The Pixel 6a could be back on for a May announcement at Google I/O 2022
Jon Prosser claims that Google has changed its plans again regarding the launch of the Pixel 6a and Pixel Watch. As we have discussed separately, Prosser now expects Google to release the Pixel Watch alongside the Pixel 7 series, thought to consist of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Purportedly, Google has scheduled an October hardware event, as it does most years.
However, the release of the Pixel Watch may not be as straightforward as the Pixel 7 or the Pixel 7 Pro. Apparently, Google will use this year's I/O developer conference to tease the Pixel Watch, which will run between May 11 and May 12. Additionally, Prosser believes that Google will also announce the Pixel 6a at the conference, the company's next mid-range smartphone.
Unfortunately, he is sticking to the notion that the Pixel 6a will not reach shelves until July. Specifically, Prosser asserts that the Pixel 6a will not launch in most markets until July 28, over two months before the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro's arrival. Reputedly, the Pixel 6a could debut for as little as US$499.99 in the US and £399 in the UK, which would make it more expensive than the Pixel 3a or the Pixel 4a.
For reference, the Pixel 5a initially launched for US$449 in the US, but Google decided against selling it in the UK. Based on Prosser's information, Google could release the Pixel 6a in more markets than the Pixel 5a, possibly as many as the Pixel 4a. Reportedly, the Pixel 6a will feature a 60 Hz display, a first-generation Google Tensor SoC and three Sony cameras, the IMX355, IMX363 and IMX386.