The Google Pixel 6a was announced Wednesday at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. The smartphone is powered by the company’s in-house Tensor processor and Titan M2 security co-processor, and comes with 6GB of RAM. The Google Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch display with always-on support. It comes with a 12.2-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, as well as an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone is said to offer over 24 hours of battery life, and up to 72 hours of battery backup, with an extreme power saving mode. The Pixel 6a is a more affordable model compared to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and it will also get security updates for at least five years, according to Google.
Meanwhile, Google has also teased the designs of its upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones later this year, along with next-gen Tensor SoCs, aluminum camera modules, and Android 13. The company also revealed that it is working on a Pixel-branded tablet that will also feature Google’s processors, expected to launch in 2023.
Google Pixel 6a pricing, availability
The Google Pixel 6a is priced at $449 (~Rs. 34,800). According to the company, the smartphone will be sold in chalk, charcoal, and sage colors, and will be available for pre-order in the U.S. starting July 21. The company has yet to announce pricing and availability of the Google Pixel 6a in other markets, including India.However, the company has comfirmed The Pixel 6a will indeed arrive in India later this year.
Google Pixel 6a specs
Available out of the box on Android 12, the Google Pixel 6a features a 6.1-inch Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) OLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The display also features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by an octa-core Google Tensor SoC and Titan M2 security co-processor, paired with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
For photos and videos, the Google Pixel 6a features a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and a 12-megapixel secondary sensor and an ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens . /2.2 aperture lens. For selfies and video chats, the Google Pixel 6a features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens. The rear camera offers 4K video recording at up to 30fps, while the front-facing camera supports 1080p video recording at up to 30fps.
The Google Pixel 6a comes with 128GB of built-in storage. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and a USB Type-C port. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensors, as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. Google has included a 4,410mAh battery on the Pixel 6a with fast charging support.
Pixel 7 series, Pixel tablets teased
During the Google I/O keynote, the company also teased the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro — upcoming flagship smartphones later this year. The smartphones will be powered by the next generation of Google’s Tensor SoCs and will run on Android 13 out of the box.
Google also briefly showed off the smartphone’s design, including the bar-shaped rear camera module, which will be made of aluminum rather than glass like the current Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models. For photos and videos, the Pixel 7 will have a dual camera setup, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a triple rear camera setup.
In addition to the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the company has also announced that it is working on an Android-powered tablet that is expected to launch in 2023. Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of devices and services at Google, revealed that the tablet will be powered by a Tensor SoC. Additional details of the tablet are expected to be revealed in the coming months.