Coming July 28, the new 6.1-inch Pixel will serve as a successor to last year’s Pixel 5A. As rumored, it will feature a design similar to last year’s Pixel 6 line, including a camera bar in the middle of the back of the phone for its 12-megapixel ultrawide and main cameras. Google’s custom Tensor chip will power the phone alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Google says the 6A will be capable of the same tricks the Pixel 6 offers, including camera features like Night Sight, Real Tone and Magic Eraser — with the last of these getting an improvement that will allow you to “change the color of distracting objects in your photo.”
The Pixel 6A will be available on July 28 with many of the same features as the Pixel 6, but at a cheaper price of $449. Google is developing on a Pixel 6A phone, which will include several of the Pixel 6’s highlight features, such as the Tensor processor, but it won’t be available for a few months. The new phone was introduced at Google I/O on Wednesday, amid a peek at the future of Android 13, the long-awaited Pixel Watch, new Pixel Buds Pro earphones, a tease of a Pixel Tablet in 2023, and a first look at the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones arriving in the autumn.
Like the Pixel 6, the 6A will have an under-display fingerprint sensor. While the 5A had a headphone jack, the 6A will not. Like the Pixel 5A, the new phone will be IP67-rated for water and dust resitstance, and will not support wireless charging.
The phone will support 5G and all three major US wireless carriers will offer the phone, though Verizon’s version will run $500 since it supports millimeter-wave 5G. Google is promising roughly three years of Android software updates and five years of security updates. The company says the 6A will be “among the first Android devices to receive the upcoming Android 13” update later this year.