Pixel 6a and Pixel Watch delays emerge with a two-month hold up for Google's next mid-range smartphone ↺
According to Jon Prosser, Google has delayed the release of the Pixel 6a, its next mid-range smartphone. Incidentally, the Pixel 6a could also be the first mid-range Pixel smartphone to launch in markets like India and Europe since the Pixel 4a. Google only sells the Pixel 5a in Japan and the US for reference.
Previously, the Pixel 6a was expected to launch in May, potentially with the Pixel Watch. However, Prosser now claims that the Pixel 6a has slipped until late July. While he has not provided many details about a new launch date, Prosser states that the ongoing chip shortage has put an end to its hopes of releasing the Pixel 6a in May. Reputedly, Google plans to equip the Pixel 6a with its first-generation Tensor SoC, the same one used in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
By contrast, Prosser thinks that the Pixel Watch is still scheduled for May 26, at least for the time being. Yet, he adds that his source 'believes it could soon be pushed as well'. Presumably, Google will not showcase Wear OS 3 without the Pixel Watch too, despite teasing it at last year's I/O conference. Allegedly, the Pixel Watch will arrive in at least three colours, all with 32 GB of storage and a customised Exynos SoC or the upcoming Snapdragon Wear 5100.