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Here is the Pixel 6a: the best smartphone at a low price?

Google used the Google I/O 2022 to launch a new smartphone: the Pixel 6a. The device slightly evolves the design of the other Pixel 6 in a slightly more compact format (6.1″) and three colours: sage, pebble and charcoal. On the photo side we have three 8+12.2+12 Mp sensors (selfie, main and ultra-wide angle). You didn’t get the Pixel 5a in France, so you will get its successor.

For only 459 euros – it has the same price in dollars that Google asked for the Pixel 5a – the firm offers the same hardware platform on this model as the Pixel 6. The device therefore inherits 5G with mmWave compatibility, and a very powerful Tensor chip (supported by a Titan M2 security chip), with very advanced AI and image processing capabilities.

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Pixel 6a: Google makes surprisingly few compromises

The Pixel 6a’s casing is very similar to the design language of other Pixel 6s. Note, however, a thinner headband and a slight cutout around the photo sensors. The design evokes in passing that of the next Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, of which Google briefly showed images, just to give leakers a little less work.

Model “a” obliges, this Pixel 6a limits costs by leaving out some features that remain exclusive to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. For example, the screen definition is Full HD+ and the panel offers a rather classic 60 Hz refresh rate.

Finally, we must also give up on the excellent 50 Mp sensor of the Pixel 6. The disappearance of the jack will also be a bad surprise for some. But for everything else, Google promises 5 years of security updates + 3 years of major updates. All in configuration 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

The Google Pixel 6a will be available for pre-order on the Google Store from July 21. The smartphone should arrive in France in stores on July 28 at a price of 459 euros.

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Google took advantage of the event to unveil its response to Apple’s AirPods Pro. The Pixel Buds Pro, available in coral, mist, charcoal, and lime green colors are equipped with active noise reduction called Silent Seal. They also have a Transparency mode to hear ambient sounds. And they respond directly to the “Hey Google” voice command.

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Google announces up to 31 hours of autonomy as well as wireless charging. The Pixel Buds Pro will be available in France this summer for €219.

At last, Google has unveiled its long-awaited Pixel Watch. The future rival of the Apple Watch will sport a round dial and silicone bracelets (in their standard version). It will be marketed at the same time as the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro at an as yet unknown price. See you this fall.

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