Nov 20th, 2021

Ever since Google introduced its “A Series” of Pixel devices, these phones largely retain the same design as their more expensive counterparts. Thanks to @OnLeaks and 91mobiles, we are getting our first look at the Pixel 6a, confirming that Google will continue this trend moving forward.

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have only been available for less than a month, so we aren’t expecting a 6a to make its debut anytime soon. However, that doesn’t mean that the device isn’t already in Google’s pipeline for 2022. Thanks to these new renders, we can see that you might end up having a hard time discerning the Pixel 6a from the Pixel 6.

With the unique camera visor on the back and two-tone finish, the Pixel 6a retains much of what we like about the Pixel 6 series. But those who have been asking for a smaller Pixel 6 might just be in luck, as this latest leak also shared some of the key specs for this upcoming device:

  • 6.2-inch OLED display (flat)
  • Hole-punch selfie camera
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Dual rear cameras
  • ~152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage

There are still some key details that are unknown, such as what cameras Google will use with the Pixel 6a. It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the primary 50MP lens from the Pixel 6 makes its way to the 6a, as Google has a tendency of recycling cameras with new device releases. We also don’t know what processor will be at the helm, as Google could rely on one of Qualcomm’s mid-range chipsets. But this would also be the perfect time to debut a mid-range (or even budget version) of its Tensor chip.

Looking at these renders, there is one surprising omission and that’s the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only reason why this takes us off guard is because of the advertising campaign that Google introduced with the Pixel 5a. The company released a very Jony Ive-esque commercial that highlighted the headphone jack and all of its usefulness. But I guess Google has decided it will “get with the times”, releasing yet another device that omits this useful port.

Unfortunately, there’s no mention as to when the Pixel 6a could be unveiled, as the Pixel 5a was only just released in August. But perhaps now that the Pixel 6 is out of the way, Google can focus on getting back to a regular phone release schedule.

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