Google updated its mid-range Pixel lineup today by announcing the new Pixel 6A at its annual I/O Developer conference. The new smartphone is powered by Google’s Tensor chipset and it comes with 5G connectivity for just $449. The phone will start shipping on July 28th after pre-orders begin on July 21st.
The Pixel 6A retains the same designs as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagships featuring a horizontal camera bump at the back and a dual-tone colour theme. The phone has a polycarbonate backplate and aluminium frame with a 6.1-inch OLED 1080p display capped at a 60Hz standard refresh rate.
In the camera department, Google has added some improvements to the Pixel 6A over its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagships. The Pixel 6A has a 12MP main shooter at the back, optical image stabilization, and a 12MP ultrawide angle camera. At the front is an 8MP selfie camera.
The Pixel 6A features Google’s custom chip but comes with the Titan M2 security coprocessor. The Tensor processor is paired with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. In terms of battery, the smartphone has a 4,400mAh battery capacity which is even smaller than that of its predecessor the Pixel 5A at 4,680mAh. Google claims the battery will last a full day at full charge, up to 72hrs thanks to its Extreme Battery Saver mode. The phone supports fast charge, but Google is ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on the Pixel 6A.
Regarding connectivity, the Pixel 6A supports the sub-6Ghz and the mmWave 5G flavours. Google is promising up to 3 years of Android updates and 5 years of security updates for its latest mid-range device. The Pixel 6A will be available in black, mint green and silver colours at first in the US and Japan before coming to other markets, including the UK, Australia, Canada, France and Germany.