Google Pixel 6a Review, Pros and Cons

Google has expanded its Pixel 6 Series by launching the Pixel 6a smartphone in the market. Google announced the Pixel 6a a couple of months ago during the Google I/O 2022 event.

It comes with a similar Pixel 6 Series design but a bit fewer features and hardware. The device comes with Google’s custom-built Tensor processor, Dual Rear Camera Setup, a Selfie Camera Lens in the punch-hole design display, and more.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, and price of the Google Pixel 6a. We have also concluded the Pros and Cons of the device along with some FAQs. Read on to check all the details.

Price of Google Pixel 6a

The device launched in only one variant of 6GB RAM and 128GB Storage. It comes in three color options – Charcoal, Sage, and Chalk.

The sole 6GB+128GB model is priced at $449 or Rs 43,999 or CAD 599 or €459 or £399 or AUD 749 or ¥53,900.

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Google Pixel 6a Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Good Looking PhoneOnly 60Hz Refresh Rate
Google Tensor ProcessorPlastic Build (Frame & Back)
Optical Image StabilizationNo 4k video recording at front
Solid Rear CamerasOnly 4,410 mAh Battery
Good Selfie CameraNo Charger in the box
Android 12 OS out of the box18W Charging Support
Dual Stereo SpeakersNo 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
IP67 Water Resistant RatingNo SD Card Slot
NFC SupportedNo Wireless or Reverse Charging Support
3 OS Updates + 5 Years Security UpdatesBit Expensive

So, these are the Pros and Cons of the Google Pixel 6a 5G, now take a look at the full features, specifications, and review of the phone.

Google Pixel 6a Review

Google Pixel 6a is a good smartphone and is worth buying if you only want a Google smartphone. The phone has its Pros from good cameras, dual stereo speakers, and an IP67 Rating. However, considering the price, it’s not up to the mark and it’s an overpriced phone.

There is no doubt that the Pixel phones take better images than any other Android smartphone but considering the price, it misses out on many features. Also, it’s not for gaming.

At the end of the day, if you want to buy a phone with Stock Android and good cameras then you can buy the Pixel 6a otherwise just skip it as it’s made for techies.

Let’s go deeper and see what Google has offered in its Google Pixel 6a smartphone.

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Display

The smartphone features a 6.1-inches FHD+ OLED Display with 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution and 60Hz Refresh Rate. It further has 429 PPI pixel density, 20:9 Aspect Ratio, and HDR Support.

Now, at this price, Google should have provided a 120Hz Panel but Google has provided only a 60Hz Refresh Rate which is not acceptable.

Google has also added Widevine L1 support to the phone which means you can stream FHD+ content on OTT apps like Amazon Prime Videos, Netflix, etc.

The device has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection on the front while the back panel and frame of the phone are made out of plastic. Here, Google should have provided the Glass back but they didn’t, which is not good.

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As the phone has an OLED Panel, hence Google has added an In-Display fingerprint scanner to unlock the device using fingerprints.

The Google Pixel 6a also has an IP67 Water Resistant Rating which protects the phone against immersion in water up to 1 meter in depth for up to 30 minutes.

Overall, the display of the phone is good but it’s not made for gaming. So, if you are looking for a gaming smartphone then you can skip this phone.

Cameras

The Google Pixel 6a has a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12.2MP primary lens with f/1.7 aperture that has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a 12MP ultrawide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture.

There is an 8MP Selfie Camera Lens with an f/2.0 aperture in the punch-hole design display. The rear camera can record up to 4k videos at 60fps while the front camera can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps.

Now, this is where you don’t need to go with the numbers as it captures good images and the images looks very close to natural.

The phone also has OIS which stables the cameras and it really helps the phone in stabilizing the videos, you can even record 4k videos without any issues.

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The Pixel 6a also has a night mode which really works well and the images and videos come out very well even in a very dark place.

Overall, the cameras of the phone are great and you will not face any kind of issues with it.

Performance

Under the hood, the device is powered by Google’s custom-built Tensor Processor which is paired with Arm Mali-G78 MP20 GPU for graphics. The device runs on Stock Android 12 OS out of the box.

Google has also promised to provide 3 OS updates and 5 years of security updates on the phone.

For the unaware, Google Tensor is not made by Google, it’s an Exynos 2100 chipset. Google has just made some improvements on top of that. Still, you will not face any kind of issue while playing games or using them in day-to-day life.

Also, the chipset is something of a mid-point between Samsung’s Exynos 2100 and the Exynos 2200.

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Overall, the performance of the device is good and you will not face problems with it.

Battery

The smartphone packs a 4,410 mAh Battery with 18W Fast Charging Support. Google has not included any charger in the box, so will have to buy it separately.

Here, when most of the phones at the same price come with 65W or 80W, or even 120W fast charging support, Google has only added 18W charging support which is not acceptable. Also, there is no wireless charging support.

Overall, the battery will last for a day if you are a normal user but if you are a heavy user then you will have to charge it twice a day.

Audio

The device comes with Dual Stereo Speakers which provide you with good quality audio. It also has a secondary noise cancellation microphone which helps you during calls.

The Google Pixel 6a does not have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack to plug your wired earphones. So, if you wired earphones you either have to buy a Type-C to 3.5 mm dongle or wireless earphones.

Overall, the device had good sound quality and you will not face any issues while taking calls too.

Google Pixel 6a Full Specifications

Display6.14-inches FHD+ OLED
20:9 Aspect Ratio
429 PPI Pixel Density
HDR Support
Resolution2400 x 1080 pixels
Display ProtectionGorilla Glass 3 Protection
Refresh Rate60Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm, 178 grams
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Plastic Back
Operating SystemAndroid 12 OS
ProcessorGoogle Tensor Chipset
GPU – Arm Mali-G78 MP20
CPU – Octa-core (2×2.80 GHz Cortex-X1, 2×2.25 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)
Storage6GB+128GB
Card SlotDual SIM (Physical SIM + eSIM)
Rear Camera12.2MP Primary Sensor
12MP Ultrawide Sensor
Video (Rear)4k@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps
Front Camera8MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery4,410 mAh Battery
Charging18W Fast Charging
Headphone JackNo
SpeakersDual Stereo Speakers
Bluetooth Versionv5.2
NFCYes
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintIn-Display Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsProximity Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Gyrometer
Magnetometer
Barometer
NavigationGPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, Beidou
ColorsCharcoal, Sage, Chalk

Some FAQs

How many 5G bands does the phone have?

The phone has a total of 19 5G bands which include n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, and n78.

Does the phone has an IP Rating?

Yes, the device has an IP67 Water Resistant Rating which protects the phone against immersion in water up to 1 meter in depth for up to 30 minutes.

How many OS updates will the phone get?

The Google Pixel 6a runs on Android 12 OS out of the box and Google has promised to provide 3 OS updates and 5 years of security updates.

Does the phone have a 3.5mm Headphone jack?

No, the phone does not have a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones or headphones without any issues.

Does Pixel 6a have eSIM?

Yes, the Google Pixel 6a is equipped with an eSIM. Thanks to the eSIM, you will be able to use dual SIM cards (one physical SIM and one eSIM).

Which processor is used in the phone?

The phone features Google’s custom-built Tensor Processor which is paired with Arm Mali-G78 MP20 GPU for graphics.

Does the device have a 10-bit panel?

No, the phone does not have a 10-bit color depth. Instead, it has a normal 8-bit color panel that produces up to 16.7 Million colors.

Does the Pixel 6a come with a charger?

No, the Google Pixel 6a does not come with a charger in the box. So, you will have to buy it separately to charge the phone.

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