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Google Pixel 6A launches at $449: Everything you Need To Know

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Sonyia Jobanputra, presenting the Pixel 6a at Google I/O 2022 – photo courtesy of Google

Google today announced the much-anticipated budget Pixel phone at the I/O 2022 conference keynote. Google Pixel 6AThe sibling of the flagship, Pixel 6 ProAnd the Pixel 6Smartphones will be released October 2021.

The key innovations of the Pixel 6 series are the new uber-elegant high-end design and Google’s own proprietary System-On-Chip (SOC) Tensor, a bold move that allows the search giant to stop relying on the Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware.

The Pixel 6A was launched at $449 and features the same Tensor chipet as the Pixel 6 Pro (except that it has 6GB RAM instead of 8GB/12GB).

Recent wild rumours claimed that the Pixel 6 FoldIt is possible that the 6A will be available in 2022.

Google Pixel 6A price, release date, and availability

Pre-orders open July 21. The device will be on sale for $449 on July 28th, 2022 in three colors: Charcoal and Chalk. The Pixel 6A is available in Australia, Canada France Germany Ireland Italy Japan Puerto Rico Singapore Spain Taiwan and the United States.

Industrial Design

The Pixel 6A features the same chipset platform and design language that its older siblings. It is also elegantly more refined than the 5A. The 6A has the same black camera bar on its back as the Pixel 6 Pro. This is a design element that makes the new Google smartphone 6-series stand out from the rest.

The chassis is protected by a tactile alloy frame. A 3D thermoformed composite back covers the back. This could suggest that the plastic back cover may be made of plastic. You can choose from three different flavors: Charcoal or Chalk.


The 6.1” FHD+ (2400×1080) OLED 60Hz display features an under-display fingerprint sensor, which is a nice upgrade from the back-mounted sensor of the Pixel 5A. Compared to the Pixel 6 (6.4” FHD+), the Pixel 6A’s smaller screen size delivers a higher pixel density of 431 PPI. Google’s decision to make the Pixel 6A smaller is likely one of the small tradeoffs that enabled them to keep the same high-end Tensor SoC inside the 6A at such a great price.

Camera Hardware

The dual rear camera system features a 12.2 MP wide f/1.7 shooter with OIS and a 12 MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera with a 114° field of view (FoV).

On the front, the selfie camera has an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and an 84° FoV.

Camera Features

Real Tone

Real ToneA photo feature was created. introduced last yearGoogle Photos and the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro cameras. Real Tone allows the camera render more accurately all skin tones, especially darker skin tones which requires very different automatic settings from those for lighter skin tones.

Google now has a range of new filters for Google Photos to expand its Real Tone function.

At Google I/O 2022 Annie Jean Baptiste announced that Google is starting  “To build inclusive products on Google, you can use the Monk Skin Tone Scale […]Created by Dr. Ellis MonkThe scale is an important step in product development and testing. It helps us ensure that the technology we use to power our futures is effective for all. We found that the Monk Scale accurately reflects skin tone in the US. This is in contrast to the current industry standard. This was especially true of people with darker skin.

We’re testing the scale globally and in different product settings and will continue to improve it to reflect people everywhere. At Google, we’ve started using the Monk Scale to help improve how we understand and represent skin tone in products in Photo and Search.”

Annie Jean-Baptiste presents the expansion of Google Real Tone using the Monk Skin Tone Scale, which is based on Dr. Ellis Monk’s research

Google will soon launch new Real Tone filter designs that work across all skin tones. They were evaluated using the Monk Scale. Users can add the beauty and authenticity that professional editing brings to their photos by using Real Tone filters.

The new Real Tone, which was created with the Monk scale, will be available in Photos. I also imagine that Google could upgrade the version used for the Pixel 6-series camera.

Google shares its research via the Monk Skin Tone Scope All developers at skintone.google.

Night Sight

The Night SightThis mode improves the camera’s performance in low light situations.

Magic Eraser

Magic EraserWith just a few taps, unwanted objects and strangers can be removed from the background. Users can also change any object’s color either to match the color scheme of the scene or to tone down the appearance of an object.

Hardware, security-on–chip, and performance

The Pixel 6A comes with the Tensor SOC and 6GB RAM. 128GB of storage is available.

The hardware platform for all Pixel 6 series models, including the 6A, consists of the Tensor processor, and the Titan M2 security chips that connect directly to the Google Tensor Security Core.

The Tensor Security Core, located inside the Tensor SoC, combines a dedicated CPU, ROM, one-time-programmable (OTP) memory, crypto engine, internal SRAM, and protected DRAM. For Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and now 6A, the security core’s primary tasks include protecting user data keys at runtime, hardening secure boot, and communicating with Titan M2. You will find more information if you are a security expert. Titan M2 here.

At I/O 2022, there were extensive on-stage presentations showcasing the new security and privacy features recently developed at Google to enhance users’ privacy and security across all Google software and hardware products.

On the performance side, Google claims that its machine learning AI runs five times faster on Tensor than on its previous phones’ hardware, while the Titan M2 makes the Pixel 6-series “More resilient to attacks.”


The Pixel 6a is a decent smartphone. 4410 mAh capacity batteryIt is almost as good as the 5000mAh found on larger smartphones. Google claims a “24 hours” battery life for the “median Pixel user,” which means that most people can probably use it for a full day without worrying. According to Google’s specs, there’s also an “extreme battery saver” mode that could triple the battery life.

You can recharge your battery if you have to. Charge at 18WThis market segment has a satisfactory speed of,

Pixel 6A Competition

The Pixel 6AIt offers a great package of features at a reasonable price that puts it on par with these competitors.

The Samsung A53The launching of the, which was priced at $450 in March 2022, is Moto Edge gen2Launched September 2021 at $699 discounted at $449You get 256GB of storage, and the OnePlus Nord 25G, which was launched in July 2021 at 399 EUR (now at $320).

With a 6.1” OLED 60Hz display, the Pixel 6A is the smallest of the batch, while the Moto Edge 2021 is the largest, with a 6.8” 144Hz IPS LCD. The other two competitors stand at  6.43”, with a 120Hz Super AMOLED for the Samsung phone and a 90 Hz AMOLED for the OnePlus Nord 2. All phones get the same 2400×1080 resolution, and since the Pixel 6A is the smallest device, the display delivers the highest 431 PPI pixel density.

The Pixel 6A’s camera sensor is smaller than other competitors. The Moto Edge 2021 has the largest sensor, followed by OnePlus Nord 2 5G. Sensor sizes are only one of the important data points in mobile photography. Other factors, such as the f stop and image processing software, are equally important.

Google Pixel 6A has a fast primary lens that features an f/1.7 aperture. The Google Pixel 6A is also known for its excellent camera software.

All Pixel phones feature a dual camera system, including the Pixel 6A. The Galaxy A53 has an extra third shooter for macro and the Nord 2 has depth sensors.

The Pixel 6A’s most impressive high-end feature is the Tensor chipset. It powers the Pixel 6Pro, which is more expensive. The SoC may deliver superior performance than competitors in the affordable smartphone category.

It would be exciting to see how the Google Pixel 6A does in real life. We are eager to receive a unit.

Filed in Cellphones. Learn more about Android, Editorspick Google, and Google I/o.

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