The Google Pixel 6a is the new affordable smartphone from the Mountain View company. It is currently on pre-order at the majority of French e-tailers, with Pixel Buds A-Series offered for those who will crack before the official release.
After a Pixel 4a which is a bit dated now and a Pixel 5a which has never been released in France, Google is officially launching its Pixel 6a in France. This new affordable smartphone takes the best elements from the brand’s current flagships and makes smart concessions to lower the final bill. It’s the right compromise of the moment if you want a high-performance smartphone, good at photography and pleasant in the hand.
Where to pre-order the Google Pixel 6a?
Only one model exists for the Google Pixel 6a, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. However, there are several colors: Galet, Coal et Sage. It is sold at the recommended retail price of 459 euros at the majority of French e-tailers (Amazon, Cdiscount, Fnac, Darty, Boulanger, etc.). And until launch, July 27, 2022, the Mountain View company is offering you free wireless headphones, the Pixel Buds A-Series.
The champion of photography for less than 500 €
The Google Pixel 6a generally takes the same design as its high-end elder, with an identical photo block on the back, finally at first sight. Indeed, the composition of the module is not really the same, since this affordable version of the Google smartphone has a main sensor of 12.2 megapixels and not 50 megapixels. The second is a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, the same as on the Pixel 6.
Obviously, the quality of the shots is there, especially with an excellent rendering on its Portrait mode or its Night Vision. But the top of the top is that the 6a embeds the same algorithms as the flagships and offers the same practical features, such as erasing elements in the background or blurring moving faces.
The Google Tensor chip responds present
Since last year, Google has wanted to make smartphones designed entirely by it, from software to components. From there was born the Google Tensor, a chip that focuses on artificial intelligence to offer new features with Google services. We can cite instant translation in offline mode or the many possibilities in photography, for example.
The performance is high, which will allow you to do everything you want smoothly with this smartphone which runs natively on Android 12, but Google’s in-house SoC is not optimized for gaming. Fortnite launches in epic mode at 30 fps, but expect some framerate drops and a fairly pronounced heat-up after a long session.
In comparison with the Pixel 6, we can already say that the format is much more contained. Indeed, we go from a 6.5 inch screen to only 6.1 inches on the 6a. We can’t yet say that Google is definitely returning to compact smartphones, but it has the merit of offering the general public a more manageable and above all lightweight device: only 178 grams. The panel still benefits from OLED technology with a Full HD + display (here 2,400 x 1,080 pixels). However, the refresh rate is stuck at 60Hz.
The battery housed inside the Pixel 6a is a bit smaller than that of the Pixel 6, with 4,410 mAh compared to 4,614 mAh. Already the flagship of the brand was not the most autonomous smartphone on the market, it is even less the case with this new cheaper reference. The latter can still last a whole day if your use is moderate, but do not expect to go until the evening if you have played and / or watched videos for a long time. Fast charging is only 18W and that’s quite slow compared to the competition, especially since the power supply isn’t included in the box. Moreover, wireless charging is not part of it.
To find out even more, do not hesitate to read our complete test on the Google Pixel 6a or watch the video below.
To compare the Pixel 6a with others
In order to get an overview of what the competition is offering in the same price bracket, we invite you now to consult our guide to the best smartphones under 500 euros in 2022.
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