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Pixel 6a: Here is where Google cut corners in order to make this smartphone cost as little as possible


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 22 Jul, 2022

This year, Google has outdone itself with the Pixel 6 series, which is their way of telling the world that the Pixel has so much more to offer than a camera phone.

There's an obvious reason why the Pixel Xa is a fan favourite. You get a flagship experience at a budget price, complete with stock Android, security updates for a long time, and a great camera. But things are a bit different this year.

This year's flagships from Google, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are priced at $599 and $899 separately and are set to compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung, especially in terms of performance with the new Google Tensor chip and 50MP camera sensors, versus 12MP in their predecessors.

This year's focus on the Tensor chip has caused a rift between the Pixel 6/6 Pro and the Pixel 6a. There is a noticeable shift in price points among flagships, whereas the Pixel 6a appears to be stuck in the past.

There was a previous generation of affordable smartphones with the same sensors as their flagship counterparts, but this year it is a different story. Unlike Pixel 5, Pixel 4, and even Pixel 3, the Pixel 6a utilizes the same sensors. It gets worse and worse.

An AMOLED display with HDR10+ and a refresh rate of 90 Hz was swapped out for an OLED panel with HDR and a 60 Hz refresh rate, which is somewhat disappointing for a smartphone priced at $449 in 2022.

The Pixel 6a also replaces the glass back with a plastic one, eliminating wireless charging, and the Gorilla Glass Victus on the front is replaced with Gorilla Glass 3.

Google claims that the device's 6.1-inch display will last over 24 hours on a single charge despite having the smallest battery among the three at 4,400 mAh.

Additionally, the charging speed has been reduced from 30 W to 18 W. Another cut has been made in the waterproofing with IP67 compared to IP68 on previous models. Google has officially launched its first device in three years, the supposedly budget smartphone with 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage.

In spite of the fact that Pixel loyalists may appreciate it more than anything else, they also have fewer options. Since the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are imported and not intended for the Indian market, the models do not come with a warranty.

The Pixel 6a is a great device, with a five-year warranty and security updates included. But is the price tag of $550.57 worth it? No, not really. Since smartphone companies strive to deliver 'flagship' products at every price point, there are tons of devices out there with competitive specifications.

Pixel A series is usually known for its game-changing cameras at a decent price, but things are different this time around, so it will be interesting to see how the device performs in the market after a two-year gap. Google's Pixel 6a will go on sale on Flipkart on July 28. You can preorder it now.

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