The Pixel 6a rumors were true! Tech executives had predicted that the Pixel 6a would be unveiled in May, leading us to believe it would debut at the Google I/O event. Look and behold, the Pixel 6a really hit the headlines at the search engine’s annual developer conference.
The Pixel 6a only costs $449 and Google claims it is the “best smartphone” they have to offer at that price point.
The Pixel 6a shares the same unique, two-tone design language as the Pixel 6. In my Pixel 6 vs iPhone 13 face off, I can’t help but point out that the Pixel 6’s funky rear black band reminded me of a tennis one. Players wearing sweatbands. It’s a polarizing design, so critical reception to the not-so-new look of the Pixel 6a may continue to be mixed.
The Pixel 6a packs a 6.1-inch display, an improved dual-camera array, and an upgraded ultra-wide lens. Beloved Google Camera features like Face Unblur, True Tone, and Magic Eraser make a comeback on the $449 device.
The Pixel 6a comes packed with the same security-minded Tensor chip as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. As such, the Pixel 6a should be just as powerful as its Pixel 6 predecessor.
Google says that the Pixel 6a gets 24 hours of battery life. When Extreme Battery Saver is on, that runtime triples to 72 hours. Of course, we’ll have to double-check that claim with our in-house battery test, but if Google’s claims are true, the Pixel 6a might be sweating its budget-friendly iPhone competitor, the SE 2022.
The Pixel 6a has an IP67 rating, which is a step down from the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s IP68 ratings, but it should still be able to handle dust, airborne particles, and submersion in water for up to a meter.
Google’s budget phone will be available in three colors Sage, Charcoal and Chalk. As mentioned, the Pixel 6a is priced at $449 and is set to hit store shelves on July 21.
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