Google unveils the Google Pixel 6a smartphone | Canstar blue

Google has unveiled the latest member of the Google Pixel smartphone family: the smaller and more affordable Google Pixel 6a. The bouncing baby handset offers many of the features of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagships, but in a more pocket-friendly (and wallet-friendly!) package.

The Pixel 6a features the same powerful Google Tensor processor as the premium 6 and 6 Pro, and offers dual rear cameras, a good-sized battery and 5G connectivity. Presenting serious competition to the iPhone SE 3rd Edition, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE and OPPO’s Find X5 Lite, the Google Pixel 6a is expected to arrive in Oz mid-year – so let’s take a look what this sleek Pixel has to offer.

Google Pixel 6a: design, cameras, performance and more

The Google Pixel 6a features the same overall design as the larger Pixel 6, with a horizontal black camera bar on the rear top and rounded corners. You’ll get a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display – downgraded slightly from the Pixel 6’s tougher Gorilla Glass Victus – as well as IP67 water and dust resistance, allowing the phone to be submerged in water without damage. up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.

The Pixel 6a comes with a 6.1-inch display; it’s far from tiny, but noticeably smaller in the hand than the 6.4-inch Pixel 6 or the 6.7-inch Pixel 6 Pro. The OLED display offers a 2400 x 1080 resolution, plus a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz (compared to the standard 6’s smoother 90Hz and the 6 Pro’s super-fast 120Hz). This device is smaller and lighter overall than last year’s Google Pixel 5a, but includes the same under-display fingerprint scanner as the Pixel 6.

Perhaps the biggest benefit is the inclusion of Google’s Tensor processor, which the company launched in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google Tensor offers serious security through its Titan M2 chip, along with advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence. The bespoke Tensor can facilitate fast image processing and enables additional features such as real-time language translation. It is a super-fast and efficient processor, especially suitable for camera use. So that will be a huge plus for Pixel 6a buyers who want a powerful phone at a lower price.

Speaking of cameras, the Pixel 6a packs an 8-megapixel front lens and rear dual-camera setup, with a 12.2-megapixel main shooter and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. It’s not as high-end as what you’ll find on the Pixel 6, which features a 50-megapixel main camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. However, the front selfie camera is the same 8-megapixel version as the standard 6, and the Google Tensor chip gives the 6a plenty of processing power for enhanced photography.

Google Pixel 6a Camera Lenses

Related: Google Pixel 6 review: ready to dethrone Apple and Samsung

Camera highlights include Real Tone, for accurately capturing authentic skin tones (especially in people of color), as well as Face Unblur for clearer facial features. The Pixel 6a also offers improved low-light photography with Night Sight and easy on-device photo editing with Magic Eraser. In terms of video, the device can record 4K at 30 and 60 frames per second via the rear camera, and 1080p using the selfie camera.

Google’s Pixel 6a also offers a 4,400mAh battery, which Google says can be used for 72 hours on a single charge in Extreme Battery Saver mode. You probably won’t be used as much in real life, and unlike the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the 6a doesn’t support wireless charging.

To sum up the main features of the 6a, the phone will include 6GB of RAM, 128GB of inbuilt storage and a USB-C charging port. Sadly, there’s no microSD card slot for expandable storage (and no headphone jack, although Google has also announced new wireless Pixel Buds Pro). But good news, the Android 12 device comes with five years of security updates and will be among the first devices to receive Android 13 later this year.

Google’s latest Pixel will be available for pre-order in Australia from July 21, 2022, and will ship and hit stores on July 28. You’ll be able to buy the Pixel 6a in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage colors, and you can pair the phone with a specially designed Google Pixel case.

The Google Pixel 6a will start at $749: That makes it about $250 cheaper than the $999 Pixel 6 and $550 cheaper than the 128GB Pixel 6 Pro. You’ll be able to get the Pixel 6a from Google and select retailers, and the phone will likely be available on Telstra, Optus and Vodafone carrier plans.

Google Pixel 6a range

Google Pixel 6a: specs and features

Here is a brief overview of the specifications to expect on the Google Pixel 6a:

  • 6.4 inch OLED screen
  • 4400 mAh battery with Extreme Battery Saver
  • 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage
  • Google Tensor Processor
  • Dual rear camera setup (12.2 MP + 12 MP ultra-wide camera)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android 12 operating system
  • 5G connectivity
  • IP67 water resistance
  • RRP AUD$749
  • Available in sage, chalk and anthracite colors

Related: Google Pixel 6 Pro review: a big, bright and bold smartphone

Should I buy the Google Pixel 6a?

The Google Pixel 6has joined the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G, iPhoneSEand OPPO Find X5 Lite in the “high-end economy/mid-range luxury” category which is becoming increasingly popular with buyers. These devices combine some of the more expensive features of high-end smartphones with smaller screens, cheaper hardware and scaled-down cameras, giving phone owners a more affordable option that still delivers performance.

With the Pixel 6a retailing for just under $750 AUD, it should be slightly more expensive than the $719 iPhone SE 2022, but cheaper than the $799 OPPO Find X5 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G at $999. It also competes directly with Samsung’s new Galaxy A series, which includes the $699 Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. We’ll be taking the Google Pixel 6a for a test drive once it’s available locally, to see exactly how it compares to other phones at this price.

For now, if you’re interested in the more expensive Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro, you can compare the carrier plans below.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month plans for the Google Pixel 6 Pro 128GB based on Canstar Blue’s data, ranked in order of cost from lowest to highest, then by data allowance, from biggest to smallest. Use our mobile phone comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to reference partners.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month plans for the Google Pixel 6 128GB based on Canstar Blue’s database, ranked in order of cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, highest big to small. Use our mobile phone comparison tool to see plans from a range of providers. This is a selection of products with links to reference partners.

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