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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.

Chip

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.

Camera

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.

Display

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 November 6

In late June, Google’s partnership with iFixit to make available genuine components for the Pixel 2-6 went live. iFixit now sells repair parts for the Pixel 6a. 

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Google Pixel 6a Stories October 25

During Alphabet’s Q3 2022 earnings, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat credited the Pixel 6a as being “primarily” responsible for “solid growth in hardware revenues.”

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Google Pixel 6a Stories October 15

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro missing ‘Horizon’ live wallpaper

For the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google introduced a new “Feathers” background collection but also removed the “Horizon” live wallpaper for some reason.

Google Pixel 6a Stories October 11

Google’s latest smartphones bring a handful of useful changes in the hardware and the software, but some of the new software tricks will actually make their way back to the Pixel 6 series through future updates, Google has apparently confirmed.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories October 7

Ahead of its Pixel 7 launch yesterday, Google proudly announced that the Pixel 6 with the addition of the Pixel 6a, the series has been Google’s “fastest-selling” to date.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories September 24

The US Google Store is running a rather notable trade-in promotion for the Pixel 6a that significantly increases the trade-in value of older Pixel, as well as iPhone and Samsung, devices.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories September 22

The Google Pixel 6a might be an excellent affordable phone, but you should still protect your prized possession. A few months have passed since launch, and we’ve tested more than a few. With that in mind, here are some of the best cases for the Pixel 6a.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories September 12

The Android 13 September update for the Pixel 6a is rolling out today with under-display fingerprint sensor (UDFPS) improvements after being delayed at the start of this month.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 29

Android 13 for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a prevents you from returning to Android 12 due to a security vulnerability. That’s still not changing for end users, but Google is now providing a path for developers to return to Android 12 on the Pixel 6 for app testing. 

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 23

While the recent OnePlus 10T snapped like a twig in a recent durability test, the Pixel 6a has emerged relatively unscathed after taking on Zack Nelson’s (aka JerryRigEverything) torturous smartphone tests.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 16

Google released Android 13 today for Pixel devices, and it’s rolling out now to devices. However, for Pixel 6 series owners, Android 13 is essentially a permanent upgrade, as there’s no way to roll back to Android 12.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 15

Lizzo has released a new music video for her song 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) which prominently features the Google Pixel 6a.

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How to install Android 13 on Google Pixel

Android 13 is now available for select Google Pixel devices ahead of rolling out to the wider Android ecosystem. While it’s not a major upgrade, there’s a fair bit to get excited about – here’s how to install Android 13 on Google Pixel devices.

Google Pixel 6a Stories August 8

This month’s odd Pixel update situation continues, with Google announcing a small update this morning for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a to address one issue.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 6

With today’s Pixel 6a launch, the US Google Store’s pre-order bonus of Pixel Buds A-Series and boosted trade-in period has ended, but you can now essentially get the mid-ranger discounted to $399 after a $50 credit.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 4

The Pixel 6a is a smartphone equivalent of Diet Coke in that it has much of the same taste but with some of the sweet elements removed to help ensure it reaches the right price.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories August 1

Google is rolling out Android 13 Beta 4.1 to the Pixel 6a following the mid-ranger’s launch on Thursday.

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With the Pixel 6a officially hitting store shelves and arriving for the first customers today, Google is releasing a day one update. 

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 31

In partnership with Google, iFixit last month started selling genuine Pixel phone parts. Google has now published a very detailed Pixel 6a repair manual that looks to be identical to what is used internally, but it’s only available in French. 

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 30

With the Pixel 6a now available in stores, some buyers have noticed that any fingerprint is able to unlock their new phones in a rather worrying security lapse by Google.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 28

Google releases first Pixel 6a ‘bluejay’ factory images

With the Pixel 6a officially launching today, Google has published the Android 12 factory images for customers that have already received the phone.

Google Pixel 6a Stories July 26

In selected regions, the Pixel 6a has tough competition from devices like the Nothing Phone (1). Just how does Google’s latest mid-ranger compare? Here’s just where it stacks up.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 23

Ahead of the Pixel 6a shipping next week, a teardown has revealed the innards of Google’s $449 mid-ranger. Design-wise, there are more than a few manufacturing similarities with last year’s Pixel 6.

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Magic Eraser was one of the cool new tricks that came with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but it picked up a new trick alongside the Pixel 6a in “camouflage.” Now, it’s been confirmed that Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will add the new feature in just a few days.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 22

Google first took a chance on the mid-range smartphone market with 2019’s Google Pixel 3a, and it was a device that hit all of the right notes. But now, the Pixel 3a has reached the end of its lifespan, and that’s just in time for the Google Pixel 6a, which is a value-packed replacement with the power of a flagship.

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If you’ve held off picking up the Pixel 6 series ahead of the Pixel 6a launch, you might be wondering just what the difference is. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Today, Google opened pre-orders for its latest mid-range phone, the Pixel 6a, which comes complete with the power of Tensor. Here’s where you can pre-order the Pixel 6a in the US, besides the Google Store, and where to get the best deals.

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Google’s Pixel 6a is now less a week away from heading to customers, with pre-orders now open for both the new mid-range phone as well as the Pixel Buds Pro – did you order, and, if so, what color did you get?

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 21

This might sound overly hyperbolic, but the Pixel 6a includes the best collection of wallpapers Google has ever released, and you can download them for your phone right now.

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Pixels’ skins for Pixel 6 series are dbrand’s latest meme brought to life

dbrand has historically been known for fun and joke products at the expense of popular devices, creators, and characters. From the Something skins that take inspiration from the Nothing Phone (1), to the Linus Face Tips skins making fun of Linus Sebastian, to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Pixel skins, which make your Pixel 6a, 6, or 6 Pro look like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

After a two-year break, Google has returned its Pixel phones to India, with the Pixel 6a debuting in the country on the same date as every other region. However, Google may have ruined its own launch, with a price that’s widely considered to be far too high.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 20

The Pixel 6a is now available to pre-order in Europe, and it comes with a free pair of Pixel Buds A-Series. Pixel Buds Pro is also now available for pre-order ahead of next week.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 19

As Made by Google has been counting down on Twitter in recent weeks, the Pixel 6a will go on pre-order this Thursday and it’s now listed on Amazon ahead of that.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 15

Pela launches cases for upcoming Pixel 6a as more designs arrive for Pixel 6/Pro

It’s unfortunately pretty hard to find a good case for Google’s Pixel 6 series, but one of our favorites, Pela, is expanding its collection as it also prepares for the mid-range Google Pixel 6a.

Google Pixel 6a Stories July 12

Following its reveal at Google I/O, there’s a fair bit of excitement around the Google Pixel 6a, as it’s the biggest upgrade Google’s budget smartphone has ever seen. But with the regular Pixel 6 discounted to $499 thanks to Amazon’s festivities, there’s absolutely no reason to keep waiting.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories July 8

Are you planning to pre-order the Pixel 6a or Pixel Buds Pro later this month? [Poll]

Google’s 2022 hardware lineup kicks off in just a couple of weeks with the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro set to go up for pre-order later this month. Based on everything we know so far, are you planning to get either?

Google Pixel 6a Stories July 1

Here are the green Pixel 6a and 6 side by side for a family photo

Since the announcement at I/O, the only hands-on — all unofficial/early — of the Pixel 6a has been of the Charcoal model. Google today shared a quick, green photo of the Sorta Seafoam Pixel 6 against the Sage Pixel 6a.

Google Pixel 6a Stories June 26

Due to a Malaysian reseller, there are at least two Pixel 6a units out in the wild before next month’s launch. A pair of new videos in recent days provides more Pixel 6a details, including a look at how much better the fingerprint sensor is.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories June 24

Pixel 6a inches toward launch, as it goes live at Best Buy

It’s been over a month since Google announced the Pixel 6a during I/O 2022, but we still have a month to wait for the device to launch. The Pixel 6a is slowly moving in that direction, though, as it’s just gone live at Best Buy this week.

Google Pixel 6a Stories June 21

Made by Google took to social media today to remind prospective buyers that pre-orders for the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro open in one month’s time. Meanwhile, another video hands-on of Google’s upcoming mid-range phone has found its way onto YouTube.

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Google’s official Pixel smartphone cases were once praised for being a unique option, but that all changed with the Pixel 5a and Pixel 6 series. Now, we’re getting a closer look at the official Pixel 6a cases, which seem doomed to repeat history.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories June 11

In what was only a matter of time, somebody looks to have bought a Pixel 6a from the party in Malaysia that was selling the midrange phone before the July 28 launch and has done a full hands-on.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories June 4

Now someone is trying to sell a bunch of Pixel 6a’s online

While nothing like the tremendous number of leaks we saw around the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 a few years back, there’s been a tremendous number of early Pixel units out in the wild lately. Just a few days after the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were attempted to be sold online, now someone’s also trying to sell a Pixel 6a ahead of its official launch.

Google Pixel 6a Stories June 3

Google’s latest mid-ranger will not hit store shelves until July 28 with an over two-month gap from the I/O 2022 announcement. Until then, the Google Pixel 6a has gotten another unboxing with the phone clearly out there.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories May 20

Google won’t be selling the Pixel 6a for another two months, but an official unboxing video provides a quick glimpse of the under-display fingerprint sensor, while the actual box contains some rather interesting Tensor branding.

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Google Pixel 6a Stories May 19

Pixel 6a colors: Google’s stunning ‘Sage’ green and where you can get it

Google’s latest Pixel phone is the mid-range Pixel 6a, which arrives this July for around $450. The device comes with Google Tensor and a familiar design, as well as delivering a new “Sage” green color that’s exclusive to the Pixel 6a. In some countries, though, Pixel 6a colors are a little limited. Here’s what you need to know.

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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