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Google Pixel 6a vs Pixel 5a: Specs, Camera and Performance comparison

google pixel 5a and google pixel 6a

The new Google Pixel 6a is now finally launched by google. The new Pixel smartphone has some improvements over the Pixel 5a like a new chipset and design. On the other hand, there are some downgrades too, for example, the display and battery size. Now let’s go ahead and compare different aspects of both smartphones like camera, performance and display to find out which one is better.

Google Pixel 5a vs Google Pixel 6a Specs

Display

Google Pixel 5aGoogle Pixel 6a
Size6.34 inches6.1 inches
TypeFHD+ OLEDFHD+ OLED
Resolution 2400×1800 pixels2400×1800 pixels
Refresh Rate60 Hz60 Hz
Aspect ration20:920:9
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Performance

Google Pixel 5aGoogle Pixel 6a
ChipsetSnapdragon 765GGoogle Tensor
CPU7nm
Octa-Core
1×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76
1×2.2 GHz Cortex-A76
6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
5nm
Octa-Core
2×2.80 GHz Cortex-X1
2×2.25 GHz Cortex-A76
4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55
GPU Adreno 620Mali-G78 MP20
OSAndroid 11Android 12
RAM size6GB6GB
RAM Type LPDDR4xLPDDR5
Storage size128GB128GB
StorageType UFS 2.1UFS 3.1

Camera

Google Pixel 5aGoogle Pixel 6a
Main CameraDual Camera

12.2 MP wide camera
1.4 μm pixel width
ƒ/1.7 aperture
77° field of view

16 MP ultrawide camera
1.0 μm pixel width
ƒ/2.2 aperture
118.7° field of view
Dual Camera

12.2 MP wide camera
1.4 μm pixel width
ƒ/1.7 aperture
77° field of view

12 MP ultrawide camera
1.25 μm pixel width
ƒ/2.2 aperture
114° field of view
EISNoYes
OISYesYes
Front CameraSingle

8 MP
1.12 μm pixel width
ƒ/2.0 aperture
83° wide field of view
Single

8 MP
1.12 μm pixel width
ƒ/2.0 aperture
84° wide field of view
VideoRear camera
4K@60 FPS

Front camera
1080p@30 FPS
Rear camera
4K@60 FPS

Front camera
1080p@30 FPS
Slo-mo videoup to 240 FPSup to 240 FPS

Battery

Google Pixel 5aGoogle Pixel 6a
Battery Size4,680 mAh4,410 mAh
Charging speed18W Fast Charge(Wired)18W Fast Charge(Wired)

Connectivity

Google Pixel 5aGoogle Pixel 6a
Wi-FiWi-Fi 5Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth5.05.2
Mobile Network5G5G
NFCYesYes
USBType-C 3.1Type-C 3.1
Headphone jackYesNo

Google Pixel 5a or Pixel 6a, which one has a better camera?

Since they are pixel smartphones, both take good pictures. The camera setup is almost the same on both smartphones. The main camera is a 12.2 Megapixels on both, but Pixel 6a does support EIS, which means sharper pictures with less noise.

On the other hand, Pixel 5a has a better 16-megapixel Ultra-wide camera with a wider field of view of 118.7°. The Pixel 6a only has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with a field of view of 114°.

The front selfie camera also doesn’t seem to have any difference either, Both smartphones have an 8-megapixel front camera.

Google’s smartphones are more about image optimization than camera hardware. so, even if both smartphones have almost the same camera setup, The Google Pixel 6a will have better photos and videos due to new image software optimizations and new Pixel exclusive features.

How powerful is google Pixel 6a compared to Google Pixel 5a?

The Google Pixel 5a had snapdragon 765G, However Pixel 6a uses Google’s new custom chipset, Tensor. It’s the same chipset found in Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Of course, Tensor is a much more powerful chipset compared to Snapdragon 765G. Since Pixel 6a isn’t out in the market, we can’t really compare performance for now. But as soon as we get our hands on the benchmarks numbers, they will be updated here.

Display and Design

Aside from the size, the display is identical on both devices. It’s an FHD+ OLED display with HDR support and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The Pixel 6a has a slightly smaller 6.1 inches display compared to 6.34 inches display on the pixel 5a. The goal here is to make Google pixel 6a more compact and one hand use friendly.

The design aspect of smartphones is more of personal preference. However, the Google pixel 5a looked a bit boring by design. The new google pixel 6a has the same design characteristics as google pixel 6, making it look premium. Pixel 6a has a plastic back with an aluminum frame and the fingerprint sensor is in-display, while Pixel 5a had a full aluminum body and a fingerprint sensor was located on the back. So, in terms of build quality, the old smartphones will be much more durable. Both have an IP67 rating for dust and water-resistant.

Battery

Pixel 6a has a 4,410 mAh battery, while pixel 5a has a bigger, 4,680 mAh battery. on top of that snapdragon 765G consumes less power than tensor. So, pixel 5a should have more battery life than pixel 6a. The charging speed is the same, 18W for both smartphones.

Price

There is no difference in price, Google pixel 5a and 6a are available to buy for $449 in the USA. However, we can some discount offer on Pixel 5a once Pixel 6a hits the market.

At the same Price tag, the Google Pixel 6a is clearly a better smartphone with a Powerful chipset, Android 12, and a premium-looking design. However Google Pixel 5a isn’t a bad deal either, you can bigger display and longer battery life.

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