Monday, November 28, 2022

Pixel 6a: This is where Google cut to make this smartphone ‘affordable’

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Google has outdone itself this year with the Pixel 6 series and its way of letting the smartphone world know that the Pixel can be much more than just a phone that takes really good pictures.

Over the years, the Xa in the Pixel series has been a fan favorite for the most obvious reason. You get the flagship experience at a budget price – stock Android, security updates for extended periods and of course the camera. But this year things are a little different.

Google’s flagships from this year, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — priced at $599 and $899 respectively — are devices that are poised to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, especially with the new Google Tensor chip. Along with performance-wise and the camera setup with an upgraded 50MP sensor, an upgrade from the previous 12MP in its predecessors.

It is this year’s focus on the Tensor chip that has created a rift between the Pixel 6/6 Pro and Pixel 6a. While flagships are moving towards a premium price point, it looks like the Pixel 6a is still stuck in the past. The predecessors of the “affordable smartphone” had the same sensors as their flagship counterparts but this year, the case is different. The Pixel 6a has the same sensors used in the Pixel 5, Pixel 4 and even the Pixel 3. And it gets worse.

AMOLED displays with HDR10+ and a refresh rate of 90 Hz (adaptive 120 Hz on the Pixel 6 Pro) have been replaced by OLED panels with HDR and a 60 Hz refresh rate, which is kind of a bummer for a smartphone in 2022 . 43,999 rupees ($449). The Pixel 6a also replaces the glass with plastic, leaving no room for wireless charging, and the Gorilla Glass Victus on the front is replaced with Gorilla Glass 3.

The device has the smallest battery of the three at 4,400mAh, but for the 6.1-inch display, Google is claiming more than 24 hours of battery life on a single charge. The charging speed has also come down from 30W to 18W. Another corner the company has cut is the waterproofing at IP67 as compared to IP68 in the other two.

The budget smartphone is believed to be available only in 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant in India and is the first device to be officially launched by Google in three years. So, as much as it is a delight for Pixel loyalists, they also don’t have many options. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro start at around Rs 60,000 on Amazon, but without warranty, as the models are imported and not meant for the Indian market.

The Pixel 6a is a good device, no doubt, and it might last you longer with guaranteed five years of security updates, but is it worth Rs 43,999? Not necessary. Smartphone companies are so concerned with providing a “flagship” experience that the market is full of devices with competing specifications at every price range.

The Samsung Galaxy A73 and OnePlus 9RT 5G offer a better user experience at almost the same price, starting with the larger AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate.

Normally, this would have been a game-changing camera for the Pixel A series at a decent price to sell like hot cakes, but since things are different this time around, it will be interesting to see how the device performs in the market after two years. . interval. The Pixel 6a is available for pre-order and will go on sale on Flipkart from July 28.

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