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Google Pixel 6a rumors: Release date, price, specs and more

We may be closer to the Google Pixel 6a launch than you think. Not only have the leaks picked up speed, but the budget phone seems to be making its way along the pipeline for an inevitable spring start.

Pixel 6a is very important to Google. We liked the Pixel 5a when it launched last year, but the Pixel 4a shared a lot with the 5G to really feel like an updated phone. That could be changing with the new phone, thanks to rumored updates to the cameras, chipset and battery, as well as the new Pixel 6-style design. This may be what Google needs to help it dominate among the best phones. Cheap.

All we can predict with certainty right now is that it will be one of the few new Google devices in 2022. But read on for the latest rumors and speculation about the next Pixel.

Google Pixel 6a News (Updated April 19)

  • According to a code in the Pixel Tips app, the Pixel 6a may be missing the Motion Mode found on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
  • The Pixel 6a has appeared at the FCC, which means it’s usually a month away from its launch.
  • The latest rumor claims that the Pixel 6a will have the 90Hz display we’ve come to expect and not despite other rumors.
  • The new Geekbench tests show that the Pixel 6a outperforms the Pixel 6 by a very small margin.

Expected release date and price of Google Pixel 6a

Thanks to an interesting coloring book-based leak, we know that Google is producing a Pixel 6a. But when does it arrive and how much does it cost?

Pixel 5a was released in the US and Japan on August 26, 2021. Google hasn’t explained why the phone is limited to two countries, but we hope the ongoing chip shortage plaguing the industry has something to do with it.

pixel 5a vs pixel 4a

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August looked like the new launch month for Google’s A-series. Pixel 3a was announced on May 7 at Google I/O 2019, but Pixel 4a was launched on August 20, 2020. Many blamed the COVID pandemic for this. -19 delayed 4a release date, but Google stuck with an August release for Pixel 5a. You would think the Pixel 6a is on the same timeline.

However, Google may revert to the old May/Google I/O release window. In fact, leaker Max Jambor says the Pixel 6a will arrive in May. Not coincidentally, a Pixel Watch is expected to launch in May.

While Prosser tweeted that the Pixel 6a has been delayed to July due to the ongoing chip shortage – he also claims the Pixel Watch may not be on sale until October – we got an encouraging signal about the status of the Pixel 6a in mid-April. . . . The phone has apparently been approved by the FCC, and when that happens, we’re usually within a month of actual launch. Google I/O starting in a month? It certainly is, with Google I/O starting on May 11 of this year.

As for the Pixel 6a’s price, that’s as much in the air as its release date. The smaller Pixel 3a (it had two sizes) was $399, but the Pixel 4a was $349. So the Pixel 5a went up to $449 and added a second camera and 5G.

If we had to guess, the Pixel 6a would likely fall in the $449 range, depending on the chip Google uses. With the competing Galaxy A53 now selling for $449, you’d think Google would want to keep that price. However, I have presented 5 ways in which the Google Pixel 6a can beat the Samsung Galaxy A53.

Google Pixel 6a design and display

Photos of an alleged fake Google Pixel 6a unit showed how Google’s next budget phone could mimic the design of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The biggest feature seems to be the removal of the camera bar and 3.5mm audio jack instead of the module.

It is unclear how legitimate these images are. But previous Pixel ‘a’ series phones have followed the design language created by the flagship Pixels. That supposedly got more credit for the rendering Google Pixel 6a based on leaked information.

Google Pixel 6a metal figure

Credits: Fathom Braceles/xleaks7)

Credits are given to these fake units and renders for what appears to be a photo of the Google Pixel 6a’s box. It shows a phone with a design very similar to the Pixel 6.

An alleged photo of the Google Pixel 6a box

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However, we have to be mindful of all this with the caveat that it could be a Pixel 6 box made to look like a Pixel 6a box with photo editing magic.

Not only is the barcode blurry so we can’t verify the serial number, but the back of the phone in the leaked photo is quite glossy, suggesting that the back is made of glass rather than plastic, as on the Pixel 6. has been using it since its inception.

That said, while divisive, the Pixel 6’s design is decidedly different, so it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see it ported to the Pixel 6a.

As for the Pixel 6a’s display, it’s part of a major spec leak released by shadow_leak It states that it will use a 6.2-inch, 60Hz display. It’s slightly smaller than the Pixel 5a’s 6.4-inch display, but its supposed refresh rate is more of a disappointment. Many phones use refresh rates of 90Hz, 120Hz or higher, even in the Pixel series price range. Google already uses a 90Hz panel on the Pixel 6 base, so leaving the Pixel 6a on a 60Hz base also seems like an odd decision from that perspective.

Fortunately another leak, this time Yogesh Brasays it’s 90Hz on the cards. I hope Brar is on the right track with this, otherwise the Pixel 6a could be a huge disappointment.

Alleged Google Pixel 6a renders

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For color, a leak from a US carrier database says black, white and green options will be available. This is an improvement over the Pixel 5a, which you can only buy in black.

Google Pixel 6a Cameras

by the way Meshal Rahman Twitter has a device codenamed ‘bluejay’ which is supposed to be the Pixel 6a. Rahman found a possible camera setup for bluejay that includes Sony IMX363, IMX386 and IMX355 sensors. The Shadow_leak spec leaker wraps up what we know by stating that the 6a will pack a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP selfie camera.

For reference, the Pixel 5a used the same 12MP IMX363 for the main sensor and 8MP IMX355 for the front camera. Ultrawide was the 16MP IMX481, but that doesn’t make the new 12MP IMX386 sensor a downgrade. It has a pixel size of 1.25 μm versus 1.0 μm of the IMX481. Larger pixels let in more light, so the Pixel 6a should produce better overall images, even at a lower resolution.

Regardless of the sensor used, the Pixel 6a may lack the Motion Mode found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. This is according to an Android developer code dive Kuba Wojciechowskivia XDA Developers, who discovered that the Pixel Tips app is an exclusion around the ‘bluejay’ device. If true, that means the new budget phone won’t have a feature that launched with the Pixel 6 series last year.

Google Pixel 6a performance

Based on information from shadow_leak, it looks like we’ll be getting the Google Tensor chipset from the Pixel 6 on the Pixel 6a with either 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM. This is also backed up by a Geekbench benchmark result that appears to be for the 6a, which shows features matching the Tensor chip’s specifications alongside 6GB of RAM.

Another recent Geekbench listing reportedly showed the Pixel 6a outperforming the Pixel 6 by a small margin. The device in question scored 1,050 points in a single core and 2,833 points in multiple cores. Compare that to the Pixel 6’s scores of 1,044 and 2,758. In terms of Geekbench, this difference is negligible, but it’s certainly exciting to see the Pixel 6a be on par with the Pixel 6. This implies that the 6a uses the same chip. Tensor that takes into account similarities in performance.

Using the tensor chip is great news. It’s a flagship-worthy chipset with strong performance, roughly equivalent to last year’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. Alongside the iPhone SE or the upcoming iPhone SE 3, the Pixel 6a could be the most powerful phone in its price range.

Google Pixel 6a battery and charging

Leaks claim that we will see a 4,800mAh battery with 30W charging on the Pixel 6a. That’s a minor increase in capacity over the 4,680mAh cell found in the Pixel 5a, and a more significant increase in 18W charging speed.

The only potential issue here is that Google didn’t include chargers in the Pixel 6 series, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the Pixel 6a isn’t in the box either.

Google Pixel 6a and iPhone SE 2022

With the A15 Bionic chip and the $429 iPhone SE 2022 with 5G, the Pixel 6a faces tough competition. Despite having only a single rear lens, the Apple phone offers flagship-level performance and excellent photo quality. But it also has the same small 4.7-inch screen.

Here’s what we thought about a comparison between the iPhone SE 3 and Google Pixel 6a based on the rumors so far and how the Google Pixel 6a could beat the iPhone SE 2022.

Google Pixel 6a Vision

The back of the Google Pixel 5a showing the camera module against a background of pink flowers

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With the current leaks, the Pixel 6a looks much better than the Pixel 5a at launch. It has an updated chipset that should deliver a lot more power than the average mid-range phone, a minor change to the ultra-wide rear camera, faster charging and a larger battery. All changes are welcomed.

But in order to make our list of the best Android phones, Google needs to pay attention to the price of the Pixel 6a. The Pixel 5a’s $449 price tag was a bit high, so a small drop to $400 or below would make the phone even more appealing.

We’d also like to see Google launch the Pixel 6a in more than just the US and Japan. There’s a global shortage of computer chips, but we hope Google can let fans in other countries buy the phone if they want to.


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Google Pixel 6a rumors: Release date, price, specs and more

We may be closer to a Google Pixel 6a launch than you might think. Not only has the pace of leaks picked up, but the budget phone appears to be moving along the pipeline to an inevitable debut in the spring.
The Pixel 6a is a big deal for Google. We liked the Pixel 5a when it came out last year, but it shared too much with the Pixel 4a 5G to really feel like an up-to-date phone. That could be changing with the new phone, thanks to rumored upgrades tipped for the cameras, chipset and battery, plus a new Pixel 6-style design. This may be just what Google needs to help it dominate among the best cheap phones.
Right now, all we can predict with any confidence is that it will be one of several new Google in 2022 devices. But read on for all the latest rumors and speculation about the next Pixel.
Google Pixel 6a news (updated April 19)
The Pixel 6a could be missing the Motion Mode found on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, according to a code dive into the Pixel Tips app.
The Pixel 6a has show up at the FCC, which usually means a launch is a month or so away.
The latest rumor claims that the Pixel 6a will get the 90Hz display we’ve been hoping for, and in spite of other rumors arguing it won’t.
New Geekbench benchmarks show the Pixel 6a outperforming the Pixel 6 by a very slight margin.
Google Pixel 6a expected release date and price
Thanks to a peculiar coloring book-based leak, we know Google is making a Pixel 6a. But when’s it coming, and how much will it cost?
The Pixel 5a released on August 26, 2021 in the US and Japan. Google didn’t explain why the phone was limited to two countries, but we expect the ongoing chip shortage that has plagued the industry had something to do with it.

(Image credit: Tom’s Guide)
August seemed to be Google’s new launch month for the A series. The Pixel 3a was revealed on May 7 at Google I/O 2019, but the Pixel 4a came out on August 20, 2020. Many blamed the COVID-19 pandemic on the 4a’s delayed release date, but Google stuck with an August release for the Pixel 5a. You’d think the Pixel 6a was on the same timeline.
But Google could go back to its old May/Google I/O launch window. In fact, leaker Max Jambor says the Pixel 6a will arrive in May. Not coincidentally, May is also when a Pixel Watch is anticipated to make its debut.
While Prosser tweeted that the Pixel 6a has now been delayed until July due to ongoing chip shortage issues — he also claims the Pixel Watch may well not go on sale until October — we got an encouraging sign in mid-April about the Pixel 6a’s status. The phone has apparently gotten the FCC’s OK, and when that happens, we’re generally a month out from the actual launch. Does Google I/O get underway in a month’s time? With Google I/O starting May 11 this year, it certainly does.
As for the Pixel 6a’s price, that’s as up in the air as the release date. The smaller Pixel 3a (there were two sizes) came in at $399, but the Pixel 4a undercut it at $349. Then, the Pixel 5a bumped up to $449 and added a second camera and 5G. 
If we had to guess, the Pixel 6a will likely stay in the $449 ballpark, depending on the chip Google uses. With the rival Galaxy A53 now available for $449, you’d figure Google will want to stick to that price. Although that said, I’ve already come up with 5 ways the Google Pixel 6a can beat the Samsung Galaxy A53.
Google Pixel 6a design and display
Photos of a claimed Google Pixel 6a dummy unit have shown off how the next budget Google phone could ape the design of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. A camera bar rather than module seems to be the biggest feature, as well as the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack. 
How legitimate these images are is unclear. But previous Pixel ‘a’ series phones have followed on from the design language set out by the flagship Pixels. This was given further credence by Google Pixel 6a renders supposedly based on the allegedly leaked information. 

(Image credit: Fathom Braceles / xleaks7)
These dummy units and renders have been given credence by what appears to be an photo of the Google Pixel 6a box. It shows a phone with a design that’s very similar to the Pixel 6.

(Image credit: Techxine)
However, we do need to caveat all this with the warning that this could be a Pixel 6 box that’s been made to look like a Pixel 6a box with the magic of photo editing. 
Not only is the barcode blurred out so we can’t check the serial number, but the back of the phone in the leaked photo is rather glossy, suggesting it’s made of glass like that of the Pixel 6 rather than the plastic backs Pixel A-series phones have used since their inception.
Nevertheless, while divisive, the design of the Pixel 6 is certainly different, So seeing it carried over to the Pixel 6a would be no bad thing.
As for the screen on the Pixel 6a, part of a big specs leak published by Shadow_leak claims it’ll use a 6.2-inch, 60Hz display. That’s a little smaller than the Pixel 5a’s 6.4-inch display, but more disappointing is the alleged refresh rate. Many phones are now using 90Hz, 120Hz or even higher refresh rates, even in the price range of the Pixel a-series. Google is already using a 90Hz panel on the basic Pixel 6, so leaving the Pixel 6a at the basic 60Hz seems like an odd decision in that light too.
Fortunately another leak, this time from Yogesh Brar, says 90Hz is on the cards. We hope Brar is on the right track with this, otherwise, the Pixel 6a could end up a big disappointment.

(Image credit: 91mobiles / OnLeaks)
For colors, a leak from a U.S. carrier database says there will be black, white and green options available. That’s an improvement over the Pixel 5a, which you could only buy in black.
Google Pixel 6a cameras
According to Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, there’s a device codenamed ‘bluejay’ that’s supposedly the Pixel 6a. Rahman found a possible camera setup for bluejay, which includes Sony IMX363, IMX386 and IMX355 sensors. Shadow_leak’s specs leak has rounded out what we know by claiming the 6a will feature a 12MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide camera and 8MP selfie camera.
For reference, the Pixel 5a used the same 12MP IMX363 for its main sensor and an 8MP IMX355 for its front-facing camera. The ultrawide was a 16MP IMX481, but that doesn’t make the new 12MP IMX386 sensor a downgrade. It has a pixel size of 1.25 μm, versus the IMX481’s 1.0 μm. Larger pixels let in more light, so the Pixel 6a should produce better overall images, even though it’s at a lower resolution.
Regardless of what sensor it uses, the Pixel 6a could be missing the Motion Mode found on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. That’s according to a code dive by Android developer Kuba Wojciechowski, via XDA Developers, who found that the Pixel Tips app has an exclusion around the ‘bluejay’ device. If true, this would mean the new budget phone would lack a feature that launched with the Pixel 6 range last year.
Google Pixel 6a performance
Based on Shadow_leak’s information, it seems like we’ll get the Google Tensor chipset from the Pixel 6 in the Pixel 6a, accompanied by 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM. That’s also backed up by a Geekbench benchmark result that seems to be for the 6a, which also shows specs matching that of the Tensor chip, plus 6GB RAM.
Another recent Geekbench listing allegedly showed the Pixel 6a outperforming the Pixel 6 by the slightest of margins. The device in question scored 1,050 in single-core and 2,833 in multicore. Compare that to the Pixel 6’s 1,044 and 2,758 scores. In Geekbench terms, this difference is negligible, but it’s certainly exciting to see that the Pixel 6a might be on par with the Pixel 6. This implies that the 6a uses the same Tensor chip considering the similarities in performance.
The use of the Tensor chip is great news. It’s a flagship-worthy chipset with strong performance, roughly equivalent to last year’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. Aside from the iPhone SE or the upcoming iPhone SE 3, the Pixel 6a may well be the most powerful phone in its price range.
Google Pixel 6a battery and charging
The leaks claim we’ll see a 4,800 mAh battery with 30W charging in the Pixel 6a. That’s a small capacity increase over the 4,680 mAh cell found in the Pixel 5a, and a more considerable increase over its 18W charging speed.
The only potential issue here is that Google didn’t include chargers with the Pixel 6 series. It wouldn’t surprise us if the Pixel 6a lacked one in the box too.
Google Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 2022
With the iPhone SE 2022 now here at $429 with a A15 Bionic chip and 5G, the Pixel 6a faces some stiff competition. Apple’s phone delivers flagship-level performance and excellent photo quality despite having just a single rear lens. But it also has the same tiny 4.7-inch screen. 
Here’s how what we think of an iPhone SE 3 vs. Google Pixel 6a comparison based on the rumors thus far, and how the Google Pixel 6a can beat the iPhone SE 2022.
Google Pixel 6a outlook

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With the leaks as they currently stand, the Pixel 6a looks much better than the Pixel 5a did at launch. It’s got an up-to-date chipset which should provide much more power than the average mid-range phone, a small change to the ultrawide rear camera, faster charging and a larger battery. All very welcome changes.
However to make it onto our best Android phones list, Google needs to be careful how it prices the Pixel 6a. The $449 price of the Pixel 5a was a bit on the high side, so a small reduction to $400 or less would make the phone even more attractive.
Also, we would like to see Google launch the Pixel 6a in more than just the U.S. and Japan. There is a global shortage of computer chips, but hopefully Google can still let its fans in other countries buy the phone if they wish.

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