Google Pixel 6a full review

(Last Updated On: May 16, 2022)

Description:

Google Pixel 6a, Google just made another Mid-Flagship smartphone. So, I’m going to give you a complete review of its Display, Design and build, Performance, Memory, Storage, Software, Battery, Camera, Main camera, Lenses, Selfie camera, Connectivity, Network, Sound, and pretty much everything that comes in this device, I will tell you my final thoughts about this phone, also I’m going to tell you it’s price.

Google Pixel 6a


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Google Pixel 6a:

Display:

Type OLED
Size 6.1 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9
PPI 429 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz
HDR support Yes, HDR10+
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Screen-to-body ratio 83%
Display features – DCI-P3
– Always-On Display

Google Pixel 6a has an amazing 6.1 inches OLED, 60Hz display, HDR10+ support, and a peak brightness of 1100 nits.  It is also Full HD+ with a PPI density of 394. This display is a lot slower than its big brother Google Pixel 6 Pro. The display is punchier and vibrant because of 1 Billion color support. The gaming experience is also going to be a little slow because of its 60Hz refresh rate, also the content watching will be good with deep blacks and high contrast ratio. Thanks to DCIP3 technology. Google Pixel 6a is using the OLED panel. Which is good and can deliver faster performance and can save more battery. The display is also protected by the Gorilla Glass 3 which is not strong as the Gorilla Glass 5 but it’s also nice to see a Gorilla Glass 3 on the front of the smartphone. Screen to body ratio is 83%, which will give you thinner bezels. The display ratio is 20:9 which leads to a good quality for content consumers.


DESIGN & BUILD:

Height 152.2 mm (5.99 inches)
Width 71.8 mm (2.83 inches)
Thickness 8.9 mm (0.35 inches)
Weight 178 gramm (6.28 oz)
Waterproof IP67
Rear material Plastic
Frame material Metal
Colors White, Black, Green
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in-display

Google is known for its amazing new designs. Google Pixel 6a has a new design with new textures on the back, which makes it more futuristic and strong. The rear is made of Plastic and the frame is made of metal, which makes it a little lighter than other Mid-Flagship smartphones. There’s IP67 water and dust resistance in this Google Pixel 6a. The phone is protected by a metal frame that’s why it makes it lighter by 178 grams. Talking about the design, the Camera bump takes up a little space for the camera itself. I mean we are talking about a nice camera bump of this phone. The camera bump looks familiar with the Google Pixel 6 Pro. The fingerprint scanner it’s located in the in-display and has some amazing speeds because of the new ultrasonic sensor in the display.


Performance:

Chipset Google Tensor
Max. clock 2800 MHz
CPU cores 8 (2 + 2 + 4)
Architecture – 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Cortex A55
– 2 cores at 2.25 GHz: Cortex A76
– 2 cores at 2.8 GHz: Cortex-X1
L3 cache 4 MB
Lithography process 5 nanometers
Graphics Mali-G78 MP20
GPU clock 848 MHz
FLOPS ~2171 GFLOPS

Google Pixel 6a is launching with the most-fastest Mid-range chipset which is Google Tensor. Which scores great in AnTuTu 9 benchmarks. These higher performance cores make the phone experience much smoother with the 60Hz display. The gaming experience is also on another level with the new cooling system in this smartphone. The Mali-G78 MP20 is one of the most powerful GPU, which makes the Google Pixel 6a faster than other Mid-Flagship smartphones. I already published a complete article on this chipset you can check that out here Google Tensor. We will talk about the AnTuTu 9 scores in a minute but first, let’s take a look at the memory and storage. This is the same chipset that its big brother Google Pixel 6 Pro has but a little more optimized. This chipest can deliver fast and smooth experience.

MEMORY AND STORAGE:

Memory type LPDDR5
RAM size 6 GB
Channels 2
Storage size 128 GB
Storage type UFS 3.1
Memory card No

Google Pixel 6a is launching with 1 variant of ram and 1 variant of storage which are 6GB of ram and 128GB of storage. And with the new Google Tensor, the performance will be much smoother. The ram is LPDDR5 with a memory frequency of 2750MHz. Google Pixel 6a has the fastest UFS 3.1 storage. Which will load the apps much faster. There is no SD card support which is going to give you a few storage issues because there is no 256GB model.


Benchmarks:

Antutu 9 Benchmarks

Total score 735300

Google Tensor shows one of the best AnTuTu 9 scores. Total scores are 735300. Which are a little bit higher than the MediaTek Dimensity 8000. Google Tensor is gaining a performance boost and beating the last-gen MediaTek Dimensity 8000 processor. In the Mid-Flagship segment, this processor is best for gaming, camera, battery, display, and everything. You will experience a much smoother touch, opening, and closing of apps.

Software:

Operating system Android 12
ROM Stock Android

The Google Pixel 6a is going to be launching with Android 12 straight out of the box. Which is more customizable than the Android 11 and has tons of new features. This new custom ROM is optimized well with new cool animations and wallpapers. This new Stock Android fixes old bugs like touch lags, camera app improvements, new layouts, improved dark mode, and a new gaming turbo engine. Google is known for its good software optimization with its new custom ROM.



Battery:

Capacity 4410 mAh
Charge power 18 W
Battery type Li-Po
Replaceable No
Wireless charging No
Reverse charging No
Fast charging Yes

Google Pixel 6a is going to launch with the 18 watts charger. Which can fully charge the Google Pixel 6a in about 120 minutes which is really slow. There is no wireless charging support. The charging speeds are so slow. Google Pixel 6a is a full-day phone I mean this phone can last all day long. The battery of this smartphone is a good upgrade from the last-gen Google Pixel 5a. the chipset of this smartphone is well optimized and with the OLED panel it can save battery and can increase the performance.

MAIN CAMERA:

Matrix 12.2 megapixels
Zoom Digital
Flash Dual LED
Stabilization Optical
8K video recording No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS
Slow-motion 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 114°

Google Pixel 6a has 2 cameras at the back and the main camera is 12.2MP F/1.7. What makes this camera setup even more awesome is that this camera lens is combined with the wide aperture of F/1.7, the wider the aperture the more light will it collect and the more sharp the image and video quality will be. This Google Pixel 6a can record video at 4K at 60 FPS. This is amazing the video will contain more details thanks to its good optimization software and the high-end processor. You can also record 4K at 30FPS which will contain even more details and will be sharper. There is Optical image stabilization on the main lens only. This is quite impressive, this will make the camera experience more stable and more accurate. You will say goodbye to that blurry shots and unstable videos. The Google Pixel 6a has 1 more camera lens. Let’s talk about that in detail.


Lenses:

Wide (main) lens – 12.2 MP
– Aperture: f/1.7
– Focal length: 27 mm
– Pixel size: 1.4 micron
– Sensor: 1/2.55″ (CMOS)
– Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
– Optical stabilization
Ultra-wide lens – 12 MP
– Aperture: f/2.2
– Focal length: 17 mm
– Pixel size: 1.12 micron
Camera features – Bokeh mode
– Pro mode

As I mentioned above that this 12.2 MP sensor is good. But this Google Pixel 6a has 1 more camera lens. There is another camera sensor of 12MP which is an ultra-wide camera. The field of view is 17mm which is wider. This camera sensor also has some amazing autofocus. This sensor can take amazing shots with high accuracy. Its aperture is F/2.2, which makes it sharp and contains good tons on subjects. This Google Pixel 6a has an amazing camera setup, with fast autofocus lenses, high sensors, and good software optimization.


SELFIE CAMERA:

Megapixels 8 megapixels
Image resolution 3840 x 2160
Aperture f/2.0
Focal length 24 mm
Pixel size 1.12 microns
Sensor type CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

When it comes to selfie cameras the Google Pixel 6a has the single punch whole camera of 8MP which has the largest pixels. This single-punch whole camera contains some awesome details when it comes to daytime shots. At night time this camera sensor struggles a lot.  And what makes me more concerned is about its aperture because its aperture, which is only F/2.0 means the photos will look accurate, also this camera will take good shots at night, because the sensor is wide to capture more light. The camera video capabilities are also kept at 1080P at 30FPS only.


Connectivity:

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth version 5.2
USB type USB Type-C
NFC* Yes

This Google Pixel 6a is launching with the Wi-Fi 6E, which is faster, more efficient, and gives you less latency when compared to the Wi-Fi 5. Which will make the user experience smoother and faster. There is also the support of Bluetooth 5.2. Which is also faster and more efficient than version 5.1. Google Pixel 6a has USB type C Gen 3.2 support. It also helps with the data transfer because it helps with the faster read and write speeds. Google Pixel 6a also has NFC support which is also useful. You can pay, and transfer files at high speeds thanks to the NFC support.

SOUND:

Speakers Stereo
Headphone audio jack No
FM radio No
Dolby Atmos Yes

The Google Pixel 6a comes with stereo speakers. This Google Pixel 6a has nice sound quality with a nice amount of bass in it. This will help in gaming because there are two speakers one at the bottom and one at the top which will help gamers. Video watching and hearing to music also going to be good. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack which is neither good nor bad.



Colors:

Colors White, Black, Green

The Google Pixel 6a is going to lunch in three different colors. White, Black, and Green. Google is known for its premium colors with good contexts. I like the Black color because it looks better than these two colors.

 Price:

This smartphone is costing around $499 which is way cheaper than the other mid flagship smartphones. I will neither do nor recommend this smartphone because of the lack of high refresh rate, premium quality, slow chipset, and old design. Of course, there are more amazing smartphones than this one. So if you are considering buying a smartphone then you can check out my other articles on mid flagship smartphones.


Final Thoughts:

This Google Pixel 6a is not a bad phone, it has everything that a normal user needs. The camera is updated alongside the new software. The design is changed with new textures and with new colors. The chipset is updated alongside new optimizations. So if you can compromise with the higher refresh rate and high MP camera then it’s a good smartphone.

So, this was my full review of this Google Pixel 6a.
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