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Turning Pro with Google’s newest Pixel

Getting bigger and better

The Pixel 6 Pro is the largest phone Google has made to date, and it comes with a new look. Sporting a vivid 6.7-inch AMOLED display, plus a faster screen 120Hz screen refresh rate, this phone marks a new era for Google’s handsets.

The back features an all-new camera array situated horizontally, and elevated to offer a contrast with the rest of the elegant panel. The metallic edges adjoin the front and back with clean lines all the way along. Pixel phones have never looked sleeker and smoother than this one does.

It also got tougher, courtesy of Gorilla Glass Victus protection on both the front and back. This is very sturdy glass that can withstand the nicks and minor scratches that can sometimes deface an otherwise gorgeous display. And in the event you accidentally drop the Pixel 6 Pro, you have a better chance of not seeing major damage.

What the Pixel 6 Pro has that the Pixel 6 doesn’t

To get “Pro” in its name, this phone had to come with features the Pixel 6 doesn’t have. To start, the Pixel 6 Pro has a larger display compared to the Pixel 6’s 6.4-inch AMOLED. Instead of metallic edges like you have with this device, the Pixel 6 has matte edges. And while there is Gorilla Glass Victus on both sides on the 6 Pro, the Pixel 6 uses less durable Gorilla Glass 6 on the back.

The 6 Pro also includes a 12-megapixel telephoto lens in the rear camera that the Pixel 6 doesn’t have. The front camera on the Pixel 6 has a narrower field of view, giving the 6 Pro an advantage when capturing more in a frame every time you want to take a selfie.

You get the 120Hz screen refresh rate with the 6 Pro, whereas it maxes out at 90Hz in the Pixel 6. And the Pixel 6 Pro has a larger 5000mAh battery, compared to the 4614mAh battery of its smaller sibling.

They also differ in colour options, with the Pixel 6 Pro coming in Sorta Sunny, Cloudy White or Stormy Black. The Pixel 6 comes in Kinda Coral, Stormy Black or Sorta Seafoam.

New hardware, new software

Google now has its own processor that it calls Tensor, and it is the chip that powers so much of what the Pixel 6 Pro does. This system-on-a-chip (SoC) is what enables new features to do more than you could before, with Google claiming that it makes the 6 Pro 80% faster than the Pixel 5. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning work together to help translate foreign languages faster, transcribe live recordings and make Voice Typing more seamless.

Phone call features continue to improve. Google’s Call Screen feature is augmented by Hold for Me, which uses Google Assistant to wait for someone to pick up when you call a toll-free customer service line. Wait Time projects how long it may take to speak with an agent before you even make the call. Google will also soon launch a newer feature called Direct My Call that negates you having to punch in numbers to get through an automated menu when you call.

There is also plenty more memory and storage to help do more with this phone. The Pixel 6 Pro comes with 12GB of RAM and storage options of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. You get the latest software features included in Android 12, with three years of guaranteed updates. With the Titan M2 security ship onboard, it’s five years of security updates to keep the phone safer for a longer period.

A camera ready to shoot

Google equipped the Pixel 6 Pro with new image sensors and lenses to make its camera performance and output even better. Starting with a 50-megapixel main sensor that is much larger than that of the Pixel 5, it’s also capable of taking in 150% more light. That makes low-light and night photography much easier, with Night Sight capable of capturing even the darkest scenes.

The 12-megapixel ultra-wide can squeeze more into every frame, while the 48-megapixel telephoto has a prism lens design capable of shooting at 4x optical zoom. Shoot as high as 20x with Super Res zoom and get very usable images without having to move closer to get them. An 11-megapixel front camera gives you a wider 97-degree field of view, so that selfies require less adjustment to fit everything in.

The new Motion mode lets you capture action in different ways. With Action Pan, you can follow a subject to freeze them in motion, while the background blurs around them. Long Exposure slows down movement for nicer effects, especially when you use it with a tripod.

Record video in 4K at 60fps with all three rear lenses, including all the previous modes, like Slow Motion, Cinematic Pan and Time Lapse.