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Google Pixel 6a: Leaker reports weaker than expected specifications ahead of anticipated Google I/O 2022 reveal

The Pixel 6a will continue with the Pixel 6 series' design language. (Image source: Techxine)
The Pixel 6a will continue with the Pixel 6 series' design language. (Image source: Techxine)
According to reports, the Pixel 6a will not feature as stellar specifications as some had hoped. The Pixel 6a is rumoured to be arriving later this week at Google I/O 2022, potentially with the Pixel Watch and a vanilla version of Wear OS 3 in tow.

Google is only a few days away from this year's I/O conference, where it is expected to unveil the Pixel 6a and even the Pixel Watch. Scheduled between May 11 and May 12, Google I/O 2022 should be the event where Google finally showcases a vanilla version of Wear OS 3, first teased at Google I/O 2021. According to @Shadow_Leak, the Pixel 6a will arrive with a few downgrades compared to earlier rumours.

Unsurprisingly, Google will stick with the Tensor GS101 SoC that it introduced with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. However, the leaker claims that the Pixel 6a will have a 6.2-inch and 1080p OLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, not 120 Hz. Arguably, this should hardly be surprising, considering that the Pixel 6 offers a 90 Hz refresh rate, too.

Moreover, @Shadow_Leak states that the Pixel 6a will rely on a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 25 W charging, not 4,800 mAh and 30 W, respectively. Elsewhere, the leaker now alleges that Google will only offer the Pixel 6a with 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of storage. The cameras from the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 series remain though, including Google's favoured Sony IMX363. Predictably, the Pixel 6a will launch with Android 12, although its actual release date has not leaked yet, nor has its firm pricing.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-05- 9 (Update: 2022-05- 9)