“Google Pixel 6a” is one of the new standards for middle-class smartphones

Google started accepting reservations for the middle-class Android smartphone “Google Pixel 6a” (hereinafter, Pixel 6a) on July 21, 2022. It will be released on July 28th. Like the company’s flagship models “Google Pixel 6” and “Google Pixel 6 Pro,” the “Pixel 6a” uses the SoC “Google Tensor,” which was originally developed for the processor. Although the cost has been reduced in detail in terms of memory, storage capacity, display, camera, body material, etc., the camera function, voice recognition, security, etc. have achieved the same usability as the flagship model. This time, I borrowed the product version before the release, so let’s send you a review of the actual machine.

The biggest difference from the top two models is the camera specifications

The display uses 6.1-inch organic EL (20: 9, 2400 x 1080, 429ppi, refresh rate up to 60Hz, high-brightness mode, contrast ratio 1,000,000: 1, HDR compatible, 24-bit full color). The speaker is stereo and has two built-in microphones.

The main camera has a wide angle (dual pixel, 12.2 million pixels, pixel size 1.4 μm, F1.7, 77 degrees, 1 / 2.55 inch, super resolution zoom up to 7 times, optical camera shake correction), super wide angle (12.2 million pixels). , 1.25 μm, F2.2, 114 degrees, lens correction) dual configuration. The front camera has 8 megapixels, 1.12 μm, F2.0, 84 °, and fixed focus.

5G communication is only compatible with Sub 6, and wireless communication supports Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and FeliCa sensors. However, Wi-Fi 6E is not available in Japan.

The main body size is about 71.8 (width) x 152.2 (height) x 8.9 (depth) mm, and the weight is 178g. It has a built-in 4410mAh battery and has a battery life of 24 hours or more. However, it is said that the maximum time is 72 hours when using “Super Battery Saver”.

The “Pixel 6a” is finely differentiated from the Pixel 6/6 Pro. See the table below for details, but the major differences are memory and storage capacity, display refresh rate, presence / absence of camera image sensor and telephoto camera, millimeter wave support, front and back body materials, etc. .. Of these, the camera differentiation is of particular concern, but I’ll check the image quality of the “Pixel 6a” later in the example.
Comprehensive benchmark app “AnTuTu Benchmark” has a score of 740234
As mentioned above, the “Pixel 6a” is equipped with the same “Google Tensor” as the “Pixel 6/6 Pro”. Performance should not change, but as a precaution, when benchmarking, the overall score of the comprehensive benchmark “AnTuTu Benchmark V9.4.2” was 740234, and the score of Wild Life of the 3D benchmark “3DMark” was 6645 (both 3). Use the best score after measuring the times).

Looking at the ranking of AnTuTu Benchmark at the time of writing the article, “Pixel 6” recorded 703650 and “Pixel 6 Pro” recorded 7033706. In addition, “Pixel 6” was listed as 6418 and “Pixel 6 Pro” was listed as 6205 in the 3DMark ranking. In other words, in both benchmarks, the “Pixel 6a” scored higher than the top two models.

However, the measurement was not performed under the same conditions this time. In particular, it is highly possible that the kernel version when the benchmark was performed is different. Since the processor, memory and storage standards are the same, there should be no difference in performance if the conditions are met.
Google’s software technology that bridges the gap between image sensors
The “Pixel 6a” is equipped with a dual pixel wide-angle camera as the main camera, and the “Pixel 6” and “Pixel 6 Pro” are equipped with an Octa PD Quad Bayer wide-angle camera. The Octa PD Quad Bayer wide-angle camera is a 50MP high-pixel sensor that uses a technology called “pixel binning” that treats four pixels as one pixel in a pseudo manner. It is said to be able to capture 2.5 times more light than the Pixel 5’s dual-pixel wide-angle camera.

So, the performance of the image sensor itself of “Pixel 6a” should not be as good as the upper model, but when I actually shoot it, the image quality is better than I imagined. Not only was it possible to obtain good image quality in a situation with a sufficient amount of light, but it was also possible to shoot bright and low noise even in night scenes containing a lot of dark skies.

If we drive into even more severe conditions, there will be a turning point where the difference in image sensors will appear somewhere. However, Google’s “computational photography” is undoubtedly effective in bridging the gap between image sensors under normal circumstances.

I’m not good at distant views because it doesn’t have a telephoto camera, but even with the maximum 7x super-resolution zoom, it has a practically sufficient resolution for viewing on a 16-inch display. If you watch it on your smartphone or tablet, you shouldn’t be dissatisfied.
In addition, “Pixel 6a” has a new function called “camouflage” added to “eraser magic”. The conventional “eraser magic” was a function to erase the target according to the background, but “camouflage” can change the color of the target. For example, if there is a color in the photo that stands out from the main subject, you can change that color to blend it into the background.

I tried using the “Camouflage Mode Experience Box” provided by Google this time, and the effect is applied naturally. In addition, even a subject with a complicated shape such as this “Chameleon” was recognized and applied fairly accurately just by roughly surrounding it with a line. It seems that it can be conveniently used as a tool to clarify the intention of the photograph.

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