The Google Pixel 6 Pro looks very promising based on what Google has shared so far and all the rumors and leaks. But the iPhone 13 Pro Max set the bar pretty high for phones. In fact, it’s so high that it’s now our best phone overall.
How can the Pixel 6 Pro overtake Apple? Well, it seems to share at least some of the same specs and features, including a 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED display and telephoto camera. But the Pixel 6 Pro promises a lot more and could become the best Android challenger on Apple’s throne.
So the Pixel 6 Pro could overtake the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
In this way, Google will try to beat Apple in its own game. The new Tensor SoC is a direct competitor to Apple’s A15 Bionic, and while we expect it to perform fast in Android 12 based on leaked Pixel 6 benchmarks, that’s not even nearly the whole story.
Google created Tensor to bring users new experiences that were simply not possible with Snapdragon Qualcomm chips. For example, the tensor processing unit could make a toddler’s face less blurry in an image
Tensor should also help improve everything from speech recognition (which Siri could orbit) and translation, to video processing of sunsets and other difficult lighting conditions.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro will have three cameras, and the rumored specs are a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter. Compared to Apple’s trio of 12 MP lenses on the back of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Of course, the resolution is only part of the story. And Apple is right at the top of our list of the best camera phones right now because of its photo processing capabilities. Apple also won our iPhone 13 Pro Max against the Galaxy S21 Ultra. But Google is known for its computer photography and we expect notable improvements to the Pixel 6 Pro range.
Finally, we’re hoping for a bigger zoom on the Pixel 6 Pro than the 3x optical zoom on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max should reach up to 50% battery capacity in 30 minutes with the 20 W USB-C charger from Apple. And with a 30 W charger, such as that supplied with the MacBook Air, you could achieve 100% even faster.
However, the Pixel 6 Pro offers even faster charging up to 33W. The previous Pixel 5 was only 18W. We’ll have to see how this affects the charging speed.
In addition, the Pixel 6 range is said to offer faster 23-watt wireless charging, compared to 15W for Apple’s MagSafe technology.
According to leaked specs, the Google Pixel 6 Pro will contain a 5,000 mAh battery, compared to a 4,352 mAh battery for the iPhone 13 Pro Max (based on teardowns). Still, the iPhone 13 Pro Max lasted a spectacular 12 hours and 16 minutes while surfing the Internet in our battery test, earning it a place on our list of the best battery life.
In order for Google to outperform Apple on battery life, the Pixel 6 Pro needs to have an efficient display and get the most out of its Tesnor chip, which works hand-in-hand with Android 12.
Sleek design and fingerprint ID
As attractive as the iPhone 13 Pro Max is, it’s even heavier than the iPhone 12 Pro Max – and not everyone is a fan of the flat edges that can dig into their hands when gripping the phone. In addition, although the notch on this phone is 20% smaller than on the predecessor, it is still a bit sore.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro should have a small hole at the top of the display that will give you more space. The Pixel 6 Pro also offers an on-screen fingerprint reader, which we would like to see in the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Having to constantly unlock your iPhone with a PIN code while wearing a mask becomes annoying.