Google Pixel 6a will be the next exponent of the economic series of smartphones Made by Google and, although its launch is not exactly close yet, the expectations of fans and enthusiasts for it is already quite high.
Google Pixel 6a: how it should be
The rumors about Google Pixel 6a have been chasing each other for several months and have become more insistent after the launch of the current top-of-the-range Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro (here is our review).
The latter marked a moment of a profound break with the past, opening a new important page for Google’s smartphones. The most representative element of this change is undoubtedly represented by the SoC Google Tensor, the first owner of Big G. However, a glance at the two smartphones and their flashy and iconic design is enough to grasp the distance that separates them from the lines. simple and sober of previous models like Google Pixel 5.
Since usually, I Pixel -a incorporate the essential elements of the top of the range from which they derive, it is not surprising that the dummy has already shown a remarkable similarity. The cost-cutting, necessary to insert Pixel 6a in a lower price range, will presumably be operated by Google in terms of construction materials, perhaps opting for a more abundant use of polycarbonate.
As for the technical equipment, there is a great curiosity for the SoC: many hope to read the name Google Tensor also in the datasheet of Google Pixel 6a, but at the moment there are no certainties: rumors dating back to a few months ago suggested to keep an eye also Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. On the other hand, last summer Qualcomm, which also seems to fear the success of the first Google Mobile Platform, had made it clear that it still sees its name linked to the future of smartphones. Made by Google. It must be said that these reassurances had come before the muted presentation of the almost anonymous Google Pixel 5a: the latter had a Qualcomm SoC (the Snapdragon 765G), but it had been little more than a re-edition of the previous Google Pixel 4a 5G. In short, not exactly an unforgettable model to conclude such an important collaboration.
As for the rest of the datasheet, the display will certainly be of the OLED type and should have a diagonal of 6.2 inches, while there is no information on the refresh rate. To the delight of users who can’t stand the increasingly widespread “frying pans “, Google Pixel 6a should be quite easy to handle, thanks to a fairly small overall size: 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7 mm (just over 10 mm at the rear cameras).
According to the most recent rumors, however, the new mid-range of Big G will be devoid of the port for the 3.5 mm audio jack; Since even the Pixel 6s don’t exactly get along with external DACs, you’ll probably want to convert to true wireless headphones like the Google Pixel Buds A.
We come to the element of greatest interest: the photographic sector. Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have upset tradition by focusing, for the first time in many years, on new sensors with a higher resolution. The results were very good, but perhaps not up to expectations. Generally, the Pixels of the -a series reproduce the essence of the photographic experience of the top of the range from which they derive with some compromise. This means that Google Pixel 6a could remain anchored to the good old 12.2-megapixel IMX363 sensor, or embrace the newer 50 megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GN1; in any case, it will be joined by an ultra-wide-angle secondary camera, but not by a telephoto lens.
As for the software, Google Pixel 6a will certainly arrive on the market with Android 12 and the usual excellent will be guaranteed software support: like the Pixel 6, it should receive 3 years of major updates and 5 years of security updates.
Google Pixel 6a: when it should arrive and why wait for it
As we told you yesterday, Google Pixel 6a should debut in May alongside the Pixel Watch, so we will most likely know it at Google I / O 2022.
There is already some valid reason to keep the antennas erect: primarily, the curiosity to see a Google Tensor SoC on a cheaper price range; secondly, the combination of Pixel 6 user experience and lower price; moreover, Big G must redeem itself after the disappointing Pixel 5a; Finally, there’s a good chance the Google Pixel 6a will also be marketed in Italy: net of the Pixel 5a (however brought to a few markets), the previous mid-range Pixels had also been sold by us, so much so that the latest model (not) available on the Italian Google Store remains Google Pixel 4a.
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