Google unveiled the Pixel 6a last week at its I/O Developer Conference, delivering a midrange phone powered by the same Tensor processor seen in the Pixel 6 series. Between that level of power, the solid battery size, Google’s software and the IP67 rating, there’s a lot to like here.
Nevertheless, our own Rob Triggs wrote an opinion piece suggesting that the The Pixel 6a was still a bit too expensive at $449. It’s $150 cheaper than the standard Pixel 6, so we asked you if you’d buy the Pixel 6a or spend a little more on the vanilla Pixel 6. Here’s how you voted.
Will you buy the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6a?
We published the poll in our opinion piece on May 14, and it drew just over 1,000 votes at the time of writing. The winning choice? Well, 58.68% of respondents said they would buy the Pixel 6 over the Pixel 6a.
Reader feedback supporting this position indicates that the Pixel 6 has a higher refresh rate display, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Gorilla Glass Victus. A comment also notes the high price of the Pixel 6a in several markets outside of the United States. Add a 50MP main camera, wireless charging and 18W charging and we can see why the Pixel 6 might be preferred.
On the other hand, 41.32% of readers surveyed said they would buy the Pixel 6a over the Pixel 6. At least one comment notes that the $150 cheaper price outweighs the missing features of the Pixel 6 like a 90Hz display. After all, you’re still getting five years of security updates here, three OS updates, a polished camera experience, and Pixel-exclusive software features.
- deltatux: I think this phone is for those who would rather save US$150 (the gap is bigger in other markets) than spend it on features they may or may not care about. Not everyone cares about high refresh rate screens or a super stellar camera, they just want a capable phone with a decent camera at a great price and the 6a fits the bill. Not everyone will see that spending the extra US$150 makes sense. If I didn’t care about a better camera, I would have waited for the 6a instead of getting the regular 6 tbh.
- simp: USD449 is still not that bad when looking at SGD and AUD prices. Even when including local taxes, the markup on currency conversion makes the 6a a non-starter. The situation got worse when the 4a was so much cheaper even after currency conversion 2 years ago (comparing 4a prices with 6a here since the 5a was only available in the US and Japan) .
- Kira: No, but the Pixel 6 is a bit cheaper, so it looks like the Pixel 6a is a bit expensive.
- Brian Simmons: Ultimately, I think we’ll see the retail price of the P6a drop to $399 within 3 months of release, like most previous “overpriced” Pixel phones have. Historically, Google priced the Pixel a bit high, then was forced to lower its price once the initial wave subsided. Normally “A” series phones have been the ones priced right from the start and regular phones are priced too high, but Google traded it this year. The P6/P6 Pro were immune to this “normal” price break because they were priced right from the start, but I think we’ll see that on a P6a.
- 🇦🇺Marshall: Hmm, 60Hz display, GG3, 18w load… you can definitely see where the corners were cut to fit the Tensor in. This phone’s launch price brings it dangerously close to the Galaxy A73 5G… which certainly takes a performance hit with its SD778G, but is a much more balanced device on the spec sheet.
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