Google Pixel 6 Pro: 5 Reasons I’m Excited About A Big Google Phone
Love the compact size of the Google Pixel 5 because it fits into my pandemic coronavirus work-from-home lifestyle and wanting a smaller but capable phone that I could just slip into my pocket while going for my fix daily exercise mandated by the government. But now that the world is opening up again, I have reverted to bigger Android phones, which is why the official Google Pixel 6 Pro announcement caught my eye.
Google’s XL Pixel phones in the past offered serious flagship specs in an ideal form factor for doing things on the go thanks to its larger, sharper screen and larger battery compared to the Pixel 4. So, see Google reverting to a bigger Pixel phone brought a smile to the tired face of this tech reporter.
However, Google hasn’t revealed all of the specs or many details about what capabilities to expect from the Pixel 6 Pro. This will happen in the fall, when the Pixel 6 phones are unveiled.
So that left me thinking about what I’m looking forward to and I would really like the Pixel 6 Pro to scare me away from Samsung flagships and my current phone of choice, the Oppo Find X3 Pro.
Pixel 6 Pro: 120Hz high refresh rate display
The Google Pixel 4 XL brought a 90Hz high refresh rate display to Google phones. But after using a suite of 120Hz Android handsets for the past year or so, I’m now fully on Team High Refresh. So 90 Hz is good but it no longer cuts the mustard.
While the standard Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch 90Hz display, the Pixel 6 Pro’s 6.71-inch AMOLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate, so I’m really looking forward to it. use a pretty much unfettered version of Android 12 running at 120Hz, which I didn’t have access to before thanks to other phone makers insisting on putting their own UI on top of Android.
Since Pixel phones have always been easy to use thanks to Google optimization, I would expect the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen to make scrolling through Android apps and menus smoother than a covered eel. butter.
Pixel 6 Pro: Telephoto Return
The Pixel 4 saw Google go for a dual-camera matrix on the back that sported a primary lens and a telephoto lens, rather than the likely combination of a primary lens and an ultra-wide-angle camera. As someone who prefers to use mobility to fit more into a frame rather than put up with the distortion of ultra-wide photos, I was okay with that choice; other reviewers disagreed.
With the Pixel 5, Google apparently gave in to the pressure and replaced the phone’s camera with an ultra-wide camera. But with the Pixel 6 Pro, we’re ready to get the best of both worlds, with its rear camera array including a 50 MP main camera and 48 MP telephoto lens and 12 MP ultra-wide snapper. You will get 4X optical zoom, and that makes me happy.
I rather like to take close-up shots, and while macro lenses tend to be disappointing, I find that proper optical zoom is very useful for getting the semi-artistic photos I want, add a layer of the computer photography from Google and I’m excited to see what the Pixel 6 Pro’s telephoto lens could do.
Pixel 6 Pro: a boost in photo and video capture
It stands to reason that a new Pixel phone will offer improved photographic cuts compared to its predecessor. But with the new AI-centric Tensor chip, Google has the opportunity to accelerate its image signal processing and intelligent computer photography even further.
So I hope and look forward to seeing a serious leap in camera quality. The camera system in tandem with the Tensor chip will make capturing fast moving subjects less complicated. But I’m also excited to see what Google could do with the way it handles high-contrast photos and difficult scenes with lots of highlights and shadows. As it stands, the iPhone 12 Pro Max tops our list of the best camera phones, but I’m hoping to see Google reclaim its crown of smartphone photography.
More than that, I can’t wait to see what Google can do with video. The Pixel 5 hits the pinnacle of 4K video capture at 60fps, which is easily beaten by the higher resolution and frame rate capture seen in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21. So I expect Google to step up the video department, but I’m also excited to see how its AI technology can be applied to achieve better video footage. For example, the Tensor chip is designed to help detect sunsets and capture them more accurately than other camera phones.
I haven’t yet found a smartphone that makes video capturing as easy and efficient as my iPhone 12. But if the Tensor chip can add a new level of intelligent processing to handle smooth transitions from bright areas to dark areas and better dealing with changes in contrast, I will look very favorably on the Pixel 6 Pro.
Pixel 6 Pro: more intelligence with the Tensor chip
Google has touted the Tensor chip as being mostly AI-centric, but it hasn’t gone into much detail on what additional intelligent capabilities the chipset might enable. And I hope Google will really work with the AI in the Pixel 6 Pro.
I already find the Google Assistant to be quite smart, but when I wearily tell it to set multiple alarms, it gets a little confusing. So I want the Tensor chip to give the assistant the computer brain to figure out what I mean based on my previous alarm habits. But I also want it to go further.
Google has access to my calendar, so I want it to know when I’m going to work and when I’m on vacation to automatically set an alarm if I pass out before barking an order to the virtual assistant.
Beyond that, I’d love to see the Pixel 6 Pro deliver a smarter overall Pixel experience. While I know the Pixel 5 uses AI to help with battery optimization, I never really noticed a huge difference. With the Pixel 6 Pro, I would really like to see AI technology double down on such things and really point out that advanced machine learning is at work.
The same goes for various recommendation features, like that of the Discover news feed or YouTube videos. I really want the Pixel 6 Pro to give me some really compelling information and content, not just basic recommendations based on my browsing history; Google has improved in this area, but I can’t wait to see how the Tensor chip can speed things up.
Likewise, I don’t just want to see existing smart features improve; Rather, I want to see a tangible difference in the smart things the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could offer thanks to its sophisticated chip.
The Pixel 5 has a nice OLED display, but unlike other phones, it has few valuable features to really harness the capabilities of the display. There is no AI mixing to take standard video content and turn it into HDR or any other sharp technology. Compared to my Find X3 Pro, watching videos or playing mobile games is arguably a premium experience.
So I’d love to see the Tensor chip use its AI power to intelligently refine and enhance colors and contrast in videos and games.
Google Stadia may be a bit of a black sheep in the game streaming world. But I’d love to see it built into the Pixel 6 Pro, perhaps with the Tensor chip using its power and intelligence to handle some of the gaming processing on the phone, overcoming some of the shortcomings of streaming over poor Wi-Fi. or a cellular connection. Such a technique, if possible, could be applied to video streaming services to alleviate quality issues and artifacts when stuck with streaming in less than ideal connection situations.
Google Pixel 6 Pro: Outlook
Some of these Pixel 6 Pro features are confirmed, while others can be a bit ambitious. But I’m pretty hopeful that Google has a very interesting and appropriate flagship phone with the Pixel 6 Pro, I can’t wait to get my hands on this device, which could be a contender for our best Android phone list.