After months of anticipation, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are finally official. These handsets have a lot of AI tricks up their sleeves thanks to the new Tensor chip, so let's take a look at the top 10 features that truly separate the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro from the competition.
Magic eraser One of the coolest camera features of the Pixel 6 is the magic eraser which lets users remove unwanted distractions from the background of a photo. What’s unique about it is that it can also automatically detect objects in a picture that you may want to remove.
This feature isn't something totally new, but with Google’s Tensor chip and AI prowess, you can count on it to work even better here.
Face deblur Google is attempting to fix a common photography problem with the Pixel 6, blurry faces when people are in motion. To do it, you just tap on a shot in your gallery that isn’t quite sharp and if there’s a “face deblur” option: boom.
Motion mode is all about making movement come through in your snapshots. With this feature, the Pixel 6 will identify the subject, figure out what's moving, and add a blur effect for that speedy look. There are two versions of Motion Mode, The first is “Action Pan.” It puts focus on a moving object and adds “creative blur” to the background of the shot. The other option is “Long Exposure” which can create light trails at night or other neat effects all without the need for a tripod.
Traditionally, it has been extremely hard to get the exposure to look good for photos where multiple faces appear in the photo — especially if the faces all have different skin tones. So Google worked with image experts and tuned the white balance, exposure and algorithms on the Pixel 6. So that the photos work for everyone, of every skin tone and in particular people with darker skin tones.
Pixel 6 can translate the text as you type instantly in other languages. The phone can also translate messages someone sends to you. It can detect when text in a chat app, such as WhatsApp or Snapchat, is in a different language to your own one, and it offers a translation. And the best thing about this is that it happens offline, which means you don't need an internet connection for this. Also, the Pixel 6 can act as an Interpreter in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish, fully offline. Plus it can also translate YouTube videos, podcasts, and more in captions.
Longest software support
OS upgrades Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will have the longest software support in the Android ecosystem, even more than Samsung's flagships. Google says they will provide 5 years of security updates but unlike the rumors, the phone will receive 3 Operating system upgrades. The industry leader Samsung also offers 3 OS upgrades so Google is still in line with them, but it would have been great if it was 4 like the rumors suggested.
Charging the Pixel 6 is going to be a breeze. Google will offer 30W fast wired charging, and 23W wireless charging with the new Pixel stand that has fans for active cooling. You can do 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes with wired charging.
The biggest upgrade of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is hands down Google's own Tensor chip. All the AI software features that I've mentioned so far are possible because of this chip. It's 80% faster than Pixel 5 in CPU and a massive 370% faster in GPU because Google is using a 20 core GPU here, which is even more than the Galaxy S21 Ultra's 14 core GPU.
We don't have benchmark numbers to see how this compares to Qualcomm's best but like Google said benchmarks aren't an indication of the real-life tests. Tensor appears to offer everything we'd want in a new mobile chip: Fast speeds, and plenty of forward-thinking AI features.
Adaptive Smooth Curved Display
120Hz The Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.7" QHD+ curved AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate. This is an adaptive refresh rate, which means it can switch anywhere between 10Hz to 120Hz depending on the content being displayed to preserve battery life. Camera The Pixel 6 Pro is also seeing a huge upgrade in camera. It can capture 150 percent more light than the Pixel 5 thanks to a large 50MP sensor.
There's a 12MP ultrawide camera and a third telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom that can do 20x super res zoom. Google has also improved the video capabilities of the handset. Here's a sample they shared, and the HDR here looks better than ever. All in all, at just $899 the Pixel 6 Pro marks a real entry of Google in the smartphone market, and Samsung and Apple should watch out because it looks like Google is all set to steal some of their market shares.