Several rumors pointed to a May unveiling for Google’s next budget phone, the Pixel 6a, and now there’s new evidence approaching launch.
Frequent tipster Mukul Sharma
says that the production of the Pixel 6a has started in some Asian countries, which is all the more proof that an announcement is not far away.
Google is likely to unveil the phone during the Google IO, which starts on May 11, although it may not go on sale until July 28. The phone may be getting a wider release than the Pixel 5a, which was only available in the US and Japan.
The Pixel 6a is expected to reuse the design of the Pixel 6, meaning we can expect a horizontal camera bar and a centered punch cutout. The phone is expected to have a 6.2-inch display and smaller overall dimensions than the Pixel 6.
The handset will likely keep its predecessor’s 12.2MP primary camera, but may get the Pixel 6’s 12MP ultra-wide module and 8MP selfie snapper. This could help to become it best budget camera phone of the year.
The phone will reportedly run on the same internal Tensor chip as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro and Leaked benchmark scores suggest that Google optimized the chip to boost performance. The SoC will presumably be paired with at least 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Pricing is still unknown, and it’s hard to guess if the phone will cost more than the Pixel 5a, which retailed for $449, as the Pixel 6a will have a flagship chip, new design, and better cameras.
Since competitor Samsung Galaxy A53 costs $449 and rival Apple iPhone SE 3 starts at $429, a higher starting price than the Pixel 5a could make the 6a uncompetitive, so Google may have some tough decisions to make.