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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera performance is a priority, the Google Pixel 6 Pro offers superior camera features with more options for versatile photography, but the Pixel 6a still delivers good overall camera quality. For battery life, the Pixel 6a provides slightly longer usage time. The screen on the Pixel 6 Pro is larger and has a higher refresh rate, which makes for smoother visuals, while the Pixel 6a has a more modest screen. Both phones share the same processor, so you'll get comparable performance in that regard. The Pixel 6 Pro is the pricier option due to these enhanced features, so if you're looking to save money and can manage with a decent camera and slightly smaller display, the Pixel 6a is the more budget-friendly choice. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Google Pixel 6 Pro
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Good for recording videos
  • Best in class display quality
Advantages of the Google Pixel 6a
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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Photo Quality

8.0
Pixel 6 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.4
The Google Pixel 6 Pro takes very good photos, while the Google Pixel 6a takes good photos.

Battery

6.7 Hours
Pixel 6 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.6 Hours
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has 6.7 hours of battery life. The Google Pixel 6a has 7.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a screen size of 6.71 inches and the Google Pixel 6a is 6.1 inches.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

8.0
Pixel 6 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.6
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Google Pixel 6 Pro to have very good overall camera quality, while the Google Pixel 6a has good overall camera quality.

Video Quality

7.3
Pixel 6 Pro
Pixel 6a
7.2
The Google Pixel 6 Pro and Google Pixel 6a both have good videos.

Cost

$400
Pixel 6 Pro
Pixel 6a
$400
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The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a price of $400 and the Google Pixel 6a costs $400.

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

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Spec Comparison

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

GENERAL

Price
$400
$400
Brand
GoogleGoogle
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 28, 2022July 21, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.71"6.1"
Resolution
3120 x 14402400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
512429
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorTensor
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
12 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8/107.6/10
Photos Score
8.1/107.5/10
Videos Score
7.4/107.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Super TelephotoMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS12.2 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.7 Hours7.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
5003 mAh4410 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
23 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)No

PHYSICAL

Size
6.45" x 2.99"5.99" x 2.83"
Weight
7.41 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, Cloudy White, Sorta SunnyChalk, Sage, Charcoal
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

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TechRadar

James Peckham | August 2022
"The Google Pixel 6 Pro has one of the best screens you’ll find on a smartphone, and you’ll get a bright and bold picture no matter what you’re doing. That’s a big deal for many, and for some it may be reason enough to buy this phone. Its main sensor is fantastic, the telephoto is strong and there are new exciting software features too."

Google Pixel 6a

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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?"

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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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