Google Pixel 6a review

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While the Pixel 6a is the most affordable Pixel phone Google makes at the time of writing, the Pixel Buds Pro are Apple's answer to the AirPods Pro.

The Pixel 6a comes into this battle equipped with the same Tensor chipset that powers Google's flagship phones, giving it a potential edge over Android rivals in what could be its cheap phone crown.

The Pixel 6a carries on that legacy as a top-notch camera phone. And its Tensor system-on-chip adds more tricks to the phone's toolset, as we'll discover in this Google Pixel 6a review.

The 6a uses a 12MP sensor compared to the 16MP on the Pixel 5a. However, the sensor itself is larger this time, so the Pixel 6a can let in more light when you switch to its ultrawide angle lens.

Google has started making its own chipsets to power its mobile devices, and it's the Pixel 6 a's turn to make the same move to Tensor that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro did last fall.

Google promises up to 24 hours of regular use from the phone, extending it to 72 hours with an Extreme Battery Saver mode that pauses many apps.

Tensor is the star of the show when it comes to specs, giving the Pixel 6a the capabilities you'd expect from a more premium phone. Magic Eraser moves from Pixel 6 to Pixel 6a.

I appreciate that Google continues to use OLED panels for its low-cost Pixel A phones when comparably priced handsets often turn to LCD.