While Singaporeans aren’t as familiar with Google’s line of phones, the giant search company is expanding their portfolio of devices in the high-and-mid end market. This time, we get to be one of the first few people in the world to get our hands on Google Pixel 6A, their custom Tensor-powered mid-range phone at a rather attractive price tag.
Specs wise, the Pixel 6A inherits the Tensor processor that’s running in the current Pixel 6 and Pro line. It’s comparable to Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100, and Google decided to get its hands dirty by developing this processor themselves.
Inheriting a great processor in a budget option is kinda reminiscent of Apple’s strategy with the iPhone SE- change little to nothing about the form factor but give it the best processor available.
To keep to its $750 price tag, some sacrifices were made; for one, it’s screen size is 6.1-inch with a 1080p AMOLED display running at 60Hz. Coupled with a huge 4410mAh battery and 30W fast charger (not included) using a compatible PPS GaN Charger like this one, this may be a marathon of a battery life for light to medium users.
There’s just 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, which isn’t a lot but hey, the under-display fingerprint sensor is new! There were reports that the current generation of fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 lineup was sub-par so this may be a much-needed improvement.
In addition, the 6A will carry the same sensor that’s found on the previous flagship Pixel 4. Admittedly, this is re-using older tech but with Google’s excellent engineering in their software with features like Night Sight, Real Tone, and Magic Eraser, it should be okay. (We’re hoping to get a review unit in, so if anyone @ Google is reading this, do reach out!)
If you’re interested in getting one yourself, Shopee and Challenger are running pre-order promos that offer cashback or other forms of returns.
On Shopee, UOB cardholders can get up to $50 cashback for the first 240 purchasers while other promos include cashback of up to 5%!
If you’re a Challenger member, pre-orders will net you a free Fitbit Charge 5 and $14 cashback. Promotion for this is valid from 21st July to 31st July.