The main part of this year’s Google I/O conference, during which one of the most interesting smartphones of 2022 – Pixel 6a – was presented, has finished. Given the success of its predecessor, the novelty has every chance not only to repeat it, but also to significantly exceed it.
The first thing you notice is that Google has updated the design of the model. The appearance of the Pixel 6a corresponds to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. By the way, Google has already sold more Pixel 6 than Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 combined, which indicates the growing popularity of the company’s devices. And also that Google’s hardware department is moving in the right direction.
Pixel 6a is available in one of three colors: white, black, or mint. The camera unit has a characteristic protrusion, but it can be leveled with the help of branded covers from Google.
The Pixel 6a’s OLED display has a 6.1-inch diagonal and Full HD + resolution. The screen refresh rate is 60 Hz. And this is probably the only technical aspect that we would like to improve in this model. After all, Samsung has already taught us that even in the middle range smartphones you can expect 90 Hz or even 120 Hz displays. On the other hand, the Pixel 6 is not much more expensive, so if you need a screen with a higher refresh rate, you have a choice.
Also Pixel 6a received a chipset Google Tensor, similar to its “brothers” in model line. This means that the smartphone offers the same features that apply to the camera, voice processing, and translation, as well as the Pixel 6/6 Pro. Of course, there is support for 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies). 6 GB of RAM is available, the internal storage capacity is 128 GB.
The main camera of the Pixel 6a consists of two 12-megapixel modules (normal and ultra-wide), as in the Pixel 5a, so do not expect significant progress. Although personally, I had almost no complaints about the previous smartphone’s camera. But in the Pixel 6/6 Pro, let me remind you, the main sensor has a resolution of 50 megapixels. As for the front camera, the Pixel 6a has an 8-megapixel sensor.
Google claims that the battery life of Pixel 6a is a full day during normal use and up to three days in power saving mode. Although the battery capacity has been reduced to 4306 mAh, compared to 4680 mAh in the Pixel 5a. In addition, the Pixel 6a received a Titan M2 security coprocessor, an on-screen fingerprint scanner, and a minimum of 5 years of security updates. But the 3.5 mm audio jack was left in the past.
You will have to wait a bit for Google Pixel 6a. Pre-orders for the smartphone will start only on July 21, and the novelty will go on sale on July 28. The Pixel 6a costs $449.