A discovery highlights the great quality that Google has achieved with the Pixel 6a: although it does not include a 90Hz refresh rate for the screen as standard, says Pixel 6a yes it can refresh with this frequency. A phone owner successfully unlocked 90Hz with a software tweak,
After analyzing the Google Pixel 6a, and comparing it with our Google Pixel 6, we didn’t see any exaggerated differences in screen smoothness despite the cheaper model refreshing at a slower rate (60 Hz versus 90 Hz). AMOLED both, FHD+ resolution, with no saturation, brightness or contrast differences
90 Hz on the Pixel 6a thanks to a mod
Based on the internal components of the two mobiles, the Google Pixel 6a would mount a screen with similar characteristics to that of the Pixel 6. Made by Samsung with its Super AMOLED technology, the cheapest mobile screen is said to have a lower refresh rate due to a decision by Google when it comes to lowering the costs of its Pixel 6a. It would also enter into the strategy of the telephone, since at a lower price the technical sheet is also lower.
As Nathan discovered on Twitterthe Google Pixel 6a is perfectly capable of refreshing its panel at 90 Hz. Both for hardware and software capabilities: Nathan managed to develop a mod with which to apply the aforementioned improvement to the panel. In this way, the differences with the Pixel 6 are diluted.
From what has been published in media such as The Verge or XDA Developers, the modification really works. Of course, with a process that is not suitable for all users:
- OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging must be enabled in Developer Settings.
- It is necessary to unlock the Google Pixel 6a bootloader.
- You need to sideload a beta version of Android 13 with some settings changed.
- It is necessary to flash a boot image.
Based on feedback from those who have tried it, the Google Pixel 6a runs fine at 90Hz, although some had a green tint appearing on the screen. It’s unclear whether the change forces the panel’s 90Hz or simply unlocks a refresh rate that Google has limited to accommodate the Pixel 6a in the mid-range. Anyway, the truth is that it is not worth going through the process: too much risk for the benefits obtained.
Through | NatThe edge