The Pixel 6A, which adopts Google’s new design language and bespoke chipset but retains the 5A’s $449 (Ksh 52,128) price tag, has been officially revealed.
The phone was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference, but it won’t be available until July.
With a prominent horizontal camera bump and a two-tone casing, the 6A continues the noticeable design trend established by the 6 and 6 Pro when they were released last year. The fingerprint sensor is also located beneath the screen rather than on the back panel. If you believe the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are too huge, there’s good news: the 6A has a slightly smaller 6.1-inch OLED 1080p display. It also has a typical 60Hz refresh rate.
Instead of the 50-megapixel primary camera of the Pixel 6, the 6A has a 12-megapixel main rear camera with optical image stabilization, which appears to be the same hardware as the 5A. A 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera are also included.
The Pixel 6A has a lower 4,400mAh battery than the Pixel 5A’s 4,680mAh battery, but Google believes it will last a full day like its predecessor. It also claims three days of battery life in Extreme Battery Saver mode, which is a full day more than the 5A. This is most likely due to better hardware and software interaction now that Google controls both variables.
Similar to way Google sold the 5A, a single storage variant (128GB with 6GB RAM) will be available.
Of course, there’s 5G; the 6A supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G. However, the 6A lacks a headphone jack.