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Google Pixel 6a promises to improve the performance of the Pixel 6, but with a downgraded version of the camera

The upcoming Google Pixel 6a will reportedly be powered by the same Tensor chip as the Pixel 6, but will also mean a significant downgrade in the camera department.

According to leaked specs published 9to5GoogleThe next launch of a mid-range smartphone from Google and the successor to the Pixel 5a (which never arrived in the UK) will significantly boost performance thanks to Google’s dedicated Tensor chip. This should also ensure that new Tensor-enabled features such as Google Assistant voice input, Live HDR, and device translations are retained.

The Pixel 5a and Pixel 4a also boasted the same power as Google’s flagship phone at the time, the Pixel 5, with the same Snapdragon 765 chip. But the previous generation Pixel was never as flagship as the Pixel 6.

Conversely, the Google Pixel 6a, while very similar to the Pixel 6, cannot match the impressive camera capabilities of its flagship sibling. While the Pixel 6 features an impressive 50MP main camera sensor on the Samsung GN1, the Pixel 6a will apparently revert to the 12.2MP Sony IMX363 used in every previous Pixel phone since the Pixel 3.

The inclusion of this Tensor chip should result in some improvement in image quality, feature set, and shooting versatility over the Pixel 5a and Pixel 4a. But the Pixel 6a simply won’t be able to absorb as much light or display as many pixels as its big brother.

This is a bit of a shame, as these cheaper Pixel phones have always been able to more or less match their older brothers in picture quality. But then again, this can be seen as the inevitable result of Google’s great success with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Elsewhere, the Pixel 6a appears to have the same 12MP IMX386 ultra-wide camera and the same IMX355 8MP front camera as the Pixel 6.

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