If it is almost certain that a Pixel 6a is in the boxes of Google, the uncertainty is due to the date of its announcement. This could be closer than expected, since the latest rumors point to a launch during Google I/O.
A more affordable version of the Google Pixel 6 would be planned by the American firm. A persistent rumor since the end of 2021, which is not fanciful since Google is used to offering “a” versions of its flagships: this was the case for the Pixel 5, available in a Pixel 5a marketed in rare markets, and for the Pixel 4, whose 4a version has established itself as excellent value for money. And the announcement of its latest model could take place sooner than we had anticipated.
A Google I/O full of surprises?
According to the latest indiscretions, the Google Pixel 6a could appear at Google’s annual conference. Normally, the Google I / O only concerns developers and only covers the software part of the various products of the American company. It is very rare that devices are unveiled there. However, this has already happened, especially in the case of wireless headphones (Pixel Buds) or home devices (the Nest range).
It is therefore not impossible that Sundar Pichai decides to present his company’s next smartphone during this famous meeting. After an exclusive Pixel 5a for US and Japanese territories, the 6a model would get a more global release. It would be all the more interesting since such a product is expected for its photo performance, inherited from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, at a much lower price. Let’s just hope that this upcoming version will improve certain aspects, such as autonomy. The various tests of the Pixel 5a praise its qualities, so there is not too much to worry about at the moment.
A solid technical sheet in anticipation
Although nothing is official yet, the supposed technical sheet of the smartphone portends the best. Indeed, this Pixel 6a would be equipped with a 6.2-inch Oled panel. It would also be equipped with the Google Tensor (the same chip as in the 6/6 Pro) coupled with 6 or 8 GB of RAM. Storage would be limited to 128 GB, with no possibility of adding a microSD card. A 4,800 mAh battery should be integrated, with a charge at 30 W.
It is at the level of the photo that the most notable change would occur. Two 12-megapixel modules would be present. The wide-angle sensor would be the Sony IMX363 and the ultra-wide-angle the IMX386. On paper, these two sensors are not very fresh. The IMX363 was already present on the previous Pixel models, from 3 to 5. It will be necessary to rely on the know-how of Google’s photo teams to sublimate the shots and take advantage of these elements. At the front, an 8-megapixel module would be dedicated to selfies.
The Google I/O will be held on May 11 and 12. There is therefore only a short month before discovering, we hope at least, this Pixel 6a.