Google’s budget Pixel 6a goes on sale July 28 for $449.

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Yes, the Pixel Watch is a thing. Google has no doubt gotten a little tired of its own sails (and possibly sales) by talking about a number of products we won’t see for months, and in one case, a year, but let’s focus on the here and now for a moment. Well, I think in a couple of months.

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Google’s budget Pixel 6a has just been announced with an arrival date at the end of July. The device was announced a little earlier this year than 2021 5adue to problems with the supply chain of this product. But the release more or less supports the semi-annual update cycle of Google’s flagship/budget devices.

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Also, remarkably, it retains its predecessor’s excellent price of $449. I say wonderful here because the product has received a significant number of updates from great pixel 6itself was a big step up from the Pixel 5.

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It starts with design. The phone borrows a lot from the excellent design of the Pixel 6, right down to the camera bar that runs through the back. The device is made of a metal frame (at the moment there is not much about materials other than this) and has the same adaptable design language of the Material Design software introduced in 6. The system is also equipped with the same tensor chip found in 6, combined with Google Titan M2 Security chip and 5G connectivity.

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In terms of software, the 6a carries over some of the best flagship camera features, including real tone for more realistic skin tones of various tones, low-light photography in Night Sight, and smart editing add-ons like Magic Eraser to remove objects. This feature gets a bit of bonus time with the ability to adjust the subject’s color – those in-camera editing features get awfully good.

Of course, dropping the entry-level price from the (already quite reasonable) $599 to $449 requires some compromises. The most obvious is downsizing the 6.4-inch screen to a 6.1-inch gOLED. Of course, some will likely be attracted to the smaller screen size anyway, which could prove to be an advantage over the admittedly very large Pixel 6. The system features a pair of rear cameras (primary and ultrawide), although the hardware has been downgraded. Meanwhile, the 8 GB of RAM in the 6 has been reduced to 6 GB. However, it still has the same 128GB of storage as the entry level 6.

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These budget devices have supported the Pixel line for a long time, even through rougher areas, so it’s no surprise that Google remains committed to this product. This is a reprieve from inflated flagship prices and entry into additional markets where cost can be a major deterrent to a purchase decision. Google still has a lot of work to do when it comes to increasing its market share after the current bucket fall, but at least the Pixel lineup is starting to take shape well.

The company seems to have done a great job cutting some corners here and there while still offering what looks like a great budget device. This includes a battery rated for 24 hours (or 72 if you really want to stretch the time with “Extreme Battery Saver”). I would argue that Google is at risk of destroying Pixel 6 devices before the fall Pixel 6 launch, but it’s still a win for consumers.

The 6a comes with the standard five years of security updates and Pixel Feature Drops every few months or so. It will be available in Charcoal, Chalk and Sage colors when available for pre-order on July 21st. It will be delivered in exactly one week.

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