Several rumors pointed to a May launch for Google’s next budget phone, Pixel 6a, and now new evidence has emerged that the launch is approaching.
Frequent tipster Mukul Sharma
says production of the Pixel 6a has begun in some Asian countries, all the more proof that the announcement is not far off.
Google is likely to unveil the phone during Google IO, which starts on May 11, although it may not go on sale until July 28. The phone could get a wider edition than the Pixel 5a, which was only available in the US and Japan.
The Pixel 6a is expected to reuse the Pixel 6 design, which means we can expect a horizontal camera strip and a central cutout to drill a hole. The phone is expected to have a 6.2-inch screen and smaller overall dimensions of the Pixel 6.
The handset will likely retain a 12.2 MP primary camera from its predecessor, but could get a 12 MP ultra-wide Pixel 6 module as well as its 8 MP selfie snapper. That could help it become best cheap phone of the year with camera.
The phone will reportedly run on the same internal Tensor chip as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro and leaked benchmark results suggest that Google has optimized the chip to improve performance. The SoC will likely be paired with at least 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The price is still unknown and it’s hard to guess whether the phone will cost more than the Pixel 5a, which sells for $ 449, as the Pixel 6a will have a flagship chip, a new design and better cameras.
With a competing Samsung Galaxy A53 costing $ 449 and a competing Apple iPhone SE 3 starting at $ 429, a higher starting price than the Pixel 5a could make the 6a uncompetitive, so Google could make some tough decisions.