Google Pixel 6a launched Wednesday at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. The smartphone is powered by the company’s internal Tensor processor and a Titan M2 security coprocessor, combined 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 primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone offers over 24 hours of battery life and up to 72 hours of backup with an included extreme battery saver mode. A more affordable model compared to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the Pixel 6a also gets a minimum of five years of security updates, according to Google.
Meanwhile, Google also teased the design of its upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, which arrive later this year, featuring the next generation of its Tensor SoC, an aluminum camera module, and Android 13. The company also revealed that it’s working on a Pixel. A tablet is also powered by Google’s processor, which is expected to launch in 2023.
Google Pixel 6a Pricing, Availability
Google Pixel 6a costs $449 (about Rs. 34,800). The smartphone will be sold in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage colors and will be available for pre-order in the US from July 21, according to the company. The company has not yet announced pricing and availability for the Google Pixel 6a in other markets, including India. However, the company has confirmed that the Pixel 6a will make its way to India later this year.
Google Pixel 6a specs
The Google Pixel 6a runs out of the box on Android 12 and has a 6.1-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) OLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen also features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and a 60Hz refresh rate. It is powered by an octa-core Google Tensor SoC and a Titan M2 security coprocessor paired with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
The Google Pixel 6a features an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens for selfies and video chats. For photos and videos, the Google Pixel 6a comes with a dual rear camera with a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens and a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an ultra-wide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens. The rear camera offers up to 4K video recording at 30 fps, while the front camera supports up to 1080p video recording at 30 fps.
Google Pixel 6a comes with 128 GB 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, proximity sensor, and an in-display fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. Google has provided a 4,410 mAh battery on the Pixel 6a that supports fast charging.
Pixel 7 Series, Pixel Tablet Teased
At the Google I/O keynote event, the company also teased the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro — the upcoming flagship smartphones to arrive later this year. The smartphones will be powered by Google’s next-generation Tensor SoC and run Android 13 out-of-the-box.
Google also briefly showed the smartphone’s design, including the rod-shaped rear camera module, which will be made of aluminum instead of glass like the current Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models. The Pixel 7 will have a dual camera setup for photos and videos, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a triple rear camera.
In addition to the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the company also announced that it is working on an Android tablet that is expected to launch in 2023. Google’s Senior Vice President of Devices and Services, Rick Osterloh, revealed that a Tensor SoC would power the tablet. Other details of the tablet are expected to be announced in the coming months.