Google Pixel 6 Pro review

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is the company’s first serious attempt at a high-end device capable of competing with the best smartphones on the market today, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, OnePlus 9 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Launched alongside the standard – and significantly less expensive – Google Pixel 6, this new Pro variant is intended to be the company’s pinnacle, packing its new Tensor chipset and other high-end internals, a top-tier camera setup, and a slew of other enhancements.

Google Pixel 6 Pro price and release date

After more than a month of teasers and reveals from the company, the Google Pixel 6 Pro was officially unveiled on October 19. The Pixel 6 Pro will be available in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 28.

The phone is now available for pre-order in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, with Google only stating that it will be “coming soon.”

The Pixel 6 Pro starts at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299 for the 128GB storage model. It will also be available in 256GB and 512GB variants, priced at AU$1,449 and AU$1,599 in Australia, respectively, but we have yet to learn how much these handsets will cost elsewhere.

Design

The Google Pixel 6 phones have a distinct design, with the horizontal camera strip taking up a large portion of the back of the phone. It’s the most notable aspect of the design, and it’s an acquired taste that’s sure to divide opinion.

The strip protrudes from the back of the phone in some way, which may turn some people off – but it undeniably gives the handset a distinct appearance.
Its curved edges ensure that the phone fits comfortably in your hand, though some may find it a little slippery to hold – we discovered that a case could help with that.

Display

The Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.7-inch QHD+ display that is sufficiently large and provides crisp picture quality – the resolution of 1440 x 3120 is a significant improvement over the Pixel 5’s 1080 x 2340 resolution from 2020.

The display has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which means the image on the screen will refresh twice as quickly as on handsets with a’standard’ 60Hz screen, providing a smoother experience when gaming or scrolling through social media feeds.

Cameras

Google’s smartphones are built around the company’s camera technology, and the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera setup appears to be the best yet, with a 50MP wide camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 48MP telephoto shooter.

That telephoto camera has an optical zoom range of up to 4x, and in our initial testing, we discovered that it produced detailed images with little effort.

Battery life and performance

The Pixel 6 Pro is the company’s first phone to use Google’s own silicon rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets. Tensor is the name of the chipset that is available here.

We don’t know what the Tensor chip offers that isn’t provided by Snapdragon processors, but Google is promising top-tier power for those who require a phone with plenty of grunt.

An early decision

The Pixel 6 Pro has a distinct design that you’ll either love or despise, but many of its features look genuinely exciting based on our brief hands-on time, implying that this phone will be able to compete with some of the market’s best handsets.

We’re looking forward to thoroughly testing the phone and confirming whether or not that’s the case, so keep an eye out for our full Google Pixel 6 Pro review.