The smartphone season of 2020 may not have been the most thrilling for Pixel fans, with Google opting for a more mid-range market with the Pixel 5. However, with the return of the premium Pixel hardware in 2021 with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, as well as the recent launch of the iPhone 13 series, the two tech leaders — Google and Apple — are gearing up for an intriguing high-end market battle.
Behind the Apple iPhone 13
Apple’s newest smartphone has some very appealing hardware that could sway you right away. That is particularly true if you’re willing to spend the extra cash on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. In addition, Apple appears to be working hard to make its Pro iPhones more capable than its standard and Mini counterparts, especially in the photography department.
Apple is upgrading its tried-and-true strategy with a larger battery and new cameras.
That’s because Apple’s performance improvements this year are minor, with the five-core graphics arrangement in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max being the only significant boost.
Of course, iPhones are recognized for their photographic capabilities, and Apple is improving their offerings this year, but only the Pro and Pro Max versions have significant changes. In these versions, Apple has included a bigger primary sensor for better low-light performance and a 3x telephoto camera for longer distance and portrait photos.
The iPhone 13 improves on the iPhone 12 just significantly, leaving the door open for the Pixel 6 to narrow the gap.
In the end, it’s difficult to go wrong with any iPhone 13 model, especially if you’re looking for good performance and photography skills. Unfortunately, however, the range does not differ dramatically from last year’s formula, which may disappoint individuals hoping for something more interesting.
Reasons to wait for Google Pixel 6
While the official Pixel 6 and 6 Pro specifications aren’t anticipated until later this fall, Google has already revealed some of the devices’ key features. So far, they appear to be rather excellent.
A 90Hz 6.4-inch FHD+ display, an in-display fingerprint scanner, a proprietary Google Tensor SoC, and a primary and ultra-wide camera combo are confirmed features for the regular Pixel 6. In addition, the Pixel 6 Pro adds a 120Hz 6.7-inch QHD+ display to the mix, as well as a primary, ultra-wide, and 4x telephoto camera system.
Wireless charging, IP68 dust and water-resistant standard, 5G connection, and maybe some new haptic capabilities are also expected, based on past versions. So if you’ve been yearning for a return to high-end Google hardware after the Pixel 5, the Pixel 6 should deliver.
Google’s camera technology appears to be on the verge of surpassing Apple’s improvements.
The Google Pixel 6 is expected to include a bigger 50MP Samsung GN1 primary camera sensor, fixing the Pixel 5 and 4a series’ problems. The GN1 features 2.4 million binned pixels, larger than the 1.9 million pixels in Apple’s more costly iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max sensors. The Pixel 6 will rival, if not outperform, Apple’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini when equipped with an ultra-wide lens to fit more in.
So, if you’re looking for the most incredible camera phone money can buy, we’d recommend holding off until the Pixel 6 Pro is out.