Google’s next flagship smartphones were unveiled at Google I/O, but don’t let that take away the launch of a device in just weeks, not months. Google’s Pixel 6a replaces the outgoing Pixel 5a, one of the best affordable smartphones of all time, as the company’s midrange value pick. Based on specs alone, the Pixel 6a is on track to outshine the likes of the iPhone SE, Samsung Galaxy S52, and other contenders as the best phone for under $500 — and by some margin. .
Where the Pixel 5a sacrificed performance compared to the Pixel 5, the Pixel 6a features the same Tensor processor as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Google’s custom mobile SoC, Tensor, should give the Pixel 6a noticeably faster daily speeds than its predecessor. Not only does it have to match the Pixel 6 on raw power, but the Pixel 6a also benefits from the same Pixel-exclusive features (like Live Translate), security architecture (with the Titan M2 chip), and 5G connectivity. Associated with Tensor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Zoomed out, the Pixel 6a looks nearly identical to its more expensive flagship counterparts, sporting the same camera bar on a recycled aluminum frame. On the front is a large (but more manageable) 6.1-inch screen, and on the back is an improved dual-camera setup with an improved ultra-wide lens. Google’s nifty camera features Face Unblur, Magic Eraser and True Tone all make a return to this budget device.
Google promises “24 hours” of battery life with Adaptive Battery features and up to 72 hours when Extreme Battery Saver is enabled. The Pixel 6a is IP67 certified, which is a cut below the IP68 rating of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The Pixel 6a will be available in Charcoal, Chalk, and Sage when it goes on sale for $449 on July 21.