How do the new Google Pixel 6A’s specs stack up to the pricier Pixel 6 models?

How do the new Google Pixel 6A’s specs stack up to the pricier Pixel 6 models?

May 11, 2022 0 By Antonio G. Di Benedetto

Google’s new Pixel 6A, announced at its I/O 2022 keynote, may seem like just another budget-focused A-series model, but the latest midrange Pixel is a little different than its forebears. In the past, the Pixel A-line opted for a cheaper, plastic build and slower processor to hit a lower price point. This time, the Pixel 6A uses the same Google Tensor processor that first debuted in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and yet it still undercuts its flagship brethren to sell at the same $449 price as the outgoing Pixel 5A when preorders go up on July 21st and it hits stores on July 28th.

So if you’re not giving up slower performance, what are you giving up? And why would anyone still spend more on a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro?

The Pixel 6A comes in three color options and is the first A-series Pixel to have a wraparound aluminum frame.Image: Google

Well, we’ve assembled all the key specs to see how the new Pixel 6A shapes up on paper when compared to the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 5A. You can see how the Pixel 6A has similarities with both the 5A and Pixel 6. The new 6A shares specs with the flagship Pixels, like the CPU and under-display fingerprint scanner, while maintaining some A-series sacrifices — like only having 128GB of storage, omitting wireless charging, a typical screen refresh rate of just 60Hz, and a lower weather resistance rating. While on the software side, all of these phones support Android 12 and will be updated to Android 13.

Google Pixel 6A vs. Pixel 6 line and Pixel 5A

Specification
Google Pixel 6A
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 5A
Specification
Google Pixel 6A
Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google Pixel 5A
OS
Android 12 (will receive Android 13 update)
Android 12 (will receive Android 13 update)
Android 12 (will receive Android 13 update)
Android 12 (will receive Android 13 update)
Display
6.1-inch OLED
6.4-inch OLED
6.7-inch OLED
6.34-inch OLED
Resolution
2400 x 1080
2400 x 1080
3120 x 1440
2400 x 1080
Max. refresh rate
60Hz
90Hz
120Hz
60Hz
Dimensions(mm)
71.8 x 152.16 x 8.85
74.8 x 158.6 x 8.9
75.9 x 163.9 x 8.9
73.2 x 156.2 x 8.8
Weight
178 grams
207 grams
210 grams
183 grams
Battery Capacity
4400mAh
4614mAh
5004mAh
4680mAh
Processor
Google Tensor
Google Tensor
Google Tensor
Snapdragon 765G
RAM
6GB
8GB
12GB
6GB
Storage
128GB
128GB, 256GB
128GB, 256GB, 512GB
128GB
Ports
USB-C charging port
USB-C charging port
USB-C charging port
USB-C charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack
Rear cameras
12MP (f/1.7) main sensor, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide
50MP (f/1.85) main sensor, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide camera (114-degree field of view)
50MP (f/1.85) main sensor (takes 12.5MP pictures), 48MP (f/3.5) 4x telephoto lens, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide (114-degree field of view)
12.2MP (f/1.7) main sensor, 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide (118.7-degree field of view)
Front camera
8MP (84-degree field of view)
8MP (84-degree field of view)
11.1MP (94-degree field of view)
8MP (f/2 83-degree field of view)
Photo Modes
Night Sight, Portrait mode, Face Deblur, Magic Eraser, Real Tone
Night Sight, Portrait mode, Face Deblur, Magic Eraser, Real Tone
Night Sight, Portrait mode, Face Deblur, Magic Eraser, Real Tone
Night Sight, Portrait mode
Video modes
Slow-mo, Cinematic Pan, Astrophotogray Timelapse
Slow-mo, Cinematic Pan, Astrophotogray Timelapse
Slow-mo, Cinematic Pan, Astrophotogray Timelapse
Slow-mo
Video recording
4K at 30 and 60 fps, 1080p HD at 30, 60, 120, and 240 fps, Front camera up to 1080p
4K at 30 and 60 fps, 1080p HD at 30, 60, 120, and 240 fps, Front camera up to 1080p
4K at 30 and 60 fps, 1080p HD at 30, 60, 120, and 240 fps, Front camera up to 4K
4K at 30 and 60 fps, 1080p HD at 30, 60, 120, and 240 fps, Front camera up to 1080p
Glass display
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Biometrics
Under-display fingerprint scanner
Under-display fingerprint scanner
Under-display fingerprint scanner
Fingerprint
Water and dust protection
IP67
IP68
IP68
IP67
Wireless charging?
No
Yes
Yes
No
5G support
mmWave and sub-6GHz
mmWave and sub-6GHz
mmWave and sub-6GHz
sub-6GHz
Starting price
$449
$599
$899
$449

Perhaps the biggest deal-breakers for some Pixel A-series fans may be that the 6A doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike the Pixel 5A. It also no longer borrows the same rear cameras of its flagship counterparts, opting for a matched pair of 12-megapixel sensors for both the main and ultra-wide cameras — whereas the Pixel 6 has a 50-megapixel main sensor. But a welcome sight, to some, may be that the Pixel 6A is the smallest and lightest of this batch of Pixel phones. A 6.1-inch display isn’t exactly tiny, but it’s undeniably more wieldy than the massive 6.7-inch display on the Pixel 6 Pro.

We’ll have to see how this all shakes out when we do our full review of the Pixel 6A and test how these specs translate to the real experience of using it. In the meantime, what do you think of how the Pixel 6A looks on paper compared to other Pixels?

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