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Google Pixel 6a: A compact pixel phone

Google introduced Pixel 6 and 6 Pro a few months back. And now, we have received a cheaper alternative to those phones – Pixel 6a. It comes in a new design with a tensor chip. It was launched last week in an I/O event where we also got to see Google Pixel Buds Pro. However, that’s another story. In this post, we will discuss the specs, features, availability, and the expected price of Google Pixel 6a in Nepal.

Google Pixel 6a Overview

Display and Design

Starting with the design, Google Pixel 6 flaunts a 6.1-inch FHD OLED panel with a 60Hz dynamic refresh rate. It boasts 16 million colors with HDR content. The screen gets its protection from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 at the front and plastic at the back. This setup is embedded in an aluminum frame. Further, it has a 1080×2400-pixel capacity and the PPI density remains 429. Above the display, there is a center-aligned punch-hole cutout that holds the front-facing camera.

Google Pixel 6a Display and Design

Google Pixel 6 weighs 178 grams and the dimension is 152.2×71.8×8.9mm. The device is also IP67 certified for dust or water resistivity. Google claims that it can resist up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes. It also has a two-toned design and a horizontal camera island. There are three color options available for the handset – Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage. Moreover, the frame here is metallic, and the fingerprint sensor lies beneath the display.

Performance and Memory

The new Pixel phone is powered up with Google Tensor System on a Chip (SoC) based on a 5nm manufacturing process. It integrates an octa-core CPU which divides into two Cortex-X1 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at the speed of 2.80GHz, 2.25GHz, and 1.80GHz respectively. Likewise, the graphics depart is handled by Arm’s Mali-G78 MP20. In addition, it also has the Titan M2 security chip.

Google Pixel 6a Chipset

As per memory, there is a single configuration – 6/128GB of UFS 3.1 and cannot be expanded with a microSD card slot or anything. On the software front, it comes with Android 12 out-of-the-box. However, we have confirmed that this will be the earliest receiver of Android 13 with five years of security updates.

Camera and Audio

Moving on to optics, there is a dual-camera setup at the back of the Google Pixel 6a. There is a 12.2MP primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and 1.4-microns pixel capacity. It supports dual-pixel PDAF and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Completing the setup is a 12MP ultrawide lens with a 114-degrees field of view. It has 1.25 microns of pixel capacity. The phone also features a Dual-LED flash while the cameras have the Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, and panorama mode. The video support is up to 4K resolution with 30/60 frames per second. The video mode also has gyro-EIS and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

Google Pixel 6a Cameras

Upfront, there is an 8MP selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12 microns pixel capacity. However, it can only shoot 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. Further, there is a loudspeaker integrating stereo speakers. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Battery and Extras

Fueling the device is a medium Li-Po 4,410mAh battery cell with an 18W fast charging capacity. The battery life is up to 24 hours which can be extended up to 72 hours in an Extreme Battery Save mode. Moreover, there is a USB Power Delivery 3.0 while the charging is done via USB Type-C 3.1. Likewise, there is an optical under-display fingerprint sensor for biometrics which also includes a software-based face unlock system.

Other sensors are an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer. For connectivity, there is Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS), and NFC. Lastly, there are some pre-loaded features like Live Caption and Live Translate on the device.

Google Pixel 6a Specifications

  • Body: 71.8 x 152.2 x 8.9mm, 178 gm
  • Display: 6.1-inches OLED panel, 60Hz refresh rate, HDR, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, 429 PPI
  • Chipset: Google Tensor (5nm Mobile Platform), Titan M2 security coprocessor
  • Memory: 6GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software: Android 12
  • Rear Camera: Dual (LED flash);
    – 12.2MP, f/1.7 primary sensor, OIS
    – 12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 114º FOV
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0 sensor (punch-hole cutout)
  • Audio: Stereo speaker setup
  • Security: In-display fingerprint sensor (optical)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Barometer, Gyro, Magnetometer, Proximity
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) with 2.4/5/6GHz, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / QZSS, USB Type-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Battery: 4,410mAh with 18W fast charging
  • Color: Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage
Google Pixel 6a Color Options

Google Pixel 6a Price in Nepal

The new Google Pixel 6a is now official in the Global market where its price is USD 449 for the 6/128GB version and if it ever launches in Nepal, its price should be around NPR 70,000. They will start the sale in more than ten countries starting from July 28.

ModelGoogle Pixel 6a price in the USGoogle Pixel 6a price in Nepal (expected)
Google Pixel 6a (6/128GB)USD 449NPR 70,000

Also Read:Google Pixel: A brief look at June Feature Drop

Pragya Sapkota
Pragya Sapkota
I am a tech content writer at Youtech Nepal who loves travelling and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Just looking for the light in life!!!

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