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What are the distinctions between Google Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 8 Pro, and is it worth upgrading?


It appears that many people are realizing that there is less of a need to upgrade their smartphones compared to a few years ago. Updates from year to year are now more minor. However, the longer you wait, the more these small changes can make a significant difference. Therefore, if you’re considering upgrading from the Google Pixel 6 Pro to the newer Pixel 8 Pro, is it worth it?

Comparison of Specifications between Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 8 Pro

Google Pixel 8 Pro Google Pixel 6 Pro
Display

The 6.7-inch display uses Super Actua OLED technology.
20:9 aspect ratio
2992 x 1344 (489ppi)
1-120Hz dynamic Smooth Display
Gorilla Glass Victus 2

The HDR has a brightness of 1,600 nits, with a peak brightness of 2,400 nits.

6.7-inch OLED
19.5:9 aspect ratio
3,120 x 1,440 (512ppi)
Gorilla Glass Victus

Adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz.

Processor Google Tensor G3 Google Tensor
RAM 12 GB LPDDR5X RAM 12GB LPDDR5
Storage

The available storage options are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB (only for use in the United States).
No expandable storage

128, 256, or 512GB
No expandable storage
Power

The minimum battery capacity is 4950mAh, while the typical capacity is 5050mAh.
30W wired charging

Wireless charging at 23 watts using the 2nd generation Pixel Stand.

Wireless charging at 12 watts using the Qi standard.

Battery Share

5,000mAh (typical)
23W wired charging
23W wireless charging (w/Pixel Stand)

Wirelessly charge with 12 watts using Qi technology.
Battery Share

Cameras Rear:
– 50MP main

The specifications are 1.2 micrometers, aperture of f/1.68, and a field of view of 82 degrees.
1/1.31-inch sensor
2x “optical quality” zoom
OIS and EIS
– 48MP ultra-wide
0.8 μm, f/1.95, 125.5-degree FoV
– 48MP telephoto

The specifications are: 0.7 micrometers, aperture of 2.8, and a field of view of 21.8 degrees.
5x optical zoom
OIS and EIS
– Multi-zone laser AF

Front:
– 10.5MP
1.22 μm, f/2.2, 95-degree FoV, autofocus

Rear:
– 50MP main
1.2 μm, f/1.85, 82-degree FoV
1/1.31-inch sensor
OIS and EIS
– 12MP ultra-wide

The specifications are 1.25 micrometers, an aperture of f/2.2, and a field of view of 114 degrees.
– 48MP telephoto

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1/2-inch sensor
4x optical zoom
OIS and EIS
– Laser AF

Front:
– 11.1MP single
1.22 μm, f/2.2, 94-degree FoV

Audio Stereo speakers
Triple mics
Spatial audio
Bluetooth 5.3
No 3.5mm port
Stereo speakers
Triple mics
Bluetooth 5.2
No 3.5mm port
IP rating IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face Unlock and Fingerprint Unlock (w/under-display sensor)

Unlock your device using your fingerprint with the under-display sensor.

SIM

Two SIM cards (one nano and one eSIM)

Two SIM cards (one nano and one eSIM) in one device.

Software Android 14 Android 12 (updates to 14)
Dimensions and weight 162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8mm
213g
163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
210g
Colors Obsidian, Porcelain, Bay , Foggy Gray

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There’s a range of spec upgrades here, but the biggest is obviously Google’s third-generation Tensor processor. We’ll benchmark it for our full review. In the meantime, it’s safe to assume that while you might not notice the G3’s power vs the first-gen Tensor in apps like Reddit or Gmail, it could make a big difference in games, or in apps that depend heavily on AI. Indeed, Google says that it can run many AI processes on-device that formerly had to be handled in the cloud.

The most significant improvement is the Tensor G3 processor.

You may observe the screen of the Pixel 8 Pro. It has a slightly taller 20:9 aspect ratio and a lower resolution of 2,992 x 1,344 compared to 3,120 x 1,440. Fortunately, the pixel density is not a significant factor, but what is notable is that the new screen can reach a maximum brightness of 2,400 nits, although typically it will display only 1,600 nits when viewing HDR content. If you often struggle to see your phone in bright sunlight, this could be a compelling reason to upgrade.

Some small improvements have been made, such as the addition of Face Unlock and enhanced connectivity through features like USB 3.2, Bluetooth 5.3, and Wi-Fi 7. However, a more notable upgrade for some may be the 30W wired charging, although a compatible USB PD PPS charger must be purchased separately as it is not included by Google in the box.

Can the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 8 Pro withstand water?

Both devices have an IP68 rating, but it is not recommended to use them while swimming or showering unless they are in a waterproof case.

Lastly, we want to note that there is a new 1TB storage choice available for customers in the US. Additionally, all Pixel 8 Pros now come equipped with a built-in thermometer. It is unclear why Google decided to include this feature, as it can be used to measure the temperature of food and objects but was not a highly requested addition. This is especially true when considering that smartphone batteries typically only last for a day. The company is currently seeking FDA approval to use the sensor for checking human body temperature, which would make it more useful.

Comparison of size between Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 8 Pro.

Both phones are almost the same size, so you cannot use a Pixel 6 Pro case on the new model (consider looking at the best cases for the Pixel 8 Pro for alternatives). However, the differences are minimal, and the 8 Pro is actually slightly shorter, despite having a 6.7-inch screen and a new 20:9 aspect ratio. The unique camera bar on the back of the phone is still present and has been updated with design changes inspired by the Pixel 7 Pro.

Comparing the cameras of Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 8 Pro.

google pixel 8 pro camera bar black

Credit: Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Although we have not finished testing the camera on the Pixel 8 Pro, one thing we can mention is that while the improvements may not be necessary, they could expand the possibilities of what can be captured. The telephoto lens on the phone now offers 5x optical zoom instead of 4x, allowing for better framing when taking photos of landscapes or concerts. Additionally, the apertures on all the rear lenses have been widened, resulting in better performance in low-light situations.

The Pixel 6 Pro’s ultrawide lens is now equipped with a 48MP sensor, which is an improvement from the previous 12MP. This upgrade could result in higher quality ultra-wide shots. Additionally, the rear cameras now have multi-zone laser autofocus, while the front-facing selfie camera has basic autofocus.

The enhanced camera capabilities of the Pixel 8 Pro may expand the possibilities of your photography.

Experienced Pixel users are aware that the primary focus is image processing. Google takes pride in its computational photography techniques and offers a variety of exclusive features and tools for Pixels, such as Face Unblur and the Magic Eraser. Although not currently available at the phone’s release, the Pixel 8 Pro is expected to be the first model to receive Google’s Video Boost and Night Sight Video technology for improved low-light video recording. It will also offer options like Best Take, Magic Editor, and Audio Magic Eraser. While some of these features may eventually be added to the 6 Pro, the 8 Pro is the top choice for those seeking a cutting-edge camera phone. Additionally, Video Boost, which allows for Night Sight videos and other AI enhancements, is only available on the 8 Pro.

The 6 Pro is still highly capable, as evidenced by the photo samples provided below. If you have not encountered any obstacles yet, do not feel obligated to spend money.

Comparing the battery life and charging capabilities of the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 8 Pro.

Google Pixel 6 Pro on Pixel Stand with phones in background

Credit: Robert Triggs / Android Authority

There have been no significant changes in this aspect. The phones have comparable mAh ratings and can be charged wirelessly at 23W with the 2nd-generation Pixel Stand or 12W with a generic Qi charger. They also have the capability for Google’s Battery Share reverse charging.

We will have to thoroughly test the Pixel 8 Pro to determine if there are any improvements in battery usage. However, even if there are no changes, the inclusion of 30W wired charging (compared to 23W on the Pixel 6 Pro) should make it faster to charge the phone. This is assuming that you have a USB PD PPS charger, as the only included power accessory is a USB-C cable.

Google guarantees a battery life of more than 24 hours when utilizing a combination of different functions, and up to 72 hours with Extreme Battery Saver enabled. However, it is advisable to use this mode sparingly as it disables several features and decreases performance.

Comparison of Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 8 Pro: Cost and Release Date

Google has discontinued the sale of the Pixel 6 Pro and it may be difficult to purchase a new one elsewhere, especially since the Pixel 8 series is set to be released on October 12. Refurbished models may be available at varying prices, potentially lower than our listed prices, but they are also limited in availability.

The price of the Pixel 8 Pro upon launch is $999, which is $100 higher than the 6 Pro’s price in 2021. This increase is not surprising, considering inflation and the cost of other competing phones such as the iPhone 15 Pro. Additionally, the higher storage options come at an even higher cost, with the 1TB model being equivalent to the price of a decent desktop computer.

The Pixel 8 Pro will first be released in 20 countries, such as the US, Canada, India, Japan, and various European nations. It is expected that Google will gradually make the product available in more locations within the next year.

Should you upgrade to the Google Pixel 6 Pro from the Google Pixel 8 Pro?

google pixel 8 pro color options fanned out

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The author of this content is Ryan Haines and it was published by Android Authority.

Owning a Pixel 6 Pro may not necessarily make the 8 Pro a necessary purchase. Google is still supporting its older phone and the 8 Pro does not offer any groundbreaking features. It is possible that professionals who heavily rely on photography or video for social media, use live AI transcriptions, or work outdoors in bright sunlight may find it appealing, but the 6 Pro already excels in those aspects.

If you have the financial means to upgrade just for the sake of it, we believe there is a stronger argument. Collectively, the improvements made to the Pixel 8 Pro may be sufficient to give it a renewed feel, especially if your top priority is photo and video quality. Google appears to be excelling in both camera hardware and software. Currently, its main competitors are Apple and Samsung. Additionally, with a promise of seven years of continuous operating system and security updates, the Pixel 8 Pro is a secure and wise long-term investment.

However, if you choose to wait, the new Pixel will offer more new features. If you plan on buying high-end items from Google this year, it may be wiser to purchase a new Fitbit or Pixel Watch 2, or some Google Nest smart home devices. The Pixel 6 Pro will receive at least one more OS update after Android 14 and two additional years of security updates. Google’s first Pro-tier Pixel still has some life left in it.

What are the differences between Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 8 Pro?

Frequently Asked Questions: Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Google Pixel 8 Pro

Which is the superior camera, Apple or Google Pixel?

The solution to this is quite unpredictable, not only due to varying phone types, but also because Apple and Google prioritize different visual preferences and excel in different aspects. Google tends to excel in still photography, while Apple shines in video. The Pixel 8 Pro may potentially bridge the gap for Google in terms of video capabilities.

Should I consider upgrading to the Pixel 7 Pro from the 6 Pro?

It is possible that you could receive a favorable trade-in offer. However, you may not notice as many differences as you would with the Pixel 8 Pro.

Do both the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 8 Pro support dual-SIM and eSIM capabilities?

Both devices are equipped with an eSIM feature and also have a physical slot for a nano-SIM card.

Do the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 8 Pro include a slot for an SD card?

Unfortunately, both devices have restrictions when it comes to storage, whether it be internal or cloud-based.

When was the release date for the Google Pixel 6 Pro?

It was initially released on October 28, 2021.