Google’s Pixel 6a may not yet have formally hit the market, but that hasn’t stopped some reviewers from getting their hands on a device sooner, testing it out and showing some ways the reduced-price Google phone doesn’t belong with the Pixel. 6 family.
Malaysian tech YouTuber Fazli Halim has managed to get his hands on a retail ready pixel 6a sample in early June and gave him the unpacking treatmentbut now it’s back with a full overhaul, in which we see the 6a’s fingerprint sensor compared side-by-side with the current top-dog of the line, the Google Pixel 6Pro.
While both phones have in-display optical fingerprint sensors, in Halim’s review, the Pixel 6a’s sensor proves to be consistently faster in reading and unlocking the phone, as well as more consistent, when compared to the Pixel 6 Pro.
It’s surprising, given the lower specification (and therefore cost) of the Pixel 6a, that the performance is much better – but early signs seem to suggest that.
Analysis: a lighter touch
The sluggish and lackluster performance of the fingerprint sensor was just one of the many small quirks that plagued the pixel 6 and 6 Pro at its late 2021 launch, with Google only partially addressing some of the issues the phones faced via subsequent software updates.
With that in mind, it was heartening to learn that the Pixel 6a would use a different fingerprint sensor than the 6 and 6 Pro, something that Google’s Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Rich Osterloh said. confirmed during Google I/O 2022, when the Pixel 6a was first officially announced.
While Halim’s video gives us our first proper look at the Pixel 6a, consumers will have to wait until July 28 to officially purchase the phone, which trades in several key hardware attributes found on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro for a lower price. of order. $449 / £399 / AU$749, granting you the potential to compete as one of the best cheap phones out there.
Fingerprint is just one tweak the Pixel 6a offers compared to its smaller size siblings. 6.1-inch, 60Hz OLED Full HD+ displaya lower resolution 12.2 MP main camera (compared to the 6 and 6 Pro’s 50 MP main unit, which makes them some of the best camera phones currently on the market) and a basic memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB respectively.
Where the Pixel 6a holds up is with the same Tensor SoC made by Google and, of course, that faster fingerprint sensor, which – paired with the lower price point – might be the perfect match for some.
So again we have the pixel 7 just around the corner after Google inexplicably showed it off at I/O earlier this year – and that will likely come with a new PIxel 7a model not long after, so the search giant hasn’t made the decision easy when to go for a new one. phone, it seems.