Google I / O 2022: Google announces its Pixel 6a, the future terror of the middle class

As expected, Google took advantage of its I / O conference to unveil an open secret: Pixel 6a. This mid-range model will fit right behind the Pixel 6, from which it borrows certain features.

As every year, in addition to its top class, Google always has a less successful version of its flagships in the bag. Models with the letter “a” that often end up being bestsellers. In 2021, Pixel 5a corrected the flaws of Pixel 5 for excellent value for money. At least that was what our colleagues from across the Atlantic agreed to say, as this version did not have the opportunity to land anywhere other than the United States and Japan.

Almost identical

In terms of design, Google takes what was done with the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The aesthetics are still just as divisive, but stand in stark contrast to the past. This means that the large black ribbon that houses the photo modules is left. On the other hand, no madness in terms of colors. In any case, it is unlikely that we in France will have the most pleasing colors for the eye, as was the case with the other two Pixel 6s.

In front, the Pixel 6a is slightly more compact than the Pixel 6. It uses a 6.1-inch Amoled panel with still FHD + definition (2400 x 1080 pixels). The refresh rate at 120 Hz is not renewed and it will be necessary to be satisfied with the classic 60 Hz. It’s a shame that Google for its mid-range did not choose 90 Hz, while competitors under Android allow themselves to offer it, or even push up to 120 Hz.

Google Tensor is making a comeback in the small Pixel 6a. Logically, therefore, the smartphone should be as efficient as its two predecessors. The battery is at 4306 mAh, slightly smaller than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, two models that did not hold the charge as well as expected. But after the Google site has made various updates, we can hope that Pixel 6a benefits from the best contributions to provide the greatest autonomy.

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A combined photo part

If Pixels are recognized, of course, it’s their photo component that improves year after year. With this Pixel 6a, Google necessarily wants to redefine the photographic segment in the middle ground, just to make competitors sweat. And even without the 50 megapixel module on the flagships, it can succeed.

For its wide-angle module, the US company has decided to offer the same sensor as on the Pixel 5a. This is the long-proven 12.2-megapixel IMX 363. There is no doubt that along with the company’s software know-how, the result will be just as good, or even better, than last year’s “a”. For its ultra-wide angle, the Pixel 6a recovers that from the Pixel 6 (IMX 386), which is an excellent thing. There is obviously one absent in the program and it is the telephoto lens that does not fit here. On the front, it is still the same 8-megapixel module, as e.g. was already present on the Pixel 5.

The features that appeared with the Pixel 6 are also back on this 6a. In particular, you will have access to the magic eraser, which allows you to remove unwanted people or objects from your photos so that they are perfect.

The new Pixel 6a has been announced in three colors: black, white and pastel green. The US launch price is $ 449, a rather aggressive price that can translate to € 499 when released here. A price that would be similar to the one charged by Pixel 4a 5G when it was released in 2020. The launch of pre-orders is scheduled for US territory on July 21st.

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