Google Pixel 6a: is it a better smartphone than the Left Phone (1)?

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Digital began an expected duel, opposing the new mid-range Google, the Pixel 6a, to the newly landed Phone (1) from the Nothing brand. If the Californian giant’s terminal won this battle, the Chinese one is not worthy.

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As usual, Google revealed an “a” version of its high-end terminals. Cheaper, this versatile smartphone focuses on photography, an area that the giant from California has mastered perfectly, while the Chinese outsider still has everything to prove.

The Phone (1) and the back LEDs.

The Phone (1) and the back LEDs.

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More pragmatic, the Pixel 6a shows a well-known design, while the Nothing Phone (1) plays the card of originality. If the Google mobile wins this round, it will be thanks to its better complexity and, above all, its IP67 protection index. However, the victory is not overwhelming in front of a smartphone with a more ambitious appearance enhanced by its rear LEDs, equipped with unprecedented wireless charging in this segment and IP53 certification.

On the side of the screen, the victory goes to the newcomer, the Telephone (1). Although both devices have the same panel, the No model stands out. With a Full HD definition (2,400 x 1,080 pixels), it offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz, against only 60 Hz for the Google smartphone. And brings the point home with more accurate calibration and high peak brightness.

As for the performance, the No Phone (1) proved to be very sharp thanks to the Snapdragon 778G. If both Android terminals are very fast, the Qualcomm chip that equips the Phone (1) delivers video game performance that the Tensor of its rival fails to match. In any case, manufacturers deliver phones that are comfortable in all situations.

Obviously, it is in the photo shutter that Google clearly stands out. Less ambitious than the Pixel 6, this “a” version nevertheless has two 12.2 megapixel sensors, compared to a duo of 50 Mpx sensors for the Phone (1). But characteristics are not everything, and the Mountain View company knows it, arguing that more advanced processing algorithms allow the Pixel 6a to provide honest shots and high definition. Not surprisingly, the night photos are also for the benefit of Google which proves to us, once again, that software processing works miracles.

In terms of autonomy, the Pixel 6a is more durable thanks, in particular, to a larger capacity battery, but the Phone (1) benefits from faster and wireless charging.

The Pixel 6a wins this duel thanks to its IP67 certification and its photography segment, where Google maintains a definite lead. But let the Mountain View company not rest because the outsider No one proves to us that it has sharp weapons to overshadow the players who are already well established.

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