With the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro flagships, Google has finally achieved something unique after years of experimentation. To set them apart, the phones feature a visor-like rear camera module.
The Pixel 6 series is a significant departure from previous Pixel designs, and it appears that Google intends to use the same design for its next mid-ranger. The first credible look at the Google Pixel 6a leaked this morning, revealing its design and size. Take a look at them.
The Google Pixel 6a follows in the footsteps of its older brothers, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, in terms of design. The Pixel 6a will have a 6.2-inch flat OLED display with a single centered punch-hole camera. There’s also no physical fingerprint sensor on the back, implying an in-display fingerprint scanner on the front.
In a visor-like module similar to the one on the Pixel 6, there are dual rear cameras and a single LED flash. The Pixel 6a will have a glass back and a dual-tone finish, but these CAD-based renders can’t confirm it.
The volume rocker and power buttons are located on the right side of the frame. Given the size of the device, the volume buttons appear to be in an awkward position.
The size of the Pixel 6a is perhaps the most intriguing detail here. The device is expected to be 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm in size, with a slightly thicker camera bump. This suggests a display of 6.2 inches or less, and it’s noticeably smaller in every dimension than the Pixel 6, which measures 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm.
It also measures 154.9 x 73.7 x 7.6 mm, which is smaller than the Pixel 5a. Given that many people have complained about the size of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, this is fantastic news.
A USB type-C port is located on the bottom, along with two grilles, one for the speaker and the other for the microphone. The device has antenna cutouts on all four sides, and the SIM card is housed on the left side.
A first for the Pixel A-series is the lack of a headphone jack.
The Google Pixel 5a, which was released in August, featured a Snapdragon 765G processor and 12MP+16MP rear cameras. As a result, we anticipate the Pixel 6a to be an improvement over its predecessor.
The phone could have a mid-range Tensor processor, such as a Tensor lite, or even a Snapdragon 778G, but we’re just guessing right now.
We can expect the Pixel 6a to receive the same treatment as its bigger brothers in terms of camera hardware. The primary camera could be the same as the Pixel 6, a Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor with 50 megapixels.
The Pixel 6a could have up to 128GB of internal storage and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Because the Pixel is all about the software, we expect it to ship with Android 12 out of the box, with software support lasting up to three years and security updates lasting up to five years.
At this time, neither the price nor the processor that will power the Pixel 6a are known.