A case for the unreleased Google Pixel 6a is a key piece of evidence revealing what the upcoming budget Google phone will look like. And lo and behold, it showcases a phone with the signature camera bar design just like the flagship Pixel 6 series.
Pixel 6a case on the left, Pixel 6 on the right. The Pixel 6 is just a little too big to fit in the case. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.
And since the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch display, that suggests the Pixel 6a will likely have a 6.2-inch or 6.3-inch display, judging by the slight difference in size.
The Pixel 6a has the same button placement, with a power button above the volume keys. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.
And judging by the writing on the screen protector that comes with the case, the Pixel 6a also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Fingers crossed that it works better than the slow one on the Pixel 6 duo, where you have to apply extra pressure to register your fingerprint.
Interestingly, the rear camera bar appears to be about a third narrower than on the flagship Pixel 6 series. This is probably due to the smaller camera sensors used in the budget model. An estimated measurement by the journalist shows that while the Pixel 6 has a 21mm high camera bar, the Pixel 6a only appears to have a 14mm high camera bar.
If you remove the frame that comes with the case, the Pixel 6 will fit inside, suggesting only a slight difference in size. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.
What does this leaked case tell us?
So what can we get out of all this? Firstly, the previous leaks confirm that Google will be adopting the fancy new “Robocop” camera bar design for its budget model, but also that there are cases circulating, also suggesting that a launch of the Pixel 6a could be just around the corner.