Should you buy the Google Pixel 6 or go for an older model?

Google is announcing the latest version of its Pixel phone, the Pixel 6, on October 19. Over the past five years, Pixel phones have grown in popularity for their clean Android interfaces, impressive camera systems, extensive cloud photo storage, and reasonable prices.

The Pixel 6 and its more advanced sibling, the Pixel 6 Pro, are said to be the most advanced Google phones yet in terms of capabilities and specifications, but these upgrades come with a higher price tag compared to to older models. If you go for an older Pixel, you can get some of the same benefits for a much lower price. Should you buy the new Pixel 6 or go for an older Pixel? We break down your options below.

What do the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro offer?

Magic Erase on Pixel 6.

While some of the information available on the Pixel 6 is still rumored, a retailer accidentally posted (and then deleted) ads for Google’s new phone, so we know quite a bit of information about it. The Pixel 6 is sure to be more powerful than previous generations, with a Tensor chip that should enable more AI and machine learning capabilities, faster performance, and improved battery efficiency.

Since Google actually designed the Tensor chip for AI and machine learning instead of just adding more raw computing power, the Pixel 6 should be more intuitive and smarter overall. From text-to-speech capabilities to language processing, the Pixel 6 will likely be closer to what we imagine when we think about these features, with fewer hassles and errors, and a more seamless and natural experience.

The phone will be able to translate chats and podcasts in real time, and you can even use your camera to translate signs on photos into up to 55 languages ​​without an internet connection. Computer photography will be a huge area of ​​improvement, as well as security, as the Titan M2 security module offers more layers of security than on any other phone so far. A feature called Magic Erase (pictured above) is supposed to remove people from the background of shots, while face blurring can improve the sharpness of photos.

The Pixel 6 is said to have a 6.4-inch screen with a refresh rate of around 90Hz. The rear camera system has a 50-megapixel wide sensor and an ultra-wide 12 MP sensor. If you go for the Pixel 6 Pro, it should have a 6.7-inch screen (120Hz refresh rate), as well as a rear camera with three sensors: a wide 50 MP sensor, a telephoto sensor from 48 MP and a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor.

Colors of the Google Pixel 6.

How much do the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cost extra?

The Pixel 6 is rumored to sell for a starting price of around $ 750, while the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to start between $ 999 and $ 1,049. The Pixel 6 is priced on a par with Apple’s iPhone 13.

Which Pixel phones have been discontinued?

Google Pixel 5 with screen on.
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Google ditched its Pixel 4a 5G phone, as well as its Pixel 5. These phones weren’t out very long before they were discontinued, so you can still find them at many retailers for now. However, since these two models are discontinued, only the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a 5G remain for sale on Google’s US site. That is, until the release of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Why has Google abandoned the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5? Both phones are powered by Snapdragon 765G chips, which also power the new Pixel 5a 5G. With a shortage of these chips, Google may need to limit the phones it keeps in stock.

How does the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro compare to the Pixel 5a 5G and Pixel 4a?

In addition to its smarter Tensor chip, the Pixel 6 will have a much better camera system. Naturally, the Pixel 5a 5G has a better camera system than the 4a, while the 5a’s camera array doesn’t even come close to that of the Pixel 6. The 5a has a 12.2 MP main camera, a sensor ultra-wide 16 MP and an 8 MP front camera. Compare that to the 50MP wide sensor and 12MP ultra-wide sensor you get on the Pixel 6 (with an additional 48MP telephoto lens on the Pro version), and the older Pixel models just can’t compete. The larger sensor means more light – up to 150% more. And, as mentioned, features like Magic Erase allow you to remove background viewers from photos.

In particular, on the Pixel 6 Pro, the refresh rate should allow for faster responses and better scrolling. The Pro features Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) technology that can lower this rate down to 10Hz to save battery life, as well as dynamically vary the refresh rate based on your usage and speed of use. your fingers.

Are the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro worth it?

The Pixel 6 in lime green with matching wallpaper.

Right now, you can buy a Pixel 4a for around $ 350, which is about half the price of the next Pixel 6. You can find a 5a for around $ 450, which is still a big discount from the Pixel 6.

If you’re someone who wants the latest, greatest mobile technology, and you’re willing to pay for it, the Pixel 6 is definitely the best all-around phone. But if you just want a phone that can take good photos, perform reliably, and compete with other flagship phones (albeit at an affordable price), go for an older model. You can always upgrade later.

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