Google Pixel 6A: A strong midranger

Pixel 6A Review: A Strong Mid-Range Contender

The Google Pixel 6A was finally out for pre-order some days ago, after it’s big announcement at this year’s Google i/o event. The Pixel 6A is a little brother to the bigger, and more expensive siblings, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

This device is a mid-range one, costing about $450 approximately, However this device shows strong competence in the mid-range section and can be compared with the likes of the Samsung galaxy A53, the Nothing Phone 1 and the iPhone SE 3 which are the best midrangers as of now.

Lets dive into the Google Pixel 6A and see what its all about and whether it is a good buy, or a deal breaker for you, shall we.

Inside-The-Box

Inside the pixel 6A box, you get the device itself,then the rest of the package include a USB-C to USB-C cable, the phone guides and manuals, a 3.5mm audio dongle to USB-C (and it’s quite nice that google included that), and a SIM ejector tool. There is no charging brick so if you need one you’ll have to buy it separately.

Design & Display of the Pixel 6A

The Design of the Pixel 6A is Identical to that of it’s older siblings, only that it is a bit smaller in size. It still has that camera module strip close to the top of the device, while the top and bottom are different shades of the same color. the colors for this device are Sage (pale green), Chalk (pale white), and Charcoal (grey-ish black).

There is a 6.1-inch OLED screen up front, having a full HD+ resolution and protection with Gorilla Glass 3. The downside to this display is that its refresh rate peaks at 60Hz whereas some of its competitors have it as high as 120Hz.

The selfie camera is housed in a centered punch-hole which is at the top of the screen and close to the bottom is an optical fingerprint reader which is hidden under the screen. Other specs include 5G connectivity, IP67 rating, and stereo speakers.

Performance

Google’s 5nm Tensor Chip and a Titan M2 security co-processor sit at the helm of the Pixel 6A backed up by a moderate 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which to me is quite poor cause we aren’t even getting an option to expand the memory with an SD card.

The device runs on Android 12 and the company has promised three years of software updates.

Looking at these specs, this device may not seem like much, but the tensor chip, combined with the ability of Google to tailor the Android operating system to meet its users demands, makes the device a good option for all in search of a solid daily driver and mid-gaming device.

All your heavy games will run quite well on the Pixel 6A but expect some frame rate drops and few stuttering. Juicing up the device is a 4,410 mAh battery with 18W charging support which is quite nice.

Pixel 6A Photography

Hardware wise, Pixel 6A doesn’t look like a good photography device as it sports a 12.2 MP wide camera as its main sensor, and a 12MP Ultra-wide camera as an auxiliary, but guess which other device uses 12MP cameras, the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Much like Apple, Google does not really put its focus on hardware as much as Samsung and Xiaomi, rather it focuses on software optimization and this optimization is so good on photos, that it is a major contender among the best cameras at this price point, so for picture lovers and videographers in-the-making, the Pixel 6A is a go.

Conclusion

In conclusion to all this long talk above, the pixel 6A is a good buy if you are an average phone user, who probably doesn’t need much space, and isn’t a mobile game addict, perfect device for students. if you aren’t any of this you should consider obtaining Carl Pei’s latest device, the Nothing Phone 1

 

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