Google is making its revolution. At least, that’s what he likes to have us believe with his new Pixel range. Composed of the Pixel 6 Pro and the more classic Pixel 6, it marks a break in the habits of the manufacturer, which this time affirms its desire to integrate into the high-end segment.
Google has never been the clearest manufacturer of its intentions. While the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were sold at a high price, their technical sheet did not entirely change compared to direct competitors. Is it different for these new models? As for the Pixel 6 Pro, it’s a no-brainer. But the Pixel 6, then?
Google is still muddying the waters. Because even if this new smartphone is only sold 20$ more expensive than the Pixel 5 of last year, it represents an unsuspected and beneficial move upmarket for the manufacturer.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is equipped with the Google Tensor, the American giant’s first processor. It has been optimized from its conception to work with the new Pixels and thus provide maximum performance.
This turns into operations that are up to 80% faster than with a Pixel 5. Application load times are shorter, and games are more responsive. Autonomy is also better thanks to intelligent load management, without forgetting either reinforced protection or native management of artificial intelligence for various tasks such as video, photo, or gaming.
The differences between this Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are pretty slim but relevant. By paying more, we will have the best screen and an additional camera – as well as a slightly less ugly design. Also, you will understand, the performances are quite identical between the two models.
|Google Pixel 6 Pro||Google Pixel 6|
|Solid all-round performance||Solid all-round performance|
|Good battery life||Mediocre battery life|
|5-year software updates||5-year software updates|
|Unnecessary AI features||No 4K 60 fps video at ultra-wide-angle|
|No face unlock||No face unlock|
|Google Pixel 6 Pro||Google Pixel 6|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Released||Oct 19, 2021||Oct 19, 2021|
|Processor||2.8 GHz, Octa Core Processor||2.8 GHz, Octa Core Processor|
|Display||6.71 inches||6.4 inches|
|Internal||128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM||128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM|
|Dimensions||163 x 76 x 7 mm||163 x 76 x 7 mm|
|Weight||210 g||207 g|
|Screen Size||6.71 inches||6.4 inches|
|Resolution||1440 x 3120 pixels, 120 Hz||1080 x 2400 pixels, 90 Hz|
|Colour||Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, Stormy Black||Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, Stormy Black|
|Display Type||Color OLED screen (16M)||Color OLED screen (16M)|
|Build Material||Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame||Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame|
Google has completely revised the design of its smartphone. Good news, it is rather one of a kind. The idea was not to offer a device different from market standards but to step aside to be easily recognizable in the street.
That said, the differences are minimal between the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. In France, the Pixel 6 will be entitled to two different colors: “Ocean Gray” and “Carbon” Black when the Pixel 6 Pro will only be available in “Carbon” Black.
To distinguish them, it will be necessary to look at the size of the screen. The Pixel 6 adopts a 6.4-inch panel, and the Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.7-inch panel. Google has changed its strategy after competing with Apple and the compact screen of its iPhone 11, 12, and now 13; the Pixel 6 is more attacking devices from Samsung, Xiaomi, or Huawei.
On the back, the imposing transverse band of the new design of the Pixel 6 somewhat shows the number of photosensors of the devices. The Pro version of the Pixel 6 is entitled to three modules, while the Pixel 6 is limited to two modules. We will come back to this related to cameras to compare the differences between Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
The Pixel 6 Pro is incredible. Already, let us reiterate that only the Pixel 6 Pro benefits from a stretchable refresh rate of 10 to 120 Hz (like the iPhone 13 Pro ), but also a QHD + definition. The first feature allows the smartphone to be as fluid as it is energy efficient when display speed is unnecessary. The second gives the screen its 512 DPI resolution, which is particularly flattering to the eye. . On the other hand, be informed that you will not be able to downgrade to an FHD + definition if you wish to lighten the load on your battery. Somewhat surprising, by the way.
In terms of measurements, taken as usual with our X-Rite iDisplay Pro probe and the professional Calman Ultimate calibration software, the Pixel 6 Pro is a real treat. It offers a maximum brightness of 800 nits, and infinite contrast by the nature of its panel.
To sum up, the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen is very well-calibrated from the factory and does not require any unique adjustment to get the most out of it. Either way, Google doesn’t offer any tool to do this if needed.
With its 6.7-inch diagonal, the Pixel 6 Pro is an excellent tool for enjoying movies, series, and video games daily. At least if you can get used to the “camera bar,” which will inevitably come under your fingers when you hold the smartphone horizontally.
The Pixel 6 is equipped with a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel that displays Full HD + definition at a maximum frequency of 90 Hz (fixed). For comparison, this is QHD + at 120Hz (variable) for the Pixel 6 Pro.
But when it comes to the intrinsic quality of the two tiles, they play on equal terms. The Pixel 6 benefits from a maximum brightness of 800 nits, which is sufficient for comfortable outdoor use and an infinite contrast ratio.
Three color display modes are available through the settings: Adaptive, Enhanced, and Natural. Using our X-Rite iDisplay Pro probe and Calman Ultimate professional calibration software, we have studied these different profiles, and our preference is between the first and the second.
It must be said that the application on which Calman Ultimate is based is dated and poorly manages the screens that automatically switch between the sRGB and DCI-P3 gamuts. Also, the measurements noted “only” 83% coverage for the latter, but there is no doubt that 100% is reached when we see the depth of the colors.
Moreover, the screen temperature is ideal (around 6430K), and the color reproduction is extremely close to the expected delta E <3 standard.
In short, there is no question to ask yourself when unpacking: everything is perfect. All you have to do is launch your favorite video application and enjoy, at least if you can get past these borders, and you are not too inconvenienced by the discomfort caused by the bar. of cameras.
|CPU||Octa core (2.8 GHz, Dual core, Cortex X1 + 2.25 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)||Octa core (2.8 GHz, Dual core, Cortex X1 + 2.25 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55)|
|GPU||Mali-G78 MP20||Mali-G78 MP20|
|RAM||12 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||128 GB, 256GB, 512GB||128 GB, 256GB|
|OS||Android 12||Android 12|
Of course, the Pixel 6s were expected around the corner for their photography capabilities. But what’s new from Google is also worth a look for something even more unique: Tensor.
Google Tensor is the first SoC produced in-house by the company. Developed for years by the web giant, the chipset is described – hang on tight – as the biggest hardware innovation the company has ever created—just that.
So what are we talking about exactly? It is an SoC all that is most “expected” in 2021. Engraved in 5 nm, it integrates an 8-core CPU with unorthodox cutting. There are 2 high-performance cores (2.8 GHz), 2 medium-load cores (2.2 GHz), and 4 efficient cores (1.8 GHz). But the interest of Google Tensor is elsewhere.
Where competitors who rely on Qualcomm and MediaTek SoCs are primarily dependent on these founders to optimize the performance of their smartphones, Google has designed its chip to have full control over performance allocation. Exactly like Apple with its A15 Bionic, or M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips.
So what does that change for the end-user? Let’s be frank, not much. If Google is proud of it, it is above all because Tensor allows it to perform calculations that previously required a permanent connection to its servers directly on the phone. Put it another way, and put it in simple terms: the Pixel 6 is a more innovative smartphone thanks to Google Tensor. The entire architecture of the chip is designed to support algorithms and machine learning and therefore offer you better results faster, with fewer constraints than in the past.
This preamble was evacuated. Let’s talk about performance. If you’ve been following the leaks over the past few months, you’ve probably already seen a few Geekbench captures.
The Google Tensor is not the most efficient SoC on the market. It sits somewhere between a Samsung Exynos and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 but is well away from an Apple A15 Bionic. Note battery tests focus above all on the processor and GPU’s raw performance and do not assess, or minimal, the “AI” capabilities of a smartphone.
Moreover, there is no need to shy away from these figures, which are perfectly in line with what we have seen on Android this year. Suppose it weren’t for the storage chip. Indeed Androbench believes that the UFS 3.1 chip of the Pixel 6 Pro does not exceed 246 Mb / s in writing, which would be almost worrying if it were not consistent with the results obtained on the same test via the previous Pixels. For some unknown reason, Google refuses to work on this aspect, resulting in the faster installation of applications on the smartphone.
The Pixel 6 Pro is a real high-end smartphone. Thanks to its 120 Hz screen, it responds to the finger and the eye, and launching/switching between several applications is never a problem. The smartphone is also competent in a game: Genshin Impact can be approached in “high” quality while staying above 45 images per second. However, intensive gaming sessions on the Pixel 6 Pro will not be recommended due to high throttling and poor heat dissipation. According to 3D Mark, the Pixel 6 Pro is relatively unstable in its graphics performance when the heat rises. And it goes up very, very fast.
We talked about it above: the Pixel 6 are the first smartphones to take advantage of Google Tensor, the first chip designed in-house. The objectives of this paradigm shift are multiple. First, Google can now do without Qualcomm, Mediatek, or Samsung to provide it with chips. Then, more importantly, he has all the freedom to allocate the performances as he sees fit. Like Apple with its A15 Bionic chips, Google now has complete control over its chipsets.
In this case, what interests Google is less raw performance than the execution speed of tasks related to artificial intelligence. You will see, the Pixel 6 is not the best performing smartphone on the market. On the other hand, unfortunately, it is difficult for us, users, to have no equal when supplementing Google’s algorithms.
Indeed, thanks to Tensor, the Pixel 6 can perform the majority of AI tasks in-house. Previously, Pixels had to connect to a remote server systematically, especially for Google Assistant or photo processing. Today all this becomes internal grub to speed things up.
For the end-user, the differences are ultimately minor. The smartphone is fast; it reacts quickly to the slightest interaction. No, for now, we have to trust Google, very enthusiastic at the idea of now having the elbow room to iterate as it sees fit on a new basis.
So to talk about figures, the various benchmarks carried out show us a chip to be wedged somewhere between an Exynos 2100 and a Snapdragon 888 therefore. Of course, Apple’s A15 Bionic remains the best performing SoC on the market today. But the Google Tensor shows no signs of weakness daily. You can do anything with a Pixel 6.
Our standard Genshin Impact meter launches bluntly into a high level of detail and can hold over 40 frames per second over extended sessions.
Despite everything, we see the same limits as on the Pixel 6 Pro. Namely, a storage chip that is a little slow in writing (we do not exceed 250 Mb / s – we had recorded 1290 Mb / s on the Galaxy S21), and speedy heating that comes to restrain performance after 20 minutes of play.
|Rear||50 MP + 12 MP + 48 MP||50 MP + 12 MP|
|Front||11.1 MP||8 MP|
|Video recording||4K, 1080p||4K, 1080p|
Pixel 6 Pro and 6 camera- Google has made a name for itself in the smartphone market thanks to the image processing of its cameras. Google has shaken the competition but has never sought to offer the largest sensors on the market and compete with the number of megapixels. The software always knows how to make its 12 MP sensor photos as beautiful as those of a 64 or even 128 MP of the competition.
On the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the slight technical delay is caught up. Good news: the Pixel 6 is not behind the Pixel 6 Pro. Their commonalities are the size of sensors and the lenses’ aperture, which achieves up to 150% more brightness on both devices than previous generations.
As for the differences, the Pixel 6 Pro adopts the third sensor and the primary lens, and the ultra-wide-angle. This is the telephoto lens and its 4x optical zoom. Without losing quality, it will therefore be possible to capture shots with a longer focal length than on the classic Pixel 6. For details or even more creative Instagram photos, it is an essential sensor. Moreover, the hybrid zoom (optical zoom + digital zoom) can reach 20x, and the pictures are still entirely usable, especially in broad daylight.
The Pixel 6 camera:
- Main sensor 50 MP aperture ƒ / 1.85
- 12 MP ƒ / 2.2 114 ° ultra wide-angle sensor
- LDAF laser autofocus
The Pixel 6 Pro camera:
- Main sensor 50 MP aperture ƒ / 1.85
- 12 MP ƒ / 2.2 114 ° ultra wide-angle sensor
- 48 MP ƒ / 3.5 telephoto sensor with optical stabilization
- LDAF laser autofocus
On the software part, Google has reworked its tools to offer even more realistic color rendering. The Pixel 6’s camera focused on processing the image based on individual skin tones. Tools to limit blur are also available. Also, a “Motion” mode arrives to take pictures with motion blurs (to account for the movement of a car, for example).
In video mode, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both perfect. Both devices are capable of filming in 4K and HDR +. For the selfie camera, a mode to capture only the sound of your voice (by isolating the sounds of your environment) is available.
Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro capacities in video:
- 4K video recording at 30 and 60 frames per second
- 1080p video recording at 30 and 60 frames per second
- Slow motion mode up to 240 frames per second
|Microphones||3 Microphones||3 Microphones|
If it is far from being among the worst students in this area, we are happy that Google has improved the audio part of its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
It is equipped with two speakers and produces a rather flattering sound, which knows how to rise in the towers while avoiding saturation. As for the audio reproduction, we are delighted to note that the bass is not forgotten, even if it does not have the precision of those that can come out of a high-end iPhone or Xiaomi.
The headphones provided in the box are also mainly oriented towards the bass. It’s pretty surprising at first, but you get used to it – if you have nothing else on hand. As these are “button” headphones, the insulation is inevitably not very good. On the other hand, the outfit is impeccable, thanks to the small silicone fins that prevent the headphones from sliding out of the ear canal.
Moreover, the Pixel 6 Pro offers quite a few audio settings. No Dolby Atmos, no equalizer on the menu for audiophiles. Too bad, even if third-party applications will undoubtedly allow them to cook their meals in their corner. Finally, the Pixel 6 Pro supports Bluetooth 5.2 and lists the most famous codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC.
Android 12, Google offers an intuitive operating system that facilitates interactions between users and phones. The Preview function displays, for example, upcoming events, reminders, or even a boarding pass when necessary. So you get all the information you need when you need it. In a similar vein, the phone can translate live videos, messages, and even signs automatically without any application or internet connection.
Google has also extensively reworked its interface to bring more consistency. The colors adapt to the screen background, thus offering a homogeneous rendering. Every detail has been tweaked, whether it’s icons or animations, for a truly fantastic result, and obviously, personalization is still central with the arrival of new widgets.
Security level, the Google Tensor processor, works in close collaboration with the Titan M2 chip, which protects the data present on the phone. By the way, Google includes at least five years of security updates to prevent threats over time.
|Capacity||5003 mAh||4614 mAh|
During its conference, Google told us that the Pixel 6 Pro offers a day of battery life.
The Pixel 6 Pro PC Mark’s battery test to check. This protocol simulates the use of the smartphone with various tasks until the battery reaches 20%. Connected to Wi-Fi and with the screen brightness blocked at 50%, it took 10:33 for the smartphone to drop to 20%. We still lack enough comparative data to precisely locate the Pixel 6 Pro in a table but know that the classic Pixel 6 took 13h53 minutes before crossing this threshold on this same test.
Finally, to talk about recharging, the Pixel 6 does not particularly shine. Remember that no charger is provided, and that the charge is limited to 30 W. In any case, it will take precisely 1h45 to go from 0 to 100% battery. We start at 50% after 30 minutes of charging, which is identical to an iPhone 13.
On paper, the Pixel 6 Pro should be much more enduring than the Pixel 6. And for a good reason, it benefits from a larger battery (5,000 mAh against 4,500 mAh) and a screen whose frequency adapts from 10 to 120 Hz depending on the content displayed. A feature that allowed the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to exceed all our expectations of autonomy last month.
PC Mark’s ‘Battery test. As a reminder, this protocol will simulate the use of the smartphone until the battery reaches 20%. In Wi-Fi, and blocking the screen brightness at 50%, it took 13:53 for the Pixel 6 to cross this threshold – against 10:33 for the Pixel 6 Pro.
The Pixel 6 is more enduring than its big brother despite a technical sheet suggesting the opposite.
On the recharging side, however, it’s more or less the same thing. You can still recover 50% in 30 minutes if you use a 30 W charger – the maximum power allowed by the Pixel 6. Remember that the smartphone is also compatible with wireless charging at 21 W.
|SIM||Dual Sim, GSM+GSM||Dual Sim, GSM+GSM|
|Bluetooth||v5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||v5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS||Dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS|
|Sensors||In Display||In Display|
You have no doubt noticed that the price of smartphones has skyrocketed in recent years; some models exceed 1000 USD, not to mention foldable devices reaching dizzying heights. In comparison, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are almost inexpensive, with a price tag of $ 750 and $ 1050, respectively. Remember that you still have to pay more than 1000 $ for the iPhone 13 and that its big brother, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, is at 1450 USD.
At this price, the Pixel 6, therefore, faces the recent Xiaomi 11T Pro, the Samsung S20 FE (or the S21 FE when it decides to go out), the OPPO Find X3 Neo, Motorola Edge 20 Pro.
Google returns in 2021 to the charge of competitors Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi. The good news is that its smartphones don’t vary much in price. Still, between the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6, a brand new homemade processor has arrived. It supports Google’s eternal desire to improve the photos on its devices and add new tools for live translation, ultra-smooth screen display, and many other features for its customers.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro cast a reasonably wide net on the market and compete with high-end smartphones while being several hundred euros cheaper. For the most part, the Pixel 6 will be more than enough. Although the Pro version adds a telephoto lens, it uses the same photosensors as the Pixel 6. The screen is more significant, smoother, and better defined on the Pixel 6 Pro, but the processor is the same on both, as is the video capabilities fast charging.
5 Best Flagship Smartphones That You Can Buy This Season
In 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic, many innovative gadgets were released that support the most current technologies. For example, devices support 5G, which has become the new standard for mobile phones, foldable smartphones have gained popularity, and almost any device supports wireless charging. 2021 is not going to lag and is preparing even more high-profile releases.
We have collected for you the most excellent and most exciting devices on the smartphone market. These are true flagships without compromise. Packed with technology literally from head to toe, they offer the best of the best:
- Premium body materials and designs
- Cutting-edge innovation
- The fastest update support available
There are four Android smartphones in the selection: one brand new from Xiaomi, which boasts the title of the people’s photo flagship, and three from Samsung. Among them – something for lovers of everything technically unusual, geeks, and just those who are tired of the monotony of standards and yearn for a radically new user experience. This is us about the Samsung foldable smartphones Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. And, of course, we added one iPhone to this magnificent four – the newest, largest, and most advanced. And with a whole terabyte of memory! Let’s sort out what kind of trump cards they play and what is in smartphones that you want them so badly.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro Max has entered the top 10 flagships of 2021. And the brand new 13 Pro Max is the best of the best. This is precisely the case with iOS devices. Apple fans, impressed by the device, were eagerly awaiting the start of sales.
Visual differences from the 12 Pro Max are minuscule. Well, “bangs” are already new, although not everyone will notice it visually. Well, the body is slightly thicker and heavier. If you want everyone to see that you have the latest iPhone, go for the new Sierra Blue color. There is also black, silver and gold.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max finally has a 120Hz screen. So the key drawback compared to Android competitors has been leveled. In addition, the manufacturer has redesigned the main cameras. Now they can do even more. And it’s nice that the cameras are mega-cool not only in the Pro Max but also in the younger firmware.
But the internal differences are decent – from the new 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a new camera (12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + TOF 3D LiDAR, 3x optical zoom) to a new processor (Apple A15 Bionic ) and fresh iOS features. More details in our review.
The new product is presented in various configurations: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and the whole 1 TB. This is the first time this storage volume is available in an iPhone.
Check out detailed review of iPhone 13 Pro Max here
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the reference Android flagship. One of the best-operating systems is a sizeable adaptive display, capable cameras, and stylus support.
The flagship of 2021 seems to have warmed up last winter by a few degrees. Samsung fans, at first glance at the device, understood: this is TOP.
A camera with a record range of “native” focal lengths, which can write video in 4K 60p at any value, should be noted immediately. And the photos on the smartphone delight. 108 MP is not a joke to you. According to reviews, the pictures are “indistinguishable from a professional camera with the naked eye.” We advise you to take the configuration with the maximum memory capacity – 512 GB with 16 GB of RAM if you like to shoot. And then, the support for the memory card was removed. There is also a 256 GB model (12 GB RAM). Primary – 128 GB. All are equipped with an eight-core Exynos 2100.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra feels solid in hand. It is a large and heavy metal and glass device. Premium quality is felt in everything: in body materials, tactile sensations, robust hardware base, high-end camera system (108 Mp + 12 Mp + 10 Mp + 10 Mp).
Throw in a Dynamic AMOLED screen with 1440 x 3200 pixels, 120Hz refresh rate, 1500 nits peak brightness, and S Pen support. And the protection with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus is the coolest. And the Samsung people have not forgotten about moisture resistance (IP68).
In general, the flagship is the ultimate, meeting premium standards without any real compromises. Perhaps someone lacked a 3.5mm audio jack and a 3D scanner in the Galaxy S21 Ultra to implement FaceID fully. But this is hardly a disadvantage. But the fact that everything in it is high-class flagship: the screen, sound, cameras, and hardware is hard to deny. Well, support for an electronic pen, which only a few can boast, is also a handy thing. The flagship now, after the release of the new iPhones, has dropped well in price. This is another reason to take a closer look at it.
Check out detailed review of Galaxy S21 Ultra here
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
This is the third generation of a smartphone with a flexible screen, shown in August as part of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The most advanced: with IPX8 water resistance and Gorilla Glass Victus, an even more robust folding mechanism, and a flagship 5-nm processor Snapdragon 888. But the strength of the novelty lies precisely in the form factor, non-standard. The model is fashionable and eye-catching. If you want to stand out, this is your option.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a new generation of clamshell smartphones. Compared to the first Flip, everything has been improved here: from the opening mechanism to the screen protection. And this is the very thing if you want to be in the spotlight. You can beautifully take a smartphone out of your pocket, and it will fit there and surprise others.
There are two configurations: 128 GB and 256 GB. Please note that there is no space for a memory card. Each comes in a quartet of colors: Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, and Cream.
Check out detailed review of Galaxy Z Flip 3 here
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
It was folded like a 6.2-inch smartphone. And it is pretty comfortable to hold it with one hand. Opened – transforms into a small tablet with a 7.6-inch Infinity Flex display. View content, play, work – everything is possible. Since the camera disappears when the screen is turned on, absolutely nothing interferes with contemplating the picture—another one: bright and smooth. Still, AMOLED technology and 120 Hz.
This is the value for both the main screen and the secondary screen. The functionality of working with an electronic pen has been added to the device. The compact S Pen Fold Edition has been developed specifically for foldable smartphones. The S Pen Pro can also be used. And the Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers turned out to be useful. All this promises a comfortable user experience.
As well as water resistance (IPX8). By the way, this is the world’s first flexible smartphone. And the most durable: the panels are covered with the latest generation of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which can withstand a drop from a height of 2 meters, and the internal hinge parts are armored aluminum.
Well, the hardware novelty is power. There are no questions about the performance of the Snapdragon 888 + 12 GB RAM tandem. Together with a sub-screen camera, stylus support, and a reinforced body, all this makes the third incarnation of the Korean foldable smartphone exciting.
The model is available in two configurations: with 256 and 512 GB of permanent memory—a choice of black, green, and silver colors.
Check out detailed review of Galaxy Z Fold 3 here
Xiaomi 11T Pro
The new range from Xiaomi, which already debuted in many countries. The smartphone managed to get the title of the people’s photo flagship. And he shoots, equipped with a Cinemagic camera, imposing.
6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. And the protection with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is so fond of new premium smartphones, is. Compared to the previous generation, it is 200% more scratch-resistant and 150% more drop resistant. Everything is also flagship.
Inside is the popular Snapdragon 888 processor in the device class, supplemented by 8 or 12 GB of RAM. The storage capacity reaches 256 GB.
The trick is fast charging at 120 watts. In 17 minutes, the smartphone is gaining 100% of the supplied power supply.
Xiaomi 11T Pro is a powerful new product with flagship performance, advanced cameras, and fast charging at 120W, giving 100% everything in 17 minutes.
Xiaomi 11T Pro can please with all the features of the top segment, except wireless charging, an under-screen fingerprint scanner, and water resistance. Only splash-proof – IP53. However, this does not spoil the user experience. And the formula of powerful hardware + balanced feature set + good cameras justifiably makes Xiaomi 11T Pro one of the best flagships available.
The device is presented in three colors: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.
Motorola Edge 20 Review: Edgy Performance
At the end of summer 2021, the Motorola Edge 20 was appeared in the market – a smartphone that is a simplified version of the flagship model. Compared to it, it has few compromises while remaining attractive to consumers who would like to update their device with something close to the top models.
Inside we find a transparent silicone cover, a USB-C / USB-C cable, a 20W power supply, a pair of stereo headphones with an audio jack, and an audio jack to USB adapter. -C.
|Flexible camera set-up||Non-expandable memory|
|Screen up to 144 Hz||High introductory price|
|Thin and light||The back gets dirty easily|
|Motorola Edge 20|
|Released||2021, July 29|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G|
|Memory||128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM|
|Dimensions||163 x 76 x 7 mm|
|Weight||163 g (5.75 oz)|
|Screen Size||6.7 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels|
|Colour||Frosted Grey, Frosted White, Frosted Emerald|
|Display Type||OLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+|
|Build Material||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), |
aluminum frame, plastic back
Motorola Edge 20 is a different smartphone from the point of view of design and construction compared to last year’s model. Not bad because from this point of view, Motorola still wanted to find a fascinating interpretation. We have a fragile aluminum body, only 7 millimeters, including the camera block, which unfortunately protrudes slightly more than expected. The body on the back is made of plastic, and compared to other solutions of the competition, it feels and holds some fingerprints. Nothing dramatic, but you feel the difference compared to glass. The smartphone is also splash-resistant for this year (but not certified).
Indeed the key to reading this Edge 20 is its thinness and its lightness: only 163 grams. An absolute rarity.
The Motorola Edge 20 screen is a large 6.7-inch diagonal in OLED technology. The refresh rate can even be set to 144 Hz, a value currently only reached in gaming smartphones. You can also activate the automatism, but it will only be between 60 and 120 Hz. In any case, this guarantees an excellent feeling of fluidity in daily use. The resolution is FullHD + (1080 x 2400 pixels), and we have HDR10 support. The color of the panel was not convincing at first start, but we solved it with ease by setting the “deep colors” mode.
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G|
Motorola Edge 20 has quality hardware, albeit not top of the range. We have a Snapdragon 778G octa-core 2.4 GHz processor made at 6nm and an Adreno 642L GPU. In terms of energy management and temperatures, it is undoubtedly one of the most successful processors of the year. We then have 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. There is also an 8/256 version on the market. Unfortunately, the memory is not expandable.
|Rear||108MP + 16MP + 8MP|
|Video recording||[email protected]|
From the hardware point of view, the cameras of this Edge 20 are very respectable, especially for the price range. We have a 108-megapixel ƒ / 1.9 main camera, a 16-megapixel ƒ / 2.2 wide-angle camera, and an optically stabilized 8 megapixel 3x zoom camera ƒ / 2.4. Especially the latter camera is a real rarity to find in a mid-range smartphone on the market. Also interesting is that the wide-angle camera offers autofocus and allows you to take pictures in macro mode.
The shots with good light from the main sensor are very good: well balanced in colors, sharp and detailed. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for low-light shots, where the night mode artificially increases the brightness, but dramatically increases the watercolor effect of the photos. The zoom camera is also good, and the wide-angle is also decent, even if it always takes at least a second to focus. For some reason, Motorola has chosen to have these cameras take 12-megapixel shots and the main one in automatic mode, thus artificially reducing or increasing the final resolution.
When the light is not perfect, the results of the photos are unpredictable. The focus does not seem to be perfect, and the photos are a bit of a lottery. Better to take a few more of the same subject to make sure you have a good one to use. Selfies are also sufficient, despite the 32-megapixel front sensor ƒ / 2.3. Many additional shooting modes, such as double shooting (double-sided) or the creation of animated gifs in which to animate only a part of the scene.
Sufficient videos in 4K at 30 fps achievable from the main sensor. The stabilization is decent, but it did not activate automatically in all the videos made for some reason. Undoubtedly Motorola has yet to work on the camera software of this Motorola Edge 20. And we know that it can, given the results obtained in other company smartphones, be even cheaper.
|Power Supply||Fast charging 30W|
The battery is “alone” 4,000 mAh. They are not many compared to the competition, but they are also not few, and they are also the quantity that we would have expected considering the smartphone’s thinness. Thanks to the usual Motorola “miracle,” this battery still guarantees a full day of autonomy with almost any type of use. However, there is a 30W fast recharge and an optimized night-time recharge function to extend the battery life. There is no wireless charging.
|Bluetooth||5.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
We have excellent connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E (latest generation), Bluetooth 5.2, and 5G support. Do not miss the NFC and a fantastic digital player on the right side. Too bad for the absence of an audio jack. However, there is a button for Google Assistant on the left side of the smartphone. More than enough audio, even if unfortunately provided by only one lower speaker.
Motorola Edge 20 has Android 11 available, updated with the September 2021 patches at writing. Again it is stock-looking software enriched by Motorola’s many features. After a period of “cleaning,” the company has added more functions to the software. We have Ready For to connect the wireless smartphone to monitors and TVs, customization by creating themes at will, the Moto Gestures, and the notifications function when the screen is off (but not always ). You can also set up a panel of favorite apps by double-tapping the fingerprint reader, and the gaming mode (always more prosperous) called Game Time is always present.
This Moto Edge was born on a different philosophy from last year. No accentuated sloping edge but rather a super subtlety. However, to create something different from what is already around.
There are not many OLED models at this price point with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. In addition, we have a great design – a light and thin device, IP52 waterproof rating, a powerful processor, enough memory, impressive cameras, and an optimized operating system. Also worth mentioning is the Ready For option for using the Motorola Edge 20 as a cable-free PC with a monitor or TV.
Difference Between: Gaming Chairs vs Office Chairs
Anyone who plays computer games on their gaming laptop, powerful gaming desktop computer, PlayStation, or Xbox game console, sooner or later, think about buying a gaming computer chair.
The time comes, and you begin to understand that playing for several hours in a row, sitting on the couch or an ordinary office chair, becomes very uncomfortable.
The reason for all this, of course, is not that computer gaming chairs are decorated with logos of famous brands of gaming accessories or have bright original colors, but above all in a large number of adjustments, the possibility of customizing the chair for yourself and better adaptability for prolonged loads, when many hours of gaming sessions start to drag on, 2020 sent a huge number of people to remote work, students and schoolchildren – to distance learning, and, naturally, in such conditions, many wanted to work on the comfort of their home offices and play areas, and nothing better in terms of thoughtfulness and customization options.
What Is a Gaming Chair
Any comfy computer chair is suitable for gaming. But there is a big difference in the market between a chair that you can play in and a gaming chair. Gaming chairs have taken a unique niche.
A gaming or gaming chair is a bucket seat in a vibrant racing style. The gaming chair was developed in the 90s for car simulator games. It fixes your body in a static position during sharp turns, which is important for maneuvers in online races.
A gaming chair can usually be distinguished from an office chair because it is more visually striking. The chair’s upholstery is thicker, the back is higher, and it will almost always be cheerful colors. Players often go for this aesthetic to complete their bright installations.
While some people prefer this style, others will go for something a little more muted, like office chairs tend to be designed. That’s a lot of neutrals and metals – colors that won’t stick out like a sore finger in an office setting.
Your desk chair can be both practical and decorative. It’s all about finding a visually more pleasing chair to you, and that’s entirely subjective.
The main purpose of the chair is to provide comfort and support. Remember that if you’re going to be on your ass for most of your waking hours, you should consider your posture. Otherwise, in the future, you will experience severe back and neck pain.
To understand what level of comfort you can achieve with the right chair, let’s look at each part of the average gaming chair and how it measures to the office chair.
If you look at the seat of the playing chair, you will notice that its sides are raised. It’s what’s called a bucket seat, and that design was borrowed from racing cars. Does this have a real purpose? In the car, of course, there is. It keeps the driver from shifting from side to side during fast turns. However, being used as a desk chair where we are sure there will be no corners doesn’t seem to make sense.
It seems that the buckets of seats in the play chairs were purely aesthetic design choices. This gives the gamer the illusion that he is squeezed in the cradle and sits in a race car. This can go a long way when it comes to diving, especially if you’re into driving games.
Looking at it ergonomically, it would limit your seating space, giving you less room to move and change positions. Also, bucket seats can be tricky if you have a broader physique. You can’t be sure if there’s room to sit because manufacturers often include raised sides along the entire width of the seat. On the other hand, bucket seats are great if you want to feel cozy and reserved.
On the other hand, standard ergonomic office chairs have contour seats, but most have flat sides. You won’t feel so limited sitting on an office chair if you want to keep one leg or both legs off the floor because it holds more seats.
Ergonomic chairs usually have a high density of foam upholstery for a more even distribution of the weight of the nanny. This padding can be covered with anything from leather to soft tissues. When it comes to playing chairs, they usually have a leather coating or a fake alternative like polyurethane.
Leather is an expensive material, so it radiates a luxurious feeling. However, of all the fabrics, it is the most difficult to maintain in working condition. You should keep it away from direct sunlight and treat it with some kind of leather conditioner from time to time so that it lasts a long time. On the other hand, it is not an insulator and does not retain odors.
Therefore, cleaning will not be painful even if an intense gaming session makes you sweat or spill a drink. A quick wipe will solve the problem, and you won’t have to worry about stains. The leather is highly durable and will be a great investment if you take care of it properly. If you’re paranoid about sweat and spills, you can always lay out a little extra for the cover on the seat.
Office chairs usually have a poly-mixture of coatings. They are easier to maintain, but they tend to retain body heat and smells and staining. In terms of strength, you can expect the material to disappear over time and some of the fibers will start to fail.
Sometimes the backs consist entirely of a filter. This type is more breathable, ideal if you lived in a warmer climate and didn’t have air conditioning.
Raised anterior lip
Another thing you’ll notice in a gaming chair is a raised front lip. It was also borrowed from the seats of racing cars. It should slightly raise the driver’s legs so that he does not have to strain to reach the pedals. So in a driving scenario, it’s completely logical. In the game scenario, this will only limit the space for sitting and slowly interrupt blood circulation to the legs.
Office chairs rarely have raised front lips, making them more ergonomic in this regard. One of the criteria for an optimal sitting position is bending the knees at a right angle (90 degrees), with both legs located on the floor. It is much easier to enter this position if the seat has the edge of a waterfall. Nothing prevents blood flow to your feet, and after sitting for a long time, you will not feel discomfort in the back of things.
There are play chairs that break off the raised design of the front lips. However, most of them still have this design flaw.
Game chairs usually have winged backrests – another design lifted from racing cars. They are designed to keep the driver in place during sharp turns. Even the most energetic video games won’t shake you off your chair if you think about it. So again, it seems that winged backs are another aesthetic design choice. From an ergonomic point of view, there is no reason why you will need it. If you have a more comprehensive design, such a seat will make you feel cramped.
Office chairs are often wingless so that they won’t limit your upper body movements. You don’t have to lean forward to stretch out your arms or fight for more elbow space.
Head and lumbar pillows
Most of the day, sedentary work will cause muscle tension. You may have noticed that after a long day of playing or working, you have a slit in your neck or pain in your lower back. Play chairs have pillows for the head and lower back, often removable, to solve these problems. Does that help?
The short answer is yes; they help a lot. Since these removable pillows can be adjusted, you can maintain a precise area of the back and neck that needs additional cushioning. These simple accessories are also supported by science. The head and lumbar pillows are located to keep the spine in a neutral position, keeping the pain and pain in the bay.
This kind of adjustment makes the gaming chairs suitable for almost anyone experiencing muscle tension and pain. It also makes gaming chairs more versatile because you can remove these accessories if you don’t need them.
As for office chairs, most of them have fixed support for the lower back, which can help you a lot if you have a medium body type. Upper-end office chairs also have an adjustable head and lower back support that adapt to most body types. Office chairs generally don’t offer less support, especially the more expensive ones that have had a lot of thoughts to put into their projects.
Thanks to the high backrest and fixed headrest, you can spot a playing chair a mile away. The strap on the removable pillow for the head and your neck and legging will have all the support they need during gameplay. This support is a must if you tend to lean back more often.
Ergonomically speaking, middle- and low-back office chairs won’t offer this support at all. To illustrate this, even more, think of your chair as a bed. Without a headboard and some pillows, most people won’t get a good night’s sleep. In a chair where you won’t be a soup, you’ll still get the same bassinet with a headrest and a head cushion.
If you look hard enough, there are office chairs with adjustable headrests, making them superior because they are not fixed. In some models, you can even adjust the height and angle of the head restraint. For most people, a fixed headrest will do a great job.
Since you’re buying a desk chair, one of the primary considerations you probably have is armrests. There are many configurations – from 4D to 2D. 4D can be adjusted in four dimensions – up and down, forward and backward, and left and right. 3D cannot be adjusted from left to right. 2D can only be adjusted up and down, but they can be rotated at the angle you want.
As you can tell, 4D is the best option because of its increased ergonomics. Gaming chairs usually have armrests 3D or higher. You can customize these armrests to match what you’re doing, such as typing on a typewriter or playing with a controller. Office chairs often have 2D armrests, which shouldn’t be a problem if you don’t like to switch hand positions so much.
Most playing chairs can be thrown quite far back, some even full 180 degrees. Some people say that folded seats are not the most ergonomic position to take while working or playing. It’s common knowledge that if you want to improve your posture, you have to sit upright. But is this scientifically reliable?
Studies show that a sitting position with an inclination reduces the load on the disks, as this reduces their load. So if you have constant back pain, tilting your back, perhaps sometimes lying your entire back, will help relieve some of these pains.
The most optimal seating angle, which creates the most negligible load on the back, sits quite at 135 degrees. So, if you have a gaming chair, you can easily make this adjustment. Sitting all day is not the best practice, and it helps a lot to put your body in a different position during the day. If you have the opportunity to turn a chair into a makeup bed, then it’s a plus that comfort seekers should be everywhere.
Regular office chairs don’t recline that far back. It’s probably because no one wants someone to be in the office. Sitting folded chairs promote relaxation, which is not the best way to increase productivity in the workplace. People who would like to focus more on the task at hand shouldn’t mind not laying their chairs straight.
Other things to consider
“One chair” should be durable. So, what makes a sturdy chair? First, check the frame. The best gaming chairs usually have tubular steel frames and load-bearing parts. They’re light enough to ride in a circle but sturdy sufficient to carry a lot of weight. Bearing parts refer to gas-filled springs and rollers. If you’re on heavy talk, make sure you get a chair with a higher maximum load capacity than your weight.
You should also check the base and videos. Standard office chairs usually have plastic cast bases that can crack over time. A good base should be made of cast aluminum or maybe something more substantial like steel.
It’s also helpful to note that gaming chairs may require a more tedious build than office chairs because they usually have more parts. Some models even include things like retractable footrests, massage features, and built-in speakers.
If we exclude all cheap options for both games and office chairs, their prices are almost the same. For example, the cost of both chairs with a 4D armrest will be about $ 300. For chairs below $200, they are already considered budget.
If you want to make a real investment, you can count on $400-500 for premium models. There are many mules to do this; gaming chairs at this price point will come with all the features desired by gamers everywhere. Office chairs will be more like what the CEO will have in his office, with wooden and leather accents.
If you’re on a budget, you’ll undoubtedly get more features with a gaming chair, but as we discussed above, it’s not necessarily the best choice for everyone.
Typical characteristics of a gaming chair
- Racing style bucket seat
- Multicolor logo design
- Full recline angle
- Basic simplified mechanism
- Cheap vinyl upholstery
- Comparatively limited range of motion
- Hefty import markup compared to an office chair
- Short warranty period
Differences Between Gaming And Office Chairs Are As Follows:
- Full customization and adaptation to the user’s parameters – height, weight, body features are taken into account – specialized mechanisms make it possible to adjust the angle of inclination of the backrest with subsequent fixation in any convenient position, raise / lower and rotate the armrests, raise/lower the seat to ensure the correct bend of the knee joint in which the legs will not swell (is 110 °)
- Stability in any position – they are not afraid of tilting, maintain a measured sway, which has a calming effect on the nervous system
- The materials used in gaming chairs are resistant to wear and tear, deformation, promote free air circulation, do not absorb water, are easy to clean, withstand a lot of weight, and quickly recover their shape. Specially designed for operation in different, sometimes extreme, conditions; hence such models serve much longer than their office “counterparts”
- A variety of design solutions – here is a wide range of not only color schemes but also executions in the style of characters from your favorite games
- Availability of additional options – headrests, waist pillows, ventilation holes, stands for keyboard, mouse, food, drinks, monitor stands, lighting, fan, heating, massage inserts. There are entire game modules, including tables, joysticks, a steering wheel, pedals, built-in speakers, and special hydraulics that set the whole structure in motion—designed specifically for racing enthusiasts.
Key Factors Found in Most Gaming Chairs:
The anatomical shape of the seat. It follows the body’s natural curves and provides the necessary orthopedic support from the pelvis to the neck. Reliably fixes the spinal column correctly, relieves muscles and does not interfere with proper blood circulation.
The presence of a lumbar cushion and headrest. A unique cushion supports the lower back, the problem area of all gamers, and eliminates pain. And the soft headrest will allow you to relax the cervical spine as much as possible in a short break.
Customization. Various adjustment mechanisms allow you to customize the chair for the individual characteristics of the gamer: height, weight, arm span, and even your favorite position. The more settings, the higher the comfort level during the gaming session.
Durable padding. Eco-leather has established itself as the best option. It is a fabric-based material with a modern polyurethane coating. The practicality of eco-leather as an upholstery material is confirmed by many hours of professional tournaments. Even with active use, the chair looks new.
High strength components. During the most stressful moments of the game, the chair’s stability can play an important role. In the production of gaming chairs, reinforced crosspieces and rollers, seat frames, and high-density filler are used. Which is often rarely seen in ordinary office chairs.
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