Pixel 6a units found on sale weeks before official pre-orders begin

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Google has been known to release information about an upcoming Pixel model well in advance of release in an effort to seal off third-party leaks. It did with the Pixel 4 and last month showed photos of the upcoming Pixel 7 series during I/O. Towards the end of the month, a Pixel 7 prototype landed on eBay and a few days after that, a Pixel 7 Pro prototype was sold to a Reddit subscriber on Facebook Marketplace.

In addition to prototypes of the Pixel 7 series, Pixel 6a units went on sale before they were officially introduced

The gentleman who bought the Pixel 7 Pro had no idea that the device he had bought had not yet been officially announced by Google. He even thought he bought a Pixel 6 Pro, although smartphone enthusiasts can easily distinguish between the rear camera bars on both models. The guy who bought the Pixel 7 Pro prototype was able to use it about three weeks before Google caught and wiped the device.

And as they say in those late night TV commercials, “Wait! There’s more.” According to an tweet from German writer Nils Ahrensmeier (through 9to5Google), a listing was posted on Facebook Marketplace by someone from Malaysia trying to sell a Pixel 6a. Yes, the Pixel 6a was already made official on May 11. Pre-orders won’t start until July 21, though, and the mid-ranger won’t be released until the following week (July 28).
The person who pre-offered the Pixel 6a (at a price in Malaysian currency equivalent to about $500) had previously posted the unboxing of the device on a TikTok video. Unlike the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro handsets sold, the Pixel 6a handsets don’t look like prototypes and were simply sold too early. That doesn’t mean it’s okay to buy and use one.

Google will certainly try to lock down the phones, much like the Pixel 7 Pro prototype that was sold. And the manufacturer would be good at that. The Pixel 6a will feature a 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400. That equates to a 20:9 aspect ratio and the display will refresh at 60Hz, which was the standard refresh rate a few years ago. was for smartphones.

Under the hood, we should find the same 5nm Google Tensor chipset built by Samsung that is used to power the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The mid-ranger will have 6 GB of energy-efficient LPDDR5 memory and 128 GB of storage space (UFS 3.1).

The Pixel 6a gets three Android updates and five years of Android security updates

On the back, the Pixel 6a will have a primary camera with a 12.2 MP sensor and a secondary camera (this ultra-wide angle) supported by a 12.2 MP sensor. The front-facing hole punch selfie snapper has a sensor with a weight of 8 MP. As usual, Google’s photo production capabilities will be the star of the show. The 4410mAh battery charges at 18W. The phone comes with Android 12 pre-installed out of the box.

The phone will be updated three times by Google to Android 13, Android 14 and Android 15. It will also receive five years of Android security updates.

Color options for the Pixel 6a include sage, chalk, and charcoal. Since there aren’t multiple configuration choices to choose from (6GB RAM and 128GB storage is the only option available), buying the phone might seem easier, especially with only one price to remember. For example, in the United States, the Pixel 6a costs $449.

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