Google Pixel 6a vs Pixel 6 vs Pixel 6 Pro: What’s the difference?

(Logitech Gaming Software) – Google announced the Pixel 6a during its I/O developer conference on May 11, following in the footsteps of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro which launched in October 2021.

Offering the same design language as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as the same processor, what do you lose by opting for the “a” device, and how does it compare to flagship models?

Below, we’ve compared the differences between the Pixel 6a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro to help you figure out which Pixel is right for you.

Price

There’s a pretty big price difference between these three models, with the Pixel 6a being the pretty affordable price. It’s a smaller device and it does make some compromises in what it offers, especially on the screen and camera, as we detail below. Also, it won’t be available until July.

The Pixel 6 is slightly more expensive, sitting in the middle of the Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 Pro in terms of price and features. It also makes some concessions compared to the 6 Pro, but offers more than the Pixel 6a.

The Pixel 6 Pro goes up in price, but it offers much more. Compared to other flagship smartphones from the likes of Samsung or Apple, it really does seem competitively priced, just like the Pixel 6.

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Design

Pixel 6a: 152.2 x 71.8. x 8.7mm (TBC)Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm, 207gPixel 6 Pro: 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm, 210gPixel 6a: Black, White, GreenPixel 6: Storm Black , Something Sea, Something Coral (Limited Edition)Pixel 6 Pro: Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Something Sunny (Limited Edition)

The Google Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro share a similar design, although there are some variations between the three models, as you would expect.

They all have a prominent horizontal camera housing that spans the full width of the rear, but the Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 have a dual camera while the 6 Pro has a triple camera. The flash module is located to the right of the lenses inside the housing on all three models.

The design on all three sees a central alloy core that wraps around the edges and frames the camera bar. This is polished on the 6 Pro and matte on the Pixel 6, so the Pro looks a bit more premium. In the case of the Pixel 6a, the back is made of composite material, while the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are finished in glass, with the Pixel 6 receiving Gorilla Glass 6, and the Pixel 6 Pro Gorilla Glass Victus, so that the Pro should offer better scratch resistance. All three come in a range of colors.

All three also sport an under-display fingerprint sensor, along with a centralized hole-punch camera at the top of the display, but the Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 have a flat screen, while the 6 Pro has a slight curve on the screen. your screen.

The Pixel 6a is IP67 water and dust resistant, while the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are IP68 water and dust resistant. In terms of size, the Pixel 6 Pro is the largest of the three devices and the heaviest, with the Pixel 6a the smallest and the Pixel 6 sitting in the middle.

Screen

Pixel 6a: 6.2-inch, Full HD, OLED, 60HzPixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, OLED, 90HzPixel 6 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, LTPO OLED, 120Hz

The Google Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch OLED screen that is slightly smaller than the screen on the Pixel 6, which is a 6.4-inch OLED screen.

Both devices have a flat screen and both offer a Full HD+ resolution at 2400 x 1080 pixels, giving a pixel density of 411ppi on the Pixel 6 and 429ppi on the Pixel 6a. That means the Pixel 6a is sharper, but you won’t notice as little of a difference.

What you may notice is that the Pixel 6 has a 90Hz refresh rate compared to the Pixel 6a’s 60Hz refresh rate.

The Pixel 6 Pro, meanwhile, comes with a 6.7-inch curved LTPO OLED display, making it slightly larger than the Pixel 6, and quite a bit larger than the Pixel 6a. It’s also more distinctive than both thanks to the curved screen.

The Pixel 6 Pro has a Quad HD+ resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels, offering a pixel density of 512ppi, and there’s a variable refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz.

All three models offer HDR support and they also both come with a high brightness model, always-on display, Now Playing and At a Glance features so you won’t miss a thing whichever model you choose.

The last thing worth mentioning is that both the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have Gorilla Glass Victus protection, while the Pixel 6a is Gorilla Glass 3, which will mean the flagship models will be more scratch-resistant.

hardware and specifications

Pixel 6a: Google Tensor, 6GB RAM, 12GB storage, 4410mAhPixel 6: Google Tensor chip, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4614mAhPixel 6 Pro: Google Tensor chip, 12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 5003mAh

The Google Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro feature the company’s own system-on-chip, called Tensor, along with the Titan M2 security coprocessor. The Tensor chip has been designed with security in mind, running all AI and machine learning applications, from computational photography to real-time translation.

The Pixel 6a has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and that’s it, one option. The Pixel 6 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage options, while the Pixel 6 Pro has 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage options.

Battery-wise, the Pixel 6a has a 4410mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than the Pixel 6’s 4614mAh battery. The Pixel 6 Pro has a slightly larger 5003mAh battery than both, but remember it has a smaller screen. big to feed

The Pixel 6a offers up to 72 hours in extreme battery saving mode, while the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro fall in the middle at 48 hours. However, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have fast charging, which promises a 50% charge in 30 minutes, although the charger is sold separately.

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro also support wireless charging and Battery Share, more commonly known as reverse wireless charging. The Pixel 6a offers neither.

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cameras

Pixel 6a: Dual camera (12.2MP + 12MP), 8MP frontPixel 6: Dual camera (50MP + 12MP), 8MP frontPixel 6 Pro: Triple camera (50MP + 48MP + 12MP), 11.1MP front

It’s in the camera department that you’ll experience the biggest difference between these three devices.

The Google Pixel 6a has a 12.2-megapixel main camera with f/1.7 aperture and 1.4µm pixels, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1.25µm pixels. The main camera has a 77-degree field of view and the ultra-wide sensor has a 114-degree field of view.

In comparison, the Google Pixel 6 comes with a dual camera with a 50-megapixel main camera, with an aperture of f/1.85 and 1.2µm pixels, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, with an aperture of f/2.2 and 1.25µm pixels. The main camera has a field of view of 82 degrees, while the ultra-wide sensor has a FOV of 114 degrees.

The Pixel 6 Pro comes with a triple rear camera, offering the same 50-megapixel main sensor and 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor as the Pixel 6, but adding a 48-megapixel telephoto sensor to the mix. This third sensor offers 4x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom, and features 0.8µm pixels and an f/3.5 aperture.

There is a big difference when it comes to telephoto. The Pixel 6 offers up to 7x Super Res Zoom (which is digital) from the main camera, but the Pro offers 4x optical and then up to 20x Super Res Zoom, which means the Pro is much more versatile in delivering those long range shots. .

Both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have laser-detection autofocus and optical and electrical image stabilization, while the Pixel 6a has standard dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, though it also has OIS and EIS.

Feature-wise, all three offer many of the same features: Magic Eraser, True Tone, Face Blur, Night Vision, Cinematic Panorama, and Portrait Mode, to name a few. In fact, the only feature the Pixel 6a doesn’t offer that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro do is Motion Blur.

As for the front cameras, the Pixel 6a and 6 have an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12µm pixels with a field of view of 84 degrees. The Pixel 6 Pro has an 11.1-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, 1.22µm pixels, and a 94-degree field of view.

The Pixel 6a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro all support 4K video recording from their rear cameras, though only the Pixel 6 Pro supports 4K video recording from the front camera. The Pixel 6a and 6 offer 1080p video recording from its front camera.

conclusion

The Google Pixel 6a, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro sport very similar designs, although the Pro model offers a somewhat more premium finish with a curved screen, as well as a triple rear camera compared to the Pixel 6, while the Pixel 6 offers a more premium finish compared to the Pixel 6a.

As you level up on Pixel 6 models, you increase certain features, such as screen size and refresh rate, camera capabilities, RAM and storage, and battery capacity. Of course, you have to pay for those upgrades and you may not need some of them, or you may be willing to give up certain aspects to save money.

For some, the Google Pixel 6 Pro will be worth every penny and is a great device, but so is the Pixel 6 and let’s not forget that while the Pixel 6a makes some compromises here and there, it still offers the same design, same chipset and 5G. for a very affordable price.

More about this story

When we write against features, we don’t just compare what the spec sheets say. We bring our experience with the products and devices that are compared in the article, as well as our knowledge of the market in which they are found.

In this case, we’ve reviewed both the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in full, and while we haven’t had a chance to use the Pixel 6a yet, we’ve used information available in the public domain in order to run a comparison. .

The idea is to highlight the differences between the products and what those differences mean to help you make an informed decision about which Pixel model is right for you.

Written by Britta O’Boyle. Editing by Chris Hall.