The Pixel 6A, which adopts Google’s new design language and bespoke chipset while keeping the 5A’s $449 price tag, has been formally announced. The announcement coincides with Google’s I/O developer conference, but if you’re eager to get your hands on the new device, you’ll have to wait a little longer because it won’t be available until July 28th. (On July 21st, preorders will begin.)
With a prominent horizontal camera bump and a two-tone casing, the 6A continues the obvious design trend that the 6 and 6 Pro started last year. The fingerprint sensor is also located beneath the screen rather than on the back panel. If you believe the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are too huge, there’s good news: the 6A has a slightly smaller 6.1-inch OLED 1080p display. It’s also a typical 60Hz refresh rate, so Google appears content to let Samsung take the lead in midrange phone screens with rapid refresh rates.
While the design philosophy is the same, the Pixel 6A’s camera specs are less robust than the premium Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This differs from prior A-series phones, which had the same camera hardware as their more expensive rivals. Instead of the 50-megapixel primary camera of the Pixel 6, the 6A has a 12-megapixel main rear camera with optical image stabilisation, which appears to be the same hardware as the 5A. A 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera are also included.
The Pixel 6A has a lower 4,400mAh battery than the Pixel 5A’s 4,680mAh battery, but Google believes it will last a full day like its predecessor. It also claims three days of battery life in Extreme Battery Saver mode, which is a full day more than the 5A. This is most likely due to better hardware and software interaction now that Google controls both variables.
Similar to way Google sold the 5A, a single storage variant (128GB with 6GB RAM) will be available. And good news for everyone who lives outside of the United States and Japan (the only two areas where the 5A was released): the 6A will be accessible in a lot more places, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and France.
There’s a full list of countries where it will be sold on the Google Store.
Of course, there’s also 5G. The 6A is unlocked and supports sub-6GHz but not mmWave 5G. Verizon’s variant includes mmWave capability in addition to sub-6Hz (including C-band), but it costs $50 extra. Because all good things must come to an end, the 6A lacks a headphone jack. You won’t find a charger because the Pixel 5A was the final Google phone to come with one.
For a long time, the Pixel A-series seemed to be a shoe-in for the best midrange phone. However, considerable competition has emerged in recent years from Samsung and competitors such as OnePlus, so the 6A has its work cut out for it.
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