The Pixel 6a shows the tip of its nose and we already know a lot about Google’s new smartphone before it was formalized. Here’s everything you need to know about the successor to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
It’s a fact not to be missed in the spring, as Google launches a mid-range version of its premium smartphone that was released last fall. So this year, we expect a Pixel 6a to enrich the range and complete the brand’s offer, while the Pixel 6 and its innovative design were rather well received a few months ago, as is the Pixel 6 Pro. . The Pixel Xa are interesting smartphones because they allow you to take advantage of Google’s expertise in interface, software and photo editing at a more attractive price than the other mobile phones it sells. New, technical specifications, release date and price, here is everything we know about the Pixel 6a so far.
🗓️ When will the Pixel 6a be released?
There is no doubt that the release date of the Pixel 6a will be announced on the sidelines of the annual conference Google I / O, which will take place from 11 to 12 May 2022. The smartphone should be presented there at the opening of the event. The release is imminent anyway, as the Pixel 6a has been certified by the FCC, the US Federal Communications Commission.
It remains to be seen whether the Pixel 6a will be available in France or not, as the Pixel 5a did not have this price, which is intended exclusively for the markets of the United States and Japan. But this decision was undoubtedly driven by the production and logistics difficulties encountered, between lack of components and limitations. Google had time to look to the future to better organize and return to Europe.
💰 How much does the Pixel 6a cost?
The price of the Pixel 6a will be known for sure only after contacting Google. However, we can predict that the manufacturer will take care not to exceed the symbolic bar of 500 euros to make its terminal accessible, especially since the Pixel 6 is trading at 649 euros. It is possible that the price of the smartphone will be stable in between 449 and 499 euros in our areas with VAT.
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Σχέδιο What design for the Pixel 6a?
If we want to believe the first visual elements that may have leaked, the Pixel 6a will retain most of the lines of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which were a small revolution in design and aesthetics when they were released when Google was famous. that you be conservative and follow trends instead of printing them. Therefore, we find in this Pixel 6a the peculiarity of a rear frame in two colors, with the different parts being separated by the visible photographic block that makes the whole originality of the device.
The front camera is housed in a hole in the center of the plate. The fingerprint reader is expected to be integrated below the screen. The Pixel 6a adopts a more compact size from its older with dimensions 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7 mm. It would be available in black, white and green and would not have a 3.5 mm audio jack.
👉 Smaller screen on the Pixel 6a?
This makes sense since we just saw that the frame of the Pixel 6a will be smaller than that of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the smartphone also has a screen with a smaller diagonal: 6.2 inches, compared to the 6.4 and 6.7 inches for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro respectively. Therefore, the Pixel 6a will please users who regret not having more options than smaller Android devices that are easier to operate and store.
The plate rests on OLED technology and Full HD + 1080p screens. The rate of renewal is still unknown and could be granted by Google to reduce prices. A 60 Hz display would be disappointing in 2022 for a smartphone at this price, but 90 Hz can not be ruled out.
Ρό As powerful as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro?
A Geekbench benchmark confirms what we could assume: the Pixel 6a is equipped with a Tensor chip, the same one found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. We remind you that this SoC is the first developed by Google for a mobile device, in collaboration with Samsung. The results of another benchmark suggest that the Pixel 6a will offer similar performance to the Pixel 6. But it is better to wait before deciding on the question, as Google may still make changes and decide at the last minute to tighten the chip. if it thinks it emits a lot of heat. Since the Pixel 6a is more compact than its predecessors, the heat dissipation quality can really suffer. This SoC also brings 5G compatibility to the mobile.
The Pixel 6a has 6 GB RAM. This is smaller than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but Google generally manages to optimize its smartphones well, so that a limited amount of RAM is enough to deliver a great experience. The main storage space is expected at 128 GB. A 256 GB version should not be ruled out, but we have not yet heard of it if it exists. Internal memory is an important consideration, as the phone does not have a microSD card slot to expand storage.
🔋 What autonomy for the Pixel 6a?
The battery capacity of the Pixel 6a is one of the few smartphone features that have not (yet) been leaked. It will necessarily be weaker than the more imposing Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. But with a “tiny” 6.2-inch display at 1080p and no refresh rate of 120 Hz, this should not be a problem with battery life. Historically, Pixel Xa have always been fixed terminals.
On the other hand, we know that Google is far from being the leader in terms of charging power and it is not the Pixel 6a that needs to change the situation. You should not wait a fast charging more than 30 W, but could be even lower if Mountain View believes that the smaller battery of the device does not need the same charging efficiency as a Pixel 6. Despite the large enough battery, the Pixel 5a was limited to 18 W, for example. .
Μούς Compromises on camera?
Google has always relied on limited visibility in its Pixel smartphones, compensating for this with excellent software editing to offer users some of the best photocopiers. A policy that has evolved with the Pixel 6 series, which has benefited from new, more efficient photo sensors. Units that will be deprived of the Pixel 6a, which must be satisfied with a familiar configuration with hardware already used in previous generations of Pixel phones.
So we find a Main sensor IMX363 12.2 MP, 1 / 2.55 ″, 1.4μm pixels, with f / 1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization and autofocus with Dual Pixel phase detection. Comes with a 12 MP IMX386 wide-angle lens. On the front, there’s also a Sony selfie sensor: an IMX355 8 MP.
This return to the old data will force Google to remove some photo-related features in the Pixel 6a, while the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro brought several new features thanks to their updated hardware. This would be particularly the case Motion function, which allows you to take motion blur photos to better capture the sense of motion of an object. The phone takes many photos at once and combines them with artificial intelligence to achieve this effect, but the Pixel 6a could not benefit its owners. This will undoubtedly happen with other options.
Έκδοση What version of Android and what about updates?
Until Android 13, the Pixel 6a will be released with an older version of the Google operating system. If Android 12 seems to be the logical candidate, we should not rule out the possibility of seeing the Pixel 6a run natively on Android 12L. The latest Pixels have indeed been updated in this version of Android, which is mainly intended for devices equipped with a large screen, but not only. Therefore, the Pixel 6a could be entitled to it.
In terms of software monitoring, we can rely on the same promise as for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, ie three years of major feature updates at least five years of security patches.
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