Google Pixel 7a vs Google Pixel 6a: The 5 biggest differences

Now that Google has announced the Pixel 7a, you’re probably curious about how it differs from its predecessor. In this Google Pixel 7a vs Google Pixel 6a comparison, we’ve listed the five most important.

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Google Pixel 7a vs Google Pixel 6a

During the day Google I/O 2023 Google announced the Pixel 7a, its new “affordable” smartphone. It’s very similar to the more expensive Pixel 7 and also shares some specs. For example, it runs on the same Tensor G2 chip, which ensures excellent performance. The Pixel 7a has a suggested retail price of 509 euro.

You can also still buy the older Pixel 6a and it has now dropped considerably in price. Are you curious whether the new device is worth the additional price? Then read on quickly. Here’s our Google Pixel 7a vs Google Pixel 6a comparison!

Google Pixel 7a official: Better specs, higher price

1. Smoother screen

The main drawback of the Google Pixel 6a was the screen. Although the 6.1-inch OLED panel had excellent contrast and showed beautiful colors, the refresh rate remained stuck at 60Hz. That is old-fashioned and means that the pixels refresh 60 times per second. As a result, the image seems to stutter a bit while scrolling.

Fortunately, the Pixel 7a (finally) has a smooth 90Hz screen. So it feels smoother, which provides a much nicer experience. As far as we are concerned, this is the biggest improvement of the new device. The screen is again 6.1 inches in size, so that it still remains a relatively compact smartphone.

Google Pixel 7a

2. Better hardware

The Tensor G2 chip in the Pixel 7a is a relatively minor advancement over the first Tensor processor in the Pixel 6a. Yet it is indeed faster, which you will especially notice if you like to game on your smartphone. In addition, Google has increased the amount of RAM from 6 to 8 GB. Multitasking is a bit easier and the Pixel 7a is also more future-proof. The storage space is still 128GB. There are no other variants.

Unlike its predecessor, you can charge the Pixel 7a wirelessly. That is admittedly quite slow, with 7.5 watts, but it is a handy feature to have. Wired, the charging speed is still 18 Watt. In 2023, that is downright slow.

3. Updated cameras

Google is known for its excellent camera software. Despite the outdated sensors, the Pixel 6a shot very good photos, which could compete with those of much more expensive smartphones.

With the Pixel 7a, the search giant takes it a step further. The antique 12-megapixel main camera has been replaced by a 64-megapixel one. Squeezing four pixels together leaves 16-megapixel snapshots. The sensor is significantly larger, so photos look much better too.

The 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, which allows you to take wider photos of, for example, a group of people, has also been updated. The same goes for the selfie camera. It now has a resolution of 13 instead of 8 megapixels. Moreover, you can now use it for facial recognition to unlock the device. That was not possible on the Pixel 6a.

4. Fris design

If you hold the Pixel 7a next to the regular Pixel 7, you will hardly see any difference except for the size. Even the camera bar that runs horizontally across the back is almost exactly the same. Compared to the Pixel 6a, the design is subtly different. The camera bar is made of metal instead of plastic and looks more modern.

Google Pixel 7a

On the front, the difference between the Google Pixel 7a vs the Google Pixel 6a is a lot smaller. The edges are about the same thickness and the dimensions of both smartphones are therefore very close to each other. However, the Pixel 7a is 15 grams heavier at 193 grams.

5. Pricing and Software

Google has done quite a bit of work on the Pixel 7a. The screen is nicer, the hardware is faster and the cameras are improved. There is a higher suggested retail price. The Pixel 7a costs 509 euros, which is 50 euros more than the Pixel 6a at release. However, that older device has now fallen considerably in price and you can often buy it for around 350 euros.

The difference is currently more than 150 euros. That is considerable, but bear in mind that the Pixel 7a is also supported for longer. It runs on Android 13 and receives updates up to and including Android 16. The Pixel 6a remains stuck on Android 15. In addition, Google will release security patches for the Pixel 7a for one more year: until May 2028.

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