Unpacking the Google Pixel 6a reveals the mid-range phone ahead of its debut

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We get a brief shot of the phone turning on but there’s no glimpse of the software interface. We do get a look at the inside of the packaging, where a USB cable and USB adapter are clearly visible. This isn’t the first Pixel 6a unboxing that’s come to our attention – we saw another one last month on one of Google’s official YouTube channels in France. That clip has since been pulled from the web so it remains to be seen how long this latest one lasts. While the new TikTok footage doesn’t really reveal anything we didn’t know about the phone, the Google Tensor processor gets a prominent shout out on the inside of the box, showing how important the chipset is to Google’s phones now.

We’re looking forward to the Google Pixel 6a’s complete debut on July 28, but that’s still a ways off. Meanwhile, another unboxing video has surfaced, giving us a closer look at Google’s upcoming mid-range smartphone. The unpacking is from TikTok’s @anjangz(opens in new tab) (via 9to5Google(opens in new tab)), and it includes everything you’d expect from an unboxing. The quick demo includes four handsets, all of which are grey Charcoal versions of the phone.

Highlights

  • The phone is going to be sporting a 6.1-inch OLED screen running at a 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. There’s an IP67 rating attached, which means the Pixel 6a is dust and water resistant, but you don’t get any wireless charging. Under the hood we have that aforementioned Google Tensor chipset – the same one that can be found in the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro – and that’s joined by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Camera-wise, there’s a dual-lens 12.2MP+12MP camera on the back and an 8MP snapper on the front.

  • Google unveiled the Pixel 6a at Google IO 2022, announcing its existence on May 11. Preorders start (in Australia and the US at least) on July 21, and the phone will set you back $449 / £399 / AU$749. Google has given us plenty of information about the Pixel 6a – much more than it’s given us about the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – and so we know quite a lot about it ahead of it going on sale across the globe on July 28.

There are no variants in terms of the specs, but you will be able to pick up the smartphone in three different colors: Charcoal (gray), Chalk (white), and Sage (green). Once we get our hands on the device we will of course give you our own verdict. Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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