Google’s upcoming Pixel 6a has become one of the most anticipated smartphones this year, thanks in part to a combination of good specs, reputation, and affordable pricing. It’s no surprise then that the mid-range handset has been the subject of much debate and discussion, especially with regards to its specs sheet, performance, and such.
While the phone isn’t available until later in July this year, that hasn’t stopped a lot of consumers and Pixel fans from getting excited about the latest addition to the Google Pixel hardware line. Maybe you’re curious about the phone, or deciding whether or not you should buy it – we’ve prepared this quick little list of reasons as to why you should get the Pixel 6a. Let’s take a look!
If there’s one major reason to get a Pixel phone, it would be the camera performance. The 6a will come with a pair of 12-megapixel cameras at the back, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on the display. While this doesn’t seem like much, Google has always managed to focus on giving its Pixel devices impressive imaging quality thanks to its computational photography.
This means that despite the low Pixel count on the hardware, the phone will be able to get you great-looking photos, thanks to the powerful camera software inside the 6a. For people looking for a great point-and-shoot smartphone, the Pixel 6a will be definitely worth looking into.
Processor and Performance
Powering the Pixel 6a is Google’s Tensor chipset, which is the same one that’s found inside the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. While it’s not the second-generation Tensor chip that will debut on the Pixel 7 series, it’s still a high-performance SoC, going up against the likes of the Snapdragon 888 and 8 Gen 1.
We enjoyed the smooth and fluid performance of the Pixel 6, and if this is any indication then the Pixel 6a shouldn’t be too far behind in terms of keeping up with day-to-day tasks, gaming, and all the tasks users expect from their smartphones. Thanks to the clean and bloat-free Android software inside, users can expect fewer slowdowns unlike what you’d usually get on brands like Samsung and Oppo to name a couple, that tend to put a bit of strain on device performance due to the amount of unnecessary additional apps.
Perhaps one consideration to take note of in this aspect is the slightly smaller 6GB of RAM, which is less than the 8GB found inside the base model Pixel 6. However, Google’s fusion of software and hardware optimization has always been done wonderfully, and we have little doubt that they’ll be able to execute this on the 6a too.
The Pixel 6a will come with a design that features a Gorilla Glass 3 panel on top of the phone’s 6.1-inch OLED display, a metal side that goes all around the phone, and a plastic back. While it does lack the Gorilla Glass rear panel found on the more expensive Pixel 6 variants, this means that the back is less likely to crack or break, unlike glass-backed phones.
The phone will also feature an IP67 rating, which means that it will be safe from rain, splashes, or accidental drops in the pool. We don’t recommend swimming with the phone, however.
In terms of battery capacity, the Pixel 6a will run on a 4,410 mAh unit, which might seem small especially considering the myriad of Android phones nowadays that come with 5,000 mAh batteries. However, it’s worth noting that the clean Android interface, power-efficient chipset, as well as Google’s software optimization, means that the Pixel 6a’s battery will be able to keep up with most performance demands.
Of course, we have to take into account individual usage scenarios – battery life will still depend on personal usage, screen brightness, data connections, etc. But in general, Pixel phones have mostly had good battery life.
The Pixel 6a will be available in late July with a price of £399, and you can grab it either from Amazon or Google’s online store. This makes it a lot more affordable than other Pixel devices like the Pixel 6, which is priced at £599. It’s also currently the only Pixel A-series device on the UK market, unless of course you can find the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G second-hand.
This price bracket also puts it up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy A33 and A53, which are priced at below £400. However, they have less-impressive processors and camera performance when compared to the Pixel 6a, although they do have an advantage when it comes to display quality.
On its own though, the Pixel 6a is a promising device, and Pixel fans should look forward to a great time with the handset once it’s released.
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