In May, Google presented a new product — the Pixel 6a smartphone. Series A is a simplified version of the flagship. The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a have the same design, but there is a noticeable difference in specifications. The Pixel 6a has been simplified to keep the price down.
The novelty will go on sale on July 28 and will cost $ 449, and a week earlier it will appear in the official Google Store.
What will the buyer get for such a price and will the Google Pixel 6a differ greatly from the older brother of the Pixel 6 and the younger version of the Pixel 5a? Now let’s find out all this.
Differences in design and displays
Externally, the novelty is almost the same as the Pixel 6, although the photos from the presentation show that the camera block has been reduced. This is natural, because the modules in Pixel 6a are much simpler than in the older version. The manufacturer also abandoned metal and glass in favor of more affordable materials: the frame was made of aluminum, and the back panel was made of polycarbonate.
The screen is also slightly reduced. If in Pixel 6 its diagonal was 6.4”, then the novelty has only 6.1”. Even the younger version of the Pixel 5a had a larger display — 6.34 inches. The screen is based on an OLED matrix with a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. The frame rate was reduced to 60 Hz, while the older version has 90 Hz. The Pixel 5a also has only 60 Hz — this is a feature of A‑series smartphones.
The glass that protects the screen is the same for both A‑series smartphones — Corning Gorilla Glass 3, but the Pixel 6 uses a more durable Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Google Pixel 6a will be available in three colors — black, silver and light green.
The main feature of the novelty is the use of the same flagship Google Tensor processor, which is installed in the older version. This is an 8‑core chip with two powerful Cortex-X1 cores and six additional Cortex-A76 + Cortex-A55. The processor frequency is 2.8 GHz.
The Mali-G78 chip, created using a 5 nm process technology, is responsible for graphics processing. This chipset features a dedicated AI block that automatically enhances photo quality. The Titan M2 co-processor is also integrated, which is responsible for security. It does not have record performance, but it is able to compete with flagships with a good camera, albeit not the best in the Pixel line. The amount of RAM responsible for multitasking is 6 GB, while the Pixel 6 has more — 8 GB.
The younger Pixel 5a has a Snapdragon 765G processor. It also has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory. It turns out that the Pixel 6a outperformed only its predecessor, and with the older model Pixel 6 there is almost no difference in technical specifications, not counting the RAM.
Cameras to be ashamed of
Developers from Google have reduced the cost of body materials and reduced the screen, but they did not sacrifice cameras, although some changes did occur.
The Pixel 6 camera phone stands out with a top-end 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN1 sensor, while the younger Pixel 6a model received a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 module. It is complemented by a 12-megapixel IMX386 ultra-wide-angle sensor. The Pixel 5a also used similar 12MP cameras.
What the new camera is capable of is still unknown, but in theory it should shoot in the same way as the Pixel 5a. Detailed tests will be carried out after the smartphone goes on sale. So far, the manufacturer has said that the camera will allow you to record videos in resolutions up to 4K at 30 or 60 frames per second.
The developers have not forgotten to add such new company features as Face Unblur. It enhances the clarity of faces in photos taken in low light. There is also a “magic eraser” — a unique tool that allows you to remove unnecessary objects or people from a photo. The function works very well and almost never makes mistakes. All this is also in Pixel 6.
The front cameras of the Google Pixel 5a, 6a and 6 smartphones are the same — all phones have an 8 megapixel module that allows you to create clear, detailed portraits or shoot videos.
So far, no real tests have been conducted with the Pixel 6a, but the exact battery capacity figures are known.
- Pixel 5a — 4680 mAh.
- Pixel 6 — 4614 mAh.
- Pixel 6a — 4400 mAh.
The battery capacity of the novelty has decreased slightly compared to the Pixel 5a and 6, but this does not mean that the smartphone will run out faster. The difference is compensated by lower power consumption — we recall that the phone has a more modest screen diagonal.
The battery lasts all day if you use your smartphone in normal mode (calls, social networks, instant messengers). When you run demanding games and applications, the battery drains faster.
Representatives of the company at the presentation of the Pixel 6a said that in the Extreme Battery Saver power saving mode, the battery will last 72 hours. In Google Pixel 6, with the power saver turned on, the battery lasted 48 hours.
Other similarities and differences
There is not yet all the detailed information about the new product, but representatives of Google nevertheless voiced and confirmed some facts. It is known that the smartphone will not receive a 3.5 jack headphone jack, but neither the Pixel 6 nor the 5a had it anyway. The last model in which he was present is the Pixel 3.
The company also said that it will support and update Android for three years. Similar deadlines have been set for the other two smartphones.
Of all three smartphone models, only the Pixel 6 received an IP68 dust and moisture protection level. Google Pixel 5a and 6a — IP67. The IP67 rating means that the phone can be submerged in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes, and the gadget is also protected from dust. IP68 allows the device to be submerged to a depth of two meters, and its case is also dustproof.
Let’s compare the main specifications that will help you decide whether to buy a Pixel 5a, Pixel 6a or Pixel 6.
|Model||Pixel 5a||Pixel 6a||Pixel 6|
|Operating system||Android 12||Android 12||Android 12|
|Protective glass||Gorilla Glass 3||Gorilla Glass 3||Gorilla Glass Victus|
|CPU||Snapdragon 765G||Google Tensor||Google Tensor|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB||8 GB|
|Built-in memory||128 GB||128 GB||128 GB|
|Dimensions||73.2 x 156.2 x 8.8mm||71.8 x 152.2 x 8.9mm||74.8 x 158.6 x 8.9 mm|
|The weight||183 g||178 g||207 g|
|Battery capacity||4680 mAh||4400 mAh||4614 mAh|
|Main camera||12.2 MP (f/1.7)||12 MP (f/1.7)||50 MP (f/1.85)|
|ultra wide angle||16 MP (f/2.2)||12 MP (f/2.2)||12 MP (f/2.2)|
|Frontal||8 MP||8 MP||8 MP|
|Dust and moisture protection||IP67||IP67||IP68|
The Pixel 6a is more powerful than the younger 5a model, but the older brother Pixel 6 loses in a number of important indicators (RAM, display, frame rate, main camera).
The novelty has a powerful processor, but the manufacturer decided to save on the display in order to keep the price low. Also, they did not install a 50-megapixel flagship camera in the smartphone.