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Google has officially announced the Google Pixel 6a

Google gets back to launching smartphones at Google I/O after two years of skipping them.

Published onMay 11, 2022

  • At Google I/O 2022, Google launched the newest Pixel: the Google Pixel 6a.
  • As expected, the phone looks like a Pixel 6 but cuts out some features to keep the price low.
  • You’ll be able to pre-order the phone on July 21 for $449.

Today is the first day of Google I/O 2022. Over the past two years, Google has kept I/O free of smartphone announcements, with the original Google Pixel 3a being the last phone we saw at the event.

That changes now! Today, May 11, 2022, Google announced the Google Pixel 6a — its first smartphone launch at the event since 2019.

See also: All Google Pixel phones released so far

As expected, the Google Pixel 6a looks a lot like the Pixel 6. It has the same overall design, a flat display, and a similar camera setup. Its 6.1-inch display is a little smaller than the Pixel 6’s, and it only has a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s also only covered with Gorilla Glass 3.

Shortcuts like these keep the price of the Google Pixel 6a lower than the Pixel 6. Elsewhere, the phone has 6GB of RAM instead of 8GB, a 4,306mAh battery instead of 4,600mAh, and the same camera sensors as the Google Pixel 5a rather than the upgraded sensors of the Pixel 6.

However, the phone does come with Google Tensor under the hood, which is the same processor as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. This should make the phone quite the performer.

The Google Pixel 6a will be available for pre-order starting July 21. It will cost $449 for the only variant which has 128GB of internal storage. If you don’t care to pre-order, you can pick one up for general sale starting on July 28. It will be available in the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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