The Pixel 6a is evolving into one Mostly promising Smartphone releases of the year. With a flagship-class system on a chip and a price tag of $450, it looks like Google is making a credible attack on the iPhone SE. Since Thursday’s announcement, a few more details have emerged that didn’t make it into the keynote.
First of all, the Pixel 6a will be Google’s widest smartphone release ever by far. Remember that Pixel 5a’s version was Google’s the smallest ever, Launched in only two countries, the US and Japan. Google’s Support page for available devices was updated Thursday, and the Pixel 6a is back in the usual 13 Pixel launch countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
But wait! There’s more: Google also says the Pixel will be 6a come to India to 14 countries later this year. That’s a new record for Google’s comparative small (Apple and Samsung ship in over 100 countries) phone hardware operations. India is an odd choice as it is one of the most competitive global smartphone markets. Google needs to drop the price of the Pixel 6a significantly to be competitive there. We don’t know the Indian price yet, but check out the replies to this tweet announcing it which is full of Indian consumers who are already ripping the phone for its assumed $450 price point and it’s “only” 60Hz. It’s going to be a tough fight.
The second piece of news comes from Android Centralwhich has been confirmed by Google that the Pixel 6a will not use the same fingerprint sensor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Some people had a ton of issues with the Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor, calling it slow and unreliable (although the version on our model Looks good) and Google sent several patches trying to fix the ailments. The hope is that the new fingerprint reader will be faster and more reliable.
Overall, Google seems to be making the right moves with this phone. The final verdict will come when the phone launches in July.