Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Pixel 6: Rumoured differences

(Pocket-lint) - Google is working on the the Pixel 6[1] and the Pixel 6 Pro, both of which are expected to be announced on 19 October 2021. The two have leaked extensively over the last few months and we've had some official details from Google itself too, so we have some indication as to what we can expect. Here is how the Google Pixel 6 is rumoured to compare to the Google Pixel 6 Pro[2], based on what we have heard and know so far.

Design

  • Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm, 11.8mm with bump
  • Pixel 6 Pro: 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, 11.5mm with bump

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro share a similar design, though there appear to be some variations between the two models.

Both will have a prominent horizontal camera housing that spans the entire width of the rear, but the Pixel 6 will have dual camera while the 6 Pro will have a triple camera. The flash module sits on the right of the lenses within the housing. It seems both will sport an under-display fingerprint sensor[3], along with a centralised punch hole camera[4] at the top of the display, but the Pixel 6 will have a flat screen, while the 6 Pro will have a slight curve to its display.

The Pixel 5 is IP68 rated, which the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected to be, based on leaks. It's not clear if the Pixel 6 will also offer this as yet, though we'd expect it to be. In terms of size, the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to be the larger device.

The Pro will also have a polished aluminium finish and come in black, white, and a yellow colour, while the Pixel 6 will be matte and come in black/grey, blue/green and orange/red colour options.

Display

  • Pixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz
  • Pixel 6 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, 120Hz

The Google Pixel 6 is said to be coming with a 6.4-inch display, which as we mentioned, is flat. It's claimed it will sport a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.  The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, is expected to come with a 6.7-inch curved LTPO display, which makes it a little bigger and more distinctive than the standard model. It's thought it will come with a Quad HD+ resolution and a variable refresh rate[5] between 10Hz and 120Hz.

It's not clear the standard model may not offer the adaptive refresh rate. We're expecting HDR support[6] on both models as the Pixel 5[7] offers this.

Hardware and specs

Pixel 6: Google own Tensor chip, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 
Pixel 6 Pro: Google own Tensor chip, 12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage, 5000mAh Both the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will feature the company's own system-on-chip, called Tensor[8].

It's been designed with security in mind, and all the artificial intelligence and machine learning applications will run on it - from computational photography to real time translation. Google claimed it will offer 80 per cent faster performance than the Pixel 5, which runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset.  The Pixel 6 is said to be coming with 8GB RAM and 128GB and 256GB storage options, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have 12GB RAM and storage options of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage. The Pixel 6 is reported to be coming with a 4614mAh battery, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have a slightly larger 5000mAh battery.

Both are expected to support 23W wireless charging and 30W wired charging.

Cameras

  • Pixel 6: Dual camera (50MP+12MP), 8MP front
  • Pixel 6 Pro: Triple camera (50MP+48MP+12MP), 12MP front

The Google Pixel 6 will come with a dual camera, which we know from the official images. Reports have claimed there will be a 50-megapixel main camera, coupled with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor, though nothing is confirmed on this front. The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, will come with a triple rear camera, which will apparently offer the same 50-megapixel main sensor and 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor as the Pixel 6, but add a 48-megapixel periscope sensor to the mix.

Google has said it will be a 4x optical telephoto lens but that's all that's been made official for now. A leak does suggest it will offer 20x digital zoom though. It's also been claimed the front camera will support 4K video recording.

It's not clear if this will be on both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, or just the Pro model however. The Pixel 6 is said to have an 8-megapixel front camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have a 12-megapixel front camera with a 94-degree field of view.

Conclusion

For now, most of the core details are based on speculation regarding the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. We do know the two devices will sport very similar designs though, with the Pro model offering a slightly more premium finish with a curved display, as well as triple rear camera.

The 6 Pro is also expected to have a slightly larger display and higher resolution, as well as more RAM and a larger battery capacity. The Pixel 6 is likely to be cheaper than the 6 Pro however, and the two devices will run the same hardware in terms of chipset. We'll update this feature as official details are revealed.

For now, you can read all about the Pixel 6[9] in our separate feature and the Pixel 6 Pro in another feature[10].

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.

Originally published on 26 May 2021.

References

  1. ^ the Pixel 6 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  2. ^ Google Pixel 6 Pro (www.pocket-lint.com)
  3. ^ under-display fingerprint sensor (www.pocket-lint.com)
  4. ^ punch hole camera (www.pocket-lint.com)
  5. ^ refresh rate (www.pocket-lint.com)
  6. ^ HDR support (www.pocket-lint.com)
  7. ^ Pixel 5 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  8. ^ called Tensor (www.pocket-lint.com)
  9. ^ read all about the Pixel 6 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  10. ^ Pixel 6 Pro in another feature (www.pocket-lint.com)