At its fall event on Tuesday, Google unveiled the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which feature custom tensor processors and are the first major camera upgrade for Google phones since the Pixel 3.
How Google's tensors custom chip will perform is the biggest question mark — Google says it's comparable to the Snapdragon 888, but it's not even Qualcomm's most powerful chip yet, and Qualcomm is holding an event in November that could show off the updated chip.
Some may have noticed that Samsung will be updating its mainstream Galaxy S line in a few months. While this may not be a problem for those looking to buy a phone right away, it's worth remembering if you're willing to wait a while for an upgrade. Samsung could spark controversy in a few months. But now, the Pixel 6 is cheaper than its competitors and has a better look than most of them. It's comparable in size to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which is good news if you like bigger phones — but not so good if you like more compact phones like the original Pixel or iPhone Mini. While the Pixel 6's battery isn't low, it's a little odd that Google didn't choose to make it bigger.
Still, the phone starts at $599, and like the regular Pixel 6, the Pro's price gives it a lot of benefits, especially when many of its competitors are priced above $1,000. We've also seen Google join the megapixel race started by Android phone makers, eventually dropping the 12-megapixel sensor. The Pixel 6 Pro also has top-of-the-line multitasking memory, and the battery is nothing to sneeze at.
Overall, this is a phone that fits many of the characteristics of a flagship Android phone — it has mmWave 5G, a 120Hz 1440p display, and promising camera specs. As always, though, stay tuned for a full review of the Pixel 6 Pro to see if it's equal to the sum of its parts.