition and image processing that’s even faster and more accurate than Pixel 5
The devices also have intelligent machine learning onboard which makes possible features like live translate which can instantly translate messages and videos in real time.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also have layers of hardware security which will offer five years of security updates and protection from hackers and phishing in messaging apps.
On the privacy side, you can turn your Pixel’s microphones and cameras off and decide when apps can use them so it’s not just protecting your data, it’s also protecting you.
The personal safety app can also help you reach emergency contacts or services if you need them.
The onboard sensors can even detect if you’ve been an accident and put you in touch with emergency services.
Another benefit of the Tensor chip is the extended battery life which can go beyond 24 hours even on 5G.
The system can learn your favourite apps so it doesn’t waste any power on ones that you hardly use.
The new Pixel smartphones also support 30W USB C charging (charger sold separately) so the Pixel can charge up to 50 per cent in around 30 minutes.
Under the hood, the Google Pixel 6 pro has 12GB RAM and a 5000mAh battery.
The Pixel 6 Pro is naturally a 5G device with support for both Sub 6 and mmWave – the two most popular 5G formats. It is the first smartphone in Australia to support mmWave.
It is available in colours Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White and Stormy Black.
The Pixel 6 has 8GB RAM and internal storage starting at 128GB. It is available in Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral and Stormy Black.
The Pixel 6 ($999) and Pixel 6 Pro ($1,299) can be pre-ordered from today and will go on sale on October 28 through the Google Store, Telstra, JB HiFi, Optus, Vodafone, Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
Stay tuned to Tech Guide for a full review of the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro next week