GOOGLE has unveiled two brand new smartphones to rival the iPhone 13.
The supercharged Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are official – and they’re surprisingly cheap.
Google’s two new smartphones are bona fide iPhone 13 rivalsCredit: Google
The Pixel 6 Pro (left) and Pixel 6 (right) seen alongside each otherCredit: Google
Both phones come with a Google-built chip and the latest Android 12 software.
The Pixel 6 is the cheaper of the pair at $599/£599 – cheaper than the $699/£679 iPhone 13 Mini.
And the Pixel 6 Pro is $899/£849, also undercutting the $999/£949 iPhone 13 Pro – and the more equivalent iPhone 13 Pro Max ($1,099/£1,049).
The idea is that the Pixel 6 is for everyday buyers, and the Pro model is for people who want more from their phone – and are willing to pay extra for it.
Google Pixel 6 – $599 / £599
The Google Pixel 6 is the entry-level model this year, with a slick new design.
It’s got a full-screen 6.4-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.
The 90Hz screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and is “always on” so you can check the time quickly.
You get a 24-hour battery life, rising to 48 hours with Extreme Battery Saver mode.
And fast-charging its you 30% of power in 30 minutes.
Powering the device is the custom-built Google Tensor chip – a clear rival to Apple’s A-Series processor.
You get 8GB of RAM and options of 128GB or 256GB storage.
There’s a 50-megapixel wide camera on the back, paired with a 12-megapixel ultra wide camera.
The front camera is also wide-angle (but not ultra-wide) with an 8-megapixel resolution.
The rear camera can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second.
And there’s a fingerprint scanner under the display.
It’s got USB-C charging, a Dual SIM design, and supports 5G speeds.
You can get Stormy Black, Sorta Seafood, and Kinda Coral colour options.
The Pixel 6 runs on Android 12, with a new design and features.
One neat trick is that your entire UI can now update to match your wallpaper.
The automated theme will change colours across the board to fit with whatever you’ve chosen.
Google Pixel 6 Pro – $899 / $£849
The Pixel 6 Pro is very similar to the Pixel 6, but with some key and welcome changes.
For a start, the screen is bigger at 6.76-inches.
And it’s a 120Hz “smooth” display with a more pixel-dense QHD+ (1440 x 3120) display.
In addition to the Pixel 6 camera, you get a 48-megapixel telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom.
And there’s an ultra-wide front camera that’s capable of recording 4K video too.
Digital zoom on video is also boosted from 7x to 20x on the Pro model.
Battery life is roughly the same, although you get even faster charging – up to 50% in 30 minutes.
Memory is boosted to 12GB (up from 8GB), but storage options remain the same.
And it’s all powered by the same speedy Google Tensor chip on the Pixel 6.
In most other ways, the phone is identical to the Pixel 6.
The big advantages are the bigger and better display, the more powerful camera, a higher memory allowance, and the faster charging.
For an extra $300/£250, that’s more than fair for a lot of buyers.
But people who aren’t too fussed will probably get on just fine with the impressive Pixel 6.
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