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Here’s how the Google Pixel 6A compares to its biggest competitors

Here’s how the Google Pixel 6A compares to its biggest competitors

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The Pixel 6A is the latest phone to join the competitive upper tier of midrange phones, also occupied by Samsung, Apple, and more. Google announced the new phone onstage at its I/O 2022 keynote, detailing just a few key things about it. First thing you should know: it isn’t coming out immediately. Unlike how many announcements take place as products are on their way to retailers, this one won’t be available to preorder until July 21st, 2022, with orders shipping the following week.

Unsurprisingly, this new (and smaller) 6.1-inch Pixel phone borrows many of the same design features from the pricier Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, with a raised camera section and a two-toned color scheme. The Pixel 6A is a big deal, as it’s the first Google midrange phone to ship with its Tensor processor instead of Qualcomm processors. It will be available in multiple colors, but it will ship with the same 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, no matter which one you buy.

In case you’re curious about how the Pixel 6A might stack up to competing devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy A53 5G and the iPhone SE (third-gen), and how it improves over the last-gen Pixel 5A, we’ve built this post just for you.

Google Pixel 6A vs. other midrange phones

CategoryPixel 6APixel 5ASamsung Galaxy A53 5GiPhone SE (third-gen)Moto G Stylus 5G (2022)
Network5G5G5G5G5G
Screen6.1-inch OLED display6.34-inch OLED display6.5-inch OLED screen4.7-inch LCD display6.8-inch LCD display
Refresh Rate60Hz60Hz120Hz60 Hz120Hz
Resolution1080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 1920750 x 13341080 x 2460
BiometricsUnder-display fingerprint sensorRear-mounted fingerprint sensorUnder-display fingerprint sensorTouch IDSide-mounted fingerprint sensor
Battery4,400mAh4,680mAh5,000mAh2,018mAh, according to GSM Arena5,000mAh
Front Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels32 megapixels7 megapixels16 megapixels
Rear Camera12.2 megapixels (12-megapixel ultrawide)12.2-megapixel main camera (16-megapixel ultrawide)64 megapixels (12-megapixel ultrawide, 5-megapixel macro)12 megapixels50 megapixels (8-megapixel ultrawide, 2-megapixel depth)
RAM6GB 6GB6GB4GB, according to GSM Arena8GB
ProcessorGoogle TensorQualcomm Snapdragon 765GExynos 1280A15 BionicSnapdragon 695 5G
Storage128GB128GB128GB64GB256GB
microSD supportNoNoYesNoYes
Headphone jackNoYesNoNoYes
Price$449$449$449$429$499
Wireless ChargingNoNoNoYesNo
Water ResistantIP67IP67IP67IP67"Water-resistant design"
Includes chargerNoYesNoNoYes
ColorsWhite, Green, BlackBlackBlackBlack, White, RedBlue, Green
Operating SystemPreloaded with Android 12Preloaded with Android 11Preloaded with Android 12-based One UI 4.1Preloaded with iOS 15Preloaded with Android 12

Correction May 11th, 5:30PM ET: The spec comparison table listed that the Pixel 6A will support wireless charging, but it won’t. We’ve updated the table, and we regret the error.