Google Pixel 6a

Google Pixel 6a (GX7AS)
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128 GB

Pro and cons Google Pixel 6a

  • Same chip as Pro
  • Strong camera functions
  • Handy and waterproof
  • Long-term support
  • Low 60Hz screen refresh rate

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Google Pixel 6a product details

The Google Pixel 6a is the most affordable Pixel phone with a Tensor chipset. This chip, developed by Google, ensures that the camera can take better pictures. But the Pixel 6a is also ideal for those who love a compact phone. We are happy to explain all that to you here.

Most compact Pixel

The Pixel 6a consists of a handheld 6.1-inch display. Like the more expensive models, Google uses an OLED panel with a fixed 60Hz screen refresh rate. The Pixel 6 does 90 Hz and the Pixel 6 Pro even 120 Hz. Animations look a little less smooth as a result, but since Google uses the standard version of Android, the 6a should still feel responsive. Because the Pixel 6a is the cheapest Pixel from the 6 series, it is made of somewhat cheaper materials. For example, the back is plastic, and the front is the slightly outdated Gorilla Glass 3. Fortunately, the whole thing is IP67 waterproof.

Google Pixel 6a green overview

Safety first

Inside the Pixel 6a, we find a Tensor chipset equipped with Titan M2. This chip is designed by Google and optimized for the features it wants to focus on. Security is one of them. That is a good thing anyway because anyone who wants to be the first to get Android updates must have a Google phone. New Android versions come out first for it. Google promises to release Android updates until July 2025. Security updates come in for two more years. Few other Android phones, especially in this price category, emulate it.

Most important Google Pixel 6a specifications

  • Compact 6.1-inch OLED screen with built-in fingerprint scanner
  • 12.2+12MP camera with 114° ultra-wide angle + exclusive camera features
  • 8MP selfie camera with bright f/2.0 lens
  • Google Tensor processor + Titan M2 coprocessor with 6GB of RAM memory
  • Non-expandable 128GB of UFS3.1 storage
  • Dual SIM support (nanoSIM + eSIM)
  • Suitable for high-speed 5G internet
  • Five years of promised software updates

Pixel exclusive

On the back of the Pixel 6a, we find a dual camera system; a 12.2MP primary lens and a 12MP ultra-wide angle. A separate zoom lens is missing, but digital zooming is possible. And with the help of some software, that still looks pretty nice. In combination with the Tensor chip, the camera has some exclusive features. For example, face Unblur ensures that faces in blurred photos still look sharp. Via Magic Eraser, you can remove unwanted objects or people from an image. Night Sight is a night mode that allows you to capture the starry sky. And skin colors always look natural, thanks to Real Tone.


Google Pixel 6a in the news

Pixel 6a Fingeprint

Google: Pixel 6a has faster in-display fingerprint scanner

Phone news ·

Google recently announced the Pixel 6a with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro also have this type of scanner, but it has proven to be very slow. Reason for Google to provide the Pixel 6a with another, faster one.

There are roughly two types of fingerprint scanners; optical and ultrasonic. The first one works with vision, the latter with sound waves. Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages, but for users, one stands out. Optical scanners are slower and it is precisely this type that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro uses.

Google Pixel 6a in-display fingerprint scanner
New in-display fingerprint scanner for Pixel 6a

Therefore, it also rained complaints after the introduction of both premium phones. Google is now listening to that because according to Android Central, the Pixel 6a uses a different type. Whether this is actually an ultrasonic we do not know, those details were not given.

Biometric security

Incidentally, Google did make improvements to the speed of the fingerprint scanner of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro via software updates. Yet it remains slower than those of competitors, to the dismay of users. Especially since there is no other way of biometric security available. For example, current Pixel phones don't have face unlocking. But according to rumors, Google is working on adding that.

Pixel 6a prices

Google announced the Pixel 6a during Google I/O and only mentioned 1 price there: $449. The company has since announced more prices in various currencies, including euros. Below is a list.

CountryPrice
GermanyEUR 459
FranceEUR 459
ItalyEUR 459
IrelandEUR 459
SpainEUR 459
United KingdomGBP 399
United StatesUSD 449
AustraliaAUD 479
CanadaCAD 599
SingaporeSGD 749
TaiwanNTD 13.990
JapanJPY 53,900

The Google Pixel 6a will be available for order starting July 21 and should be in stores a week later. Available colors are Charcoal (black), Sage (green), and Chalk (white).


Pixel 6a Sage

Google announces Pixel 6a with numerous camera improvements

Phone news ·

During Google I/O, the search giant announced the inexpensive Pixel 6a. The device will feature a Tensor processor that will bring numerous camera improvements, including Real Tone and an improved version of Magic Eraser.

The arrival of the Pixel 6a was predicted, therefore we were not surprised. Still, we're excited about the device because it brings some unique and premium features that only Google can do to a lower price point.

Google Pixel 6a in all three colors: Charcoal, Sage and Chalk
Pixel 6a in all three colors: Charcoal, Sage, and Chalk

At least if you live in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, or the United States. Residents of other countries must hope for gray imports though that is not a guarantee either. After all, the Pixel 5a didn't make it out of here either.

Smaller screen, bigger camera sensor

The Google Pixel 6a will get a slightly smaller 6.1-inch screen this year. It is still an OLED panel with a 60Hz screen refresh. What is new, however, is the incorporation of the fingerprint scanner.

Google Magic Eraser
Magic Eraser not only removes objects, but it also adjusts colors

The most significant change, however, is the camera. The 12.2MP primary camera has remained, but the ultra-wide camera was swapped for a 12MP variant. The ultra-wide camera has a wider viewing angle of 114° and a larger sensor. Combined with the Tensor processor, it is capable of more. For example, Real Tone for capturing skin colors more accurately. And there is a new version of Magic Eraser that can change the color of unwanted objects or those that are distracting.

No Motion Mode, but Night Sight

As expected, the Motion Mode that we did see on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is missing. Motion Mode would have allowed you to add motion effects to backgrounds for an extra dramatic effect. To make up for that lack somewhat, the 6a does have Night Sight. This is Google's custom night mode that allows you to take sharper and better-exposed photos in the dark.

Google Pixel 6a in Sage
Coming soon to a store near you?

The Pixel 6a will be available for preorder starting July 21 for a cost of $449. The device will be in stores on July 28. How much the device will cost in another currency remains to be seen.


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Google Pixel 6a moves closer to launch

Production of Pixel 6a has reportedly started

Rumors ·

New reports about Google's impending Pixel 6a. This slightly more affordable Pixel phone has been making the rounds for some time now, all pointing to a quick launch. Something this rumor from today also agrees with.

According to Mukal Sharma, production of the Pixel 6a has begun in Asia. With that, the intended goal of launching the device sometime in May 2022 seems to be achieved.

Google Pixel 6a render from @onleaks
This is what the Pixel 6a should look like

Google will in all likelihood announce its latest Pixel A phone at Google I/O held in San Francisco from May 11 to 12, 2022. And although the announcement of the Pixel 6a is expected in May, it probably won't be in stores until sometime in July. And then also in a select number of countries.

Same design, slightly fewer features

If earlier rumors are true, the Google Pixel 6a will have a similar design to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. That means a horizontal camera bar on the back. For the 6a, it will be used to house 2 cameras; a 12.2MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle. The device will in all likelihood also get Google's Tensor processor but despite that is missing some camera features. For example, Motion Mode is said to be missing.

Pixel 6a competitors

In countries where Google officially sells the Pixel 6a it will be a good competitor to Apple's iPhone SE 3 and Samsung's Galaxy S21 FE. All these phones have high-end features at a more affordable price.

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Pixel Motion Mode

Google Pixel 6a may not get Motion Mode

Rumors ·

Along with the Pixel 6 and its own Tensor processor, Google announced Motion Mode. A feature to add motion to still photos. And despite the fact that the upcoming Pixel 6a will also get the Tensor processor, that phone does not seem to get Motion Mode.

The reason is obvious. Google prefers to keep the feature exclusive to only the more expensive models. The Pixel 6a will be the cheapest in the series, and there should be some reason left to opt for the more expensive Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. However, it is also possible that the camera sensor of the 6a simply does not support it.

Google Pixel Motion Mode
Motion Mode with Action Pan and Long Exposure

Motion Mode consists of two functions; Action Pan and Long Exposure. The former adds motion blur to the background while the latter adds motion blur to moving subjects. The feature was announced along with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro but seems to be missing from the Pixel 6a, according to XDA Developers.

Pixel 6a launch

The launch of the Google Pixel 6a seems to be imminent. For Google's next press event is scheduled on May 11; Google I/O 2022. Although this event is mainly about software, it is not impossible that we will also get to see new hardware. If earlier rumors are true, this Pixel a will have a 6.2-inch screen with 12.2MP main camera and 8MP selfie cam.


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Photo showing retail packaging Google Pixel 6a appeared

Rumors ·

A photo has surfaced showing the retail box of Google's upcoming Pixel 6a. Of course, this could be a fake but it could also be that an announcement is coming sooner than expected.

It's been less than a year since Google announced the Pixel 5a so it seems a bit early to talk about the Pixel 6a. But looking at the image below, it looks like Google is preparing a quick introduction. Indeed, we see the sales box of the Google Pixel 6a.

Google Pixel 6a retail box
Presumed box of the Pixel 6a

The photo first surfaced at Techxine and the device shown matches previously published renders. On the back of this cheaper Pixel, we see a dual camera with the now signature camera bar. Presumably, Google is applying its own Tensor processor inside which will theoretically make it as powerful as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Google I/O

Meanwhile, there is already a Google event scheduled; namely Google I/O for May 11 and 12, 2022. This event is mainly about software and therefore we often see new Android features being demonstrated there. Whether Google will actually bring the Pixel 6a remains to be seen.


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"Google Pixel 6a has Tensor chipset and known camera"

Rumors ·

Three months after the launch of the Google Pixel 5a, rumors about the Pixel 6a are already beginning to pour in. While earlier rumors still talked about a Snapdragon processor, there are now new rumors that contradict this.

Because according to sources close to 9to5Google, the Google Pixel 6a will simply get the same chipset as found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: Google Tensor. And the camera is also an old friend of ours.

Google Pixel 6a in black
The Pixel 6a in black

It is reportedly the same 12.2 megapixel camera as in the Pixel 5; the Sony IMX363. Google used this camera sensor ever since the Pixel 3 and it turns out to be perfectly capable of taking good pictures. Especially in combination with Google's smart HDR algorithm. And the Tensor processor can deal with that fine and effortlessly.

Tensor specific features

That Google also uses the Tensor processor in the Pixel 6a is not strange. Why wouldn't it? They have invested a lot of time, energy and money to develop their own processor and then you prefer to use it as much as possible. This automatically also means that the Pixel 6a is just as powerful as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Perhaps the entry-level Pixel will get less RAM memory, though.

Thanks to the application of Tensor, we expect exclusive Pixel features like Magic Eraser, Face Unblur and Motion Mode to come to the 6a as well. Previously released images already showed that the 6a largely resembles the other models in the Pixel 6 series. So on the back, we will find a camera bar here as well. With 6.2 inches, the device will only be slightly smaller.

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Render shows mid-range Google Pixel 6a; looks like mini Pixel 6

Rumors ·

Onleaks has published CAD drawings of the upcoming Google Pixel 6a. We see a familiar device; it looks very similar to the existing Pixel 6, but slightly smaller.

Google put out a whole new design with the Pixel 6 series. This is especially visible on the back. The camera layout is quite distinctable and makes the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro very unique. The upcoming Pixel 6a fits nicely between those two in that regard. It too will get the distinctive camera bar.

Google Pixel 6a render

We'll see two cameras just like the Pixel 6, in addition to a 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens. On the front of the Pixel 6a, rumors say it uses a 6.2-inch screen. That's slightly smaller than the 6.4-inch panel in the Pixel 6. Judging from the screenshot that has been used, it seems that the Google Pixel 6a features an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

No headphone port

There are also some disappointments to be dealt with. For one, the CAD drawings don't show a headphone port. The Pixel 5a did have one, and Google was extremely proud of that judging by a video they made about it at the time.

Another disappointment is that this Pixel 6a, according to a rumor from Weibo does not have the Google Tensor processor. Tensor enabled additional camera capabilities like Magic Erase. Instead, Google may have opted for the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 778G. Time will tell if that is the case.

Launch Google Pixel 6a

When we will see the Pixel 6a is unknown. The Pixel 5a wasn't even announced that long ago at the time of writing.

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Most important Google Pixel 6a specifications

Dimensions 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm
Weight 178 grams
Item ID GX7AS
Codename Google Bluejay
EAN code 0810029934985, 0810029934978, 0810029934961
Controls
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 12
Display
Color display 6.1 inch, OLED, hole-punch display
Hardware
Camera 12 MP, 12.2 MP, dual camera sensor
Processor Google Tensor, octa core
Secondary camera 8 MP
Materials
Dust and waterproof
Telephony
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
5G
Build-in memory
Internal memory 6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Power supply
Battery 4410 mAh
Fast charging
Connections
Audio jack plug

All Google Pixel 6a specifications


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Google Pixel 6a (GX7AS)
Samsung Galaxy S10 (G973)
Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone XR
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Photos relative in size

 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android129.0 (Pie)
Color display6.1 inch, OLED, hole-punch display6.1 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.1 inch, Liquid Retina, notch6.1 inch, IPS, notch6.5 inch, Super Retina XDR, notch
Camera12 MP, 12.2 MP, dual camera sensor12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP12 MP, 12 MP, dual camera sensor12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
ProcessorGoogle Tensor, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa coreApple A13 BionicApple A12 BionicApple A13 Bionic
Secondary camera8 MP10 MP12 MP7 MP12 MP
Dust and waterproof
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
5G
Internal memory6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)4 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)3 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)4 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)
Memory card slot
Battery4410 mAh3400 mAh3110 mAh2942 mAh3500 mAh
Fast charging
Audio jack plug

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