Pixel 6A includes Google’s Tensor chipset for $449

Google has officially released the Pixel 6A, which features the company’s new design language and custom chipset, but retains the 5A’s $449 price tag. The announcement comes as Google kicks off its I/O developer conference, but if you’re eager to get your hands on the new device, you’ll have to wait a little longer, as it won’t actually be released until July 28th goods. (Pre-orders will begin a week earlier, on July 21.)

The 6A follows the obvious design trend set by the 6 and 6 Pro when they went on sale last year, with a raised horizontal camera bump and a two-tone body. Likewise, the fingerprint sensor is located below the screen rather than on the back panel. If you thought the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were too big, there’s also good news — the 6A comes with a slightly smaller 6.1-inch OLED 1080p display. That’s also a standard 60Hz refresh rate, so Google seems happy to give Samsung a head start on fast refresh rate screens in midrange phones.

While the design philosophy is the same, the Pixel 6A offers less camera specs than the flagship 6 and 6 Pro. This is different from previous A-series phones, which offered the same camera hardware as their pricier counterparts. The 6A includes a 12-megapixel main rear camera with optical image stabilization, which appears to be the same hardware used on the 5A, rather than the 50-megapixel main camera on the Pixel 6. There’s also a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Interestingly, the Pixel 6A comes with a smaller 4,400mAh battery than the 5A’s 4,680mAh battery, but Google still claims it will last all day like its predecessor. It also claims to last three days in Extreme Battery Saver mode, which is longer than the 5A claims for a full day. This is likely due to more efficient hardware and software integration, as Google controls both variables.

A single storage configuration (128GB and 6GB RAM) will be available, similar to how Google sells the 5A. Good news for anyone outside of the US and Japan (the only two markets where the 5A launched) – the 6A will be available in more places, including Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany and France. The Google Play Store has a complete list of countries.

And, of course, 5G. The unlocked version of the 6A supports sub-6GHz, but not mmWave 5G. Models sold by Verizon Do In addition to sub-6Hz (including C-band), mmWave is also supported, but costs $50 more. And because all good things must end, the 6A doesn’t include a headphone jack. The Pixel 5A was the last Google phone to come with a charger, so you won’t find one of those either.

For a while, the Pixel A-series was more or less the choice for the best phones in the midrange class. In recent years, though, stiff competition from challengers like Samsung and OnePlus has arrived, so the 6A has done its job.

Update May 11 at 3:35pm ET: Added new information about Pixel 6A global availability.

Correction May 11 at 5pm ET: A previous version of this article stated that the 6A supports mmWave 5G; the unlocked version of the phone only supports sub-6GHz, not mmWave. Another model sold by Verizon includes mmWave support for $499. We regret this error.


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