Google Pixel 6a is now officially revealed at the Google I/O conference. Pixel 6a is the third smartphone in the Pixel 6 series, focused on more specs and features at an affordable price tag. This new mid-range smartphone will be competing against smartphones like OnePlus Nord CE 2, iPhone SE 2022, and Samsung Galaxy A53. So let’s go and find out how good Pixel 6a will do against them by looking at new specs and features.
Google Pixel 6a Specs
|Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
2×2.80 GHz Cortex-X1
2×2.25 GHz Cortex-A76
4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55
|Main Camera||Dual Camera|
12.2 MP wide camera
1.4 μm pixel width
77° field of view
12 MP ultrawide camera
1.25 μm pixel width
114° field of view
1.12 μm pixel width
84° wide field of view
|Camera Features||Magic Eraser10|
Manual white balancing
Super Res Zoom
Dual exposure controls
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|Slo-mo video||up to 240 FPS|
|Battery Size||4,410 mAh|
|Charging speed||18W Fast Charge(Wired)|
|Build||Plastic Back, Aluminium frame|
|Size||6.0 x 2.8 x 0.35(in)|
152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9(mm)
|Colors||Chalk, Charcoal, Sage|
Google Pixel 6a Price, Availability, and Launch Date
You will be able to pre-order google pixel 6a on 21, July. The actual shipping of the smartphone will begin on 28th July. The last model google Pixel 5a was only available in Japan and USA, However Pixel 6a will be available in a wider number country, Below there is a list of countries where Google Pixel 6a will be available.
- Puerto Rico
- United Kingdom
- United States
Google Pixel 6a UK price – £399
Google Pixel 6a USA price – $449
Many people have been wondering when Google Pixel 6a will release in India and what will be the price tag. Unfortunately, there is no official word about the India launch of the smartphone and we are assuming just like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, PIxel 6a won’t be available in India either.
Google Pixel 6a Camera
One of the things that google pixel smartphones are known for is their cameras, especially for photography. Google pixel 6a has two main cameras 12.2-megapixel wide camera and a 12megapixel ultrawide camera. Camera hardware is almost the same as pixel 5a however, pixel 6a had less resolution on the ultrawide camera for some reason. Google has one of the best image processing algorithms for smartphone cameras, on top of that you get some useful features like a magic eraser, face unblur, night mode, and more. However, If your primary need is photography then Google Pixel 6 will be your best bet because the camera hardware on google pixel 6a seems outdated.
Previous pixel smartphones used a snapdragon chipset. Now Google has taken an apple-like approach and started using their own custom-made “google tensor” chipset for their Pixel 6 series smartphones. The google pixel 6a also uses the same chipset as the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, however, the main difference is the ram, It’s limited to 6GB. Google tensor is a very powerful chipset and it’s most likely gonna beat most android smartphones in the same price range. However if going to the iOS side, iPhone SE 2022 with A15 bionic is will beat the Google pixel 6a in terms of performance. The storage space on the Pixel 6 is 128GB and it’s 5g ready smartphone.
Goog Pixel 6a is being powered by a 4,410 mAh battery, which is downgraded from Pixel 5a with a 4,680 mAh battery. It does support wired fast charging, but it’s only 18W, So don’t expect it to be super fast. There is no wireless charging support on Google pixel 6a. Google does claim the Pixel 6a will give you 24Hours of battery life on regular uses and up to 72hours of battery life using an extreme battery saver. At first glance, it seems battery life on this smartphone won’t be good however, The display on this smartphone is only 60Hz, which means less power consumption compared to the google pixel 6 which has a 90Hz difference. In comparison, you will get almost the same battery life as Pixel 6 on Pixel 6a.
Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inches FHD+ OLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. In comparison, Google pixel 6a has a smaller display compared to 5a, which had 6.34- an inch display. Unfortunately, the display refresh rate is stuck at 60 Hz, but it does support HDR.
Pixel smartphone users will be the first people to get the latest Android updates. The google pixel 6a will be running on Android 12 right out of the box with pixel UI on top. Google has promised 5 years of security updates with three Android updates. So, you can upgrade Pixel 6a up to Android 15 and will receive security updates till the year 2026. Google Pixel 6a also gets some software features of Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, like Live translate and Pixel interface.
Should you Buy Google Pixel 6a?
Time for the most important question, whether you should spend your money on google pixel 6a or not? before we answer that question, let’s take a look at some alternative smartphones for google pixel 6a in the same price range.
- Samsung Galaxy A53 – It has more camera options, a bigger screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and more battery life. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 6a camera takes much better photos and videos compared to Samsung Galaxy A53.
- OnePlus Nord 2 – One of the biggest problems with google pixel 6a as well as other pixel smartphones is the availability. So if you are in a country like India, the OnePlus Nord 2 would be a pretty good alternative. It gives you a big 90Hz display with HDR10+ along with more camera options and a 65W fast charge.
- iPhone SE 2022 – if you are not so fixed on getting an android phone and pure performance with reliability is your priority then iPhone SE could be an option too. It certainly lacks camera flexibility and has a smaller display compared to google pixel 6a.
- Google Pixel 6 – Now google pixel 6 isn’t in the same price category, However, spending 150$ more can give you so much more. Google pixel has a bigger screen with more refresh and better screen protection. It also has more RAM and storage along with wireless charging support. And on top of that, you get a much better camera system with more pixel exclusive features like motion mode.
If you are looking for a photography-heavy smartphone without spending extra money then and only then google pixel 6a is a good option. Otherwise, Google Pixel 6 will give you a much better value. Even for regular everyday usage Samsung Galaxy A53, as well as Oneplus Nord 2, are better options.