Google I/O 2022

Google’s Pixel 6a seems like an unbeatable value

Google’s latest 5G Android smartphone costs $449 and packs so many features. It might just be the best phone value of the year.

Google’s Pixel 6a seems like an unbeatable value compared to iPhone SE 2022

After months of leaks, Google made the Pixel 6a official at Google I/O 2022. The phone comes out on July 28 with preorders starting on July 21.


There's just one model: 128GB storage + 6GB of RAM.

The phone comes in three colors: Charcoal, Chalk, and Sage.

The body is made of a “3D thermoformed composite back with tactile alloy frame.” Sure sounds like the coated metal that we saw on the Pixel 5.


The OLED display has a 2,400 x 1,080 resolution.

The Pixel 6a uses the same Google-designed Tensor chip inside of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Pixel 6a specs:

• Corning Gorilla 3 glass front

• 4,410 mAh battery

• 5G (mmWave and Sub-6 GHz)

• In-display fingerprint reader

• Stereo speakers

• IP67 water and dust resistance

• 5 years of Pixel updates

• No wireless charging

Unlike the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro that have 50-megapixel main cameras, the Pixel 6a has a 12.2-megapixel f/1.7 main lens and 12-megapixel ultrawide. The selfie camera is 8 megapixels.

Pretty much all of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro’s camera features are present including Night Sight, Cinematic Pan, Super Res Zoom, Face Unblur, and Magic Eraser. The only missing camera feature is Motion Mode.

Specs and feature-wise, the Pixel 6a seems to offer a lot of bang for buck. It makes the third-gen iPhone SE (2022) and its dated design look bad. The battle for the sub-$500 phone just got more interesting.

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