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Google Pixel 6 Pro: Good smartphones do not have to be expensive

Google Pixel 6 Pro with triple-camera array
Google Pixel 6 Pro with triple-camera array
The Google Pixel 6 Pro is another high-end smartphone that is not only cheaper than many of its competitors but one that also comes with the promise of a long update cycle. And while it does have some minor shortcomings most of them are irrelevant for everyday use.

The Pixel 6 Pro is Google’s latest smartphone, and it fits right in with its high-end competitors. It features a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and a very high peak brightness. Powered by Google’s own Tensor SoC and 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM this Pixel phone is very well equipped for future usability, especially considering that it comes with Google’s promise of three years of feature and a total of five years of security updates.

Without a doubt its highlight is the rear-facing camera array. In addition to a 50 MP main camera, it also includes an ultra-wide-angle lens as well as a 4x optical zoom lens, all of which took very good photos. Having said that we would have preferred some extra video recording options and capabilities. At least the Pixel 6 Pro can record videos in 4K with 60 FPS, unlike the Pixel 6.

And even though the display is very bright and color-accurate it does not support the latest adaptive refresh rate technology currently available as it only allows to switch between 60 and 120 Hz with no refresh rates below or in between. Some competitors can adjust their display’s refresh rate down to ten or even one hertz in order to conserve precious energy.

We also did not particularly like the Pixel 6 Pro’s optical fingerprint reader and would have wished for one that was more accurate and reliable. Those who have had the pleasure to experience a faster fingerprint reader will notice the difference immediately.

Nevertheless, the overall experience offered by the Google Pixel 6 Pro is excellent, particularly given its slightly lower prices when compared to its competitors. With an official MSRP of $899 the phone is already cheaper than many competitors, and some retailers, such as Amazon, have already started offering various discounts.

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-04-15 (Update: 2022-04-13)