5 reasons I’m excited about a big Google Phone: Google Pixel 6 Pro

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Google’s XL Pixel phones in the past offered serious flagship specs in a form factor that was ideal for getting stuff done on the go thanks to its larger and sharper screen and bigger battery over the Pixel 4. So seeing Google return to a larger Pixel phone brought a smile to this tech journalist’s weary face. Plus: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE just spotted in certification listings as launch nears.

The Pixel 6 Pro has the potential to be the greatest pure Android phone to date. I like the Google Pixel 5’s tiny size because it fits with my coronavirus pandemic lifestyle of working from home and needing a smaller but functional phone that I could easily put into my pocket while getting my government-mandated daily dosage of exercise. But now that the world is opening up again, I’m back to bigger Android phones, which is why the official introduction of the Google Pixel 6 Pro drew my attention.


  • While the standard Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch 90Hz display, the Pixel 6 Pro’s 6.71-inch AMOLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate. So I’m really looking forward to using a pretty much unfettered version of Android 12 running at a super slick 120Hz, something I’ve not have access to before thanks to other phone makers insisting on putting their own user interface on top of Android.

  • However, Google hasn’t revealed all the specs or much detail into the capabilities of what to expect from the Pixel 6 Pro. That’ll come sometime in the fall when the Pixel 6 phones get a full reveal. So that’s left me thinking about what I’m looking forward to and I would really like to see from the Pixel 6 Pro to make me shun Samsung flagships and my current phone of choice, the Oppo Find X3 Pro. The Google Pixel 4 XL brought in a 90Hz high refresh rate display to Google phones. But having used a suite of 120Hz Android handsets over the past year I’m now fully on Team High Refresh. So 90Hz is nice but doesn’t cut the mustard anymore.

With the Pixel 5, Google seemingly caved to pressure and swapped out the telephone camera for an ultra-wide one. But with the Pixel 6 Pro, we’re set to get the best of both worlds, with it’s rear camera array comprising a 50MP main camera and a 48MP telephoto lens and 12MP ultra-wide snapper. You’ll get a 4X optical zoom, and that makes me happy.

Given Pixel phones have always felt smooth to use thanks to Google’s optimization, I’m expecting the Pixel 6 Pro’s display to make flitting through Android apps and menus feel slicker than an eel covered in butter. The Pixel 4 saw Google opt for a dual-camera array on its rear that sported a main lens and a telephoto lens, rather than the likely pairing of a main lens and ultra wide angle camera. As someone who prefers to use mobility to fit more into a frame rather than put up with the distortion of ultra wide photos, I was okay with this choice; other reviewers disagreed.

I rather like taking close up shots, and while macro lenses tend to be a letdown, I find a proper optical zoom quite useful for getting the semi-arty shots I want, Add in a layer of Google’s computational photography and I’m excited to see what the telephoto camera on the Pixel 6 Pro could do.


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