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Google Brings New Tricks to Smartphones

If you’ve seen any of the “major” virtual events from Cupertino in recent years you’d be thinking innovation is dying in the smartphone space. Today however, Google has taken the wraps off their latest smartphones and the innovation is on the inside.

Introducing Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Let’s get the specifications out of the way. The 5G enabled Pixel 6 has two cameras on the rear – 50MP and 12MP ultrawide with a single front facing camera. It has a 6.4inch FHD+ display which can shift between 60-90Hz for smooth motion. It has 8GB of RAM and packs 128GB of storage at the ground floor.

The Pixel 6 Pro naturally takes it up a notch. It adds a third camera at the rear with 48MP and 4X Optical zoom and upgrades the front camera to 11.1MP Ultrawide which is capable of 4K video. The display is larger at 6.7inches and is a QHD+ OLED. Refresh rates shift from as low as 10Hz up to 120Hz to improve battery life where necessary. RAM is upgraded to 12GB, it houses a bigger battery and it adds the latest 5G Sub 6 & mmWave support, something not seen in any other smartphone to date.

Long-term investment

Google isn’t looking for customers to upgrade every year when it comes to the Pixel 6. Given it has hardware on the premium side and 5G technology that is largely still being rolled out, it’s relatively future proof. Google is backing that up with five years of security updates and software updates will be received before other Android smartphones.

Your New Translator

We’ve all used Google Translate before but what if it was really embedded into your smartphone. The Pixel 6 will do live translations of languages on your device in real-time without using the internet. A friend in Japan could text you in Japanese and it would appear in English automatically. Your English response would be sent back in Japanese. This all happens on the device and is not sent to Google to do the work. The same technology works when you point the camera at foreign signs, menus, business cards etc.

Why 5G Sub 6 & mmWave is Important

This may be overlooked by many however the fact the Pixel 6 Pro has this new connectivity enabled means that true 5G can be experienced. This technology is already being rolled out by Telstra across Australia with an expected 200 locations to have this enabled before 2022. In a test carried out recently the Pixel 6 Pro hit over 3.6 Gbps download speed using the Telstra mmWave network. Fast enough to make your head spin. No attachment will be too big and no video will download slowly again. Even with this said, Google says users can easily expect 24 hours of battery life.

Beyond the Camera Lenses

Having multiple cameras on the back of a smartphone isn’t new. Where the Pixel 6 is shining though is in the camera software. Magic Eraser will allow you to remove objects or people ruining the background of your photo with a simple touch. This feature will also work on existing photos in your Google Photos library or even ones downloaded to the device. Motion capture will allow you to take a photo of a moving object and retain the motion blur while keeping the object in focus. This means a moving car won’t look stationary in your photos. Face Unblur will allow you to take photos of your fidgeting kids and still get a great shot. You’ll also still have the Night Sight feature which creates some of the best low light photos we’ve seen, based on the Pixel 5.

Sounds Expensive…

The Pixel 6 will start at $999 AUD and the 6 Pro at $1,299 both with 128GB of storage. The base model iPhone 13 will cost you $1,349 and the iPhone 13 Pro is $1,699. There is money to be saved here and you’ll actually have a phone that looks like a new model.