The Pixel 6 is a more premium device than its predecessors, delivering a sleeker design and more powerful cameras. Most notably, it packs Google’s new Tensor chipset, the first silicon built by the company.
Although the Google Pixel 6 isn’t the most powerful phone on the market, its new Tensor processor boosts its photo-taking powers above those of competitors. While it lacks a telephoto lens and has mediocre battery life, it’s a huge phone with a 6.4-inch display, a revolutionary new design, and a price that can beat comparable Android phones – albeit carrier-specific models may be more expensive. While Google’s new Tensor chipset doesn’t completely reinvent the wheel, it does enable the handset’s picture software to generate some of the greatest shots we’ve seen from a phone, as our Google Pixel 6 review will reveal.
However, if you were expecting a powerhouse to rival the Apple-built A-series Bionic chipsets in iPhones, you’ll be disappointed. The Pixel 6 isn’t slow, but its benchmark results put its performance capability around atypical phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and below even the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
Nevertheless, it will be the phone’s cameras that many Pixel fans will likely be most excited about. Google finally gives us higher-megapixel sensors worthy of its outstanding photo software, along with its Tensor chipset tuned to Google’s image algorithms. And the hype is deserved: the Pixel 6 takes great photos, at all levels of light, capturing nuance in color and shadow, as well as taking clearer photos at night than any other phone that has come before it.
That’s okay for a phone at the Pixel 6’s price, though. The phone also packs 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and a 4,612mAh battery, which lasts around a day. The 6.4-inch Full HD (2400 x 1080) OLED display is larger than the screens that accompany most flagships, and with a 90Hz refresh rate, offers smoother browsing than phones that max out at 60Hz – although 90Hz is really the minimum we’d now expect to see on a phone in the Pixel 6’s premium-mid-range price tier.