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Phone comparisons: Google Pixel 7 vs Google Pixel 6a

Screen size

Google Pixel 7 Google Pixel 6aScreen size

powerful>6.3 inch fullHD+ flat OLED screen (90Hz refresh rate)6.1 inch fullHD+ OLED HDR screen (60Hz)Screen resolution2400 x 1080 2400 x 1080SoCGoogle Tensor G2Google Tensor working memory8 GB (LPDDR5) 6 GB (LPDDR5)Storage128 GB, 256 GB, non-expandable (UFS 3.1) 128 GB (UFS 3.1), non-expandablerear cameras50 MP (Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor, 1.2 um pixel size, f/1.85 aperture, 82 degree FoV, Super Res Zoom up to 8x)
12 MP (ultra-wide, 1.25 um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 114-degree field of view, lens correction) 12.2 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 27 mm lens, pixel size from 1.4 um, PDAF with two pixels, OIS)
12MP size (f/2.2 aperture, 17mm lens, 114 degree field of view, 1.25um pixel))Front cameras10.8 MP (1.22 um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, 92.8 degrees FoV, fixed focus) 8 MP (f/2.0 aperture, 24 mm lens, 1.12 pixel size mind)Drums4355mAh, non-removable, 21W wired charging, 23W wireless charging, reverse wireless charger
Charger not included 4410mAh, non-removable, 18W wired charging
the charger is not includeddimensions155.6 x 73.2 x 8.7 mm 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mmWeight197 grams 178 gramsconnection5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-CSafetyface unlock
Fingerprint reader on the screen (optical) Fingerprint reader on the screen (optical)ONLYAndroid 13 Android 12 (upgradable to Android 13)Price$599/$699 $299 ($449 off)Buy GoogleGoogle

Google Pixel 7 vs. Google Pixel 6a: Design

The Pixel 7 and Pixel 6a are similar when it comes to design, although it’s easy to tell them apart. The Pixel 6a actually looks more like the Pixel 6 than the Pixel 7. Both phones have a camera viewfinder on the back, but the Pixel 7 is taller and sticks out more. It’s also covered in aluminum, which makes it premium, but some argue that it also makes it less aesthetically appealing. The glass cover on the Pixel 6a hides the camera sensors very well, but on the other hand, on the Pixel 7, that aluminum cover goes towards the frame, as a one-piece design. It’s all a matter of preference.

Both phones have the same unobtrusive Google logo on the back and a rather square design. You’ll notice a hole at the top of both screens and it’s centered on both phones. Both devices have fairly thin bezels, but they’re thinner on the Pixel 7. The Pixel 7 is made of metal and glass, while the Pixel 6a comes with an aluminum frame and a plastic back panel. It doesn’t feel any less premium for that, but you probably wouldn’t even guess it’s plastic. However, it will scratch more easily than the Gorilla Glass Victus on the back of the Pixel 7.

The Pixel 7 includes a larger screen and is therefore taller and wider than the Pixel 6a. The difference is not big, but it is very noticeable. This also applies to comparison and their use. The Pixel 6a is also lighter at 178 grams, compared to the Pixel 7’s 197 grams. Both smartphones are quite slippery, so you might want to use a case. The Pixel 6a is easier to use with one hand, both in terms of size and weight.

Google Pixel 7 x Google Pixel 6a: Display

Pixel 7 has a 6.3-inch AMOLED screen, fullHD+ (2400 x 1080). This is a 90 Hz plate and it is flat. This display supports HDR10+ content and is quite bright with 1400 nits of maximum brightness. This panel is covered with Gorilla Glass Victus glass that protects. The aspect ratio here is 20:9, and the Pixel 7 offers a slightly larger screen-to-body ratio than the Pixel 6a.

The Google Pixel 6a, on the other hand, includes a 6.1-inch fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) OLED display. This panel supports HDR content and is also flat. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which is more prone to microscratches than Gorilla Glass Victus. It is also less resistant to breakage. This phone also has a 20:9 aspect ratio, in case you were wondering.

Both screens are really good. The Pixel 7 has a clear advantage, not only because of the higher refresh rate, but also because of the brightness. It is noticeably brighter outdoors. Both panels produce really vivid colors and look really good on the eyes. Both are more than sharp enough, and the viewing angles are good. However, there’s no denying that the Pixel 7 has the best display.

Google Pixel 7 x Google Pixel 6a: performance

Both devices are powered by Google’s Tensor SoC, but different generations of it. The Pixel 7 includes a second-generation Tensor G2, while the Pixel 6a has a first-generation Tensor chip. However, the difference between them is not great. The Tensor G2 is not much more powerful, but it comes with a new GPU, TPU and so on. Both phones include LPDDR5 RAM, but the Pixel 7 has 8GB, compared to 6GB on the Pixel 6a. UFS 3.1 flash memory is used in both phones.

What does this mean for performance? Well, these two phones look really slick. The Pixel 7 is smoother overall, and that screen refresh rate plays a part in that, as scrolling is smoother, for example. Both are very fast when it comes to absolute performance, regular daily tasks are no problem. They open and close applications very quickly, they are good for multitasking, and the same is true for content consumption.

Playing is a slightly different story. They can handle almost anything, but if you decide to play something like Genshin Impact, you could be in trouble. You may need to fine-tune the details if you plan to play these games. Frame drops are noticeable, and both phones heat up quite a bit at this voltage. If you’re not a big gamer, you don’t have to worry about performance.

Google Pixel 7 x Google Pixel 6a: Battery

The Google Pixel 7 has a 4355 mAh battery, while the Pixel 6a has a 4410 mAh battery. Not only does the Pixel 6a have a smaller screen with a lower refresh rate, it also has a bigger battery. That must mean it has better battery life, right? Well, no, not necessarily. In our experience, these two phones are really on par when it comes to battery life. Both devices allowed us 7-8 hours of screen time.

At times, the Pixel 7 even seemed to offer more in this regard. Your mileage may vary, of course, because you’ll use your phones differently, have different apps on your phone, different signal strength, and so on. Keep in mind that games drain the battery noticeably faster. If you’re not a gamer, you don’t have to worry about anything.

The Pixel 7 supports 21W wired charging, as well as 21W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Charging is not constant at these speeds, so keep that in mind. You can get up to 50% in 30 minutes, after which the charge will decrease. On the other hand, the Pixel 6a supports 18W wired charging and that’s it. The Pixel 6a comes with a charger in the box, unlike the Pixel 7.

Google Pixel 7 x Google Pixel 6a: Cameras

The camera settings are different here, but the end result is somewhat similar, albeit better on the Pixel 7. Why is that? Well, it’s because of Google’s image processing that has become famous over the years. The Pixel 7 includes a 50-megapixel main camera, supported by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide unit. The Pixel 6a has a 12.2-megapixel main camera, backed by the same 12-megapixel ultra-wide unit as the Pixel 7. This 12.2-megapixel camera has been used by Google since the Pixel 2, by the way.

So what about the results? Well, both phones deliver detailed images with cooler tones and excellent HDR performance. The dynamic range is excellent, and both are some of the most reliable cameras on the market. The Pixel 7 does a little better in low light, and if you look a little closer at the pixel, you’ll find more detail in normal light as well. Still, the Pixel 6a manages to keep up.

In low light, both phones do a great job. Truth be told, they usually give more light than necessary, but the end result looks great. The Pixel 7 captures more shadow detail and delivers a nicer overall image, but only slightly. The Pixel 6a also excels in low light. The ultra-wide cameras work well, but we’d keep the main units for low-light photography.

audio

Neither of these two phones has a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you want a wired connection, you’ll have to use the Type-C port on the bottom. For wireless connection, both phones offer Bluetooth 5.2.

You’ll also find a set of stereo speakers on both devices. These speakers are good, but we’ve heard better. The Pixel 7’s speakers seem to be a bit louder, but the difference isn’t that big, honestly. Sound output is well balanced on both.

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