When Google launched the Pixel 6 Series at the end of last year, the Pixel 6a had an obvious flaw.
Since its launch in 2019, the A-Series retains most of its key features and offers an excellent and affordable alternative to Google’s flagships.
The long-awaited and much-talked-about Pixel 6a has finally been unveiled at Google’s main I/O launch, but you’ll still have to wait a while for the phone to launch. Here’s everything you need to know.
When will the Google Pixel 6a be released?
As expected, Google announced the Pixel 6a on May 11, 2022 at the I / O developer conference.
However, the phone will not be available for several months. Specifically, pre-orders start on July 21 before the phone goes on sale on July 28.
Release dates for previous models for context are:
- Google Pixel 5a – August 2021 (only in North America and Japan)
- Pixel 4a – August 2020
- Google Pixel 3a – May 2019
The limited release of the Pixel 5a meant that it would never reach the UK or Europe, but this is not the case with the Pixel 6a – it is getting a full global release.
At the end of the year, of course, the 6a should be joined by the flagship Pixel 7 and the long-rumored Pixel foldable phone.
How much will the Google Pixel 6 cost?
Google has officially announced the starting price of the Pixel 6a – £399/$ 449. It looks like you will get 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory and no other configuration will be available.
How to assemble the previous A-series phones:
- Pixel 5a – $449 (around £339/€399)
- Google Pixel 4a 5G – £499/€499/$499
- Pixel 4a – £349/€349/$349
- Google Pixel 3a – £399/€399/$399
The Pixel 4a 5G was something, raising the price by about £150/€150/$150 compared to its predecessors. It seems that it will not be repeated soon.
What features and specifications does the Google Pixel 6a have?
When Google I/O officially unveiled the Pixel 6a in 2022, it revealed all the key features you’d expect.
A major improvement over the Pixel 5a is Google’s transition to its own Tensor chip, which has the same built-in 5G as last year’s Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. only the memory configuration Google says the Pixel 6a is 5 times faster than last year’s phone, but it’s not clear what tests were used to determine that.
You will also see the new design of the Pixel 6a in the official photos. More compatible with the rest of the Pixel 6 Series and available in three different colors Charcoal chalk and sage The phone uses a recycled aluminum frame and has a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED display, but the update frequency is still only 60Hz.
The phone also has the same amazing rear camera module with a 12.2Mp main lens and a 12Mp ultra-wide camera with 114 viewing areas. You also get an 8-megapixel selfie lens
The tensor chip in all three cameras helps enable basic software-based camera functions. These include Magic Eraser to erase or change the color of unwanted objects, all of which have a Real Tone for Blurring Facial Blur and Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as Night View.
Google says the typical battery size is 4,410 mAh, but on some models it can be as low as 4,306 mAh, as it claims to provide power for hours and can increase it to 18 watts, but we don’t know if this is an improvement over the 18 W support. Pixel 5a.
Other features announced include IP67 water and dust resistance and a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen. The sensor chip has built-in 5G, but there is still no expandable memory.
The phone will be equipped with Android 12, but when it arrives, it will be one of the first phones to get Android 13. Google has committed to at least three years of software updates and five years of security updates since its launch.
At I/O, Google also officially announced the Pixel Buds Pro. Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Android 13, Pixel Watch and new Pixel Tablets are also on sale.
We discussed all this and more in episode 114 of our weekly Fast Charge podcast:
Take a look at our collection of the best mid-range phones to see which competitors the Pixel 6a will have to eliminate.