Pixel 6a
CodenameBluejay
BrandGoogle
ManufacturerFoxconn
ColorsChalk, Charcoal, Sage
SeriesPixel
ModelGX7AS, GB62Z, G1AZG
Compatible networks
First releasedJuly 21, 2022; 4 months ago (2022-07-21)
Availability by region
July 21, 2022
PredecessorPixel 5a
RelatedPixel 6
Pixel 6 Pro
TypeSmartphone
Form factorSlate
Dimensions
  • 152.2 mm (5.99 in) H
  • 71.8 mm (2.83 in) W
  • 8.7 mm (0.34 in) D
Mass178 g (6.3 oz)
Operating system
System-on-chipGoogle Tensor (5 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2x2.80 GHz Cortex-X1 & 2x2.25 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.80 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G78 MP20
Memory6 GB RAM
Storage128 GB UFS 3.1
Removable storageNone
SIMNano-SIM and eSIM
BatteryLi-Ion 4410 mAh
ChargingFast charging 18W
Display
External displayAlways on
Sound
Rear camera
  • 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 17mm, 114˚ (ultrawide), 1.25µm
  • Dual-LED flash, Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, panorama
  • 4K video at 30 or 60fps
  • 1080p video at 30, 60, 120 or 240fps
  • gyro-EIS, OIS
Front camera
Connectivity
Data inputs
Water resistanceIP67, up to 1 m (3.3 ft) for 30 minutes
Other
WebsiteGoogle Pixel 6a
References[1][2][3]

The Pixel 6a is an Android smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Google as part of the Google Pixel product line. It serves as a mid-range variant of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The device was announced on May 11, 2022 as part of Google I/O's keynote speech.[4][5]

Specifications

Hardware

The Pixel 6a is built with an aluminum frame, a plastic back and Gorilla Glass 3 for the screen. The design includes a camera bar and two-tone color scheme on the back similar to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The device is available in Chalk, Charcoal, Sage. It has stereo loudspeakers, one located on the bottom edge and the other doubling as the earpiece. A USB-C port is used for charging and connecting other accessories.[1]

The Pixel 6a uses the Google Tensor system-on-chip, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.1 internal storage.[6][7][2]

The Pixel 6a has a 4410 mAh battery, and is capable of fast charging at up to 18 W. It has an IP67 water protection rating.[7][6]

The Pixel 6a features a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED display with HDR support. The display has a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a circular cutout in the upper center for the front-facing camera.[6]

The Pixel 6a includes dual rear-facing cameras. The wide 27 mm f/1.7 lens has the Sony Exmor IMX363 12.2-megapixel sensor, while the ultrawide 114° f/2.2 lens has a 12-megapixel sensor; the front-facing camera uses an 8-megapixel sensor. It is capable of recording 4K video at 30 or 60 fps.[1][2]

Software

The Pixel 6a ships with Android 12 at launch, coinciding with the stable release of Android 12 on the Android Open Source Project.[8] It is expected to receive 3 years of major OS upgrades and 5 years of security updates.[9][10] The device received an update with a bootloader to activate modding in the first weeks after its release.[11]

Known issues

The fingerprint sensor has security issues where it recognizes non-registered fingerprints. The device makes use of a different optical fingerprint sensor than the ones found on the higher-end Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices, and the issue seems to be unique to the Pixel 6a in particular.[12][13][14][15] A software update was released in mid-September 2022 to potentially address these issues.[16][17]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Pixel 6a Tech Specs". Google Store. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  2. ^ a b c "Pixel phone hardware tech specs". Google Support.
  3. ^ "Google Pixel 6a". GSMArena. 11 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Google I/O 2022". io.google. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  5. ^ "Pixel 6a: More of what you want for less than you expect". Google. 2022-05-11. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  6. ^ a b c Johnson, Allison (2022-05-11). "The Pixel 6A includes Google's Tensor chipset and costs $449". The Verge. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  7. ^ a b Schoon, Ben (2022-05-11). "Google Pixel 6a specs: Tensor chip, 6GB RAM, 12MP camera, no headphone jack". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  8. ^ Bonifacic, Igor (October 4, 2021). "Android 12 has been released to the Android Open Source Project". Engadget. Archived from the original on October 4, 2021. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  9. ^ "Learn when you'll get Android updates on Google Pixel phones & Nexus devices - Pixel Phone Help".
  10. ^ Blumenthal, Eli. "Google's Cheaper Pixel 6A Looks Promising for $449". CNET. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  11. ^ Roth, Emma (31 July 2022). "The Pixel 6A is getting an immediate update to make sure it's moddable". The Verge. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  12. ^ Early Pixel 6a users report big security issue with the fingerprint sensor
  13. ^ Pixel 6a’s fingerprint scanner seems to have a major issue
  14. ^ Wilde, Damien (2022-05-13). "The Pixel 6a will use a different in-display fingerprint scanner to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  15. ^ Google Pixel 6a fingerprint sensor problems persist after launch
  16. ^ Li, Abner (2022-09-12). "Pixel 6a September update rolling out with fingerprint sensor 'improvements'". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2022-09-21.
  17. ^ "Google Pixel Update - September 2022 - Google Pixel Community". support.google.com. Retrieved 2022-09-21.