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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a better camera system, including higher photo and video quality, the Sony Xperia 1 III outperforms the Google Pixel 6. However, the Pixel 6 offers outstanding camera capabilities at its price point and has a longer battery life. While both phones have high-quality OLED displays, the Xperia 1 III features a higher refresh rate and a more detailed and sharper screen. In terms of battery life, the Pixel 6 lasts longer on a single charge. If you're looking for a more affordable option that delivers competitive features, the Pixel 6 is a great choice, but if you're willing to pay more for enhancements in screen detail and camera technology, the Xperia 1 III could be your preference. Both devices run Android, so the operating system shouldn't be a deciding factor between the two. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Google Pixel 6
  • Good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
Advantages of the Sony Xperia 1 III
  • Best in class display quality
  • Good performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.7
Pixel 6
Xperia 1 III
6.0
The Google Pixel 6 has good overall camera quality, while the Sony Xperia 1 III has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.7
Pixel 6
Xperia 1 III
5.9
The Google Pixel 6 takes good photos, while the Sony Xperia 1 III takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.0
Pixel 6
Xperia 1 III
6.0
The Google Pixel 6 takes good videos, while the Sony Xperia 1 III takes only fair videos.

Battery

6.9 Hours
Pixel 6
Xperia 1 III
5.6 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 1 III has 5.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6 has a screen size of 6.4 inches and the Sony Xperia 1 III is 6.5 inches.

Cost

$350
Pixel 6
Xperia 1 III
$1,298
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The Google Pixel 6 has a price of $350 and the Sony Xperia 1 III costs $1,298.
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How the Google Pixel 6 and the Sony Xperia 1 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6Sony Xperia 1 III
Google Pixel 6Sony Xperia 1 III

GENERAL

Price
$350
$1,298
Brand
GoogleSony
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022August 25, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.4"6.5"
Resolution
2400 x 10803840 x 1644
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
411643
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorSD888
Internal Storage
128 GB256 GB
RAM
8 GB12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.8/106/10
Photos Score
7.8/105.9/10
Videos Score
7/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.9 Hours5.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
4614 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
21 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)No

PHYSICAL

Size
6.24" x 2.94"6.5" x 2.8"
Weight
7.30 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, Kinda CoralBlack
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoYes

Shopping

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Google Pixel 6

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Android Police

Taylor Kerns | April 2022
"It punches above its weight in nearly every way: performance is great, build quality is very good, and the cameras positively rip. this is a big phone, which is a bit of a shock after the compact Pixel 4 and Pixel 5. But it’s a very good big phone at a very good price."

Sony Xperia 1 III

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TechRadar

James Peckham | August 2021
"For those who enjoy Sony’s Android phones, or who want a top-tier smartphone with a versatile camera, a beautiful screen and strong battery life, this is a great choice. If your budget can stretch to it, and you're a fan of its looks, it could be a great option."

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About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

About Sony

Sony has had a long history in the mobile market, entering the scene all the way back in 1993 with its first commercially available phone, the CM-H333. Nowadays, their Xperia line of phones provide well-rounded and sometimes expensive devices with a focus on camera software that includes extensive support for manual tweaking of settings. Sony's dedication to audio quality is also evident in its smartphones, which often feature high-resolution audio support while also being one of the few remaining manufacturers that consistently provide headphone jacks in their phones. The company's version of Android is also considered to be close to stock, enabling a bloatware-free experience for its users.

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