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Ron Amadeo – Apr 13, 2022 4:57 pm UTC
As pointed out by Droid-Life, Google’s next midrange phone, the Pixel 6a, has popped up at the FCC.
What’s most surprising about the listing is the timing. The Pixel 6a’s April FCC arrival is the earliest we’ve seen for the A series in a long time. The Pixel 5a was listed at the FCC in July 2021 and launched a month later in August, while the Pixel 4a hit the FCC in June 2020 and was also released in August. The first Pixel A phone, the Pixel 3a, had a February FCC listing and launched at Google I/O in May. This year, Google’s (virtual) I/O event is May 11, 2022, so that day is currently the odds-on favorite release date for the phone.

The listing of four US models also points to a wide rollout, and we could see the phone land at several major carriers. Hopefully, this will translate to more international support as well. The Pixel 5a is only for sale in the US and Japan, presumably due to the worldwide chip shortage. The variety of listed models may indicate that Google has sorted out its stock issues and can go back to the more normal 13-country Pixel rollout.
We already know a lot about the Pixel 6a. The design leaked in November, and it showed Google continuing the excellent Pixel 6 design in the midrange model. The Pixel 6’s trademark camera bar stores the cameras while providing a solid base to rest on a table, avoiding the unstable wobbliness you get from an off-center camera bump. This will be the first Pixel A phone with an in-screen fingerprint reader, which will mark a big change from the rear capacitive fingerprint reader in previous models.

We’re simply looking at specs, but the Pixel 6a seems like it might be a little powerhouse of a phone, and it could even push people to reconsider buying the flagship Pixel 6. The Pixel 6a’s only big “downgrade” is its smaller 6.2-inch screen size, compared to the 90 Hz, 6.4-inch screen on the Pixel 6 and the 120 Hz, 6.7-inch screen on the Pixel 6 Pro. If the Pixel 6a display is 60 Hz (the refresh rate is not clear at the moment), that could be a major deciding factor. The other downgrade is the camera system, which only has two sensors, and the main camera is reportedly the tried-and-true 12.2-megapixel Sony IMX363, which was the primary camera on the Pixel 2, 3, 4, and 5. It should still be a great camera, though.
The Pixel A series is a fantastic buy if you’re searching for a no-frills Android phone. If the price is right, Google may have another winner on its hands.
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