Google Pixel 6a shows up at FCC, tipped to launch in May


It seems that the Google Pixel 6a has already passed through the FCC and will soon be available for purchase.

Google Pixel 6a tipped with faster display it needs
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You may not have to wait too long for the next generation of Google’s low-cost smartphone. According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission in the United States, the Pixel 6a has completed all of the required regulatory certifications, indicating that it will be available soon.

One type of the Pixel 6a supports mmWave-based 5G, while three others support sub-6GHz-based 5G, according to FCC documents seen by DroidLife. Both of these technologies are likely meant for Verizon’s 5G network, which in certain places is still running on high-speed mmWave 5G.


The timing of the FCC submission of the Pixel 6a is the most important aspect of the news. Most new phones are approved by the government a month or so before they go on sale. Last year, the Pixel 5a went through the FCC in July, almost a month before its August 2021 release date, much like that.

I/O 2022, Google’s annual developer conference, will take place on May 11 in San Francisco. As is customary at Google I/O, the Pixel 6a is expected to be unveiled during a keynote address on the first day of the conference.

Google has made similar announcements in the past. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic and supply chain concerns, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were unveiled at the 2019 Google I/O.


Assuming Google’s Pixel 6a shows up as planned next month, it will join the low-cost smartphone market at a very intriguing moment. Apple has recently unveiled a new iPhone SE with 5G connection and a single back lens, retaining the 2022 model’s solitary rear camera in place. The Galaxy A53, a phone that costs $449 like the Pixel 5a, is a step up in Samsung’s midrange game.

Competitive pressure may be putting pressure on Google for significant improvements with the Pixel 6a. The Pixel 6a is expected to use the same Tensor silicon as the Pixel 6 flagships, so Google may be able to deliver on that promise. While the iPhone SE’s 60Hz refresh rate is normal on the iPhone 6, a recent report claims the Pixel 6a’s display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz.

The Pixel 6a’s cameras are supposed to be among of the finest on a lower-cost phone thanks to Google’s typical assortment of computational photography-powered techniques. We won’t know until the Pixel 6a goes on sale whether or not it will be one of the greatest photography phones.


However, as we said in the beginning, the wait for the Pixel 6a seems to be coming to an end very soon.

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