The Google Pixel 6a is now official, and it is Google’s budget Pixel this year. This is the successor to the Pixel 5a that launched last year at $449. And as the title of this article says, the price remains unchanged for the 6a. So, for the same price, you are getting a new design, the Google Tensor chip, and more.
The Pixel 6a inherits the design from the Pixel 6 series, with the only difference being the pill-shaped design around the dual cameras on the back. The three color options are named Chalk, Sage, and Charcoal. The phone is IP67 rated, has stereo speakers, an in-display fingerprint reader, and no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Apart from the design, the major upgrade this year is the performance since Pixel 6a has the same Google Tensor chip that powered the flagship Pixel 6 & 6 Pro. There is a Titan M2 security co-processor as well. The phone has 6GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 storage, so in terms of performance, this will be a hard-to-beat phone in its price segment.
On the front, the Google Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch display, and it is a 60Hz OLED with a Full-HD+ resolution. The lack of a high refresh-rate panel is a bummer. The camera setup on the rear includes a primary 12.2MP Sony IMX363 sensor with a 1.4μm pixel size, f/1.7 aperture lens, and OIS. The second camera has a 12MP sensor and an ultrawide lens (114°). For selfies, there is an 8MP camera in a hole punch. Some camera features include Magic Eraser, Face Unblur, Real Tone, Night Sight, Live HDR+, Super Res Zoom, etc.
The rear camera is capable of 4K 60fps video recording, whereas it is limited to 1080p 30fps for the selfie shooter. Finally, Android 12 runs out of the box.
The Google Pixel 6a is priced at $449, and the pre-orders will begin on July 21.