Until July 27, this affordable smartphone is available for pre-order with a pair of Pixel Buds A-Series offered.
Like its predecessor the Pixel 5a, it has the advantage of taking over a large part of the technical characteristics of the model on which it is based, namely the Pixel 6.
Its design is also strongly inspired by this hump of cameras on the back, which has become emblematic on Pixel smartphones.
The power of Pixel 6
One of the main strengths of the Pixel 6a is its performance. It is indeed powered by the same processor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, namely the Tensor chip, designed in particular to improve AI management, for performance, but also security. The latter is also reinforced by a Titan M2 chip. The SoC is supported by 6 GB of RAM.
In terms of connectivity, the Pixel 6a is quite complete since it is compatible with 5G (including mmWave), Wi-Fi 6e, as well as Bluetooth 5.2.
At the same time, Google indicates an autonomy of 24 hours allowed by a 4400 mAh battery supporting 18 W charging.
A compromise on the photo
The major difference between the Pixel 6a and the base 6 series is mainly in the camera. Indeed, this new affordable mobile has a dual 12 Mpx sensor, including a main Sony IMX363 associated with an optical image stabilizer and a secondary dedicated to ultra wide-angle shooting (Sony IMX386). It still takes over multiple features of the Pixel 6 such as the magic eraser or the Real Tone. Up front, the selfie camera tops out at 8MP.
For the record, the Pixel 6 offers a main sensor of 50 Mpx and an ultra wide-angle of 12 Mpx.
In order to enjoy the photos and videos thus produced, the newcomer is equipped with a 6.1-inch FHD + OLED screen. It offers a 20:9 format display and a standard refresh rate of 60 Hz. Like its counterpart, it benefits through Android 12 from Material You, a theme automatically harmonized with the colors of the wallpaper.
The Pixel 6a is therefore now available for pre-order before the official sales launch on July 28. It is marketed in Pebble, Charcoal and Sage colors at a price of 459 euros with 128 GB of storage. And until August 1, a pair of Pixel Buds A-Series wireless headphones are offered
Google: automatic connection between devices arrives on the Pixel Buds Pro
Unveiled during the last edition of Google I/O last May, the automatic connection function is coming to Android. The search engine has announced that its AirPods Pro Pixels Buds Pro, which will be available at the very end of the month, will be compatible. The technology will also appear on some of Sony’s and JBL’s audio products in the coming weeks.
As on iOS, this automatic connection allows audio to be automatically switched between devices when the need arises. Google gives the example of a user watching a movie on his tablet, and who receives a phone call on his smartphone: by touching the notification of the incoming call, the headphones connect to the phone. No more fiddling around with Android settings.
This feature is built on the simplified Fast Pair pairing system. Google also announces that it will be possible to connect up to two pairs of Bluetooth headphones or headsets on the same device. And during its developer conference, the group also promised support for dynamic head tracking for compatible headphones. Functions that have entered the daily lives of millions of AirPods users.
Headsets and headphones will be able to automatically switch between multiple Android devices
Last January, Google announced a whole bunch of new audio features for headphones and earphones connected to an Android smartphone. Innovations detailed last May, during the Google I / O, among which we can mention the automatic switching of sources. As Google prepares to launch its Pixel Buds Pro, which will be among the first to take advantage of this function, the firm details in more detail how this switch works.
On Thursday July 21, Google posted a blog post detailing the experience that will be offered on the brand’s headphones – and on all future headphones and headphones taking advantage of the new function integrated into Android. “We’re launching our audio switching technology that reduces frustration and gives you more control over your audio experience as you switch devices throughout the day,” Google said.
Concretely, this experience could be closer to multipoint Bluetooth, which already allows you to connect simultaneously to several Android devices. However, unlike this function, the headphones will not connect to two sources at the same time, but switch from connecting to a smartphone to connecting to a tablet, for example. A way to ensure that it is always the right source that takes control, like what Apple already offers with its own AirPods 3, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.
A SWITCH DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THE SOUND EMITTED
To do this, Google will in fact go through its Fast Pair protocol, already integrated into many headphones and earphones and which already allows a fast connection when switching on – without having to dig into the Bluetooth settings – as well as linking headphones or earphones to your Google account:
Our audio switching technology leverages Fast Pair to use contextual information about what you’re listening to to switch audio based on your actions. We have more categories that are categorized to determine how to prioritize sound between phone calls, media, and any sounds your device might be making. For example, if you’re watching a video on your tablet and you receive a notification on your phone, your headphones won’t switch to your phone. But if you receive a call, the audio will switch.
Nevertheless, Google specifies that this automatic failover feature will only be integrated into Android devices, whether smartphones or tablets. To take advantage of automatic failover with a Windows laptop, for example, the headphones or earphones will also have to benefit from multipoint Bluetooth.
Google specifies that this functionality will be automatically integrated into future Google Pixel Buds Pro, which are scheduled for release on July 28. In addition, it will also be integrated into “a selection” of Sony and JBL headphones and earphones in the coming weeks.
The new Google Pixel 6a is already at a sacrificed price at SFR
All new, all beautiful, all stored. Starting today, you can pre-order Google’s latest smartphone. After its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro last fall. Like Samsung’s “FE” smartphones, the Google Pixel 6a is a more affordable version while keeping most of the features of its big brother.
Not even released yet, the Google Pixel 6a is already taking advantage of a phenomenal offer at SFR to celebrate its release. By choosing the right mobile plan, the new Google smartphone drops to just 1 euro (+ 3 euros per month) with, as a bonus, the Google Buds A-Series wireless headphones offered.
Google Pixel 6a, the smartphone that has it all
Google continues to work hard to offer ever more premium smartphones worthy of the name, without asking you to crack your PEL. Thus, the Google Pixel 6a acquires a mstunning 6.1 inch OLED display with a refresh rate of up to 60Hz, so you can enjoy your favorite series and movies to the fullest.
With its homemade Tensor chip, the Google Pixel 6a achieves interesting performance. Everything is fast and everything is fluid. Applications open quickly and multitasking does not scare him. But Google stands out with stunning battery life. Thanks to its battery with a capacity of 4410 mAh, the Google Pixel 6a accompanies you for 24 hours for standard use with a 5G connection. If you have more moderate use and activate ultra power saving mode, Google promises you 72 hours of battery life. You will be able to do things with your new phone!
To immortalize the moments that matter to you, you can count on its dual camera with a 12.2 megapixel wide-angle main sensor and a 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor. Thanks to Real Tone™, your photos are of high quality but above all faithful to reality.
First tests of the Pixel 6a: three reasons to fall for Google’s “affordable” smartphone
The Google Pixel 6a passed through the test grill of 01Lab, the test laboratory of 01net.com. The opportunity to compare it to its elders and direct competitors. Here we present three points on which the Pixel 6a stands out from its opponents and could already seduce you.