- The difference in pricing between the $600 Pixel 6 and the $900 Pixel 6 Pro is $300.
- The screen size, battery size, additional memory, and an extra zoom lens in the Pro variant are the key differences between them.
- The design of the two phones also differs slightly.
When it comes to choosing between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which both arrive on October 28, there are three important considerations to consider.
The first consideration is screen size. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have 6.4-inch and 6.7-inch screens, respectively. The second consideration is whether they desire a telephoto zoom lens, which is only available on the Pixel 6 Pro.
The third factor is cost. The Pixel 6 starts at $600 while the Pixel 6 Pro starts at $900, a $300 difference between the two phones. That’s a major difference, so we’re digging in to see what else the Pixel 6 Pro has to offer besides a bigger screen and a telephoto zoom lens.
Performance and specifications
Looking at the specifications, there isn’t much that distinguishes the two smartphones. The Pixel 6 Pro has a 12GB memory (RAM) advantage over the Pixel 6, which only has 8GB. We don’t expect a huge difference, though.
Both phones have the same main and ultrawide cameras, ensuring that standard and ultrawide photographs are of equal quality. The Pixel 6 Pro also lacks advanced camera technologies like laser focusing and OIS (optical image stabilization). The software and camera modes are also identical.
The Pixel 6 Pro contains a third 4x zoom lens that can digitally zoom up to 20x.
In comparison to the Pixel 6, which has a 1080p screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, the Pixel 6 Pro sports a 1440p screen with a smoother 120Hz refresh rate. Anything more than 1080p, in our experience, is barely noticeable in a smartphone, if at all. Even with a 90Hz refresh rate, the experience is much smoother than the typical 60Hz we’ve gotten accustomed to.
Because one model is larger than the other, the battery sizes are also different. Google, on the other hand, asserts that both phones “can last beyond 24 hours,” implying that their battery life is comparable.
The Pixel 6 differs slightly from the Pixel 6 Pro in terms of design, other from being smaller and having two cameras instead of three.
The Pixel 6 has a black aluminum frame with a frosted matte texture, whereas the Pixel 6 Pro has a highly polished stainless steel frame that feels more premium.
The Pixel 6‘s bezels around the screen are also somewhat bigger, while the Pixel 6 Pro‘s screen edges are slightly curved compared to the Pixel 6‘s flat screen.
These aesthetic differences give the Pixel 6 Pro a luxury feel, but they’re minor in comparison to more significant distinctions like screen size and the extra zoom lens. If you’re considering the Pixel 6, there shouldn’t be a compelling incentive to upgrade to the Pixel 6 Pro.
To summarize, paying $300 more for the Pixel 6 Pro gets you a larger phone with a slightly more expensive design, 4GB of more RAM, and a 4x telephoto zoom lens.
Because we haven’t completely evaluated the new Pixels, it’s difficult to say whether the Pixel 6 Pro is worth the $300 increase. The Pixel 6‘s direct competitors are the $800 iPhone 13 and the $800 Samsung Galaxy S21, so we can say that $600 is a really good price for something with so many features. Depending on how our tests go, the Pixel 6 appears to be the clear victor for the majority of users.
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