Apart from the multitude of missing phones, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE was delayed by about half a year and was eventually released in January 2022, about a month before the Galaxy S22, which put Samsung’s flagship-killer in a bizarre position. This resulted in a staggering price drop and resale value for the Galaxy S21 FE, as a brand new unit can now be yours for less than €500 or €350 if you shop on eBay (Europe). That’s down from €750 at launch.
Something isn’t quite right with Android’s release timeline. For starters, some 2021 and 2022 phones have been missing for months, including the Xiaomi 12 Ultra, which is expected to be a serious contender for the best camera phone of 2022, and the OnePlus 10, which was expected to be released alongside the OnePlus 10 Pro in January but instead received OneMinus.
Google’s latest signature design, introduced with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro See, the first A-series Pixel, the Pixel 3A, was released in early May. Then Pixel 4A came out in August, just like the Pixel 5A, and now we have the Pixel 6A, which will go on sale on June 28 – practically August again. So, releasing a brand new mid-range device 2-3 months before launching its new flagship phones isn’t exactly new for Google. However, for once, I’m ready to argue that the company might want to switch things up and amend its current release schedule.
And, of course, Google had to chime in, which is why today we’ll talk about a different device that’s already been announced but still unreleased, and that’s the latest mid-range phone coming straight out of Mountain View – the Google Pixel 6A. Google Pixel 6A might be the best mid-range phone of 2022, but is it coming out too late? Pixel 6A: Android gets its own iPhone SE 8 years after Apple, but is Google too late to the party? The Google Pixel 6A is shaping up to be a firm contender for the best mid-range phone of 2022. The company’s budget offering for this year brings:
In the end, we can’t forget that before the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, it was exactly Google’s budget phones that brought the company the most amount of sales, brand recognition, and, therefore, success. In a world of Apples and Samsungs, every company in Google’s underdog position should count its blessings! Don’t you think? So, tell me… Would you buy a Pixel 6A in August, or would you instead get a Pixel 6? Or wait… You’d probably wait another two months for the Pixel 7 before deciding?
The Pixel’s incredibly limited availability around the world already doesn’t help Google, but a budget A-series Pixel that comes out ten months later than its flagship counterparts and two months before the new Google flagship doesn’t make Google’s budget-conscious user base seem as important for the company as it should.