Official Pixel 6a with SoC Tensor: Google’s middle class evolves, but price does not change

The formula that Google has chosen for its new smartphone intended for the middle class, Pixel 6a, is always the same: but the differences with the Pixel 5a predecessor are many. On the other hand, with the launch of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, in Mountain View, they touched deeply on and under the body, with an innovative design and the introduction of a proprietary SoC, Tensor. The same revolution is now also coming to the smallest of the family.

Pixel 6a, officially presented today under Google I / O, which we followed liveis therefore exactly what we expected, more or less, as not even he in recent months has been immune to the shower of progress and leaks that always predicts the big G-phones.

DESIGN: A COMPACT 6 PI PIXEL

Let’s start with the design: the dimensions are more compact, just like it is 6.1-inch Full HD + flat OLED screen with refresh rate a 60 Hz (versus 6.4 inches on the Pixel 6 and 6.7 inches on the Pixel 6 Pro), but in fact, the aesthetics of the older brothers. Well recognizable lines, with the back of the body divided into two chromatic shades of the most characteristic element, it is the horizontal black band that contains the two cameras.

It’s all adorned three different colors: Chalk (white), Charcoal (black) and the most special, Sage, a kind of original and elegant teal. And since the back of smartphones ultimately always ends up being covered by a cover, Google has also launched a number of official cases for the Pixel 6a with which you can create more extravagant color combinations.

UNDER THE SHELL: THE SOC GOOGLE TENSOR IS HERE

Speaking of cameras: the Pixel 6a has been equipped by Google with one 12.2 MP main sensor (Sony IMX363 DP) with OIS and a secondary from 12 MP ultra wide angle (Sony IMX386). The selfie camera is instead a wide one then 8 MP (Sony IMX355) with 84 ° field of view and fixed focus. But the numbers count up to a certain point: The difference in Pixels has always been made by the software.


The other big news compared to the Pixel 5a is under the body: even on the Pixel 6a, Google has brought its own SoC Tensor with Titan M2 safety chipthe same solution that debuted on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. In terms of memories, the Pixel 6a comes in a single configuration that provides 6GB of RAM.

For biometric authentication there is fingerprint sensor installed below the screenwhile the battery has a capacity of 4400 mAh and supports fast charging a 18W. The company emphasizes how the Pixel 6a, thanks to the software optimization guaranteed by Adaptive Battery, which learns the user’s habits and reduces the drainage associated with the less used apps, is able to offer excellent autonomy: the data provided is 24 hours with an average usage (but we know that the manufacturers are wide-sleeve in this sense), without however any indication of hours of screen on.

Pixel 6a comes with Android 12and along with the rest of the Pixel 6 family, it will be the first to receive the update for Android 13. In terms of software support over time, Google has guaranteed 5 year security updateplus all the goodies of Function Drop monthly update schedule which only Pixels benefit from.

PIXEL EXPERIENCE: THE SOFTWARE BEANS

Not just design and photographic performance: another strong point of Pixel smartphones lies in exclusive features that Google is developing for its smartphones. Here are some of them in dowry for Pixel 6a, which the company has chosen to put in the spotlight:

  • Night vision, a trademark of the Pixel dynasty, the feature that has long made the big G smartphones a reference in the mobile photography sector, thanks to the artificial intelligence that is able to reconstruct the images taken under uncertain lighting conditions and illuminate them in detail and credible, as by spelling.

  • Remove blurring of the face makes moving faces on images more defined
  • True tonean algorithm dedicated to providing the most faithful possible representation of the various nuances of people.

  • Magic eraser, or how to make the trash can that you accidentally took with you in the background of the picture where you came best. Thanks to Google’s magic eraser, it’s actually possible to modify its images and “magically” dematerialize the elements that we prefer to exclude. To replace them, complete the image in a coherent way, the artificial intelligence of Pixel 6a will think. And that’s not all, because the developers of Mountain View have further enhanced this feature: In addition to removing elements from the images, it will be possible to select them to change their hue, to bring out what you prefer.


  • Live Translate, which made its debut on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, and is something of a mix of Lens, Translate, Assistant and Live Caption. In practice, this feature allows you to automatically generate subtitles in real time during audio or audiovisual content playback and translate them into the desired language. But the potential of Live Translate does not stop there, and also affects other scenarios, such as translating SMS, signs or text elements framed by the camera, and can even go so far as to act as an interpreter in real time (the latter functionality only in English at the moment).

WHEN IT COMES, AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

Pixel 6a is coming in the United States on July 28th, and it will be possible to pre-order it already on July 21st. The changes and improvements compared to the Pixel 5a are as mentioned many, but the launch price remains the same: $ 449 in the US and € 459 in Italy. The arrival is expected during the summerbut as reported on the official website, the date is not yet defined.

GOOGLE PIXEL 6A: TECHNICAL SHEET

  • Screen: OLED 6.1 “Full HD +, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 60 Hz refresh rate, HIAA center
  • SoC: Google Tensor GS101
  • Security: Titan M2 chip, fingerprint reader for biometric authentication below the display
  • Memory: 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128 GB storage space
  • Cameras:
    • Front width: 8 MP (Sony IMX355), 84 ° FOW, fixed focus
    • Back: 12.2 MP head (Sony IMX363 DP) with OIS + 12 MP ultra wide angle (Sony IMX386)
    • Night vision, facial blurring, magic eraser, true tone
  • Sound: stereo, 2 microphones
  • Connection: USB-C 3.0, 5G (mmWave on some models), Wi-Fi 6E, Dual Chain Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, eSIM, NFC, GPS L1
  • Operating system: Android 12
  • Drums: 4,400 mAh with 18W charging
  • Dimensions: 71.8×152.16, x8.85 mm; rear camera projection 1.08mm
  • Frame thickness: upper 4.27 mm; lateral 3,935 mm; bottom 5.71 mm
  • Price: $ 449

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