Pixel 6a official with Google Tensor SoC, new camera features, and an affordable price tag

Pixel 6a official with Google Tensor SoC, new camera features, and an affordable price tag

Rumors have been flying about the Pixel 6a for months now, and today at Google I/O 2022, the company officially lifted the covers off its next mid-range smartphone. The Pixel 6a is essentially a watered-down version of the Pixel 6, offering some of the noteworthy features from the flagship offering at an affordable price tag.

Pixel 6a: Specifications

Specification Pixel 6a
Dimensions and Weight
  • NA
Display
  • 6.1-inch AMOLED
  • FHD+
  • 60Hz
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Always on Display
SoC
  • Google Tensor SoC
RAM and Storage
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB flash storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,306mAh
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 12.2MP main
  • Secondary: 12MP ultra-wide
Front Camera
  • 8MP
Ports
  • USB Type-C port
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 6/6E
  • Bluetooth 5.2
Other features
  • Stereo speakers
  • Titan M2 security chip
  • 2 microphones
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
Software
  • Android 12
  • 5 years of minimum security updates
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Starting with the display, the Pixel 6a flaunts a 6.1-inch FHD+ AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It’s a 60Hz panel, just like the Pixel 5a. As seen in leaked renders, the overall design of the phone looks a lot like the vanilla Pixel 6.

Pixel 6a shown on a big display

The biggest upgrade is in the chipset department, with the new model swapping the Snapdragon chipset for the in-house Google Tensor SoC, which first debuted with the Pixel 6 series. The chipset is paired with 6GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 flash storage.

Pixel 6a in three colors

The camera hardware is seemingly unchanged from the Pixel 5 series. You get a dual-camera setup on the back consisting of a 12.2MP main shooter and a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. While the hardware is mostly unchanged, Google has managed to backport some cool camera features from the Pixel 6 series. These include Magic Eraser, Real Tone, and Face Unblur.

The Pixel 6a packs a 4,306mAh battery with fast charging support. Other notable highlights include an in-display fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, and stereo speakers. On the software front, the phone runs Android 12 out of the box.

Pricing & Availability

Priced at $449, the Pixel 6a will be available for pre-order starting July 21, with official sales commencing from July 28.

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