After several months of leaks and speculation, Google has finally shown us its much-anticipated Pixel 6a, during the company’s Google I/O conference held on May 11-12. The Pixel 6a follows in the footsteps of the Pixel 5a, offering a more affordable Google-fied smartphone experience. Unlike the 5a though, the 6a will be available in more regions than just the USA and Japan.
What’s new, though? For this one, we thought that we’d go over just exactly what’s on the inside and outside of Google’s upcoming mid-ranger.
Design and Display
In terms of design, the Pixel 6a keeps it simple – it keeps the new design language established by the Pixel 6 series, with the angular corners, glossy back, and the wide camera bar on the rear panel. Based on the product renders though, it seems that the camera will be a bit slimmer this time around, as the one on the Pixel 6 phones had a certain thickness to it.
Meanwhile, the front of the phone has a smaller 6.1-inch OLED display, with a 60Hz refresh rate, unlike the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro which feature 90 and 120Hz refresh rates, respectively. The design comes in three colours, which are sage, chalk, and charcoal.
As for internals, the Pixel 6a comes with Google’s Tensor chip, which is the company’s own custom SoC. Based on information from Google, it seems that this is the same Tensor chip found in last year’s Pixel 6 phones, as the company has yet to announce a second-generation Tensor chip.
In addition, the Pixel 6a also has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is a slight step-down compared to the 8GB of RAM on the Pixel 6. However, Google’s software optimization has always been reliable despite low hardware specs, and considering the Pixel 6a’s lower price, some compromises had to be made.
Cameras and other Features
The Pixel 6a comes with a dual camera set-up, which includes a 12.2-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. The front of the phone meanwhile has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies and whatnot.
Despite the low megapixel count, Google’s Pixel devices have always performed well when it comes to camera quality, thanks to smartly-optimized camera software. The phone will also come equipped with a 4,410 mAh battery, which should be enough to power through the day. There’s also an in-display fingerprint reader, although we’re hoping that it works a lot better compared to the sensors found in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
How Much is It?
The Pixel 6a will sell for £399 in the UK, and will be available for pre-orders on the 21st of July. it should prove to be a popular Pixel handset, given that the Pixel “A” series devices have always had a special charm about them, despite the affordability and “lesser” spec count.
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