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The Pixel 6a was announced on May 11 during Google I/O 2022. Marketed as a powerful budget option for many who want to experience what Google’s devices have to offer, the Pixel 6a surely makes its mark as an enticing device.

Release date: When did the Pixel 6a come out?

Prior to the release of the Pixel 6a, we had speculated that the new budget device would come out sometime in May of 2022, and we were right, in part to some rumors that had been floating around.

Originally, we had thought that the Pixel 6a would make its way out of hiding sometime in August, seen as most of the “a” series devices in the Pixel line had come out around this time. Nevertheless, we hoped for a May release this year and got one. This was the first I/O “a” series release we’ve had since the Pixel 3a back in 2019. That being said, the Pixel 6a saw an announcement date of May 11, 2022, and will be available to the public on July 28, 2022.

What are the Pixel 6a internal specs?

The Pixel 6a takes a lot of cues from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Besides internals, it has the same design language we see in those devices. A similar silhouette, camera bump, and display are all playing a part in the look of the Pixel 6a. However, other than a couple of similar details, the Pixel 6a is a much more wallet-conscious device for those who want to get a taste of Google’s machine-learning OS.


Google is making an interesting move and powering the Pixel 6a with the same Tensor chip that lets the Pixel 6 series do what it does. Back in November of 2021, our APK Insight team uncovered this piece of information long before the device’s release.

The Tensor chip is a Samsung-made SoC that takes Google’s design and uses the company’s machine-learning language and operating systems. Overall, the Tensor chip is a fantastic piece of hardware that compares to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 almost neck and neck. With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, this chip lets those devices deliver a fluid experience to the user.


Other than the Pixel 6a housing a Tensor chip, another important note is that it looks like the Pixel 6a will have a 12.2MP main sensor and a 12MP ultrawide on the rear of the device. This comes as a bit of sad news for those who wanted the outstanding 50MP sensor found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The sensor used on the Pixel 6a is the same used in other Google phones from the Pixel 3 to the Pixel 5a. Because it’s slightly smaller than the GN1 sensor on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, it won’t be able to capture the same amount of natural bokeh and light. On the other hand, the 12MP ultrawide lens is the same one found on current Pixel 6 devices. This is also the case for the front-facing 8MP selfie camera, as it’s found on the current Pixel 6.

Some other circulating reports suggest that the Pixel 6a will not include “Motion mode,” a feature that relies heavily on Google’s Tensor chip. According to the reports, the alternate sensor the Pixel 6a will pack will likely not be capable of the feature. There could be more modes and tools that won’t be available for the Pixel 6a, but we won’t know for sure until the device is in our hands.

RAM and Storage

To accompany the Tensor chip inside the Pixel 6a, Google is powering the device with 6GB of RAM. This may not seem like a lot, but for a budget device with a high-end chip, 6Gb is plenty enough. To help with quick processing, the phone will get 128GB of UFS 3.1 standard storage. Just like other Pixel models, a microSD card slot is nowhere to be seen.


The major differentiation between the Pixel 6a and 6/6 Pro will be the screen size. Given the dimensions –152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm – the Pixel 6a will house a 6.1-inch display. This is fantastic news for many Pixel 6 owners who feel the smaller of the two current Google phones is still much too big. In fact, the dimensions are smaller than the Pixel 5a, which measures 154.9 x 73.7 x 7.6 mm.

On the face, we’re seeing a 1080p OLED panel. That resolution has become a staple and starting point for most phone lines, and with the 6a being a budget-friendly device, we never expected anything over 1080p.

What is the Pixel 6a price?

That Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s pricing changed the game when it came to pricing. Most expected the price to be somewhere from $800 to $900 for the two devices. Instead, we were hit with a shocking price tag of $599 and $899. With Tensor, fantastic cameras, and solid hardware, it just seemed too good to be true. That being said, the Pixel 6a will come in at $449, with a couple of exceptions.

Google Pixel 6a Stories May 13

The Pixel 6a will be available to buy in these countries at these prices

After being unveiled at I/O 2022, Google has confirmed in which countries the Pixel 6a will go on sale and at what price.

With some Pixel 6 owners still facing issues, it seems that the Pixel 6a will use a different in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric security.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories May 12

Google seems smitten with its boring Pixel cases, as they’ll return for Pixel 6a

Google threw away its fabric cases with the Pixel 5a and the Pixel 6 series, and it seems the replacement is sticking around. Like last year’s lineup, the Pixel 6a will get a set of pretty boring official cases.

From Pixel 6a to the Pixel Watch, here are all of Google’s upcoming release dates

We know a lot about Google’s roadmap for Pixel devices, but when is everything coming out? Here’s everything we know about the release dates for Pixel 6a, Pixel Buds Pro, Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, and the Pixel Tablet.

Google Pixel 6a Stories May 11

One of the biggest challenges Google’s Pixel lineup faces is its limited distribution, but it seems Google is finally ramping things up a little bit. The Google Pixel 6a is going to be available in India, the first smartphone sold in the country by Google in nearly two years.

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If you were ever wondering how committed Google is to its Pixel lineup, today’s showing at I/O makes it pretty clear with a whopping six new products. What was your most exciting reveal?

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Google Pixel 6a specs: Tensor chip, 6GB RAM, 12MP camera, no headphone jack

The Google Pixel 6a is official as the company’s latest and greatest affordable smartphone. Here’s everything you need to know about the Pixel 6a specs.

Pixel 6a will cost $499 on Verizon to accommodate mmWave because only Apple can say no

5G connectivity has been a big deal for carriers in the United States, and Verizon has been well known for pushing mmWave connectivity at all costs. As has been the case with many Android phones, Google’s Pixel 6a is coming to Verizon with a special variant that will cost $50 more, just to support mmWave 5G.

Google Pixel’s Magic Eraser can soon change the color of objects

With the launch of the Pixel 6a, Google is enhancing the recently launched Magic Eraser to change the colors of background objects.

During the annual I/O Developer conference Google has officially launched the affordably-focused Pixel 6a which acts as the entry-level model to the Pixel 6 series and comes powered by the firm’s flagship Tensor processor.

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With less than 30 minutes before I/O 2022 is set to begin, an official render of the Pixel 6a has leaked.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories May 9

Google I/O is set to start this week, and we’re really hoping to learn more about a potential Pixel 6a launch and release. Last week we asked you if you’re thinking of buying the Pixel 6a upon launch given that it’ll likely be the Pixel 6 Lite. Here’s what you had to say.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories May 5

Leaks have been few and far between over the past few weeks, but we already have a fair idea of what the Pixel 6a might bring to the table if it does get an I/O 2022 unveil. That begs the question, are you planning on buying the Pixel 6a when it’s available?

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Google Pixel 6a Stories April 18

The Pixel 6a is coming up soon and brings a lot to the table, but it seems the phone won’t support a feature from its flagship brethren. According to some new evidence, it seems the Pixel 6a won’t support “Motion Mode” photography.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories April 12

While it feels like the Pixel 6 series just made its debut recently, we’re quickly approaching the launch of more Pixel phones. Next up is the Pixel 6a, which could very well be getting a wider launch than last year’s A-Series phone, according to FCC listings.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories March 6

Benchmarks are not the most reliable source of device specifications given their easily forged nature. That said, one for the Pixel 6a has appeared in recent days and reveals nothing too unexpected about the SoC, RAM, or timing.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories March 1

It’s pretty clear at this point that the long-overdue “Pixel Watch” is finally coming this year, and according to a new report, the Wear OS smartwatch will come in three colors and deliver a huge amount of storage.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories February 2

This week Google officially pulled the plug on the Pixel 4a, the company’s most affordable Pixel to date, and the one that so many love. Looking to the future, though, the Pixel 4a may very well be the last truly “delightful” Google phone for a while, as the company’s next step appears to be on a different path.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories January 27

In recent days, some Pixel Superfans received a free Nest Audio (a not too thematic inclusion), Pixel 6 Pro socks, and coloring book. That last item of the care package looks to have inadvertently revealed that Google’s next phone will be named the “Pixel 6a.”

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Google Pixel 6a Stories January 22

We’ve already heard a fair bit about Google’s Pixel 6a, but it seems the phone is set to launch earlier than the past couple of models. According to a reliable tipster, Google’s Pixel 6a will see a release date sometime in May.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories November 23, 2021

Following the launch of the Pixel 6 series, many have begun looking to Google’s next mid-range phone, the presumed “Pixel 6a.” We’ve uncovered the first specs for the Pixel 6a, including its Google Tensor chip and how the cameras will be a downgrade from the Pixel 6.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories November 20, 2021

The Pixel 6 series is a huge departure from past Pixel designs, and it seems Google is planning to apply that same look to its next mid-ranger. This morning, the first credible look at the Google Pixel 6a has leaked, showing off its design and size.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 31, 2021

While most Pixel fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — confirmed to be an overhaul of the Made by Google phone series — the Android 12 Beta includes clues to what Google phones will come after that. These possibly include a foldable Pixel and the presumed Pixel 6a.

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