The Pixel 6a is shaping up to be one of the most 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 about to take a credible swipe at 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 introduced in only two countries, the US and Japan. Google’s device availability support page was updated Thursday, and the Pixel 6a is back in the usual Pixel 13 launch countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan , United Kingdom, and United States.
But wait! There’s more: Google also says the Pixel will be 6a come to India later this year in 14 countries. That’s a new record for Google’s comparatively small (Apple and Samsung ship in over 100 countries) phone hardware operation. 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 Central, which has received confirmation from Google that the Pixel 6a will not use the same fingerprint sensor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Some people had major issues with the Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor, calling it slow and unreliable (although the version on our model Looks good) and Google shipped several patches trying to fix the complaints. 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.