Pixels aren’t any stranger to high-end cellular phone costs. Despite the truth that all this time, it’s regarded that Google hadn’t yet launched a appropriate spiritual flagship that they were pleased with—at the least not until now with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Expert. This yr, it’s sure that Google’s new telephones are these that the firm takes pride in, nonetheless for all each person knows, that would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply fine be all talk. So what better manner to masks the Pixel’s resurgence than to investigate cross-take a look at their effort and dedication to the level to?

About this evaluate: The Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6 Expert outmoded for this evaluate were personally offered from the Google Retailer. Google Eire did provide my colleague Adam Conway with a Pixel 6 Expert, nonetheless the unit became not utilized for this evaluate. Google had no involvement within the contents of this evaluate.

Google Pixel 6

  • Sizable level to brightness for its value
  • Exact coloration accuracy in Pure mode
  • Noxious shadow tone regulate at low brightness
  • Darker colors make a tint
  • Awful auto-brightness device
  • Color shifts at acute angles
  • At risk of flaws in masks uniformity

Google Pixel 6 Expert

  • Very fair correct image consistency
  • Professional high brightness
  • Sizable shadow tone regulate
  • Sizable coloration accuracy in Pure mode
  • Very fair correct grayscale precision
  • Awful auto-brightness device


This time round, Google modified up its liberate procedure, opting for fine one frequent dimension—monumental—for its two major telephones. The handsets are essentially differentiated by their feature region, with the extra top rate of the 2 Pixel 6’s adopting the “Expert” moniker. In phrases of pricing, Google taken aback us with numbers that undercut its previous telephones, apart from to principal of the competition’s, for both Pixels’ respective tiers internal the smartphone market. Questionably, corners had to own been decrease someplace. With level to procedure in general making up an awfully principal fragment in a cellular phone’s invoice of affords, that’s in general the put you’ll first web shortcomings.

The Pixel 6 Expert comes equipped with a bewitching 6.71-disappear OLED, and it has the correct level to hardware that Google has assign on a cellular phone until date. It uses a excessive-end configuration from Samsung Expose, though it’s a complete step down compared to its most up-to-date generation of OLED. Here’s this form of shortcomings. Nonetheless all for that telephones with more moderen level to tech are in general dearer than the Pixel 6 Expert, I’d sigh that its value justifies the hardware. Regardless, the panel is extra than in a position to handing over gorgeous visuals, and the 120 Hz excessive refresh rate makes interacting with the cellular phone gargantuan tender. There’s moreover a curve on the facets of the level to that cellular phone makers love to tack on in an try to find their cellular phone look extra top rate, nonetheless I’m not partial to it.

The Pixel 6 Pro's flexible OLED appears darker than the Pixel 6's rigid OLED

Pixel 6 (high); Pixel 6 Expert (backside). The Pixel 6 Expert’s flexible OLED seems darker than the Pixel 6’s rigid OLED

Rigid OLED: a downgrade for the bottom model

The out of the ordinary Pixel 6 uses a decrease-determination 6.40-disappear Samsung panel. Despite the truth that both telephones are using up as much as now OLEDs, the hardware on the Pixel 6 is essentially a downgrade in some ways compared to last yr’s Pixel 5. For the first time since the Pixel 2, Google is using an substandard rigid OLED level to stack of their major cellular phone lineup to diminish charges. When put next with up-to-the-minute flexible OLEDs (like on the 6 Expert and on most flagship telephones), the moderate rigid level to stack has decrease masks contrast, fluctuant viewing angles, and seems extra sunken into the level to. On the upside, the Pixel 6 does win brighter, and it does appear sharper than the Pixel 5 despite having a decrease pixel density (extra on this later).

For the first time since the Pixel 2, Google is using an substandard rigid OLED level to stack

Rigid OLEDs are an older construction that is now in general only outmoded in budget telephones. The major distinction is that a rigid OLED contains a thicker glass encapsulation and substrate, while flexible OLEDs utilize a thin-film encapsulation and a bendable plastic substrate. The elastic nature of flexible OLEDs not only makes them extra sturdy and moldable than rigid OLEDs, nonetheless it indubitably moreover enables for some optical advantages. Thinner encapsulation enables the bodily pixels to appear closer to the quilt glass, giving flexible OLEDs a extra laminated look. Also, on rigid stacks, the refraction of the sunshine transmitted by the glass layers causes undesirable rainbow viewing angles that you just fair don’t take a look at on flexible OLEDs. Lastly, not all “infinite contrast ratios” are made equal: more moderen flexible OLED level to stacks own darker internal affords, imposing deeper blacks than these of rigid OLEDs.

Pixel 6 (left); Pixel 6 Expert (factual). The Pixel 6’s masks experiences refractions at an attitude

On the Pixel 6 Expert, bigger-efficiency hybrid oxide transistors toughen the backplane, which vastly enhances an OLED’s riding steadiness. Here’s the catalyst in enabling a appropriate variable refresh rate, saving vitality as it enables pixels to maintain their price for principal longer between refreshes. Since they own got a low rate of discharge, oxide riding TFTs can pulse at decrease currents compared to an LTPS TFT to realize the same precise-narrate luminance, which extra saves battery and improves calibration precision. Anecdotally, every cellular phone that I’ve outmoded with an LTPO panel has had finish to-flawless panel uniformity and intensely small gray tinting in low gentle, and I specialize in principal of that would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply moreover be moreover be attributed to the improved steadiness of the hybrid oxide backplane.

PenTile subpixel sizing

Seldom talked about is the adaptation within the subpixels between PenTile OLEDs. Larger subpixels toughen vitality efficiency and lengthen their longevity, which reduces burn-in. Higher-density shows require packing in smaller subpixels, thus there are advantages to accomodating a decrease bodily masks determination. Cloak that this is entirely diverse than sampling a masks at a decrease render determination, which does nearly nothing for the battery outdoors of plump-determination gaming since the bodily subpixels are peaceable the same dimension.

As a change of lowering the masks determination, one other choice is to lengthen the panel’s win component, which is defined as the ratio of the subpixels’ emissive dwelling to the total level to dwelling. For decrease-determination OLEDs, this has the added fair correct thing about bettering pixel definition, which reduces obvious coloration fringing round well-defined edges within the masks. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Expose began to create 1080p panels with bigger win factors, growing the relative dimension of the subpixel dwelling by about 20%. To my eyes, this had entirely eradicated coloration fringing on these panels, and they now look closer to their non-PenTile counterparts. For folk who use their cellular phone for VR, a bigger win component moreover reduces the masks door end.

Fortunately, the Pixel 6’s 1080p masks has a excessive win component, and I take a look at no coloration fringing with it. Its masks seems sharper than 1080p PenTile shows of the past, at the side of the bigger-density panel of the Pixel 5, so of us who’re coming from 1440p shows want not distress too principal. The OLED on the 6 Expert, alternatively, has a decrease win ratio, so efficiency features would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply moreover be had with the next level to manufacture. Despite the truth that as it stands, Apple is currently the finest firm that optimizes for both determination and win component, with iPhone OLEDs having an awfully principal subpixels out of any cellular phone.

Methodology for gathering recordsdata

To fabricate quantitative coloration recordsdata from smartphones, level to ascertain patterns are staged and measured using an X-Rite i1Display Expert metered by an X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer in its excessive-determination 3.3nm mode. The take a look at patterns and machine settings outmoded are corrected for diverse level to characteristics and doable instrument implementations that would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply alter desired measurements. Measurements are performed with arbitrary level to changes disabled unless talked about in any other case.

The major take a look at patterns are constant vitality patterns (generally called equal energy patterns), correlating to a median pixel stage of about 42%, to measure the transfer aim and grayscale precision. It’s principal to measure emissive shows not only with constant moderate pixel stage nonetheless moreover with constant vitality patterns since their output depends upon on the frequent level to luminance. Additionally, a continuing moderate pixel stage does not inherently mean constant vitality; the take a look at patterns I use are of both. A bigger moderate pixel stage closer to 50% is outmoded to seize the midpoint efficiency between both the decrease pixel levels and the bigger pixel levels since many apps and webpages own white backgrounds that are bigger in pixel stage.

The coloration distinction metric outmoded is ΔETP (ITU-R BT.2124), which is an total better measure for coloration differences than ΔE00 that is outmoded in earlier opinions and is peaceable currently being outmoded in rather a lot of change websites’ level to opinions. Folk who’re peaceable using ΔE00 for coloration error reporting are encouraged to change to ΔEITP.

ΔEITP generally considers luminance error in its computation, since luminance is an major narrate to utterly utter coloration. On the change hand, since the human visible device interprets chromaticity and luminance one at a time, I maintain our take a look at patterns at a continuing luminance and perform not consist of the luminance (I/intensity) error in our ΔEITP values. Furthermore, it’s necessary to separate the 2 errors when assessing a level to’s efficiency on story of, fine like with our visible device, they pertain to diverse points with the level to. This kind, we’re going to extra thoroughly analyze and realize the efficiency of a level to.

Our coloration targets are in step with the ITP coloration dwelling, which is extra perceptually uniform than the CIE 1976 UCS with principal-improved hue linearity. Our targets are spaced out roughly even in all places in the ITP coloration dwelling at a reference 100 cd/m2 white stage, with colors at 100%, 75%, 50%, and 25% saturation. Colors are measured at 73% stimulus, which corresponds to about 50% magnitude in luminance assuming a gamma vitality of two.20.

Distinction, grayscale, and coloration accuracy are examined in all places in the level to’s brightness differ. The brightness increments are spaced evenly between the most and minimum level to brightness in PQ-dwelling. Charts and graphs are moreover plotted in PQ-dwelling (if acceptable) for real illustration of the actual belief of brightness.

ΔETP values are roughly 3× the magnitude of ΔE00 values for the same coloration distinction. A measured coloration error ΔETP of 1.0 denotes the smallest value for an even-noticeable-distinction for the measured coloration, and the metric assumes the most seriously tailored narrate for the observer so as now to not under-predict coloration errors. A coloration error ΔETP lower than 3.0 is an acceptable stage of accuracy for a reference level to (steered from ITU-R BT.2124 Annex 4.2), and a ΔETP value bigger than 8.0 would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply moreover be noticeable at a gawk, which I’ve concluded empirically.

HDR take a look at patterns are examined against ITU-R BT.2100 using the Perceptual Quantizer (ST 2084). HDR sRGB and P3 patterns are spaced out evenly with sRGB/P3 primaries, an HDR reference white stage of 203 cd/m2 (ITU-R BT.2408), and a PQ signal stage of 58% for the total coloration patterns. All HDR patterns are examined at 20% APL with constant vitality take a look at patterns.

Color Profiles

Pixel 6 Expert Color Gamut

Pixels affords three diverse coloration profiles to own from, all of which swap the characteristics of the colors and shots on the masks.

By default, Adaptive mode is chosen out of the field. Every Adaptive and Boosted modes elevate coloration saturation fine a small bit, with the most principal distinction being that Adaptive mode moreover uses bigger contrast. When put next with the sparkling profile of many change smartphones, the Adaptive mode isn’t very as vivid, and a few of us would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply even fight to ascertain the adaptation between Adaptive and Pure. All three profiles target a D65 white level, which can also appear warmth/yellow to of us who aren’t familiar with paint-calibrated shows.

A shrimp gripe I essentially own with Adaptive and Boosted is that the coloration saturation elevate isn’t uniform: greens are boosted the most, followed by reds, while blues own small-to-no enhance (runt by the OLED’s plump native gamut). There’s moreover nothing essentially “adaptive” in regards to the profile compared to the diverse two, so the naming of the profile is a small little bit of a misnomer.

If image fidelity is a priority, the Pure mode is the Pixel’s coloration-honest profile. The profile targets the plump sRGB coloration dwelling (gamut, white level, and tone response) while Android’s coloration administration device handles wide-gamut P3 articulate material in apps that toughen it. Internally, Google is now moreover concentrated on Expose P3 as the cellular phone’s default composition recordsdata dwelling, which is a shrimp step in maturing their coloration administration device.

For folk who’re not satisfied with the white steadiness of their Pixel, Google, unfortunately, does not provide any choice to tune that component of the level to (outdoors of Evening Gentle). Google formerly had a feature called Ambient EQ on the Pixel 4 which automatically matched the white steadiness of the masks to the patron’s ambient lighting, nonetheless the firm scrapped it in its future telephones for reasons unknown.

Cloak Brightness

In phrases of masks brightness, both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Expert win nearly same to every diverse, and they both win intellectual ample to use the cellular phone under daylight. With auto-brightness enabled, both telephones upward push as much as about 750–770 nits for fullscreen white, boosting as much as 1000–1100 nits for articulate material with decrease moderate gentle levels (“APL”). Sadly the Pixel 6 and 6 Expert can only maintain their excessive brightness mode for 5 minutes at a scoot back and forth of every thirty minutes, so using the cellular phone extensively outdoors would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply not be ideal. After 5 minutes, the cellular phone level to will ramp down to about 470 nits, which is both telephones’ most handbook brightness when auto-brightness is disabled.

For the value of the out of the ordinary Pixel 6, these figures showcase gorgeous value

For the Pixel 6 Expert, these high brightness values are fashioned and to be expected all for its value. Nonetheless for the value of the out of the ordinary Pixel 6, these figures showcase gorgeous value, and telephones that perform win brighter in general value a small bit extra than even the 6 Expert.

As adversarial to high brightness, level to tone mapping moreover plays a monumental aim in bettering a masks’s legibility under daylight. It ought to be covered extra afterward, nonetheless briefly, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Expert does enhance shadow tones to motivate out with outside viewing.

When region to their dimmest brightness atmosphere, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Expert can win down to about 1.8–1.9 nits, which is typical of most, nonetheless not all OLED telephones (particularly OnePlus). At this brightness, the default Adaptive profile on both telephones crushes finish to-dark colors on account of the profile’s steeper contrast curves. Pure mode exhibits lighter shadows, and on the Pixel 6 Expert the profile retains sure shadow principal features with very small dark clipping in low gentle. The Pixel 6, on the diverse hand, struggles a small bit extra with finish to-dark colors, seriously in its 90 Hz narrate.


The auto-brightness device on the Pixels has been the worst that I’ve outmoded in any most up-to-date cellular phone. One frequent argument is that it learns your brightness preference over time, nonetheless the underlying framework is fundamentally wrong in a technique that luxuriate in machine learning can’t repair. The results of the device is jittery transitions and an absence of determination within the low end.

Pixel brightness mapping. Jittery transitions for low brightness values

Pixel brightness mapping (estimated). Jittery transitions for low brightness values

Sooner than the Pixel 6, Google only reserved 255 sure brightness values to manipulate the level to brightness. Even supposing all brightness values were to be efficiently spaced out, the determination simply wasn’t ample to device completely tender transitions. Now with the Pixel 6, Google increased the internal selection of brightness values as much as 2043 between 2 nits and 500 nits. That seems find it irresistible’ll peaceable be ample, nonetheless there are two principal principal features: the mapping of these brightness values, and how the Pixel transitions by these brightness values.

Despite the truth that the Pixel 6 has 2043 brightness values, these values are mapped linearly to its level to brightness. This kind that the spacing of brightness between these values isn’t very perceptually uniform, since the human belief of brightness scales seriously logarithmically, in preference to linearly, primarily primarily based fully on masks luminance nits. In Android 9 Pie, Google altered the Pixel’s brightness slider so as that it would possibly perhaps perhaps scale logarithmically as an alternate of linearly for the motive that I fine talked about. On the change hand, this only modified how the device on the brightness slider mapped to the device brightness value, which is peaceable internally linear.

Even with the bigger brightness determination of the Pixel 6, jitters would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply moreover be seen between the brightness values under about 30% device brightness. For this inherent motive, the Pixel’s transition in level to luminance can appear panicked when the auto-brightness strikes round in low gentle. The jitteriness is exacerbated by the tempo and the conduct of the Pixel’s auto-brightness transitions, which steps linearly by level to luminance at a continuing tempo that reaches max brightness from minimum brightness in one second—or about 500 nits per second. This makes any auto-brightness transition simply about instantaneous for shrimp-to-medium changes.

Energy consumption

Display Power of Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, S21 Ultra.

Expose Energy of Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Expert, S21 Extremely.

Posthaste touching on level to vitality: When focusing on fullscreen level to nits per watt, the Pixel 6 Expert consumes seriously extra vitality than the Pixel 6 at excessive brightness. Here’s seriously expected since the Expert has a pretty bigger level to and a bigger determination (read: smaller emissive pixel dwelling), though I did not query the adaptation to be this dramatic. Adding within the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely as one other recordsdata level, it consumes much less vitality than both Pixels despite having a bigger masks, which showcases the impeccable efficiency features of Samsung’s subsequent-gen OLED emitters. The discrepancy in variable refresh rate became not examined.

Distinction & Tone Mapping

A frequent rule of thumb in calibrating a level to is to cope with a gamma vitality of two.4 for darkish rooms, or 2.2 for in each region else. Smartphones are outmoded in all forms of viewing prerequisites, so that they in general fall within the latter class. Hence, most telephones target a gamma vitality of two.2 for their fashioned calibrated level to modes. Here’s what the Pixel had always completed, nonetheless it indubitably’s a small bit diverse this yr on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Expert.

Pixel 6 Expert Tone Response (Pure, 100 nits)

New tone responses: Gamma 2.2 vs Piecewise sRGB

Within the default Adaptive mode, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Expert own increased contrast compared to the diverse profiles. The tone response is roughly a 2.4 gamma vitality on the Pixel 6, while on the Pixel 6 Expert it’s extra like gamma 2.3. At decrease brightness levels, the Adaptive mode has too principal contrast in my gape, and a selection of finish to-dark colors can appear entirely clipped, seriously on the much less dear cellular phone.

For the Pure and Boosted profiles, the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Expert now conform to the piecewise sRGB tone response curve in preference to gamma 2.2. The curve differs in that it has a linear mapping finish to dark which makes darkish tones appear lighter compared to gamma 2.2.  Attributable to the increased complexity of the aim, most of us fine calibrate to gamma 2.2 for simplicity, and it’s what show screen calibrators and artists own been doing for tons of years. The true use of the particular sRGB curve is a controversial topic for this motive; even supposing it’s the “reliable” fashioned, it creates disparity amongst the overwhelming majority who own already been working with gamma 2.2, which many argue to be the “appropriate” enterprise fashioned.

What makes this involving is that I’m not particular Google even meant for this conduct. Samsung moreover ships telephones with the sRGB tone curve, though only on their Exynos variants—the Snapdragon models peaceable use gamma 2.2. The Exynos level to pipeline internal the Pixels’ Tensor SoC is seemingly accountable for decoding RGB triplets with the sRGB transfer aim.

With regard to accuracy, both telephones perform a appropriate job tracking the sRGB tone curve of their Pure and Boosted mode. Nonetheless at decrease brightness, the Pixel 6 fails to maintain up with the efficiency of the Pixel 6 Expert as the much less dear panel struggles to purchase darker tones in its 90 Hz clock rate. In frequent utilization, the sRGB tone curve seems finish ample to the fashioned 2.2 gamma curve to the put most of us won’t search for a distinction for most imagery. On the change hand, a purchase in shadows is well observable within the darker regions of articulate material and in darkish-themed interfaces. Some would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply own this look over gamma 2.2, while others would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply specialize in it seems washed out. In my notion, I own this tonal appearance on smartphones for the enhanced legibility in low gentle and in intellectual prerequisites.

When excessive brightness mode triggers under a sunny day, the shows will bump up the shadows, with the Expert cellular phone having the skill to being tuned a small bit brighter. This helps toughen the visibility of image principal features in brighter prerequisites without compromising the image quality.

Shadow tone regulate

At their dimmest atmosphere, the Pixel 6 Expert paints a principal extra tonally balanced masks. In its Pure mode, the Pixel 6 Expert is without doubt one of the principal correct-performing low brightness OLEDs on any cellular phone. I claimed the same component for last yr’s Pixel 5, which had impeccable shadow tone regulate. When put next with it, the Pixel 6 Expert performs within the same device, though this yr’s level to is fine a small bit worse finish to dark. Whereas the Pixel 5 became in a device to render its first bit step out of dark (1/255) at all brightness levels, the Pixel 6 Expert can only perform so at excessive brightness. It does globally render the very subsequent step, alternatively, and in my e book, that’s peaceable unimaginable. The Pixel 5’s shadows were moreover a small bit lighter total in low gentle, nonetheless in my gape it made things look a small bit too flat, and I now own the look of the 6 Expert.

The Pixel 6 Expert is without doubt one of the principal correct-performing low brightness OLEDs on any cellular phone

Internal the same prerequisites, the non-Expert Pixel does not compete. The much less dear level to renders steep shadows that clip a small bit extra finish to dark, and in Adaptive mode, the Pixel 6 turns correct into a mottled mess at minimum brightness. For this motive, I cannot counsel the profile on Pixel 6.

White Stability & Grayscale Precision

Pixel 6 Expert Grayscale (100 nits)

Nominally, both shows strike real same white features that measure decently honest to D65/6504 K. Every my objects erred a small bit on the magenta aspect, though I haven’t any qualms with this as I’ll level to later.

Below the skin, the 2 telephones essentially win vastly diverse in phrases of coloration precision. The Pixel 6 Expert maintains the coloration of its white all over its grayscale and all over its brightness differ, with the exception of excessive-brightness mode the put the tint in darker colors is many times masked by daylight. The Pixel 6, on the diverse hand, gradually tints against magenta the decrease the coloration tone intensity. A composed flicker became moreover visible when the Delicate Expose auto-switched between 90 Hz and 60 Hz, nonetheless on my sample, the end isn’t too noticeable. Lastly, on my unit, the non-uniform grayscale distribution is painfully evident at decrease brightness.

“Metameric failure”

Two colors from diverse shows that measure the same true chromaticity don’t necessarily appear same in coloration. The truth of the topic is that most up-to-date programs of coloration measurement don’t provide a definitive assessment for coloration matching. As it turns out, the adaptation in spectral distributions between OLEDs and LCDs creates a difference within the seems of their white features. Extra exactly, the coloration of white on OLEDs will in general appear yellowish-inexperienced compared to an LCD level to that measures identically. Here’s is known as metameric failure, and it’s been widely acknowledged to happen with wide-gamut shows similar to OLEDs. The fashioned illuminants (e.g. D65) own been defined with spectral distributions that match closer to that of an LCD, so the technology is now outmoded as a reference. For this motive, an offset against magenta is required for the white level of OLEDs to perceptually match the 2 level to technologies.

Now, I’m not announcing that metameric failure is the motive why the Pixel 6 (Expert) shows measure against magenta, nonetheless there’s a level to be made about taking a gawk at fine colorimetric measurements on my own. For reference, this is how the white level of the Pixel 6 Expert measures when it’s perceptually coloration-matched to my calibrated LCD show screen. The variation is big. There own been many attempts in methodologically transferring over the perceptual appearance, nonetheless none own been complete ample to quilt every rising level to sort—matching by seek is reasonably actually the correct manner to maintain out this right this moment. On the change hand, honest measurements to any fashioned allow for predictability if changes are to be made, which is a severe attribute for any electrical narrate.

Color Accuracy

The procedure for correct coloration accuracy is reasonably easy: honest tone mapping plus a wonderful white level. The previous sections of this evaluate can nearly entirely deduce the relaxation of the shows’ coloration mixing efficiency. Moderately charts and quantitative verification are always good though, so here they are.

Pixel 6 Expert sRGB Color Accuracy (Pure, 100 nits)

Pure mode on both telephones demonstrates fair-tuned coloration accuracy, with moderate coloration errors ΔETP lower than 3.0, and most coloration errors ΔETP lower than 10.0. These values are ample ample for a reference level to, though it’s principal to bellow that these coloration measurements were taken at 75% tone intensity; the unhappy coloration precision on the much less dear Pixel 6 level to manner that it’s expected to win worse at decrease tone intensities, while the Expert level to remains honest self sustaining of tone intensity. Moreover that, there would possibly perhaps be some composed skewing with extra-complex coloration mixtures, similar to with red and orange, on account of the diverse tone response curve that Google is using. Without a doubt that if it caught with gamma 2.2, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Expert would measure even extra precisely, though the adaptation would mostly be tutorial.

In excessive-brightness mode, the shows will a small bit crank up the coloration saturation to conquer the saturation loss from viewing glare. This at the side of the contrast lightness enhance ought to peaceable motivate the level to appear extra honest under daylight.

HDR10 Playback

Despite the truth that HDR articulate material peaceable isn’t all too frequent, many more moderen titles on streaming platforms own now been releasing masters in Dolby Imaginative and prescient and HDR10. To motivate with adoption, a selection of smartphones provide the functionality to memoir in one of the principal recent HDR codecs. Out of the recent telephones, Apple’s iPhones own been these to propel the seek recordsdata from for platform adoption of the HDR codecs with their Dolby Imaginative and prescient-/HLG-enabled recording. In my assessment, alternatively, I only quilt the HDR10 layout, which is currently the most ubiquitous layout for reliable articulate material creators.

Very fair correct tone regulate, precision, and coloration accuracy carries over to HDR10 on the Pixel 6 Expert. The ST.2084 fashioned HDR tone response curve is faithfully reproduced alongside with extremely consistent coloration temperature all all over its grayscale. This assures that the white steadiness and contrast of every scene can replicate the creator’s visible intent, at the least as much as 650 nits. Most HDR articulate material that is currently being delivered by streaming platforms is mastered or optimized for a most headroom of 1,000 nits for highlights. The Pixel 6 Expert is involving to upward push as much as 800 nits fullscreen brightness, nonetheless an absence of metadata-conscious tone mapping brings the usable in-articulate material high down to about 650 nits. Whereas the 350-nit deficit would possibly perhaps perhaps also simply appear mighty, not many scenes in observe are graded principal brighter.

As for the out of the ordinary Pixel 6, it’s peaceable in a position to handing over fair correct visuals, fine without as principal polish. Scenes can vary in white steadiness on the much less dear OLED on account of decrease-brightness tinting, and image contrast is many times a small bit steeper. Shadow definition is moreover not as polished as on the Expert level to.

The gotcha is that one and all the above capture a viewing atmosphere of 5 lux, which is the region quo for HDR10. Here’s seriously unlit for informal watching, and most of us in actual fact will watch things in a brighter atmosphere. Furthermore, fashioned HDR10 replication is calibrated for most device brightness, so while you point out to observe a mark in HDR10 internal a brighter room, the trip won’t be optimal since the level to brightness can’t be region any bigger. HDR10 is moreover utilized this device in most TVs, not fine on the Pixel 6 or on Android, nonetheless more moderen TVs moreover offer adaptive changes to the HDR tone mapping to atone for brighter environments. The Pixel 6’s 650-nit efficient high alongside with its lack of adaptive tone mapping manner that it will’t suppose the same stable HDR efficiency outdoors of a dimly lit room.

Closing Remarks

Two diverse telephones, on account of this truth two diverse conclusions.

For its highest-end handset, Google delivers one of the principal principal correct coloration reproduction and image consistency that yow will uncover on any consumer level to. With the Pixel 6 Expert, it’s doubtless you’ll also simply moreover be particular you’re seeing the total image principal features at any brightness stage, be it unlit or intellectual. On the opposite, the coloration tuning would possibly perhaps be the motive why some of us won’t find it irresistible. Even in its most vivid coloration mode, the level to peaceable behaves on the extra coloration-honest aspect, so of us who own a excessive-saturation appearance would be left wanting extra. Additionally, the Pixel 6 Expert doesn’t raise the brightest or the finest OLED tech, nonetheless its most up-to-date capabilities are completely ample and well value its value tag. It’s comprehensible that of us would want completely the most involving panel readily within the market from the correct cellular phone that Google affords, nonetheless the Pixel 6 Expert is fine not priced in that manner.

With the Pixel 6 Expert, it’s doubtless you’ll also simply moreover be particular you is also seeing the total image principal features at any brightness stage

Talking of value, the much less dear cellular phone, unsurprisingly, uses a much less dear level to. And by much less dear, I perform mean low-value. From wrong viewing angles to irregular masks uniformity and grayscale tinting, the OLED on the Pixel 6 is terribly principal a budget-stage cellular phone trip—one which that it’s doubtless you’ll query from their Pixel A-collection. For what’s alleged to be one of Google’s two strongest choices, the gathering of OLED on the Pixel 6 makes it essentially feel like an unpolished product, and in my gape, it entirely cheapens the logo. We don’t web this stage of compromise on the level to of any diverse flagship “non-Expert” variants from the competition.

No topic the relaxation of the handset feeling reasonably top rate, the masks is fine too principal of a narrate to stint out on. Many individuals own criticized Apple for adopting OLED so late internal their base models, nonetheless in its defense, using the Pixel 6 made it comprehensible why Apple had decided now to not fine consist of any low-value rigid OLED of their telephones. They simply lack the refinement that is anticipated from a top rate handset. For its value level, I don’t specialize in it will seemingly be helped; by undercutting the competition by $100–$200 USD, the Pixel 6 inevitably had to find some place of glaring sacrifice. So, in preference to fine being a well-priced top rate cellular phone, what this confirmed me became that the Pixel 6 is essentially extra of a mid-differ machine, in a tier that is extra same to Apple’s “R”-collection or Samsung’s “FE” variant.

For what’s alleged to be one of Google’s two strongest choices, the gathering of OLED on the Pixel 6 makes it essentially feel like an unpolished product

Internal the Pixel instrument, some lodging would possibly perhaps perhaps even own been made to enhance the patron trip. For starters, improvements to the auto-brightness are sorely wanted, as its transitions prove to be jarring as a rule. I would moreover just like the return of AmbientEQ, which became the automatic white steadiness feature within the Pixel 4. Manual changes to the masks white steadiness would moreover be necessary, which would be outmoded to tune the masks coloration temperature to your model, or even to atone for the metameric failure.

Google Pixel 6 Boards | Google Pixel 6 Expert Boards

Overall, I’m torn on whether I love the route that Google has taken for the shows of its two major telephones. Needless to sigh, each person would want them both to be a small bit better—a pretty brighter level to for the 6 Expert and a extra delicate OLED for the out of the ordinary 6—nonetheless Google’s pricing has made it complicated to hunt recordsdata from for additional. No longer lower than for the Expert cellular phone, I in actual fact specialize in that you just’re getting your money’s value. Nonetheless for the better mid-ranged Pixel 6, I essentially feel that it’s priced in a guttered region the put it’s not priced excessive ample to own ample money a level to that objects it other than these on budget telephones. If Google priced the Pixel 6 about $100 bigger, nonetheless with a delicate flexible OLED apart from, I specialize in that Google’s base model would be principal extra a hit.

Specification Google Pixel 6 Google Pixel 6 Expert

Rigid OLED

PenTile Diamond Pixel



Flexible OLED

PenTile Diamond Pixel



Producer Samsung Expose Co. Samsung Expose Co.

5.8 inches by 2.6 inches

6.40-disappear diagonal

15.4 sq. inches

6.1 inches by 2.8 inches

6.71-disappear diagonal

17.0 sq. inches



20:9 pixel component ratio


19.5:9 pixel component ratio

Pixel Density

291 crimson subpixels per disappear

411 inexperienced subpixels per disappear

291 blue subpixels per disappear

362 crimson subpixels per disappear

512 inexperienced subpixels per disappear

362 blue subpixels per disappear



1.8 nits

Peak 100% APL:

746 nits

Peak 50% APL:

909 nits

Peak HDR 20% APL:

770 nits


1.9 nits

Peak 100% APL:

766 nits

Peak 50% APL:

901 nits

Peak HDR 20% APL:

801 nits

White Stability Traditional is 6504 K

6400 K

ΔETP = 4.4

6510 K

ΔETP = 2.6

Tone Response Traditional is a straight gamma of two.20


Piecewise sRGB

Gamma 2.04–2.34


Gamma 2.34–2.56


Piecewise sRGB

Gamma 1.94–2.00


Gamma 2.22–2.32

Color Difference ΔETP values above 10 are obvious ΔETP values under 3.0 appear honest ΔETP values under 1.0 are indistinguishable from perfect



Moderate ΔETP = 3.0

Max ΔETP = 9.2


Moderate ΔETP = 3.0

Max ΔETP = 9.2



Moderate ΔETP = 2.7

Max ΔETP = 7.8


Moderate ΔETP = 2.9

Max ΔETP = 8.4

Gloomy Clipping Threshold Signal levels to be clipped dark


<2/255 @ 100 nits

<1/255 @ 20 nits

<4/255 @ min brightness


<3/255 @ 100 nits

<1/255 @ 20 nits

<13/255 @ min brightness


<1/255 @ 100 nits

<2/255 @ 20 nits

<2/255 @ min brightness


<1/255 @ 100 nits

<5/255 @ 20 nits

<2/255 @ min brightness

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