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.

Pix­el 6a smart­phones are dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish from the old­er Pix­el 6 mod­el. Source: cuterank.net

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.

A lot of details were told at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Pix­el 6a, but some details were left hid­den. Source: ubergizmo.com

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.

Pix­el 6a received the same orig­i­nal cam­era block as the Pix­el 6. Source: phandroid.com

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.

Sam­ple pho­to tak­en on Pix­el 5a. The 6a is expect­ed to shoot just as well. Source: gsmarena.com

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 prin­ci­ple of oper­a­tion of the mag­ic eras­er Mag­ic Eras­er. Source: wechoiceblogger.com

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.

The qual­i­ty of pic­tures on the front cam­era of the Pix­el 6 is com­pa­ra­ble to the iPhone 12 and 13 series. Source: gsmarena.com

Permanent autonomy

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.

In the Extreme Bat­tery Saver mode, the auton­o­my of the smart­phone is sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased. Source: mobilesyrup.com

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.

comparison table

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
Dis­play 6.34″ 6.1″ 6.4″
Per­mis­sion 2400x1080 2400x1080 2400x1080
Frame fre­quen­cy 60 60 90
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.