Google is officially declaring the pixel 6A which embraces the agency’s latest design language and custom chipset but keeps the 5As $449 price tag. The announcement comes as Google kicks off its I/O developer conference but if you’re itching to snag the latest device you’ll have to wait a little while longer since it won’t actually ship until July 28th. The 6A follows the pronounced design trend that the 6 and 6 pros set when they arrived last year with a raised horizontal camera bump and a two-tone body. Following suit, the fingerprint sensor is under the screen rather than a=on the back panel. And there’s good news if you think the pixel 6 and 6 Pro are too big the 6a comes with a slightly smaller 6.1-inch OLED 1080p exhibit. It’s a standard 60 Hz refresh rate too so Google seems happy to let Samsung take the lead on fast refresh rate screens in midrange cell phones. Google calls it a gold screen but wouldn’t tell us what that means when we asked. While the design ethos is the same the pixel 6A offers less robust camera specs than the flagship 6 and 6 Pro. That’s a departure from previous A-series cell phones which offered the same camera hardware as their pricier counterparts. There’s also a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
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