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Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6a

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Google released the Pixel 5 in October 2020 and released the Pixel 6a in July 2022. The Pixel 5 launched with Android 11 and is slated to receive Android version updates and security updates through at least October 2023. The Pixel 6a launched with Android 12 and is slated to receive Android version updates through July 2025, and security updates through at least July 2027.

Price Comparison

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6a Pricing

Pixel 5 prices start at $114, which is cheaper than the Pixel 6a low price of $126.

Specs Comparison

The Pixel 5 features an always-on 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display with Smooth Display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with Octa-Core processor, Adreno 620, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, the Titan M security module, Pixel Imprint, a 4080 mAh battery, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, stereo speakers, and USB-C.

In comparison, the Pixel 6a features an always-on 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display, a Google Tensor processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, the Titan M2 security chip, Security Core, Fingerprint Unlock, a fingerprint-resistant coating, a 4410 mAh battery, an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, stereo speakers, noise suppression, two microphones, and USB-C.

Size

Size Pixel 5 Pixel 6a
Width 70 mm 2.8 inches
Height 145 mm 5.7 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 151 g 5.3 ounces

The Google Pixel 5 measures 5.7” (H) x 2.8” (W) x 0.31” (D), weighs 5.3 ounces and features a 6.0” display size. To compare, the Google Pixel 6a measures 6.0” (H) x 2.8” (W) x 0.34” (D), weighs 6.3 ounces and features a 6.1” display size.

Camera

Camera Pixel 5 Pixel 6a
Primary 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032x3024

The Pixel 5 has a front-facing 8MP fixed-focus camera with an 83-degree field of view. The Pixel 5 rear camera array includes a 12.2MP dual-pixel camera and a 16MP ultra-wide camera with a 117-degree field of view.

In comparison, the Pixel 6a has a front-facing 8MP fixed-focus camera with an 84-degree field of view. The Pixel 6a rear camera array includes a 12.2MP dual-pixel wide camera with a 77-degree field of view and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 114-degree field of view.

The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6a share many of the same camera features including Night Sight, Top Shot, Portrait Mode, Portrait Light, Frequent Faces, Super Res Zoom, dual exposure controls, and more. The Pixel 6a also brings some additional camera features, including Magic Eraser, Real Tone, and Face Unblur.

Screen

Display Pixel 5 Pixel 6a
Resolution 1080x2340
Screen Size 151 mm 5.9 in
Pixels Per Inch 437 ppi ppi

The Pixel 5 features a 6.0-inch FHD+ OLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 cover glass. In comparison, the Pixel 6a features a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover glass.

The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6a displays both support HDR and have an always-on display mode. Smooth Display on the Pixel 5 allows for refresh rates up to 90 Hz. The Pixel 6a display supports refresh rates up to 60 Hz. The Pixel 6a display also features a now-playing mode and an at-a-glance mode.

Battery

Battery Pixel 5 Pixel 6a
Capacity 4000 mAh mAh
Longevity 48 hours hours
USB USB-C

The Pixel 5 is powered by a 4080 mAh battery, the Pixel 6a is powered by a 4410 mAh battery, and both models support fast wired charging. The Pixel 5 also supports fast wireless charging and has a Battery Share mode so you can wirelessly charge other devices such as Pixel Buds. Google has said the Pixel 5 is capable of getting “all-day” battery life, and the Pixel 6a battery can last “beyond” 24 hours. The Pixel 6a also features an Extreme Battery Saver model which allows you to get up to 72 hours of battery life.

Processing

Processor Pixel 5 Pixel 6a
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G SM7250-AA (Nairo)

Color Choices

Pixel 5

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • Sage

Which Pixel 5 color should you buy?

Pixel 6a

Available in 3 colors:

  • Chalk
  • Charcoal
  • Sage

Which color Pixel 6a is the most popular?

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6a Colors

The Pixel 5 introduces two new colors not found in the Pixel 6a color palette: Charcoal and Chalk. Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6a share one color: Sage. However, the Pixel 5 does away with Black, previously seen on the Pixel 6a.
Swappasaurus

The Pixel 5 is available in Black and Sorta Sage. The Pixel 6a is available in Charcoal, Sage, and Chalk.

Storage Options

Pixel 5

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which Pixel 5 storage should I buy?

Pixel 6a

Choose from 1 storage option:

  • 128GB

Which storage Pixel 6a is the most popular?

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6a Storage

Both the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6a share one storage option: 128GB.
Swappasaurus

The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 6a are both available in a single storage configuration of 128GB.

Reviews

Pixel 5

38 reviews 4.8 stars

Pixel 6a

No reviews at this time

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 6a Reviews

The Pixel 5 is rated by users at 4.8 of 5.0 stars. Review data for Pixel 6a is not available at this time.

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