Google Pixel 5a 5G vs Pixel 6: What's the rumoured difference?

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(Pocket-lint) - Google announced the Pixel 5a 5G successful August 2021, though that's not the past we volition perceive from the institution earlier the twelvemonth is out, with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro some arriving successful the fall. 

With the Google Pixel 5a 5G present confirmed - albeit lone disposable successful prime regions - and immoderate details of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro besides confirmed by Google, we've compared the devices against each different to spot what the differences could be. 

We've besides included the rumoured specifications for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro wherever authoritative specs haven't been elaborate to assistance connection a broader representation of however the 2021 Pixels stack up against each other.

Design

  • Pixel 5a 5G: 154.9 x 73.7 x 7.6mm, 185g
  • Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm, 11.8mm with bump
  • Pixel 6 Pro: 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, 11.5mm with bump

The Google Pixel 5a 5G features a akin plan to the Pixel 5 and its predecessor - the Pixel 4a 5G. It has a punch spread camera successful the apical near country of its level display, portion a quadrate camera lodging is positioned successful the apical near country of the rear.

There is simply a carnal fingerprint sensor successful the mediate connected the backmost of the phone, it comes successful 1 colour enactment - Mostly Black - and it features a coloured powerfulness button. The Pixel 5a 5G offers IP67 h2o and particulate resistance and it has a metallic unibody.

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro meanwhile, volition connection a implicit redesign compared to Pixel devices that person gone earlier them, with a camera lodging that spans the width of the backmost of the device. The beforehand displays are expected to person a centralised punch spread camera astatine the top.

They are besides some expected to beryllium IP68 h2o and particulate resistant and athletics an under-display fingerprint sensor. The Pixel 6 volition travel successful a matte finish, portion the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to travel successful a polished aluminium decorativeness and antithetic colour options volition beryllium available.

If rumoured measurements for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are accurate, the Pixel 5a 5G volition the smallest of the 3 devices being compared here.

Display

  • Pixel 5a 5G: 6.34-inch, Full HD+, 60Hz
  • Pixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz?
  • Pixel 6 Pro: 6.67-inch/6.71-inch, Quad HD+, 120Hz?

The Google Pixel 5a 5G has a 6.34-inch show with a 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution. It offers a 60Hz refresh rate, which is slower than the Pixel 5 and what is expected for the Pixel 6 devices too. It's a level display, arsenic mentioned.

The Pixel 6 is rumoured to beryllium coming with a 6.4-inch show with a Full HD+ resolution, though its said to person a 120Hz refresh rate display. It excessively is expected to beryllium a level display.

The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, is expected to travel with a 6.67-inch display, oregon a 6.71-inch show - some person been mentioned successful rumours - and it's said to person a Quad HD+ resolution. It excessively is expected to person a 120Hz refresh rate, though the show is thought to beryllium somewhat curved.

Hardware and specs

  • Pixel 5a 5G: Qualcomm SD765G 5G, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4620mAh
  • Pixel 6: Google ain Tensor chip, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4614mAh
  • Pixel 6 Pro: Google ain Tensor chip, 12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage, 5000mAh

The Google Pixel 5a 5G runs connected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, supported by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There's a 4620mAh artillery capableness and an 18W charger successful the box. 

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro volition some tally Google's ain Tensor chip, which is rumoured to person a show determination betwixt the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 888. The Pixel 6 is said to person 8GB of RAM, portion the Pixel 6 Pro is said to person 12GB of RAM.

According to reports, the Pixel 6 volition travel successful 128GB and 256GB retention options, portion the Pixel 6 Pro volition travel successful an further 512GB exemplary too. Both are expected to connection wireless charging, though neither is expected to travel with a charger successful the box. 

The Pixel 6 is said to person a 4614mAh battery, portion the Pixel 6 Pro is said to person a 5000mAh battery.

Camera 

  • Pixel 5a 5G: Dual camera (12.2MP + 16MP), 8MP front
  • Pixel 6: Dual camera (50MP+12MP), 8MP front
  • Pixel 6 Pro: Triple camera (50MP+48MP+12MP), 12MP front

The Google Pixel 5a 5G features a dual rear camera that is the aforesaid arsenic the Pixel 5, meaning decent results. It consists of a 12.2-megapixel main sensor with 1.4µm pixels and f/1.7 aperture, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with 1.0µm pixels and f/2.2 aperture.

The beforehand camera connected the Pixel 5a 5G is an 8-megapixel snapper with 1.12µm pixels and f/2.0 aperture.

The Pixel 6 volition travel with a dual rear camera, portion the Pixel 6 Pro volition travel with a triple rear camera. Google has yet to corroborate the specifications for the cameras, though rumours assertion some models volition person a 50-megapixel main sensor and 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor.

It's said the Pixel 6 Pro volition past adhd a telephoto sensor arsenic the 3rd lens, though leaks person mentioned 8-megapixels and 48-megapixels for the resolution. The Pixel 6 is said to person an 8-megapixel beforehand camera, portion the Pixel 6 Pro is said to person a 12-megapixel beforehand camera.

We'd expect the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to connection the aforesaid features arsenic the Pixel 5a 5G, including Night Sight for example. We'd besides anticipation to spot the aforesaid fantabulous point-and-shoot results arsenic the Pixel 5, adjacent though the hardware is expected to change. 

Price

  • Pixel 5a 5G: $449, US and Japan only
  • Pixel 6: TBC, Global availability expected
  • Pixel 6 Pro: TBC, Global availaility expected

The Google Pixel 5a 5G is disposable to pre-order present for $449. It volition spell connected merchantability 24 August, but you'll lone beryllium capable to bargain it successful the US and Japan.

The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are expected to beryllium announced sometime successful October. It is expected the Pixel 6 volition person a starting terms of astatine slightest £599 successful the UK and $699 successful the US, which is what the Pixel 5 started at, though it could beryllium more.

The Pixel 6 Pro volition apt beryllium rather a spot much costly than the Pixel 6 and truthful Pixel 5a 5G, though we'd anticipation the Pixel 6 models volition connection wider availability.

Conclusion

Based connected the speculation and confirmed details, the Pixel 5a 5G volition connection a plan akin to the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, portion the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro volition connection wholly caller designs and beryllium larger than the Pixel 5a 5G.

It seems the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro devices volition besides person faster refresh complaint displays, connection a much precocious processor, much RAM and much retention options. They volition besides beryllium much colourful and it's apt they volition person much precocious camera features too.

For now, astir of the details surrounding the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro aren't confirmed - isolated from their designs and chipset - but they volition nary uncertainty beryllium much premium than the Pixel 5a 5G. The Pixel 5a 5G volition beryllium cheaper though, and it offers immoderate large specifications. It's conscionable not that casual to get clasp of arsenic availability is constricted to the US and Japan, meaning for some, it won't beryllium an option.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published connected 19 August 2021.

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