Google Pixel 6a specs: Tensor chip, 12MP camera, more

We’re probably less than a month away from the launch of Google’s next mid-range phone, and the Pixel 6a is shaping up to be an impressive offering. Here’s everything we currently know about the Pixel 6a specs.

Google Pixel 6a specs

Google’s “A-series” is the company’s line of mid-range smartphones. Previous models were differentiated by their low-end specs, plastic builds, and lack of wireless charging.

Although Google didn’t precede the launch of the Pixel 6a with the release of some official specs like we saw with last year’s Pixel 6 series, we do have concrete evidence of what to expect. Here’s everything we know about the Pixel 6a specs.

Chip: Google Tensor

Under the hood, the biggest change to the Pixel 6a from previous years is the chipset. Unlike the Pixel 3a and 4a, which used mid-range Snapdragon chips, the Pixel 6a is set to run on a Google Tensor chipset. Specifically, the same chipset that powers Google’s flagship Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

We first announced that the Pixel 6a would run Tensor late last year, and it’s a detail that’s been corroborated by benchmark leaks from March 2022. Based on that benchmark, the 6a also marked slightly superior to the flagship models, hinting at the possibility that Google has modified the chip since last October.

Google Tensor is a Samsung-produced flagship processor based on Google’s design, which borrows from Exynos. The chip has broadly similar performance to the Snapdragon 888, scoring slightly lower than that chip in overall tests. Performance throttling is one of the biggest issues, specifically preventing the GPU from what would otherwise be “bestial” performance. In day-to-day use, however, we largely found Tensor felt indistinguishable from Qualcomm chips. As mentioned in our reviews of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the chip is particularly good at processing voice and camera information, and leaves the overall user experience very smooth.

RAM and storage: 6 GB

Alongside the Tensor chip, Google’s Pixel 6a is expected to follow a proven formula. A recent benchmark almost confirmed the use of 6GB of RAM, the same allowance the Pixel 4a and 5a offered. While that’s half as much as the Pixel 6 Pro and many other Android flagships, it’s more than enough to deliver a solid experience for multitasking and the like.

There were no details regarding the storage specs on the Pixel 6a, but it’s easy to see what Google will be up to. 128GB will surely be the base offering, and probably the only tier available, as has been the case in previous years. There might be a chance for a 256GB model, but don’t expect a microSD card slot – Google has never included one on a Pixel.

Google Pixel 6a full specs

  • Chip: Google Tensor
  • Filter: 6.2 inches, 1080p (unconfirmed)
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB (unconfirmed)
  • Camera: 12.2MP primary, 12MP ultrawide, 8MP front-facing
  • Dimensions: 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm
  • Headphone jack? : Nope
  • Networking: 5G, LTE, mmWave (select models)

Camera: 12MP

The camera is a central part of every Pixel smartphone, and the Pixel 6a will surely be no exception. The Pixel 6 series delivered the first major upgrade the series had seen in years with a 50MP primary sensor.

Unfortunately, this update is apparently not in the Pixel 6a spec sheet. As our Kyle Bradshaw first reported back in November, the camera setup on Pixel 6a will be largely identical to most previous Pixels in what’s almost certainly a cost-saving measure. The range consists of:

  • 12.2 megapixel IMX363 primary
  • 12-megapixel IMX386 ultrawide
  • Front-facing 8-megapixel IMX355

It’s a little disappointing not to see an upgrade here, but the good news is that this configuration is still one of the best around thanks to Google’s software prowess. The Pixel 5 has always performed well with this setup, only really failing when it comes to zoom due to its lack of a telephoto lens.

The Pixel 6a will have the same camera as the Pixel 5a

Screen and size: 6.2 inches or less

One complaint that plagued the Pixel 6 series was the sheer size of the phones. Fortunately, the Pixel 6a should be a bit smaller. An early Pixel 6a dimensions leak indicates a screen size of around 6.2 inches or less. The screen will almost certainly be a 1080p OLED panel, either 60Hz or 90Hz, depending on previous years. These specifications, however, have not leaked.

Screen size is primarily based on dimensions, with the Pixel 6a measuring 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm. It’s smaller than the Pixel 6, 6 Pro and Pixel 5a. Here’s how they compare:

  • Pixel 6a: 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm
  • Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm
  • Pixel 5a: 154.9 x 73.7 x 7.6mm

Everything else: no headphone jack

Rounding out the Pixel 6a specs, a few more details have surfaced. Early renders suggest the device won’t have a headphone jack, a first for the Pixel A series. Bluetooth will of course be supported for headphones and other wireless connections.

A recent FCC ruling indicates that the Pixel 6a has at least four variants in the US, with at least one model supporting mmWave 5G. All models will support Sub6 5G networks, although C-band is unclear at this stage, but likely.

Another report from March identified at least three color variants for the Pixel 6a – black, white and green. This contrasts with the Pixel 5a, which was only available in a very dark green color. The Pixel 4a was also limited to one color, aside from a limited but absolutely delicious blue option.

How much will the Pixel 6a cost?

Perhaps the biggest question we have about the Pixel 6a right now is how much the phone will cost. Normally, previous years would give us a pretty good idea of ​​what to expect, but a Tensor chip in this year’s model throws a wrench in that equation.

For context, here’s the launch price of previous Pixel A-series devices:

  • Pixel 3a – $399
  • Pixel 3a XL – $479
  • Pixel 4a – $349
  • Pixel 4a 5G – $499
  • Pixel 5a 5G – $449

The Pixel 6a price, according to our educated guess, will likely fall somewhere between the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5a. It would be reasonable to expect either $449 or $499, and given the Pixel 6’s $599 stance, we’re guessing $449 is more likely. Google could, however, throw us into the loop like it did with the Pixel 6’s introductory price and launch the phone for $399. For now, however, we just don’t know.

When will the Pixel 6a launch?

So when is it coming? The launch of Pixel A-Series has not been “normal” since the Pixel 3a. This series launched at Google I/O in 2019, with a May release date. COVID-19 and shipping delays pushed the Pixel 4a back to an August launch, with the 4a 5G not debuting until later that year alongside the “flagship” Pixel 5. The Pixel 5a 5G was then launched in late August 2021.

Between a few rumors and a recent arrival at the FCC, all signs currently point to the Pixel 6a debuting in May 2022, alongside Google I/O. It’s possible we’ll see a limited launch then, but for now it seems safe to mark May 11 as the day the Pixel 6a becomes official. We’re certainly glad to see it.

This article will be updated continuously as new Pixel 6a specs and other details surface.

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