Google Pixel 6 Pro: A world apart from its predecessors

New smartphone feels like a premium device with its excellent camera and Tensor chip

Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 50 megapixel camera. Photograph: Google/AFP via Getty Images

Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 50 megapixel camera. Photograph: Google/AFP via Getty Images

If you’ve been following the evolution of Google’s Pixel smartphone range, one thing should be clear: the new Google Pixel 6 Pro is a world apart from its predecessors. And it’s not just because it is the first of its smartphones to have the Google designed Tensor chip that gives the new phones some serious smarts when it comes to artificial intelligence, or that Google has also included its new Titan M2 security chip to help protect users from phishing attacks and other threats.

It also feels more like a high-end phone. Whereas the Pixel 5 was a good mid-range phone made with mid-range materials, the Pixel 6 Pro feels like a premium device. It has Gorilla Glass Victus on the front of the 6.7 inch OLED display, with the 11.1 megapixel selfie camera merely a hole punch in the screen. The rear of the phone is also Gorilla Glass Victus, which is said to be its toughest yet – although I didn’t fancy testing out that theory with the drop test.

The Pixel 6 Pro, the larger of the two Pixels announced, is eye-catching. Google’s first proper flagship smartphone has made a feature out of something that most smartphone makers are trying to blend in; instead of trying to hide the camera array, Google has put a very obvious and large camera bar across the back of its devices.

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