The original models in the Pixel line can’t be considered true high-end models, but they are also a head higher than the classic mid-range ones. They are also priced accordingly. However, besides them there are more affordable models with the suffix “a”. According to some rumors, this year’s model will appear in stores as early as May. Today we learned that the upcoming Google Pixel 6a has entered mass production, thus hinting at its launch.
— Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings) May 6, 2022
The information comes to us from a tipster Mukul Sharma, whose sources said that production of the Pixel 6a has started in some Asian countries. So, if nothing accidental happens, the phone will hit the market this month or so.
We expect this handset to be officially discovered during Google IO. The latter should take place on May 11. However, the phone could appear on the shelves much later. Some estimates even indicate that the Google Pixel 6a will go on sale after July 28. Moreover, everything indicates that this device will be available in more markets than its predecessor. If you recall, the current Google Pixel 5a is only sold in the US and Japan.
Google Pixel 6a design and specs
Well, in terms of appearance, our protagonist should adopt the same design as the original Pixel 6. This means that it will come with a horizontally placed camera bar and a centered cutout. The device is expected to sport a 6.2-inch display and smaller overall dimensions than the Pixel 6.
On the back, it should keep the same basic 12.2 MP camera as its predecessor. However, the second camera would be the 12MP ultrawide module of the Pixel 6. The selfie camera will have a resolution of 8MP. If so, it can win the title of best pocket camera phone of the year.
Under the hood, the Pixel 6a will house the same internal Tensor chip as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The benchmark scores already spotted show that Google has further optimized the chip, giving performance a boost. There will also be 6GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage.
We still don’t have any concrete information on the cost of the handset. But presumably it will cost more than the Pixel 5a. The latter went on sale for $449. But this is where Google will have serious problems. Its direct rival Samsung Galaxy A53 costs $449 and the Apple iPhone SE 3 starts at $429. So, if Google increases the prices of its representative, it will automatically take it out of the competition.