We all know about Google’s 2022 budget phone.

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have announced a sea change in Google’s smartphone strategy. After years of struggling with millet with off-the-shelf parts, the Pixel 6 series really brings some innovative and classy leading features to the table, primarily thanks to Google’s Tensor chip. This makes Google’s upcoming Mid Ranger, the Pixel 6A, even more interesting.

The budget Pixel ‘a’ phone has kept the lineup interesting, and perhaps even alive, all these years. Google may not have sold millions of Pixel 4a or 5a units like the Xiaomi or Samsung mid-range phones, but it still has a large fan base. The Pixel 6a is still months away from its official unveiling, but leaks and rumors have already given us a fair idea of ​​what to expect from Google’s next mid-ranger.

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Google Pixel 6a Size and Design

One major problem with the Pixel 6 is that despite packing a 6.4-inch display, it’s not as compact as it could be. The Pixel 6a can fit these shoes well and could be the compact Pixel 6 that many users are asking for. Renders show the device that its design is very similar to the Pixel 6, a dual-tone design with glass back and camera visor, though in a more compact form with a slightly smaller 6.2-inch display. The device will reportedly measure 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7 millimeters, with the rear camera colliding to expand further 1.7 millimeters. For comparison, the Pixel 6 measures 158.60 x 74.80 x 8.9mm.

The camera visor on the Pixel 6a will have a dual camera setup with LED flash. Considering the budget nature of the device, it is understandable that the periscope / telephoto zoom camera will not cut for 6a, Google has chosen primary and ultra wide camera setup.

The front of the Pixel 6a will be dominated by a 6.2-inch FHD + OLED display with a punch-hole camera in the middle. It will also have an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is expected to be better than the slow and buggy sensors found on the Pixel 6. Renderers also show the all-plastic Pixel 6a without a headphone jack, indicating its demise from Google’s budget Pixel lineup. . This should come as no surprise as the headphone jack has disappeared from other mid-range and premium devices.

Details of Google Pixel 6A

The codenamed “BlueJay”, the Pixel 6a will reportedly pack raw horsepower just like its older siblings in performance. It will be speculated that the Tensor GS101 SoC is the same chip that powers the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. It is a flagship chip with some serious ML and AI processing power. Google may reduce the clock speed of the chip for thermal reasons, but otherwise, the Pixel 6a should be above the price range in performance. Google reportedly wanted to use a tensor chip on the Pixel 5, so it makes sense if it goes inside its 6a chip.

Using the Tensor chip, Google can also bring some special new features from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to the 6a, such as Magic Eraser, Face Enabler, and Live Translate.


There’s no word on the amount of RAM, but it’s safe to expect that Google will add 6 / 8GB of RAM to its mid-range Pixel for 2022. Battery capacity is also unknown at this time. However, Google’s mid-range Pixel devices have always been known for their battery life, so hopefully the Pixel 6a won’t disappoint on this front.

The tensor chip could also allow Google to provide the Pixel 6a with software support like its older siblings: three years of OS updates and five years of security updates.

Google Pixel 6a Camera Details

Camera performance has always been one of the strengths of Google’s Pixel phones. However, be prepared to be disappointed if you expect the Pixel 6a to pack the same primary 50MP camera as seen on the 6 or 6 Pro. The tearing down of the Google Camera app indicates to Google that the Pixel 6A uses the same camera sensor as the 5A, which was first used in the 2018 Pixel 3 series. This means that the main camera will use 12.2MP Sony IMX363. The sensor, while the 12MP IMX386 sensor will perform ultra wide duty. The front camera will remain the same as seen on the Pixel 5a / 4a: an 8MP IMX355.

On paper, it doesn’t look really impressive. However, the Pixel 6a will be powered by Google’s Tensor chip, so the company can work its magic and extract even more performance from these sensors thanks to its custom ISP. Google has traded the Pixel 6 to 50MP primary sensor with its Tensor chip, possibly due to cost concerns, so it should be quite confident about the phone’s imaging performance despite the older sensors. Additionally, Google can complement older camera sensors by offering the Pixel 6’s special camera features, such as the Magic Eraser 6a.

Google Pixel 6A and Android 12L

The Pixel 6a will probably be Google’s first device to launch with Android 12L on board. The update is primarily intended for large screen devices, but it should fix some annoying issues and long lasting bugs in Android 12. The OS will be released early next year, but the Pixel 6a will launch in Q2 or Q3 2022.

Google Pixel 6A Release Date

Google launched the Pixel 4a and 5a in August 2020 and 2021. The Pixel 3a was launched in May 2019. The timeline of the mid-range Pixel phone has been affected by the epidemic. If the shortage of semiconductors continues well into 2022, Google may once again delay the launch of the Pixel 6A until August.

If not, the new Pixel is likely to be available early this year, possibly around May or June. However, it is too early to speculate about the launch time frame for the release of the Pixel 6a, especially given the disruptive supply chain disruption.


Google Pixel 6a Price and Availability

The price tag of the Pixel ‘a’ series has always been its specialty. This year’s Google Pixel 5a has a lower price tag than last year’s Pixel 4a 5G – $ 449 vs. 99 499 – despite packing better features. Starting at $ 599 for the Pixel 6 series, the 6a will be priced between $ 449 and 99 499 for Google. With tensor chips and other annual improvements, the Pixel 6a could be a great mid-range offering at this price point.

Because Pixel phones have a special appeal, Google does not tend to launch them globally. Instead, they are only released in a handful of markets. The Pixel 6 series is only available in eight countries, and the Pixel 6a will likely see limited launches in select countries.

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