Google’s expanded reveal of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro answered many questions about the handsets, but also opened up a lot more. The most urgent of these: can a bulky looking phone with such an unusual camera “visor” feel comfortable in the hand?
Of course, we won’t know for sure until we have test devices to test for ourselves, but Robbie Payne, the founder of Chrome Unboxed, decided he wanted answers ahead of time, so he bought a Google Pixel 6 Pro case around to get a feel for the design long before there is an insertable handset.
Payne had previously tried the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, but found it uncomfortably large, but was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the Pixel 6 Pro case. “Instead of that massive brick that I envisioned, the case showed me that the Pixel 6 Pro won’t really be any different from the phone I already carry in the OnePlus 8T,” he wrote. In fact, it almost fits:
What is more gratifying, however, is that the Pixel 6 Pro’s 6.7-inch reported size isn’t much larger than that of the 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL when the screenless space is taken into account.
“With the Pixel 4XL’s massive forehead, it’s actually the same size as most modern full-screen phones,” he wrote. “The OnePlus 8T measures 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm, while the Pixel 4XL measures 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2 mm and is therefore almost the same size.”
Of course, size is only part of the equation of convenience, and handsets of similar dimensions can have dramatically different weights. Even so, the Pixel 6 Pro seems to keep up with other larger devices in recent years in terms of height, width and depth.
And while the most noticeable feature of the Pixel 6 handsets – the extended rear camera bar – could be a design change for the worse, Payne is confident it won’t.
“With this case in my hand, I can tell you the head start is there, it’s not subtle, but it’s also not much further from the phone’s body than any other camera module on the market,” he wrote. “I also noticed that the entire camera pole sits so high on the back of the phone that when I pick up the case, I can’t even get near my hand to touch or come into contact with it. My bet As soon as I have this phone, I won’t think about it anymore. “
Payne continues to praise the button placement and the fact that “hand exercise” should be kept to a minimum, which is encouraging.
But what matters is the inside, and with the brand new tensor chip, Google is undoubtedly taking a gamble. Fortunately, the recent Pixel 6 benchmarks do indeed look very promising, and that’s before we get to the main benefits that Google brings to the chip: a “transformed experience for the camera, voice recognition, and other Pixel 6 functions “.
We shouldn’t have to wait too long to see if the performance is up to the hype. Leaker Jon Prosser expects the phone to launch on October 19th with the possible release date for Pixel 6 on October 28th. And that despite Google’s warning of an expensive phone so far, it looks like the Pixel 6 price will end up being cheaper than the iPhone 13’s.
Stay tuned for our full Google Pixel 6 Pro review to see if it can land on our list of the best phones.