Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a: Good for Nothing!

Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a

Nothing unveiled its first phone shaking up the mid-range market. The Nothing Phone 1 manages to get all the necessities right, that too with their first launch. However, this smartphone has gained a ton of hype in the smartphone industry. It has a unique look on the back, which differentiate it from other smartphones. Also, it comes at an affordable price. But at an almost similar price, you can get the Google Pixel 6a, which is from Google. 

Nothing Phone 1 vs Google Pixel 6a

The question is, can Nothing Phone 1 be considered more reliable than the Google Pixel 6a? Today we are going to compare these two devices to find out which one you should go for. 


Starting with the design, as we said before, Nothing Phone 1 has a unique design. It has a flat body design with an aluminum frame like the recent iPhone, which makes it lightweight and comfortable to hold. Also, it boasts a Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. The most striking segment is the back, which is transparent and includes multiple LED lights, Nothing calls it the glyph. These LED lights will let you know about notifications, charging Status, incoming calls, and camera fill light. The cool thing is that the LED light can dance with your ringtone. It also has a dual-camera setup, and with LED light around it, the camera looks like a Wall-E. 

Whereas the Google Pixel 6a has a diagonal bumpy camera design, and that makes the Pixel 6 series different from its predecessor. The Pixel 6a also features an aluminum frame, plastic back, and gorilla glass 3 to protect your device from accidental damages. Overall, if you are more into unique design, then the Nothing Phone 1 can be a pretty good choice. 


So, about the display, the Nothing Phone 1 has a 6.55-inch OLED screen that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and peak brightness up to 1200 nits. However, it’s not using an LTOP panel, but it will switch between 60Hz to 120Hz smartly, and that is pretty amazing. On the other hand, the Pixel 6a comes with a 6.1-inch 60Hz OLED display, which is bright and vivid. Most importantly, it supports the Always-on display mode that Nothing Phone 1 lacks. In short, the Nothing Phone 1 has a bigger, brighter, smoother display compared to the Pixel 6a.

Camera Quality

What about the camera quality? Because this is now the most important feature that everyone looks for. And, the Nothing Phone 1 delivers a 50 Megapixel main and a 50 Megapixel ultra-wide camera. Nothing also claimed, they used Sony IMX 766 and Samsung j1n sensors, which doesn’t seem pretty exciting. The IMX 766 is the same sensor that is used in the OnePlus Nord 2. Overall, the camera quality is decent enough to ensure detailed and vibrant images. 

Whereas, the Pixel 6a has a 12.2 Megapixel main and a 12 Megapixel ultra-wide camera, which is also not a bad camera in terms of its price. Both phones feature EIS and OIS to provide stability while shooting. The Pixel 6a has the capability to capture 4K videos at 60fps, whereas the Nothing Phone 1 can shoot 4K videos only at 30fps. Moreover, the Pixel 6a will give stunning AI editing to get an outstanding image quality. In terms of a selfie camera, the Nothing Phone 1 boasts a 16 Megapixel single-punch hole camera on the top left corner. Another hand, the Pixel 6a comes with an 8 Megapixel front camera. So, here we can say, obviously, Nothing Phone 1 will give better image quality because it has more pixels than the Pixel 6a. But that doesn’t mean Pixel 6a’s camera is bad, it also will deliver decent images.


Coming to the performance. What makes this phone stand out? Well, Nothing Phone 1 has fairly average specs. And, this smartphone comes with Snapdragon 778G Plus, which is a custom and mid-range chipset. However, you will get a balanced performance considering its price. Also, it won’t get laggy while doing heavy gaming. On the other hand, the Pixel 6a has a 5nm Google Tensor chipset, which is also not that much powerful but can get your job done at this price range.

Battery Life

The Nothing Phone 1 is equipped with a 4500mAh battery, which can ensure all-day-long power backup. It also supports 33W fast charging, and Carl Pei said it would take around one hour to get fully charged. This phone even comes with wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Another hand, the Pixel 6a has a 4410mAh battery and 18W fast charging, meaning it will take more time than the Nothing Phone 1 to fully juice up the battery.

Final Verdict

With all these features and performance, we can surely say that the Nothing Phone 1 look pretty unique with its transparent back and multiple LED lights. Though it has mid-range specs, which is why it is priced at 399 Euro. However, the Google Pixel 6a is also a good affordable smartphone with decent features. What do you think? Are you willing to buy Nothing Phone 1, which is just a newbie, or Google Pixel 6a, which is from a reliable and well-known company, Google?

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Nafiul Haque

Nafiul Haque has grown up playing on all the major gaming platforms. And he got his start as a journalist covering all the latest gaming news, reviews, leaks, etc. As he grew as a person, he became deeply involved with gaming hardware and equipment. Now, he spends his days writing about everything from reviewing the latest gaming laptops to comparing the performance of the latest GPUs and consoles.