How Does The Google Pixel 6a Compare With iPhone SE 3?

Google Pixel 6A vs iPhone SE 3 featured
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It is time for the Google 6a vs iPhone SE 3 comparison. There was a time when comparing Apples to non-Apples usually favored the Apples. However, comparing the iPhone SE 3 with the newly launched Google Pixel 6a goes sideways for Apple.

Apple launched the iPhone SE 3 as an affordable entry-level iPhone. It has an outdated design but a modern heart, clearly visible where Apple cuts corners. Enter the Google Pixel 6a, a watered-down Pixel 6 with Google’s Tensor chip and everything else that the iPhone misses out on.

Google Pixel 6A vs. iPhone SE 3

SpecificationsGoogle Pixel 6aApple iPhone SE 3
BuildAluminum and glass designPlastic back and allow frame
Display4.7-inch Retina HD (IPS LCD) panel6.1-inch FHD+ OLED panel with 429ppi
Cameras12MP wide camera with ƒ/1.8 apertureDual12.2 MP wide (ƒ/1.7 aperture) + 12 MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2 aperture) rear cameras
OSiOS 15Android 12
RAM + Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage variants6GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB UFS 3.1 storage
ProcessorApple A15 Bionic
6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores
4-core GPU
16-core Neural engine
Google Tensor chip
2x Cortex-X1 cores at 2.8GHz
2x Cortex-A76 cores at 2.25GHz
4x Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz
20-core GPU
Baked-in Neural Processing Unit
SecurityTouch IDFingerprint unlock with Titan M2 security co-processor
Battery2821 mAH (unofficial)
Up to 15-hour video playback
Up to 50-hour audio playback
4410 mAH battery with 18-watt fast charging
Connectivity5G (sub-6GHz), Lightning port, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 6, NFC5G, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC
In-the-boxiPhone SE 3, USB-C to Lightning cable, documentationGoogle Pixel 6a, USB Type-C to Type-C cable, quick switch adapter, SIM tool, documentation
ColorsProducts: Red, Starlight, MidnightChalk, Charcoal, Sage
PriceFrom $429From $449

Design and display

Google Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 3
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The Google Pixel 6a outweighs the iPhone SE 3 specifications and features. The internals on the iPhone SE are comparable to the Pixel, but Apple loses in terms of display and cameras. Google has used a Sony sensor from older Pixel devices on the 6a, which is a tried and tested camera setup.

Your phone’s display is your key to unlocking its full potential, and the iPhone SE 3 loses badly on that front. The Pixel has a bigger, more modern display and design, which gives it a premium look. While the iPhone is made of glass which is more premium, the Pixel looks better (at least in the images) thanks to the overall design.


Pixels and iPhones compete for neck-to-neck when it comes to cameras. Here too, both devices feature capable sensors from older generation phones. The iPhone gets a single shooter, but the Pixel 6a wins this round because of the extra ultrawide sensor.

Both devices sport custom chipsets, the latest operating systems, five years of security updates, and fingerprint readers for security. However, the iPhone SE-based model comes with 64GB of storage only, which isn’t ideal in today’s time. If you want to choose 128GB on the iPhone, you’ll have to shell out $480, which we don’t recommend.

The Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 3 comparison also depends on the OS. If you compare Android vs iOS, it could be a deciding factor in which phone you go for. And in case you’re enticed by the Apple ecosystem, you should know that Google also has one now.

Google Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 3: The Verdict

If you want to be a part of the Apple ecosystem without burning a hole in your pocket, the iPhone SE 3 is the right choice for you. However, you should know that the full potential of that phone’s internals is blocked by its outrageously outdated display. If that doesn’t bother you, the iPhone SE is a good option.

The Google Pixel 6a comes with modern designs and looks, features a better display, and packs performance similar to the iPhone SE. However, compared to other Android phones in a similar price range, it misses out on a high refresh rate display and wireless charging.

However, as a mid-range phone, the Google Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 3 comparison clearly goes with the Pixel. What do you think about this comparison? Do let us know in the comments.

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