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Google Pixel 6a review - Powerful mid-range smartphone with a small display handicap

The most affordable Pixel. The small, 6.1-inch Google Pixel 6a is very fast and offers perhaps the best cameras in the smartphone mid-range. In addition, it scores with a bright AMOLED display, a good battery life, and a long period of updates. However, particularly the display of the Android 13 smartphone might cause some mixed feelings, as our test shows.
Google Pixel 6a

The Pixel 6a is the most affordable smartphone from Google's Pixel 6 lineup. Compared to the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6, the manufacturer is less ambitious with the Pixel 6a. Besides the smaller and more compact 6.1-inch form factor, we can also see this in several equipment characteristics. For example, the Pixel 6a only offers a 60-Hz display, a plastic back cover, 6 GB instead of 8 GB of RAM, and a 12-MP instead of a 50-MP camera.

On the other hand, the Pixel 6a and its sibling models offer the same performance. With the Tensor chip, the Pixel 6a contains exactly the same 5-nm SoC as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which ensures a high performance.

Google Pixel 6a (Pixel 6 Series)
Processor
Google Tensor 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Exynos X1 / Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.10 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 429 PPI, capacitive, AMOLED, FHD+, Gorilla Glass 3, always-on display, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, eSIM, Google Cast, DRM Widevine L1, Camera2 API Full
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1,2,4,5,6,8,19), 4G (Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/38/39/40/41/42/48/66/71), 5G (Band 1/2/3/5/7/8/12/20/25/28/30/40/48/66/71/77/78), Head SAR 0.99 W/kg, Body SAR 1.31 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 152.2 x 71.8 ( = 0.35 x 5.99 x 2.83 in)
Battery
4410 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.7, 1.4 µm, 1/2.55", 77° FOV) + 12 MP ultra wide angle camera (f/2.2, 1.25 µm, 114° FOV), video recording up to 4K@60fps
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.0, 1.12 µm, fixed focus, 82° FOV, video recording up to 1080p@30fps)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: virtual, USB-C cable, USB adapter (Type-C to A), SIM tool, quick start guide, warranty information, 24 Months Warranty, IP67 rating, AR Core, fanless, waterproof
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
459 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85.8 %
09/2022
Google Pixel 6a
Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20
178 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2400x1080
86.1 %
04/2022
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
144 g64 GB SSD4.70"1334x750
87.4 %
11/2021
Google Pixel 6
Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20
207 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.40"2400x1080
85.3 %
02/2022
Motorola Moto G200 5G
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
202 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2460x1080
85.6 %
07/2022
Nothing Phone (1)
SD 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L
193.5 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
83.4 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy A53
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
189 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
87.7 %
03/2022
Xiaomi 12
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
179 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.28"2400x1080

Case - High quality, light, and IP67 certified

With a screen diagonal of 6.1 inch, the Google Pixel 6a belongs to the compact smartphones and scores with a comfortably light weight of 178 grams (~6.28 oz). Despite its plastic back cover, the Pixel 6a feels just as high-quality as its more expensive sibling models. The design is identical to that of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, with the camera bulge being significantly flatter, though.

The workmanship and haptics of the Google smartphone are very good. In the test, our warping attempts are unable to get the Pixel 6a, which is also dust and waterproof according to the IP67 standard, to produce any creaking noises or other responses, even with the use of some force. The power button and volume rocker have some play in their frames, but also offer a crisp pressure point. The AMOLED display is protected by Gorilla Glas 3. In all the color versions, the front and back are connected by a matte black aluminum frame.

Google offers the Pixel 6a in white (Chalk), green (Sage), and black (Charcoal) color. This is really a two-color design, since the color tone is slightly different above the camera bulge, which is always black and protrudes from the case by about 1 mm (~0.04 in). In our white test unit, the top presents itself in a darker white, while the green and black versions are slightly lighter in that area. Since the camera bulge goes across the whole width of the back cover, the smartphone doesn't wobble, when it is placed on a flat surface.

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

Size Comparison

168.1 mm / 6.62 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs159.6 mm / 6.28 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs158.6 mm / 6.24 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 207 g0.4564 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 193.5 g0.4266 lbs152.7 mm / 6.01 inch 69.9 mm / 2.75 inch 8.66 mm / 0.3409 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs152.2 mm / 5.99 inch 71.8 mm / 2.83 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs138.4 mm / 5.45 inch 67.3 mm / 2.65 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 144 g0.3175 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage in the Pixel 6a

The Google Pixel 6a offers 6 GB of LPDDR5-RAM and 128 GB of UFS-3.1 storage, so it has 2 GB less working memory than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Since it lacks a microSD slot, you cannot expand the internal storage. Users also have to live without a 3.5-mm audio port, which was still included in the equipment of the Pixel 5a, and likewise there is also no notification LED, IR blaster, or radio receiver.

In addition to Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC, the Pixel 6a includes a fast USB-C port that runs at USB 3.1 Gen 1 speed and supports USB OTG. One of the stereo speakers is placed next to the USB-C port, and the second is hidden behind a small notch at the top of the display.

Left side: SIM slot
Left side: SIM slot
Right side: volume rocker, power button
Right side: volume rocker, power button
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Bottom: speaker, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, microphone
Bottom: speaker, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, microphone

Software - Android 13 and a guarantee for long updates

With the Pixel smartphones from Google, users get a pure Android. In addition, there are several Pixel-exclusive features such as the Material You design, translations in real-time using the camera, and the Live display, which shows notifications and other useful information directly on the start and lock screen.

The long time period of upgrades and the fast availability of new Android versions are powerful purchase arguments for the Pixel 6a. According to the support website, Google wants to provide upgrades for its budget smartphone until at least July of 2025, with Android security patches being provided until at least July of 2027.

The Pixel 6a received Android 13 with its September update, which also brought the Android security patches to the level of September 1 – more current would not be possible at the time of our test.

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

Communication and GNSS - A lot of frequency bands and fast Wi-Fi 6E

Due to its high level of frequency band support, including 28 4G bands and 17 5G bands, you can connect to the net practically anywhere with the Pixel 6a. However, the G1AZG model available in EU countries is limited to the Sub6 area in terms of 5G, while the GB62Z model available from Verizon in the US additionally also supports mmWave, allowing for even faster data transfers.

With Wi-Fi 6E, the smallest of the three Pixel 6 smartphones supports the most current WLAN standard. In combination with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, it achieves very high transfer rates for a mid-range smartphone, which are also very stable.

Networking
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
897 (449min - 907max) MBit/s
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
854 (763min - 898max) MBit/s -5%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
746 (599min - 768max) MBit/s -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (34.8 - 1875, n=205, last 2 years)
651 MBit/s -27%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
345 (328min - 351max) MBit/s -62%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (459min - 973max) MBit/s
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
888 (869min - 906max) MBit/s -6%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
757 (380min - 826max) MBit/s -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (40.5 - 1810, n=206, last 2 years)
685 MBit/s -28%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
269 (255min - 281max) MBit/s -72%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Average of class Smartphone
  (229 - 1894, n=56, last 2 years)
1543 MBit/s
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1407 (872min - 1714max) MBit/s
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
946 (926min - 951max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1751 (879min - 1776max) MBit/s
Average of class Smartphone
  (598 - 1840, n=56, last 2 years)
1376 MBit/s
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
598 (517min - 731max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AX12
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
864 (759min - 906max) MBit/s
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
802 (421min - 857max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
895 (870min - 907max) MBit/s
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
836 (809min - 863max) MBit/s
Average of class Smartphone
  (last 2 years)
376 MBit/s
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Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø881 (449-907)
Google Pixel 6 Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø894 (870-907)
Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø931 (459-973)
Google Pixel 6 Google Tensor, ARM Mali-G78 MP20; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø788 (421-857)
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception indoors
GPS reception outdoors
GPS reception outdoors

To locate its position, the Pixel 6a uses the GPS (L1), GLONASS (L1), Galileo (E1), QZSS (L1), and BeiDou (B1) satellite navigation services. The sat fix succeeds extremely quickly in our test. The smartphone already shows a GNSS signal right after starting the GPS Test app, and then locates our position indoors with an accuracy of up to 4 meters (~13 ft). Outdoors, the locating succeeds just as quickly with an accuracy of up to 3 meters (~10 ft).

During our little bike tour, the Pixel 6a is compared with the Garmin Venu2 fitness tracker and shows that it is very well suited for navigation tasks. Even though the smartwatch delivers the more exact position information, the smartphone records the route taken just as accurately, aside from a few small outliers.

GPS Test: overview
GPS Test: overview
GPS Test: around the lake
GPS Test: around the lake
GPS Test: turning point
GPS Test: turning point

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

The Pixel 6a has space for a single Nano SIM card. In addition to the physical SIM card, you can also connect an eSIM with the smartphone. VoLTE and WLAN telephony are supported.

In our test, the Pixel 6a produces a good voice quality. Holding up the earpiece, voices sound natural during phone calls and the noise suppression also does a good job. On the other hand, the Google smartphone is less convincing in speaker mode. While the voices are still clearly understandable, they then sound fairly dull.

Cameras - Belong to the best in the mid-range

Picture taken with the selfie camera
Picture taken with the selfie camera

The smallest Pixel 6 uses other camera sensors than its more expensive sibling models. In the main camera, the Pixel 6a doesn't use the powerful 50-MP Samsung ISOCELL GN1, but the older Sony IMX363 with 12 MP, which was already used in the Pixel 5, Pixel 4, and Pixel 3. The ultrawide angle camera (Sony IMX386) also offers a 12-MP resolution. The selfie camera (Sony IMX 355) has an 8-MP resolution and produces good selfies.

Even though the Pixel 6a doesn't offer any high-end sensors, the camera software does its best to bring the Sony chips to their full potential. The results are really worth seeing, since you can currently hardly find a better image quality in the mid-range segment.

In good light conditions, the main camera takes sharp pictures that are rich in contrast and impress with vibrant and natural-looking colors and a large dynamic range. Even under lowlight conditions, the recording performance is significantly better than that of many other mid-range smartphones. The ultrawide angle camera also does a good job, but the image quality isn't quite as good as that of the main camera, and the edge areas tend to blurriness and discoloration.

Afterwards, you can also work with the recordings using various AI functions. Those include the Magic Eraser integrated into Google Photos, for example, which removes selected objects from the picture, or the Real Tone Filter also contained in the app for an optimal reproduction of skin tones.

The camera in the back records videos in up to 4K at 60 FPS, optionally also in slow motion or time lapse. With the optical and electronic image stabilization, it succeeds in taking good recordings.

Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the ultrawide angle camera
Picture taken with the ultrawide angle camera
Picture taken with the main camera
Picture taken with the main camera

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Daylight picture 1Daylight picture 2Ultrawide angle5x zoomLowlight picture
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We take a closer look at the camera in our test lab. Under optimal light conditions, the colors are reproduced fairly natural, with only a slight outlier toward the top in green color tones. Under lowlight conditions, the colors are still easily recognizable.

Even at only 1 Lux of light, the colors in the pictures of the color card can still be associated with the original colors without any trouble. The test chart is still easily recognizable, even if the image sharpness is then slightly decreased.

ColorChecker
9.2 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4 ∆E
3 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
1 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 6a: 6.19 ∆E min: 0.98 - max: 15.18 ∆E
ColorChecker
21.3 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
25.7 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
29.8 ∆E
33.1 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
20.2 ∆E
32.7 ∆E
37 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
26 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
28.2 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
32.3 ∆E
32.9 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
29.1 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Google Pixel 6a: 26.91 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 37.03 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Charger not included

Looking at the slim box of the Pixel 6a, you can already see from the outside, that a charger is not included. Instead, you get a USB 2.0 cable (Type-C to C), a SIM tool, a USB-C-to-A adapter, a quick-start manual, and warranty instructions. In the Google web shop, you then also have the option to purchase accessories such as the Pixel 6a case (29 €, ~$28), or a 30-Watt USB-C charger (29 €, ~$28).

In EU countries, you get a 2-year warranty on the Google Pixel 6a.

Input Devices and Operation - Fingerprint sensor and always-on display

Due to its powerful Tensor SoC, the Pixel 6a can be operated very smoothly, without starting to stutter even with many apps open at the same time. However, compared to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the smartphone still doesn't feel quite as fast, since the display refresh rate is only 60 Hz, while the Pixel 6 reaches 90 Hz and the Pixel 6 Pro 120 Hz. But this should only become apparent to those users who have already enjoyed higher refresh rates before changing to the Pixel 6a.

In terms of biometric unlocking, the Google smartphone only offers the fingerprint sensor, and face recognition is not included in its security repertoire. Supposedly, Face Unlock should still come in an update, but we haven't seen anything so far. If you search the settings for "face recognition," the corresponding option will appear, but it controls another function. At this point, it only serves to improve the automatic accuracy when turning the display. 

The optical fingerprint sensor is placed underneath the display and works reliably. The slow processing speed that had been criticized in numerous online communities before was improved via an update in the meantime. If the display is turned off, you first have to activate the fingerprint sensor by tapping on the display. Alternatively, you can also activate the always-on function, which will then also display the fingerprint icon, in addition to the time and date. The always-on display can be activated by a slightly hidden option in the Display, Lock Screen setting, called Always display time and information.

Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait

Display - A bright AMOLED panel with 60 Hz and HDR10

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The 6.1-inch AMOLED display of the Pixel 6a offers a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels (FHD+) and runs at a constant 60 Hz. In addition to HDR10, it also supports HDR10+ and HLG.

The Pixel display achieves a brightness that is excellent for a mid-range smartphone, reaching an average of 767.2 cd/m² with a pure white background. The brightness almost even reaches a four-digit value if you limit the measurement to a portion of the image (APL18). The AMOLED panel then reaches up to 998 cd/m². With the brightness sensor turned off, the maximum is 476 cd/m², and we measure 2.59 cd/m² at the lowest brightness setting.

At the lowest brightness setting, the display flickers back and forth between 34 and 240 Hz fairly inconsistently. At higher brightness settings, the amplitude continues to rise, so that users who are sensitive to PWM flickering should expect some difficulties. On the other hand, we do not notice temporal dithering. To evaluate this, we examine the display with a microscope and a slow-motion video (240 FPS).

746
cd/m²
745
cd/m²
770
cd/m²
762
cd/m²
758
cd/m²
780
cd/m²
772
cd/m²
775
cd/m²
797
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 797 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 767.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.59 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 758 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.9 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
96.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.2
Google Pixel 6a
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.10
Apple iPhone SE 2022
IPS, 1334x750, 4.70
Google Pixel 6
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Motorola Moto G200 5G
IPS LCD, 2460x1080, 6.80
Nothing Phone (1)
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Samsung Galaxy A53
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.50
Xiaomi 12
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.28
Screen
-31%
-17%
-104%
-11%
-31%
-24%
Brightness middle
758
662
-13%
805
6%
512
-32%
620
-18%
718
-5%
867
14%
Brightness
767
647
-16%
805
5%
488
-36%
625
-19%
730
-5%
867
13%
Brightness Distribution
93
92
-1%
98
5%
87
-6%
98
5%
92
-1%
98
5%
Black Level *
0.4
0.36
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.9
1.44
-60%
1.4
-56%
3.42
-280%
1.24
-38%
1.62
-80%
1.7
-89%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.5
4.74
-90%
3.7
-48%
5.9
-136%
2.31
8%
4.21
-68%
4.4
-76%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.6
1.7
-6%
1.8
-13%
3.7
-131%
1.7
-6%
2
-25%
1.8
-13%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.179 101%
2.29 96%
7154 0%
2.318 95%
2.156 102%
2.2 100%
CCT
6599 98%
6746 96%
6507 100%
1.944 334362%
6325 103%
6545 99%
6762 96%
Contrast
1655
1422

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 240 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 240 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 240 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18170 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25% display brightness
25%
50% display brightness
50%
75% display brightness
75%
maximum manual display brightness
100%

Series of measurements at a fixed zoom level with varying brightness settings


The color reproduction of the AMOLED panel is excellent. If you activate the Natural image mode in the display settings, the deviations from the ideal values are very low.

Color Accuracy (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Color Accuracy (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Color Space (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Color Space (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Grayscale (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Grayscale (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Saturation (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)
Saturation (Natural mode, sRGB color target space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.91 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.519 ms rise
↘ 1.394 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.78 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.834 ms rise
↘ 0.9455 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (34 ms).

Due to its bright display, the Pixel 6a strikes a good figure outdoors. If you avoid direct sunlight, the readability is almost always flawless. The contents can also be read easily from steep viewing angles, since the brightness is then only slightly reduced.

Outdoor usage under an overcast sky
Outdoor usage under an overcast sky
Outdoor usage under an overcast sky
Outdoor usage under an overcast sky
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Powerful due to Google Tensor

The Pixel 6 family is the home of the first Google smartphones that are run by the inhouse Tensor SoC. In addition to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 6a can therefore also enjoy using the fast processor. However, in contrast to its sibling models, the Google smartphone has to be content with 6 GB instead of 8 GB of LPDDR5-RAM.

The difference in RAM is not noticeable in the synthetic benchmarks, though. The Pixel 6a runs through the tests practically just as fast as the Pixel 6, delivering a very good performance for a mid-range smartphone. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G used in the Motorola Moto G200 5G is even faster.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
1741 Points +70%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1237 Points +21%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1076 Points +5%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
1041 Points +2%
Average Google Tensor
  (1025 - 1057, n=3)
1041 Points +2%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
1025 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=212, last 2 years)
905 Points -12%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
824 Points -20%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
740 Points -28%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
4788 Points +63%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
3581 Points +22%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3286 Points +12%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2998 Points +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=212, last 2 years)
2952 Points 0%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
2940 Points
Average Google Tensor
  (2805 - 2941, n=3)
2895 Points -2%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
2805 Points -5%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1878 Points -36%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
982789 Points +37%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
794271 Points +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=150, last 2 years)
745069 Points +4%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
733484 Points +3%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
715338 Points
Average Google Tensor
  (702981 - 720905, n=3)
713075 Points 0%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
702981 Points -2%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
582264 Points -19%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
409976 Points -43%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
18567 Points +91%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
14508 Points +49%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
11662 Points +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=205, last 2 years)
11592 Points +19%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11470 Points +18%
Average Google Tensor
  (9717 - 11605, n=3)
10577 Points +9%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
10409 Points +7%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
9717 Points
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
1132 Points +31%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1109 Points +28%
Average Google Tensor
  (849 - 906, n=3)
873 Points +1%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
865 Points
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
849 Points -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1443, n=153, last 2 years)
833 Points -4%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
760 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
579 Points -33%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
6860 Points +15%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
6287 Points +6%
Average Google Tensor
  (5950 - 6287, n=3)
6097 Points +2%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
5950 Points
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5711 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=153, last 2 years)
5642 Points -5%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4768 Points -20%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3626 Points -39%
System
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
10424 Points +14%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
10334 Points +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=153, last 2 years)
9556 Points +5%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
9109 Points
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
9085 Points 0%
Average Google Tensor
  (9009 - 9109, n=3)
9068 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
8546 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
7157 Points -21%
Memory
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
6592 Points
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
6535 Points -1%
Average Google Tensor
  (6071 - 6592, n=3)
6333 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12306, n=153, last 2 years)
6148 Points -7%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
6071 Points -8%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5648 Points -14%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4763 Points -28%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3855 Points -42%
Graphics
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
18370 Points +30%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
15303 Points +8%
Average Google Tensor
  (13319 - 15303, n=3)
14257 Points +1%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
14148 Points
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
13865 Points -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=153, last 2 years)
13691 Points -3%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
8175 Points -42%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
5178 Points -63%
Web
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
1851 Points +25%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1785 Points +21%
Average Google Tensor
  (1476 - 1851, n=3)
1697 Points +15%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1665 Points +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=153, last 2 years)
1479 Points 0%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
1476 Points
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1273 Points -14%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1210 Points -18%
AImark - Score v2.x
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
286905 Points +4708%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple A15 Bionic, A15 GPU 5-Core, 4096
104532 Points +1652%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1043 - 257002, n=57, last 2 years)
25963 Points +335%
Xiaomi 12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
6766 Points +13%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
5967 Points
Average Google Tensor
  (5723 - 5967, n=3)
5824 Points -2%
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5823 Points -2%
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
5723 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4714 Points -21%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel 6
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 8192
28581 Points +32%
Average Google Tensor
  (21639 - 28581, n=3)
26055 Points +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=139, last 2 years)
22736 Points +5%
Google Pixel 6a
Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 6144
21639 Points
Nothing Phone (1)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
20784 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Samsung Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4239 Points -80%

For graphics computations, the Tensor SoC uses its integrated ARM Mali-G78 MP20 GPU. You also have to search with a magnifying glass to find performance differences between the Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 here. In GFXBench, the refresh rate limitation to 60 Hz prevents higher on-screen values.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2418 Points +49%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
1877 Points +15%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1823 Points +12%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1626 Points
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1453 Points -11%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
686 Points -58%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
621 Points -62%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2586 Points +27%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2399 Points +18%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2067 Points +1%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2040 Points
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1564 Points -23%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
692 Points -66%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
636 Points -69%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9782 Points +35%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
8909 Points +23%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7261 Points
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7064 Points -3%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5711 Points -21%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2576 Points -65%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2275 Points -69%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9713 Points +45%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
8357 Points +25%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6954 Points +4%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6695 Points
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5765 Points -14%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2570 Points -62%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2293 Points -66%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4864 Points +14%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4518 Points +6%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4303 Points +1%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4277 Points
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3643 Points -15%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3097 Points -28%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18286 Points +104%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10875 Points +21%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8957 Points
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8605 Points -4%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5759 Points -36%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3982 Points -56%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10618 Points +47%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8234 Points +14%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7205 Points
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6606 Points -8%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5428 Points -25%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3746 Points -48%
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9693 Points +2%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9526 Points
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7344 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4645 Points -51%
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
24177 Points +73%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13988 Points
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11005 Points -21%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
5510 Points -61%
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4501 Points
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3754 Points -17%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3393 Points -25%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2997 Points -33%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps +102%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps +102%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
113 fps +88%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps +50%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
81 fps +35%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
428 fps +70%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
358 fps +42%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
252 fps
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
161 fps -36%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
144 fps -43%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
92 fps -63%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps +102%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps +35%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps +32%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
74 fps +23%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
56 fps -7%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
213 fps +41%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
187 fps +24%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
151 fps
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps -39%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps -40%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
82 fps -46%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
61 fps -60%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps +102%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps 0%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps -3%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps -5%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps -10%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
35 fps -42%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
164 fps +64%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
100 fps
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps -36%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps -38%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -40%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps -40%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
38 fps -62%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps +50%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps +11%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54 fps
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps -33%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps -35%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps -39%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps -63%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
82 fps +58%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps +50%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
52 fps
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps -19%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps -23%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps -29%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
23 fps -56%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69 fps +77%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps +54%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps +3%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps -15%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps -44%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
15 fps -62%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps +39%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
39 fps +39%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps -18%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
19 fps -32%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15 fps -46%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps -64%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
93 fps +116%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps +40%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps +9%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
43 fps
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps -2%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps -16%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
23 fps -47%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 fps +71%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
95.9 fps +65%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps -16%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps -31%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps -33%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
26 fps -55%

The Pixel 6a doesn't show any weakness in the browser speeds, but because of the smaller amount of RAM, it isn't quite as fast as its other Pixel siblings. Web sites are rendered quickly and can also be scrolled smoothly. However, all the Android smartphones in this competition have no chance against the Apple iPhone SE 2022 in the browser benchmarks.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
182.6 Points +143%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
113.8 Points +51%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=165, last 2 years)
104.7 Points +39%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
90.1 Points +20%
Average Google Tensor (75.3 - 91.7, n=3)
85.7 Points +14%
Motorola Moto G200 5G (Chrome97)
75.9 Points +1%
Google Pixel 6a (Firefox 1ß4-2-ß)
75.261 Points
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
73.679 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
63.5 Points -16%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chome 99)
239 runs/min +164%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
107 runs/min +18%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=149, last 2 years)
104.8 runs/min +16%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
104 runs/min +15%
Average Google Tensor (90.4 - 111, n=3)
101.8 runs/min +13%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
90.4 runs/min
Motorola Moto G200 5G (Chrome97)
79.8 runs/min -12%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chome 103)
53.71 runs/min -41%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chome 101)
51.24 runs/min -43%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
265 Points +244%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
148 Points +92%
Motorola Moto G200 5G (Chrome97)
147 Points +91%
Average of class Smartphone (37 - 304, n=119, last 2 years)
132.5 Points +72%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
110 Points +43%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
102 Points +32%
Average Google Tensor (77 - 110, n=3)
97.3 Points +26%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
77 Points
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
69 Points -10%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
65969 Points +100%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
43376 Points +31%
Average Google Tensor (33046 - 44034, n=3)
40152 Points +22%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
37279 Points +13%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=200, last 2 years)
33470 Points +1%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
33046 Points
Motorola Moto G200 5G (Chrome97)
28695 Points -13%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
24488 Points -26%
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
24159 Points -27%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Samsung Galaxy A53 (Chrome 101)
1920.3 ms * -25%
Nothing Phone (1) (Chrome 103)
1796.1 ms * -17%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=163, last 2 years)
1655 ms * -8%
Google Pixel 6a (Chrome 105.0.5195.79)
1531.6 ms *
Motorola Moto G200 5G (Chrome97)
1358 ms * +11%
Average Google Tensor (915 - 1532, n=3)
1160 ms * +24%
Google Pixel 6 (Chrome 96)
1034 ms * +32%
Xiaomi 12 (Chrome 99.0.4844.58)
930 ms * +39%
Apple iPhone SE 2022 (Chrome 99)
497.2 ms * +68%

* ... smaller is better

As expected, the Pixel 6a delivers high data transfer rates with its UFS 3.1 storage, even being able to beat the Pixel 6 in sequential writing. However, the clear champion of storage speed among our comparison devices is the Xiaomi 12.

Google Pixel 6aGoogle Pixel 6Motorola Moto G200 5GNothing Phone (1)Samsung Galaxy A53Xiaomi 12Average 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-27%
15%
32%
-24%
71%
12%
21%
Sequential Read 256KB
1312.64
1546
18%
1898
45%
1638
25%
510.1
-61%
1851
41%
1600 ?(1030 - 3134, n=53)
22%
1441 ?(215 - 4512, n=206, last 2 years)
10%
Sequential Write 256KB
712.94
233.4
-67%
712
0%
1351.9
90%
486.7
-32%
1417
99%
772 ?(233 - 1332, n=53)
8%
1058 ?(57.5 - 3643, n=206, last 2 years)
48%
Random Read 4KB
219.53
126.2
-43%
155.9
-29%
240.6
10%
229.9
5%
325.2
48%
244 ?(126.2 - 428, n=53)
11%
239 ?(22.2 - 543, n=206, last 2 years)
9%
Random Write 4KB
225.61
190.3
-16%
322.5
43%
228.2
1%
210.8
-7%
437.5
94%
244 ?(121.4 - 503, n=53)
8%
264 ?(13 - 709, n=206, last 2 years)
17%

Games - Smooth gaming poses no problem

To display current games at maximum detail settings poses no problem for the Pixel 6a. However, more than 60 FPS is impossible, since the display doesn't allow for higher frame rates. Depending on the game, 60 FPS are also not reached, because the frame rate is getting limited, which is probably done in order to save power. This happens, for example, in PUBG Mobile, which runs at 30 FPS in the HD/High setting. While it could handle more, it isn't allowed. In Armajet, on the other hand, the display refresh rate can be used up to the maximum.

We determine the frame rates when gaming with our Gamebench test tool.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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Google Pixel 6a; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø59.9 (58-60)
Google Pixel 6a; PUBG Mobile; 2.1.0: Ø29.9 (28-31)

Emissions - Throttling under load

Temperatures

Although the surface temperatures of the Pixel 6a quickly surpass the 30-°C mark (86 °F) in operation, at a maximum of 38.2 °C (~101 °F), it never feels uncomfortably hot. However, to achieve this, the smartphone has to use some tricks, since the SoC is quickly throttled under high load. As the stress tests of 3DMark Wild Life show, this reduces the performance by more than 55% in the worst-case scenario.

Max. Load
 35.3 °C
96 F
35.3 °C
96 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 37.5 °C
100 F
36.7 °C
98 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 36.6 °C
98 F
38.2 °C
101 F
35.1 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 38.2 °C = 101 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
33.7 °C
93 F
35.6 °C
96 F
36.3 °C
97 F
33.2 °C
92 F
36 °C
97 F
37.6 °C
100 F
33.5 °C
92 F
37.5 °C
100 F
38.4 °C
101 F
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.2 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.6 % +132%
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.5 % +132%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
80.4 % +87%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
79.5 % +85%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.1 % +24%
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46.3 % +8%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42.9 %
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Nothing Phone (1)
Adreno 642L, SD 778G+ 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99 % +101%
Samsung Galaxy A53
Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
97.8 % +99%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 % +61%
Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
61.4 % +25%
Google Pixel 6
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
54.9 % +12%
Google Pixel 6a
Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49.2 %
Xiaomi 12
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
% -100%
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Google Pixel 6a Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø7.52 (6.17-12.6)
Google Pixel 6 Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø8.78 (7.06-12.9)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø3.81 (3.75-3.84)
Google Pixel 6a Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø23.7 (17.4-40.5)
Google Pixel 6 Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø27.5 (22.2-41.9)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Mali-G68 MP4, Exynos 1280, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.7 (13.7-13.7)
Google Pixel 6 Mali-G78 MP20, Tensor, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø28.2 (19.7-42.9)

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Pixel 6a produce a sound that is poor in bass, but otherwise relatively balanced. You can connect wired audio devices to the USB-C port or via an audio port adapter cable that is unfortunately not included. Devices connected via Bluetooth 5.2 can use the AAC, SBC, LDAC, aptX, and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204342.92530.440.73123.223.64023.325.15036.433.16324.1258020.325.710017.628.112515.742.716013.854.520016.255.925015.156.831512.658.540013.161.150013.168.463012.772.180014.775.8100013.475.4125012.873.9160012.874.3200012.874.7250013.276.9315013.776400013.980.5500013.177.3630013.971.2800013.366.6100001469.71250014.2681600013.655SPL25.687.4N0.770.9median 13.6median 70.9Delta0.98.531.830.82423.416.121.127.621.132.334.423.422.62217.32222.52137.117.949.113.350.515.254.413.252.611.554.212.262.712.368.513.372.914.57512.273.911.27411.773.612.172.412.773.613.678.313.179.113.671.213.168.313.672.713.671.113.5612586.30.665.8median 13.3median 71.11.38.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGoogle Pixel 6aGoogle Pixel 6
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Google Pixel 6a audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Google Pixel 6 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery Life - 18 Watt charging power and good runtimes

Power Consumption

The 4410-mAh battery of the Pixel 6a can be recharged at up to 18 watts. You have to get the corresponding adapter yourself and can find one in the Google shop, for example. But you can also use any other chargers, and for an optimal charging experience, Google recommends using a charger that supports the USB PD-3.0 standard. Wireless charging is not supported by the smartphone.

The power consumption of the Pixel 6a is inconspicuous.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.06 / 0.17 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.68 / 1.56 / 1.58 Watt
Load midlight 5.37 / 8.74 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Google Pixel 6a
4410 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2022
2018 mAh
Google Pixel 6
4614 mAh
Motorola Moto G200 5G
5000 mAh
Nothing Phone (1)
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A53
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 12
4500 mAh
Average Google Tensor
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
2%
14%
7%
4%
-1%
-5%
6%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
0.68
0.6
12%
0.68
-0%
0.6
12%
1
-47%
0.9
-32%
0.87
-28%
0.687 ?(0.68 - 0.7, n=3)
-1%
0.894 ?(0.42 - 2.37, n=157, last 2 years)
-31%
Idle Average *
1.56
0.9
42%
1
36%
0.9
42%
1.2
23%
1.3
17%
1.7
-9%
1.187 ?(1 - 1.56, n=3)
24%
1.449 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=157, last 2 years)
7%
Idle Maximum *
1.58
1.5
5%
1.02
35%
1.5
5%
1.5
5%
1.6
-1%
1.82
-15%
1.213 ?(1.02 - 1.58, n=3)
23%
1.631 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=157, last 2 years)
-3%
Load Average *
5.37
6.5
-21%
5.39
-0%
7
-30%
4.2
22%
5.7
-6%
4.68
13%
5.88 ?(5.37 - 6.87, n=3)
-9%
5.47 ?(2.4 - 16.5, n=157, last 2 years)
-2%
Load Maximum *
8.74
11
-26%
9
-3%
8.4
4%
7.4
15%
7.3
16%
7.41
15%
9.2 ?(8.74 - 9.87, n=3)
-5%
8.22 ?(4.32 - 20.8, n=157, last 2 years)
6%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor: Ø5.41 (1.011-10.6)
Google Pixel 6 Google Tensor: Ø5.28 (0.821-10.1)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Samsung Exynos 1280: Ø7.03 (4.38-10.4)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.65 (6.03-11.4)
Google Pixel 6 Google Tensor; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø10.4 (9.25-12.3)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Samsung Exynos 1280; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø7.55 (7.22-9.66)
Google Pixel 6a Google Tensor; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.013 (0.966-1.263)
Google Pixel 6 Google Tensor; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.758 (0.531-1.025)
Samsung Galaxy A53 Samsung Exynos 1280; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.129 (0.898-1.623)

Battery Life

The Pixel 6a achieves a good battery life, offering sufficient endurance to last through a whole day even when you use it intensively. In our test with simulated web surfing, the Google smartphone lasts for almost 13 hours, and we are able to get it to play a video for almost 22 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
31h 18min
WiFi Websurfing
12h 48min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
21h 58min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 00min
Google Pixel 6a
4410 mAh
Apple iPhone SE 2022
2018 mAh
Google Pixel 6
4614 mAh
Motorola Moto G200 5G
5000 mAh
Nothing Phone (1)
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A53
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 12
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-21%
-9%
10%
-8%
-0%
3%
Reader / Idle
1878
2049
9%
2020
8%
2695
44%
1813
-3%
2431
29%
2558
36%
H.264
1318
797
-40%
1219
-8%
1501
14%
1059
-20%
1146
-13%
890
-32%
WiFi v1.3
768
769
0%
627
-18%
905
18%
926
21%
886
15%
760
-1%
Load
360
164
-54%
291
-19%
229
-36%
259
-28%
246
-32%
385
7%

Pros

+ bright AMOLED display
+ always-on display
+ fast SoC
+ IP67 certification
+ USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
+ powerful dual camera
+ long update period

Cons

- only 60 Hz
- maximum of 128 GB storage
- no wireless charging
- charger not included
- maximum charging at 18 watts

Verdict on the Google Pixel 6a

Testing the Google Pixel 6a. Test unit provided by Google Germany.
Testing the Google Pixel 6a. Test unit provided by Google Germany.

The Pixel 6a is a slim and powerful smartphone that is able to impress in almost all the important areas. The 6.1-inch Google smartphone scores with a very bright AMOLED with accurate colors, offers a solid battery life, and easily surpasses most other mid-range competitors with its dual-camera system.

The Pixel 6a, which is dust and waterproof according to the IP67 standard, is also a very good choice for all users who want to use their smartphones as long as possible. Google promises security updates for at least 5 years and wants to provide Android upgrades until at least July of 2025.

Pixel users are also the first who are able to enjoy new Android versions and also benefit from special software features such as the Magic Eraser, for example, which allows to easily remove particular objects from photos.

The Google Pixel 6a is a powerful mid-range smartphone with a high-class performance, a very good camera, and long update period. Unfortunately, its display remains limited to 60 Hz.

In terms of performance, the Pixel 6a plays in the same league as its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro siblings that occupy higher positions in the Pixel hierarchy. However, it shows some limitations in other areas. The largest disadvantage is the limitation of the display refresh rate to 60 Hz, which really makes it too expensive. For only about 50 Euros (~$48) more, you can already get the Pixel 6, which is equipped with a 90-Hz panel and an even better camera.

Besides the Pixel 6, another alternative to the Google Pixel 6a is also the Xiaomi 12, for example. With a similar form factor, it is significantly faster and also brings a 120-Hz display. Other alternatives are the Nothing Phone (1) and the Samsung Galaxy A53.

Price and Availability

The Google Pixel 6a starts from $449 in the Google shop. You can currently find it even cheaper online, for example for $390 from Amazon.

Google Pixel 6a - 09/21/2022 v7
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
66%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
53%
Weight
90%
Battery
91 / 86 → 100%
Display
93%
Games Performance
52%
Application Performance
83 / 90 → 93%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
78%
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