Today during the I/O 2022 keynote, Google announced its highly anticipated budget Pixel phone, the Google Pixel 6Athe brother of the flagship Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6 smartphones, released in October 2021.
The main innovations of the Pixel 6 series are the new ultra-sleek premium design and Google’s proprietary System-On-Chip (SOC) tensor, a bold move that allows the search giant to stop relying on hardware. Qualcomm Snapdragon.
At just $449, the Pixel 6A launched at a similar price to its predecessor, the Pixel 5A, while featuring the same Tensor chipset found in the more expensive 6 and 6 Pro models (except the 6 GB of RAM against 8 GB/12 GB)!
A recent rumor spotted in the wild claimed that the Folding the Pixel 6 may arrive later in 2022, so the 6A may not be the latest sibling of the Google Phone gen-6 family.
Google Pixel 6A release date, price and availability
Pre-orders will begin on July 21, and the device will be available for purchase for $449 on July 28, 2022, in three colors, Charcoal, Chalk, and Sage. The Pixel 6A will be sold in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
The Pixel 6A is built on the same new chipset platform and design language as its older siblings, with a marked improvement in sleekness over its predecessor, the 5A. On the back, the 6A features the same black camera bar as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, an iconic design feature that makes the new Google 6 series of phones stand out in a crowd.
The chassis is encased in a tactile alloy frame and a 3D thermoformed composite back, which could mean the rear shell is plastic. It comes in three flavors: Charcoal, Chalk, and Sage.
The 6.1-inch 60Hz FHD+ (2400×1080) OLED display features an under-screen fingerprint sensor, which is a nice upgrade from the Pixel 5A’s rear-mounted sensor. . Compared to the Pixel 6 (6.4-inch FHD+), the Pixel 6A’s smaller screen size offers a higher pixel density of 431 PPI. Going for a more compact package is probably one of the small compromises that allowed Google to keep the same high-end Tensor SoC in the 6A for such a sweet price.
The dual rear camera system includes a 12.2 MP f/1.7 wide shooter with OIS and a 12 MP f/2.2 ultra wide camera with a 114° field of view (FoV).
On the front, the selfie camera has an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 84° FoV.
your real is a photo feature that was introduced last year for Google Photos and the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro cameras. Real Tone allows the camera to better render all skin tones, especially darker skin tones, which require very different automatic settings than light skin tones.
Google is now expanding its Real Tone feature with a new set of filters for Google Photos.
During Google I/O 2022, Annie Jean Baptiste announced that Google is starting “use Monk’s skin tone scale to create more inclusive products on Google. […] Developped by Dr Ellis Monk, scale adds a critical step to our product development and testing to ensure the technology that powers our future works well for everyone. Our research has shown that more people in the United States find that the Monk Scale more accurately reflects their skin tone, compared to current tone, compared to the current industry standard. This was especially true for people with darker skin.
We are testing the scale globally and in different product settings and will continue to improve it to reflect people everywhere. At Google, we’ve started using the Monk’s Scale to improve how we understand and represent skin tone in photo and search products. »
Later this month, Google will launch new Real Tone filters designed to work well on all skin tones and rated using the Monk Scale. With Real Tone filters, users can apply the beauty and authenticity of professional editing to their photos with just a few clicks.
The new Real Tone developed with the Monk scale will be available for photos, and I guess Google might update the version used in the Pixel 6 series camera as well.
Google shares its searches using the Monk Skin Tone Scale to all developers on skintone.google.
Night Sight mode improves camera performance in low light conditions.
magic eraser removes unwanted objects or aliens in the background with just a few clicks. Users can also change the color of any object to match the color scheme of the scene or to tone down an object’s appearance.
Hardware, on-chip security and performance
Featuring the Tensor SoC, the Pixel 6A has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.
The hardware platform of the entire Pixel 6 series, including the 6A, is made up of the Tensor processor and the Titan M2 security chip which communicates directly with the Google Tensor Security Core.
The Tensor Security Core, located inside the Tensor SoC, combines a dedicated CPU, ROM, one-time programmable (OTP) memory, crypto engine, internal SRAM, and shielded DRAM. For Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and now 6A, the Security Core’s main tasks include protecting user data keys while running, strengthening Secure Boot, and communicating with Titan M2. If you are a security geek, you can find more information about Titan M2 here.
During I/O 2022, many on-stage presentations showcased new security and privacy features recently developed by Google to improve user privacy and security across all Google software and hardware products.
On the performance side, Google says its machine-learning AI runs five times faster on Tensor than on hardware in its previous phones, while the Titan M2 makes the Pixel 6″ series.more resistant to attack.”
The Pixel 6a has a very good Battery capacity 4410 mAh, close to the 5000 mAh of larger smartphones. Google claims “24 hour” battery life for the “median Pixel user”, which means most people can probably use it for an entire day without worry. According to Google’s specs, there’s also an “extreme battery saver” mode that could triple the battery life.
If you need to recharge the battery, it may charge at 18Wwhich is a satisfactory speed in this market segment.
Pixel 6A Contest
the Pixel 6A offers a great feature set for its affordability, putting it on par with the following competitors:
the Samsung A53launched in March 2022 at around $450, the Moto Edge 2nd Generation launched September 2021 at $699, now discounted to $449 with 256GB of storage, and the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, launched in July 2021 at 399 euros (currently priced around $320).
With a 6.1-inch 60Hz OLED display, the Pixel 6A is the smallest of the lot, while the Moto Edge 2021 is the largest, with a 6.8-inch 144Hz IPS LCD display. Both other competitors are 6.43 inches, with 120Hz Super AMOLED for the Samsung phone and 90Hz AMOLED for the OnePlus Nord 2. All phones have the same 2400×1080 resolution, and like the Pixel 6A is the smaller device , the screen offers the highest pixel density of 431 PPI.
On the camera side, the Pixel 6A has a smaller sensor than other competitors, with the Moto Edge 2021 featuring the largest, followed by the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. In mobile photography, sensor size is not the only data point we need to look at to assess image quality, other factors such as f-stop and image processing software are also reviews.
The Google Pixel 6A gets a fast prime lens with an f/1.7 aperture. Additionally, Google phones are known for their excellent camera software.
All phones including the Pixel 6A have a dual camera system with a wide lens and an ultra wide lens, the Galaxy A53 gets an additional third shooter for macro and the Nord 2 has a depth sensor .
The Pixel 6A’s best high-end feature is the Tensor chipset, the same processor that powers the more expensive Pixel 6 Pro. This SoC might offer better performance than the competition in the affordable phone category.
It would be great to see how the Google Pixel 6A performs in the real world. We can’t wait to get our hands on a unit.
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