Google Pixel 6 Pro review

The Pixel 6 Pro puts Google back on the flagship camera phone map

5 Star Rating
Google Pixel 6 Pro
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Google’s first flagship in years has a lot to prove. The Pixel 5 was great, but definitely wasn’t a top-end smartphone, and the Pixel 4 missed the mark for us, with rehashed camera hardware and overheating internals. With the Pixel 6 Pro, Google hits the target. Its camera system has had a hardware refresh, it’s the first Pixel to get a periscope zoom camera, and its design is nothing short of striking. While Google’s Tensor chipset gets hot on first setup and with intense gaming, day to day, we found everything from performance to photography to be impressive on Google’s top-tier flagship – a hands down win for Google.


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    Natural, reliable photo processing

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    Striking design and we love it

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    Big, bold, punchy screen

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    Uncluttered Android experience


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    Can get warm with heavy use

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    Battery weak at first, then improves

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    Ultra-wide lens is fixed-focus

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The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were announced months ago. In fact, the phones themselves were secondary announcements to Tensor, Google’s new chipset, which replaces Qualcomm’s chips in the new flagship line. With a global silicon shortage having been on the cards for a while, it’s little wonder Google, like Apple is bringing its chips in-house, but that isn’t the only new thing about the Pixel 6 line. 

The two new Pixels feature shiny, sleek, novel designs. There’s a raised camera strip around the back akin to Geordi La Forge’s visor, and unlike the Pixel 5, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are Gorilla Glass and metal delights. Add a new camera 50MP sensor across both phones, a periscope zoom camera on the Pixel 6 Pro, not to mention the return of an ultrawide selfie camera, and it’s clear Google isn’t going for midrange this time around.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.