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Google unveiled its new Pixel 6 line on Tuesday, with its range of smartphones now running its own Tensor processor. Here’s how the giant’s latest search engine compares to Apple’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
On Tuesday, Google formally unveiled the Pixel 6. Teasing at Google I / O over the summer, the new smartphone should be a departure for the company, as instead of relying on a Snapdragon processor, it uses something completely new: Google’s designed chip.
Launching a month after Apple’s product line update, it’s worth comparing what Google has to offer with its main opposition, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
|Google Pixel 6||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro|
|Price (starting)||$ 599||$ 799||$ 999|
|Dimensions (inches)||6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4||5.78 x 2.82 x 0.30||5.78 x 2.82 x 0.30|
|Processor||Google Tensor||A15 Bionic||A15 Bionic|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Display||6.4-inch always-on OLED||6.1-inch Super Retina XDR||6.1-inch Super Retina XDR with ProMotion|
|Resolution||2,400 x 1,080, 411 PPI||2,778 x 1,128, 458 PPI||2,778 x 1,128, 458 PPI|
|Biometrics||Unlock with a fingerprint below the screen||Face ID||Face ID|
|rear cameras||12MP ultra-wide,
50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer Wide,
4K 60FPS HDR with Dolby Vision,
4K 60FPS HDR with Dolby Vision,
ProRes 4K 30fps,
|Front camera||8MP||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth|
|Battery life||24+ hours||Until 7 p.m.||Until 10 p.m.|
|Luke||USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1||Lightning||Lightning|
|Colors||Variety Seafoam, Kinda Coral, Stormy Black||Starlight, midnight, blue, pink, (PRODUCT) red||Graphite, Silver, Gold, Sierra Blue|
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro – physical dimensions
As the two middle ones in Apple’s iPhone 13 offering, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have a difference in this comparison because they have many similarities. It starts with physical design.
Both the iPhone 13 and Pro are 5.78 inches long and 2.92 inches wide. They are also 0.3 inches thick.
The Pixel 6 is slightly larger, 6.2 inches tall, but slightly thinner at 2.9 inches. In terms of thickness, it is much denser than the iPhone, 0.4 inches.
In terms of weight, the iPhone 13 is the lightest, with 6.14 ounces, followed by the iPhone 13 Pro with 7.19 ounces. Of course, the larger Pixel 6 is also the heaviest, at 7.3 ounces.
Although size is the deciding factor in weight, so is construction. While the iPhone 13 uses an aluminum frame for aerospace, and the iPhone 13 Pro opts for surgical stainless steel, Google opted for the “tactile alloy frame”.
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro – Screens
One of the reasons for Google’s difference in size is its screen, which is simply larger than Apple’s version.
Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro use a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR screen, an OLED panel that supports HDR, True Tone, Wide Color P3 and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000: 1. The iPhone 13 has a maximum brightness of 800 nits for normal content, while for HDR it increases to 1200 nits.
The Pro goes further, offering 1,000 nits of typical brightness with the same 1,200 nit HDR ceiling. Furthermore, it supports ProMotion, allowing it to change the screen refresh rate on the fly, at speeds up to 120Hz.
Google’s 6.4-inch screen is larger, with a contrast ratio greater than 1,000.00: 1, HDR support and can run up to 90Hz if needed. The screen is also always on, so users can easily see short notifications without having to light up the entire screen.
Although larger, Google does not outperform iPhones in resolution. Both iPhones have a resolution of 2,778 x 1,128 pixels, giving them a pixel density of 456 pixels per inch.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 has a resolution of 2,400 times 1,080, with a pixel density of 411ppi.
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro – Camera
On the back of both iPhones are ultra-wide and wide 12-megapixel cameras, and the Pro gets an additional 12-megapixel telephoto camera and LiDAR sensor. The last element helps the computer elements of photography, launches AR applications and helps focus the camera in low light situations.
There are also elements such as night mode, Deep Fusion computer photography, portrait mode with portrait lighting and new photographic styles. Optical image stabilization with sensor shift is also an upgrade for 2021.
For zooming, the iPhone 13 has 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. The Pro has a 3x optical zoom along with a 2x optical zoom. This gives it a 6x optical zoom and a 15x maximum digital zoom.
Google includes two cameras on the back of the Pixel 6, starting with an ultra-wide 12-megapixel camera. This camera offers a 114 degree field of view and an aperture of f / 2.2.
The main attraction of the Pixel 6 is the Octa PD Quad Bayer 50 megapixel wide camera, which has a 1 / 1.3 inch sensor that can capture 150% more light than the Pixel 5 version, as well as OIS and laser detect autofocus sensor (LDAF).
Although the high resolution of the sensor sounds great, it does work by merging pixels and gives an image of 12.5 megapixels. That image should be of very high quality, but not in such a high resolution.
As usual for the Pixel line, Google focuses a lot on its various features in terms of computer photography. There are typical items like night vision, portrait mode and motion autofocus, along with more complex features like Top Shot or Magic Eraser, which can remove unwanted elements from the shot.
There’s also Face Unblur to make faces sharper, Real Tone and Motion Mode, which combines multiple sharp images to identify the subject and maintain sharpness while applying motion blur effects to the background.
Let’s take a look at some examples of shots between the iPhone 13 and the Pixel 6.
The photo above is a medium-lit shot of a candle indoors. Color and noise may slightly favor the Pixel 6, but it also seems to be trying to artificially blur the background. The edges of the candle are not very sharp and create a less realistic image than the iPhone.
We took both phones outside to test night mode. Manual, night mode is automatically enabled on each device and had approximately three seconds of shutter speed. The Pixel struggled significantly, creating a very dimly lit photo, while the iPhone 13 was slightly better.
After the word, we placed the phones on a solid surface for extended exposure shooting. The Pixel 6 was better, but it was still mostly unusable. However, it produced less noise in the sky. This does not matter if the image is too dark. The iPhone 13 image is much more usable with sharp edges on wood and sheds.
We wanted to test the zoom on the phone and that’s where the Pixel 6 shone the most.
In the photo above, both phones are zoomed in with a 5X digital zoom. This was the maximum for the iPhone, but the Pixel could go further. At this distance of 5X, the Pixel 6 was a far better picture. It was sharper with less noise and blurring in the leaves. The iPhone has struggled a lot and when you look at the photo, it looks almost like a bad watercolor painting than a photo.
When we repeated the test with the Pixel with a maximum digital zoom of 7X, it still looked better than the iPhone, despite being more zoomed.
On the front, Apple uses its TrueDepth range of cameras, with 12 megapixel shooting capability and f / 2.2 aperture, along with depth sensor capability for Face ID and other applications. Google uses 8-megapixel f / 2.0 with an 84-degree field of view.
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro – processors
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 pro use the A15 Bionic, an Apple SoC he designed himself. It includes a six-core processor with a quad-core GPU in the iPhone 13, a 5-core GPU in the Pro, along with an updated 16-core Neural Engine and an improved image signal processor to help with computer photography.
The Pixel 6 is the first to use Google’s new Tensor SoC, which is a search company’s attempt to tackle Apple with its own chip.
The tensor consists of a CPU with two high performance cores, two medium cores and four high efficiency cores. It also comes with a 20-core GPU, as well as other elements that will help you with machine learning or other tasks.
These include the Titan M2 security chip, an image signal processor, and a “Context Hub” that handles a variety of elements such as always-on screen functions, without specifying a CPU or GPU.
There are no benchmarks for the Tensor chip to compare to the A15, but Google has certainly promoted its parts of machine learning for the chip. For example, it performs automatic speech recognition on the Google Assistant device, can create live subtitles for the media, and translate live conversations, among other tasks.
Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro – other considerations
The Pixel 6 has a 4,614 mAh battery. Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro has a 3,095 mAh battery. The exact specifications of the iPhone 13’s battery are not known, but Apple estimated that it can last up to 19 hours of video playback – a little less than 22 hours of the iPhone 13 Pro.
Google’s Pixel 6 Pro supports up to 30W charging via USB-C, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support up to 20W fast charging. Apple’s two iPhones support wireless charging up to 15 W, while the Pixel 6 has a maximum power of 12 W.
All three smartphones have an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Google uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, while Apple used Ceramic Shield windshield.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support mmWave and below 6GHz 5G. Not every Pixel 6 mmWave is supported, but it is said that Verizon is releasing a special variant that it supports. The Pixel 6 has Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, while the iPhone models have Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Apple devices have UWB support, while the Pixel 6 does not.
When it comes to biometrics, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 rely on Face ID. The Pixel 6 instead uses a new fingerprint sensor below the screen.
Pixel is a worthy competitor at an aggressive price
Pound for a pound, Apple’s iPhones are one of the best smartphones on the market in terms of cameras, performance and expensive features. Although the Pixel 6 is priced as a mid-range device, it has some top features that could make it an attractive option for many consumers.
Of course, some aspects of these two lines of devices are different and cannot be easily compared. Android compared to iOS, for example, mostly comes down to personal preferences. While the Pixel 6 stands out as an Android device, there are probably better choices for those deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem. Although a few hundred dollars more, the iPhone 13 represents the entry level when it comes to Apple’s iPhones for 2021 – and brings with it all the benefits of iOS and integration with other Apple devices.
However, the price of the Pixel 6 from $ 599 is certainly impressive when you consider its powerful chip, large battery, fingerprint sensor under the screen and camera parts. Simply put, it’s Google’s latest and greatest. As with previous Pixel models, it is very likely that the Pixel 6 is not an “iPhone killer”, although it is a good choice for Android users.
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