Google Pixel 6a rumors: Everything we know so far


Detailed information about Google’s upcoming low-cost Pixel

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It is possible that the Google Pixel 6a is closer than you think. The frequency of leaks has accelerated, and the inexpensive phone looks to be headed for a spring appearance. As of late, even the CEO of Google has begun to hint to an upcoming launch.

For Google, the Pixel 6a is a major thing. Although we were pleased with the Pixel 5a when it was released last year, it was too similar to the Pixel 4a 5G to seem like a modern phone. With reported updates to the cameras, CPU and battery, as well as a new Pixel 6-style design, this might change with the next phone. For Google, this might be just what it needs to reclaim its position as the world’s best-selling low-cost phone.


The Pixel 6a is expected to be the first of several new Google products to be unveiled in the year 2022. Here are all the latest Pixel rumours and speculations.

The release date and pricing of the Google Pixel 6a.

We now know that Google is producing a Pixel 6a thanks to a colouring book-based leak. It’s coming, but when? And how much?

The Pixel 5a was released in the US and Japan on August 26, 2021. There was no explanation from Google on why the phone was only available in two countries, although we anticipate the continuing chip scarcity to be a factor.


For the A series, August looked to be Google’s new launch month. During Google I/O 2019, the Pixel 3a was unveiled, however the Pixel 4 was released on August 20, 2020. Even the COVID-19 epidemic delayed the 4a release date, it was still released in August for the Pixel 5a. As if the Pixel 6a weren’t on its own timeline, you’d think so.

It seems, however, that Google is returning to its original launch window of May/Google I/O. The Pixel 6a was rumoured to debut in May by Max Jambor earlier this year, and in April, a Google phone was approved by the FCC. That would place the phone’s release date in May.

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Google has booked Google I/O 2022 on May 11, which happens to be the day of the event. Pichai also said that new hardware would be shown during this year’s Google Developers Conference, which will be held in San Francisco in June. (We’re also anticipating a Pixel Watch at Google I/O, for the record.)


When it comes to the pricing of the Pixel 6a, it’s just like the release date. Compared to the $399 price of the Pixel 3a, the Pixel 4a costs only $349. A second camera and 5G support were introduced to the Pixel 5a at a cost increase to $449.

Based on the processor Google chooses, the Pixel 6a’s price is expected to remain in the $449 range. You’d think Google would want to keep its pricing in line with Samsung’s Galaxy A53, which is now selling for $449. There are 5 ways the Google Pixel 6a can trump Samsung’s Galaxy A53, however.

The display and design of the Google Pixel 6a

Google’s next affordable phone might look a lot like the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, according to images of a fake Google Pixel 6a. The most notable change is the absence of a 3.5mm audio port and the addition of a camera bar rather than a module.

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The authenticity of these photos is unknown. Nevertheless, the design language established by the Pixel flagships has been carried over to prior Pixel ‘a’ series phones. Google Pixel 6a renderings, apparently based on the supposedly leaked information, lend more validity to this claim.

A snapshot of what looks to be the Google Pixel 6a packaging has lent validity to these fake devices and renderings. It depicts a phone that has a striking resemblance to the Pixel 6.

However, we must be cautious since this might be a Pixel 6 box that has been photo-edited to seem like a Pixel 6a box.


The rear of the phone in the leaked picture seems to be glossy, which suggests that it is constructed of glass like that of the Pixel 6 rather than the plastic backs that have been utilised from the debut of the Pixel A-series phones.

The Pixel 6’s design, although being polarising, is different enough that it should be carried over to the Pixel 6a.

The Pixel 6a is expected to have a 6.2-inch, 60Hz display, according to a large specifications leak shared by Shadow leak. Compared to the Pixel 5a’s 6.4-inch display, this is a tad smaller. However, the stated refresh rate is more discouraging. Even in the price range of the Pixel a-series, many smartphones are already running at 90Hz, 120Hz, or even higher refresh rates. In light of Google’s use of a 90Hz display on the standard Pixel 6, the Pixel 6a’s 60Hz panel looks like an unusual choice as well.


Yogesh Brar’s latest leak, meanwhile, claims that 90Hz is in the works. We hope Brar is on the right road with this, otherwise the Pixel 6a would be a huge letdown.

Leaks from a US carrier database indicate that the phone will come in three colours: black, white, and green. That’s a step up from the Pixel 5a, which was only available in black.

All of the cameras on the Google Pixel 6a

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The Pixel 6a, according to Twitter user Mishaal Rahman, has the codename “bluejay” and is said to be in development. The Sony IMX363, IMX386 and IMX355 sensors identified by Rahman might be used in a bluejay camera configuration. The specifications of Shadow leak may be found here. By stating the 6a would include a 12MP primary camera, 12MP ultrawide camera, and 8MP selfie camera, a leak has rounded out what we already know.


The Pixel 5a, as a point of comparison, has the same 12MP IMX363 primary sensor and an 8MP IMX355 front-facing camera. (See the table below.) The 16MP IMX481 sensor in the ultrawide was a degradation, while the new 12MP IMX386 sensor isn’t. Compared to the IMX481’s 1.0 m pixel size, this one has 1.25 m. Despite its reduced resolution, the Pixel 6a’s larger pixels allow for more light to enter the sensor, which should result in better photographs overall.

The Pixel 6a may not have the Motion Mode present on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, regardless of the sensor it employs. As reported by XDA Developers, Android developer Kuba Wojciechowski noticed an exclusion around the “bluejay” device when diving into the Pixel Tips code. Assuming this is accurate, the new low-cost smartphone will be missing out on a feature that was introduced with the Pixel 6 line last year.

performance of the Google Pixel 6a

The Google Tensor chipset from the Pixel 6 is expected to be included in the Pixel 6a, along with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, according to Shadow leak’s intel. A Geekbench score that seems to be for the 6a reveals specifications matching those of the Tensor processor, plus 6GB of RAM, which further supports this theory.


Claims that the Pixel 6a outperforms its predecessor in Geekbench tests have been widely reported. The gadget in question has a single-core score of 1,050 and a multicore score of 2,833. This is in contrast to the 1,044 and 2,758 ratings of the Pixel 6. According to Geekbench standards, this difference is minuscule; yet, it’s interesting to see that the Pixel 6a could be on level with its predecessor. In light of its comparable performance, this suggests that the 6a uses a Tensor chip.

Tensor chips are a wonderful development. In terms of performance, it’s on par with last year’s Snapdragon 888, which was also a flagship-worthy processor. The Pixel 6a may be the most powerful phone in its pricing range save the iPhone SE or the impending iPhone SE 3.

a battery and a charger for the Google Pixel 6

The Pixel 6a is expected to have a 4,800 mAh battery and 30W charging, according to rumours. An increase in battery capacity and a significant boost in charging speed make this a worthwhile upgrade over the Pixel 5a’s 4,680 mAh battery.


The only thing that may go wrong is that the Pixel 6 series does not come with any chargers. In that case, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Pixel 6a didn’t come with one either.

2022 Apple iPhone SE versus Google Pixel 6a

There is significant competition for the Pixel 6a now that the iPhone SE 2022 is on the market for $429 with an A15 Bionic CPU and 5G. Despite just having a single back lens, Apple’s phone boasts flagship-level performance and superb picture quality. Despite this, it features the same 4.7-inch display.

According to reports, the iPhone SE 3 and the Google Pixel 6a will face off in a head-to-head competition in the year 2022.


This is the first look at the Google Pixel 6a.

Pixel 6a looks better than Pixel 5a did at launch based on current leaks. It’s expected to have a more powerful processor, a smaller adjustment to the ultrawide back camera, quicker charging, and a bigger battery than the ordinary mid-range phone. All of these changes are to be applauded. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the Pixel 6 features we’re hoping the Pixel 6a will have as well..

However, Google must exercise caution while setting the pricing of the Pixel 6a in order to make it into our list of the best Android phones. Since Google’s Pixel 5a retails for $449, even a modest price cut to $400 or lower would increase the phone’s appeal.

We’d also want to see the Pixel 6a released outside of the United States and Japan. Even if there is a worldwide scarcity of computer processors, maybe Google will still allow its supporters in other nations to purchase the phone.


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