What’s most stunning concerning the itemizing is the timing. The Pixel 6a’s April FCC arrival is the earliest we have seen for the A collection in a very long time. The Pixel 5a was listed on the FCC in July 2021 and launched a month later in August, whereas the Pixel 4a hit the FCC in June 2020 and was additionally launched in August. The primary Pixel A cellphone, the Pixel 3a, had a February FCC itemizing and launched at Google I/O in Could. This yr, Google’s (digital) I/O occasion is Could 11, 2022, in order that day is presently the odds-on favourite launch date for the cellphone.
There are 4 totally different fashions on the FCC, with just one unit having mmWave performance. mmWave provides $50-$100 to the value of a cellphone and has virtually no real-world use as a result of carriers haven’t rolled out mmWave to many locations. Given the immense value of mmWave, we would relatively save the cash.
The itemizing of 4 US fashions additionally factors to a large rollout, and we may see the cellphone land at a number of main carriers. Hopefully, this can translate to extra worldwide assist as effectively. The Pixel 5a is just for sale within the US and Japan, presumably because of the worldwide chip scarcity. The number of listed fashions might point out that Google has sorted out its inventory points and may return to the extra regular 13-country Pixel rollout.
We already know lots concerning the Pixel 6a. The design leaked in November, and it confirmed Google persevering with the superb Pixel 6 design within the midrange mannequin. The Pixel 6’s trademark digital camera bar shops the cameras whereas offering a stable base to relaxation on a desk, avoiding the unstable wobbliness you get from an off-center digital camera bump. This would be the first Pixel A cellphone with an in-screen fingerprint reader, which can mark a giant change from the rear capacitive fingerprint reader in earlier fashions.
The Pixel 6 is the primary cellphone with a Google-made SoC, the Tensor, and a report from 9to5Google in November stated the Pixel 6a would additionally ship with a Tensor chip. In March, a Geekbench itemizing for a Pixel 6a popped up; it confirmed a Google Tensor SoC and 6GB of RAM. The rating and frequencies are similar to the costlier Pixel 6, indicating that it is the similar Tensor chip, which might make for a severely aggressive midrange cellphone.
We’re merely specs, however the Pixel 6a looks as if it may be just a little powerhouse of a cellphone, and it may even push individuals to rethink shopping for the flagship Pixel 6. The Pixel 6a’s solely large “downgrade” is its smaller 6.2-inch display measurement, in comparison with the 90 Hz, 6.4-inch display on the Pixel 6 and the 120 Hz, 6.7-inch display on the Pixel 6 Professional. If the Pixel 6a show is 60 Hz (the refresh fee is just not clear in the mean time), that could possibly be a significant deciding issue. The opposite downgrade is the digital camera system, which solely has two sensors, and the principle digital camera is reportedly the tried-and-true 12.2-megapixel Sony IMX363, which was the first digital camera on the Pixel 2, 3, 4, and 5. It ought to nonetheless be a terrific digital camera, although.
The Pixel A collection is a implausible purchase when you’re looking for a no-frills Android cellphone. If the value is correct, Google might have one other winner on its arms.