Two months after Google officially showed off its upcoming Pixel devices, it announced how much the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro would cost exactly. The lower-spec Pixel 6 will set customers back $599 while the Pixel 6 Pro will cost $899. Each of the phones is powered by Google’s new Tensor chip which has been designed to boost Google’s AI capabilities and they both feature the distinctive Camera Bar.
Google has already outlined the new abilities of its Tensor chip so now it’d be an ideal time to focus on what the Camera Bar delivers. Both phones feature a 1/1.3 inch sensor on the back which captures up to 150% more light compared to the primary camera on the Pixel 5. This ensures that your pictures and videos pick up greater detail and use richer colours.
Accompanying the main camera are new ultrawide lenses that feature larger sensors meaning your photos still look great when you want to fit more in. If you’re lucky enough to pick up a Pixel 6 Pro, you’ll also get a telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom and up to 20x zoom with Pixel’s improved Super Res Zoom. In terms of video, both models are capable of capturing in 4K.
While the hardware is nice, Google has included several software solutions that professional photographers will find very helpful. Probably the most impressive software tool is Magic Eraser which Pixel 6 owners can use through Google Photos. It lets you make a ring around items that you wished weren’t in your shot and as if by magic they’re removed from the photo.
Other nice features available with these cameras include Motion Mode which offers you tools such as Action Pan and Long Exposure which bring movement to shots and Real Tone which attempts to take more equitable photos. According to Google, cameras have been designed to take photos of people with light skin for decades and with Real Tone it hopes that photos will look good no matter a person’s skin colour.
Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro come with Android 12 which has received a significant revamp compared to Android 11. Both phones also have great security features with the inclusion of the next generation Titan M2TM which works to protect your data, PINs and passwords. To ensure you get more bang for your buck, Google has promised to supply five years worth of security updates to these devices, although, it’s not clear how many Android upgrades that includes.
You can pre-order these devices now from the Google Store, they will ship out on October 28.