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Google Pixel 6a: Google Camera app reveals a blend of Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 cameras with a Google Tensor SoC

The Pixel 6a will feature a blend of Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 hardware. (Image source: OnLeaks)
The Pixel 6a will feature a blend of Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 hardware. (Image source: OnLeaks)
Contrary to previous reports, the Pixel 6a will not feature a Snapdragon 778G or the ISOCELL GN1 from the Pixel 6 series. Instead, the Google Camera app has confirmed that Pixel 6a, 'bluejay' will launch with a mixture of Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 cameras, along with the Google Tensor SoC.
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Last month, Mishaal Rahman leaked camera configurations for two future Pixel devices. At the time, Rahman speculated that 'cloudripper' was a development board, seeing as it contains the Pixel 6 Pro's cameras. Google codenames the Pixel 6 Pro 'raven', for reference.

By contrast, Rahman was unsure what 'bluejay' was. Its reliance on Sony's IMX355, IMX363 and IMX386 cameras lead us to the notion that 'bluejay' could be a mid-range Pixel though, possibly the Pixel 6a. Subsequently, @OnLeaks leaked Pixel 6a renders that match Google's new design language for its Pixel smartphones.

Now, 9to5Google's 'APK Insight team' has discovered more references to the Pixel 6a and 'bluejay' in the Google Camera app. Reputedly, 9to5Google has verified Rahman's earlier findings. Hence, Google is developing the Pixel 6a with a 12.2 MP primary camera (IMX363), a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera (IMX386) and an 8 MP front-facing camera (IMX355).

In other words, the Pixel 6a will feature the primary and front-facing cameras from the Pixel 5. However, it will also contain the 12 MP ultra-wide that Google uses in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. In comparison, the Pixel 5 has a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle camera (IMX481), as does the Pixel 5a.

9to5Google also asserts that the Pixel 6a runs on the Google Tensor, which debuted in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The Pixel 6a is expected to launch with a 6.2-inch display too, although its release date remains unknown at this stage.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-11-24 (Update: 2021-11-24)