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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a better screen and battery life, the Pixel 6 has a larger screen and longer battery endurance. For performance, both phones feature the same processor and have equivalent base storage. However, the Pixel 6 offers more RAM, which could enhance multitasking and overall speed. The Pixel 6 also comes with a marginally higher-quality camera system. On the flip side, the Pixel 6a is slightly lighter and more compact due to its smaller screen size, which might be preferred for better portability and ease of handling. Both phones are built on the same platform, so your choice might come down to preferring a larger screen and slightly better performance and camera with the Pixel 6 or going for the smaller form factor of the Pixel 6a. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Battery

6.9 Hours
Pixel 6
Pixel 6a
7.6 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

7.7
Pixel 6
Pixel 6a
7.6
The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6a both have good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.7
Pixel 6
Pixel 6a
7.4
The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6a both have good photos.

Video Quality

7.0
Pixel 6
Pixel 6a
7.2
The Google Pixel 6a and Google Pixel 6 both have good videos.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6 has a screen size of 6.4 inches and the Google Pixel 6a is 6.1 inches.

Cost

$339
Pixel 6
Pixel 6a
$349
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The Google Pixel 6 has a price of $339 and the Google Pixel 6a costs $349.

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How the Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6a compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 6Google Pixel 6a
Google Pixel 6Google Pixel 6a

GENERAL

Price
$339
$349
Brand
GoogleGoogle
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022July 21, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.4"6.1"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
411429
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorTensor
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
8 gb6 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.8/107.6/10
Photos Score
7.8/107.5/10
Videos Score
7/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS12.2 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.9 hours7.6 hours
Battery Capacity
4614 mah4410 mah
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
21 w0 w
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)No

PHYSICAL

Size
6.24" x 2.94"5.99" x 2.83"
Weight
7.30 oz6.28 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)Yes (Except Verizon Models)
Color
Stormy Black, Sorta Seafoam, Kinda CoralChalk, Sage, Charcoal
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better Camera Roughly equal
Better BatteryGoogle Pixel 6a
Better ScreenGoogle Pixel 6

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Android Police

Taylor Kerns | April 2022
"It punches above its weight in nearly every way: performance is great, build quality is very good, and the cameras positively rip. this is a big phone, which is a bit of a shock after the compact Pixel 4 and Pixel 5. But it’s a very good big phone at a very good price."

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Ars Technica

Ron Amadeo | July 2022
"it's very hard to find fault with the Pixel 6a. It has a processor that, in the US at least, blows away other Android phones in this price range. The design is great, the camera is fine, and the price is right. What's not to like?"

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

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