Google during the event “Pixel Fall Launch“on October 19, 2021 presented to the Pixel 6 series of phones, consisting of the Pixel 6 and from Pixel 6 Pro: they share a lot but what distinguishes them is what makes the difference: displays, dimensions, cameras. After a limited initial debut, from 3 February 2022 both phones are now also available in Italy, on the Google Store with prices from 649 euros.
We know Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
The Pixel 6 series includes the first phones with the new Android 12 out-of-the-box, the newest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system featuring the new design language called “Material You“, and they come with a major upgrade to the rear camera system over previous generations of Pixel phones: they have the”camera bar“, which is the protruding area on the back of the phone containing all the photo lenses and the LED flash. This new design is a consequence of the fact that the improved sensors and lenses are too large to be integrated into the thickness of the device body. so Google has tried to make it less annoying as possible to see the protrusion of the rear photographic system. The new Pixel 6, moreover, are made with new materials and finisheslike the Pixel 6 Pro’s polished light aluminum frame and the Pixel 6’s matte aluminum finish.
Another important thing, that Google had already anticipated in the past few weeksis that Pixel 6 phones fit Google Tensorthe Mountain View company’s first processorwhich it was designed for “how people use their phones today and how people will use them in the future” as Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President of Google’s Devices & Services business, said“As more and more features are powered by AI and ML, it’s not just about adding more compute resources, it’s about using that ML (machine learning, ed) to unlock specific experiences for our Pixel users. We designed our SoC to make the Pixel even more capable. For example, with Tensor we thought about every piece of the chip and customized it to run Google’s computational photography models. “ What lies behind the Tensor project, according to Google, means completely new features for users, as well as improvements to existing ones.: “Tensor allows us to build the Google phones we’ve always imagined – phones that keep improving, leveraging the most powerful parts of Google, all in a highly personalized experience.” Furthermore, Google promises even higher security levelsthanks to Tensor’s new security core and Titan M2 co-processor.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Design and colors
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Design Tour
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Android 12 and Material You
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Google Tensor
Coming to the technical specifications, Pixel 6 comes with a body of dimensions 158.6×74.8×8.9mm weighing 207 grams while Pixel 6 Pro has a body of dimensions 163.9×75.9×8.9mm with weight of 210 grams. Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch OLED display with FHD + resolution (1080×2400 pixels, 411ppi) with 20: 9 aspect ratio and refresh rate up to 90Hz. Pixel 6 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED display with QHD + resolution (1440×3120 pixels, 512ppi) 19.5: 9 aspect ratio, refresh rate up to 120Hz. Both displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, have a 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio and support 24bit HDR. The displays are interrupted at the top center by a hole that houses the front camera: from 8MP on the Pixel 6, while from 11.1MP on the Pixel 6 Pro.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro both feature the Google Tensor processor with security co-processors but, respectively, are available with 8GB (Pixel 6) and 12GB (Pixel 6 Pro) of RAM while 128 / 256GB (Pixel 6) and 128 / 256 / 512GB (Pixel 6 Pro) of ROM. Both phones offer full connectivity of USB-C, 5G, DualSIM (nanoSIM + eSIM), WiFi 6E (2.4G + 5GHz + 6GHz), bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS (with Glonass, Galileo, Qzss) and are equipped with a fingerprint sensor under the display.
The rear photographic section of Pixel 6 offers a dual-camera with 50MP main lens (Octa PD Quad Bayer, 1.2um pixel, F1.85 aperture, FOV 82, 1.31-inch sensor, Super Res Zoom up to 7x) flanked by a 12MP ultra-wide angle (1.25um pixel, aperture F2.2, FOV 114). The rear photographic section of Pixel 6 Pro offers a triple-chamber with 50MP main lens (Octa PD Quad Bayer, 1.2um pixel, F1.85 aperture, FOV 82, 1.31 inch sensor) flanked by a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens (1.25um pixel, F2.2 aperture, FOV 114 ), from a 48MP telephoto lens (0.8um pixels, FOV 23.5, 1/2 inch image sensor, 4x optical zoom, 20x Super Res Zoom). Both phones have a flash LED on the back and a sensor LDAF for phase detection autofocus, plus support for optical image stabilization (OIS). Both phones can record video up to resolution 4k at 30 / 60fps with the rear photographic compartment, while with the front photographic compartment it is possible to record videos up to 1080p at 30fps with the Pixel 6 and up to 4k at 30fps with the Pixel 6 Pro. At the software level, by the end of the year exclusively for the Pixel 6 Series will come the function “Quick Tap to Snap“for quick sharing on Snapchat. Meanwhile, the ‘Magic Eraser‘allows you to eliminate elements from the photos by filling the void based on what is around (here you can learn more about how it works). Motion mode, on the other hand, offers the new Action Pan and Long Exposure options. Another advance in photography on the Pixel 6 and Google Photos is’Real Tone‘: automatic photo enhancements, powered by artificial intelligence.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Photographic compartment
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Real Tone
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Magic Eraser Demo
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Real Tone and advances in photography
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also have improved speech recognition and language understanding models, which simplify the daily activities of users. For example, you can use your voice to quickly type, edit, and send messages with Assistant voice typing in Messages, Gmail, and other apps. It is also possible to let the Google Assistant add punctuation, make corrections, insert emojis in messages.
And then in the new Pixel 6 there is the “Live Translate“which allows you to send messages to people in different languages, including English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. It works by detecting if a message in chat apps, such as WhatsApp or Snapchat, is different from the default language in the phone and, in that case, it automatically offers a translation. All this detection and processing takes place entirely on the device within “Private Compute Core“, so no data ever leaves the device and it works even without network connectivity. Also present in the Pixel 6 “Interpreter” mode, with which the phone can translate what two people speaking different languages say to each other in turn – 48 languages are supported: for example, two people facing each other can converse each speaking their own language, in turn, addressing the phone , who takes care of translating what he hears in real time, transcribing it and reading it for the other person. This last function can be activated by asking the Google Assistant “Be my interpreter”.
Finally, when you receive an incoming call, simply say “accept” or “decline” without having to use “Ok Google” every time by enabling the feature “Quick sentences“- also works to” stop “and” postpone “alarms and timers.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Speech Recognition
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – Live Translator. Demonstration of interpreter mode
Prices and Availability
Regarding prices and availability, Google after launching the Pixel 6 Series only in the United States on October 28, 2021 – the Pixel 6 with prices from $ 599, and the Pixel 6 Pro with prices from $ 899 – has also made the phones available in Italy. , from February 3, 2022: you can buy them from the Google Store with prices from 649 euros for the Pixel 6, and prices from 899 euros for the Pixel 6 Pro. For the Pixel 6 Pro, initial availability is limited, with additional stock expected to start from the month of May.
Pixel 6 Unboxing
Google Pixel event on October 19, 2021 – Full replay
Article of October 19, 2021 updated on February 3, 2022 following the launch in Italy of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones.