As with Google’s other A-series phones, the Pixel 6a looks to be a quality budget smartphone. But, in order to get to its $449 price, it’s not going to have one of the best features of the Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro.
But, the Pixel 6a will sport a 12.2MP-main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and not the bigger 50MP sensor that we see on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This is different from the A-series phones we have seen in the past, all of which brought the flagship cameras to the cheaper variants, making us feel like we had the best of both worlds.
In fact, the 12MP sensor in the Pixel 6a is the same one we saw in the Pixel 5, 5a, Pixel 4 and the Pixel 3.
Another gripe we have with the Pixel 6a is that it ditches the headphone jack as well — but that’s for another story.
But while Google isn’t including its best cameras on the 6a, it is packing in its flagship Tensor chipset that powers the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. For previous Pixel models the ‘core experience,’ as Google terms it, was the cameras; now that has changed to Tensor.
Still, that might be enough, as the Tensor chip does enable some pretty neat magic. Tensor makes features like Magic Eraser possible, so even if the hardware is a notch below our expectations, maybe the software will make up for it.
Tensor also powers features like live speech recognition. Google even showed off the Pixel 6a’s night mode at the Google I/O, although that might have been Google’s answer to Apple — or the lack of a night mode on the iPhone SE 2022.
Getting a flagship grade Tensor chip on a non-flagship phone is definitely a big highlight and we can’t wait to see how the Pixel 6a performs when it launches in July for $449/AU$749.
If you’re already convinced, here’s how to preorder the Google Pixel 6a ahead of its launch.
The Pixel 6a will have an older camera — but that’s OK