Google’s budget phone for 2022, the Pixel 6a, offers most of what the flagship Pixel 6 does, but it’s stripped of pretty non-essential features to shave $150 off the price. Both phones are equipped with Google’s first internal chip, the Tensor, and share the same design. The Pixel 6 has a 50MP main camera with a higher resolution, but the rest of the camera specs are the same.
The Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch OLED panel with a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz, while the Pixel 6a launched with a 6.1-inch OLED display with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Google may have lied to us about this part.
Turns out the Pixel 6a can hit a 120Hz refresh rate
The refresh rate refers to the number of times the screen is completely refreshed every second, and a higher refresh rate provides smoother scrolling and smoother animations.
While the Pixel 6a’s bright OLED panel has been praised by most reviews, putting it above its Apple-made competitor, the iPhone SE, which has an LCD unit, but below Samsung’s Galaxy A53, which shows off a 120Hz panel. . , if it’s theoretically capable of a higher refresh rate, who wouldn’t want that?
Developer Nathan, who goes by @TheLunarixus on Twitter, has discovered that Samsung has specified the Pixel 6a’s display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and on the Pixel 6a it can even run at 90Hz, but for some reason. . Google has limited the refresh rate to 60 Hz.
So why is Google holding back the Pixel 6a experience?
The Pixel 6 starts at $599, while the Pixel 6a starts at $449. The slightly higher price gets you more RAM, a better main camera, a slightly larger 4,614 mAh cell with support for 30W fast charging compared to the Pixel 6a’s 4,410 mAh battery with 18W support, and a better construction with a glass back and aluminum frame as opposed to the Pixel 6a’s thermoformed composite back.
Google’s camera power lies in software, so while the Pixel 6a has a 12.2MP main camera, the output isn’t drastically different from the higher-resolution Pixel 6’s main camera. The high refresh rate is the other big differentiator, and this could be why Google has artificially limited it on the Pixel 6a.
Also, the Pixel 6a has a smaller battery compared to the Pixel 5a, which came with a 4,680mAh cell, and Google says it will last for 24 hours with moderate use. A 60Hz refresh rate puts less strain on the battery, so this may be another reason why Google has limited the Pixel 6a to 60Hz.
Also with the better Pixel 7 on the way, it’s possible that Google will enable a higher refresh rate over time.