The Google Pixel 6a was launched Wednesday at Google’s I/O event. The tech giant’s latest handset is an upgrade from last year’s budget offering, the Google Pixel 5a 5G. It is powered by the company’s internal Tensor processor and a Titan M2 security coprocessor. The Google Pixel 6a and Pixel 5a 5G feature 60Hz refresh rate displays, 6GB of RAM, and dual rear cameras headed by a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor. However, the two phones also have several differences, such as battery capacity and screen size.
Let’s compare the Google Pixel 6a to its predecessor Google Pixel 5a 5G, to find the basic differences between the two on paper.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Pixel 5a 5G price compared.
The new Google Pixel 6a comes with an exact price of $449 (about Rs. 34,800), just like the Pixel 5a 5G. The new Pixel 6a will be offered in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage colors and will be available for pre-order in the US starting July 21. It is expected to debut in India later this year. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 5a 5G launched last August in a single, Mostly Black shade. The device was not sold on the Indian market.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Pixel 5a 5G specs compared.
The dual SIM (Nano+eSIM) Google Pixel 6a runs Android 12 out of the box, while the single SIM (Nano) Pixel 5a 5G runs Android 11. In terms of display, the Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) OLED display with an aspect ratio of 20:9, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 5a 5G has a slightly larger 6.34-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) OLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 413ppi pixel density, 60Hz refresh rate, and HDR support.
The new Google Pixel 6a is powered by an octa-core Google Tensor SoC and a Titan M2 security coprocessor paired with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 5a 5G packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G SoC under the hood, paired with an Adreno 620 GPU and 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
For photos and videos, the Pixel 6a has much the same rear camera setup as the Pixel 5a 5G with a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens. The camera unit in the Pixel 6a includes a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle camera instead of the 16-megapixel secondary ultra-wide-angle sensor on the Pixel 5a 5G. Both models have an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video chats.
Google packed 128GB of built-in storage on both phones. Connectivity options on both phones include NFC, Google Cast, GPS, Galileo, USB Type-C port, and QZSS. The Google Pixel 6a also has 5G, Bluetooth V5.2 connectivity, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity options. Connectivity options on the Pixel 5a 5G include dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v5.0. The Pixel 5a 5G also has a 3.5mm headphone jack which is not available on the new phone.
The Google Pixel 6a has an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. On the other hand, the Pixel 5a 5G has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Other sensors on both phones include an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor.
Google has provided a 4,410 mAh battery on the Pixel 6a that supports fast charging. The Google Pixel 5a 5G has a larger battery at 4,680 mAh with support for 18W fast charging.
Google Pixel 6a vs. Google Pixel 5a 5G Comparison
Key specs Screen6.10-inch6.34-inchProcessorGoogle TensorQualcomm Snapdragon 765GFront camera8-megapixel 8-megapixel rear camera12.2-megapixel + 12-megapixel 12.2-megapixel + 16-megapixel RAM6GB6GBStorage128GB128GBBattery capacity4410mAh4680mAhOSAndroid 12Android 11Resolution1080x2400 pixels