design, specs, price and launch date – Phandroid
Over the past two years, Google has adopted a new strategy for its pixel phones where instead of launching a flagship every year, they also introduced a more affordable alternative in the Pixel A series of smartphones.
This is generally based on the previous year’s Pixel smartphone with low-end hardware and also a more affordable price to match, and this year it’s safe to say that Google is expected to announce the Pixel 6a.
The company has yet to make an official announcement, but for the curious, we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about the upcoming phone, so read on to find out what you can expect.
In terms of design, there’s a very, very good chance that Google will continue to reuse the same design as the Pixel 6. The Pixel 6 launched with a completely new design from its predecessors, with a rather interesting camera module that looks very different from what is offered today.
This means that for the Pixel 6a design, we can expect Google to continue to use that horizontal strip on the back of the phone where the cameras will be housed. As for the front of the phone, seeing as it isn’t particularly standout, we expect it to continue using the same design.
Also, based on leaked photos and rumors, the Pixel 6a might ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, so for those who might be particularly interested in using wired audio, that might be a deal breaker. .
In terms of display, this is where it gets interesting. A tweet from shadow_leak claims that the Pixel 6a’s screen could be 6.2-inches with a 60Hz refresh rate. That’s slightly smaller than the Pixel 5a which had a 6.4-inch screen, so we’re not sure why Google is downgrading the phone’s display, especially in the refresh rate department.
Keep in mind this is a bit controversial because, according to one Yogesh Brar’s tweetit claims the phone will have a 90Hz refresh rate, so even though it’s not the smooth 120Hz refresh rate, it’s still an upgrade from the vanilla 60Hz that phones used years ago.
Given that the Pixel 6 series were the first phones from Google to use the company’s custom Tensor chipset, it stands to reason that the Pixel 6a will continue to do the same. The Tensor chipset isn’t a flagship chipset to begin with, so seeing it used in the Pixel 6a makes sense, but it’s possible Google could tweak it a bit.
This is because according to MySmartPrice who discovered a Geekbench listing for the phione, it seems to have slightly outperformed the Pixel 6. The difference could easily be counted in a margin of error, but who knows, maybe Google could make some changes to the Tensor chipset.
As for RAM, it will most likely come with 6-8GB of RAM, but we doubt it’s more than that.
A Mishaal Rahman’s tweet claims that the phone is expected to use Sony IMX363, IMX386, and IMX355 sensors, which feature a 12MP main shooter, 12MP ultrawide, and 8MP selfie camera. This means it will be a rear dual-camera setup followed by a single front-facing shooter.
Furthermore, it was suggested in a report by Kuba Wojciechowski than the Pixel 6a may not support Pixel 6 motion mode. This may be due to the sensors used in the phone, but we’ll have to wait for a more detailed breakdown of the phone’s official hardware and software to get a better idea. It’s possible that Google wants to keep the feature for its high-end flagships, but that’s just our guess.
The Pixel 6a is rumored to pack a 4,800mAh battery with 30W charging. This is a slight increase over the Pixel’s 4,680mAh battery and 18W charging speed. 5a. While the difference in battery size may be negligible, the potential difference in charging speed will certainly be felt.
Launch date, price and availability
Many have speculated that the phone could be announced at Google I/O 2022, but seeing as the Pixel 5a launched in August 2021, we don’t know if that’s a date Google plans to release. respect or whether they might decide to disclose it. at I/O, which is actually a great opportunity for a product launch.
The Pixel 3a was originally announced at I/O 2019, so it’s not entirely ruled out that it will debut at I/O 2022. As for pricing, it’s a little hard to say. Google has steadily increased the price of its Pixel A series of phones over the years, so it’s possible the Pixel 6a will see a price increase as well.
The Pixel 5a was priced at $449, so at the very least we’d expect the Pixel 6a to be priced at that amount as well, or maybe a bit more. Either way, we’ll have to wait for the official announcement to find out.