Leaked Google Pixel 6a promotional images show the phone ahead of launch

The Google Pixel 6a was announced at Google IO in May, but won’t go on sale until July. While we wait, more promotional images of the mid-range handset have been leaked, giving us more information on the hardware and software of the device.

These photos are courtesy of a well-known tipster Evan Blass (opens in a new tab) on Twitter, and they look exactly like you’d expect from official Google promotional photos. All three colors are on display – chalk (white), sage (green) and anthracite (grey) – and there are also lifestyle shots to peruse.

While the images don’t tell us anything we don’t know about these phones, there are plenty. If you’re planning on picking up a Google Pixel 6a in late July, these shots should keep you going until then.

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What we know

The Google Pixel 6a goes on sale July 28, with pre-orders opening a week before. It’ll set you back $449 / £399 / AU$749, and there’s a spec configuration, which gets you 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

It’s all powered by the same first-gen Tensor chipset that runs inside the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro, so performance should be top-notch. We also know that the phone will sport a 6.1-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 60Hz.

For cameras, Google opted for a 12.2MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the back, with an 8MP camera on the front for selfies. The battery capacity is 4,410mAh and you will be able to recharge it at a rate of 30W.

Analysis: Launch of Google’s slow-burning phone

Google took the somewhat unusual step of announcing the Pixel 6a and even the Google Pixel 7 well before they went on sale – and we’re not sure that’s a particularly good approach to take.

The company has a previous form for this. Remember when Google told us the Pixel 4a with 5G and Pixel 5 were coming, months before the phones went on sale. It was around the same time that the Google Pixel 4a was introduced to the world, so Google likes to announce phones in batches.

For one thing, it gives consumers plenty of warnings about what to expect. Money can be saved, plans can be made, and that means you won’t be surprised to buy an older handset days before a new one pops up out of the blue. Knowing more about what’s coming makes buying decisions easier.

However, that means phones can already look old and outdated by the time they can possibly be bought – and there’s a danger in showing your cards too soon. We’ll have to wait and see how successful the approach is in sales for the Pixel 6a.

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