Google Pixel 6a goes on sale in India today: should you buy it?

Pixel 6a India price starts at Rs 43,999.

Highlights
  • Google Pixel 6a will be on sale from today via Flipkart.
  • The handset is priced at Rs 43,999 and there’s a Rs 4,000 Axis bank discount.
  • Key specifications include Tensor chipset, a 60Hz AMOLED display, Android 12 OS, and 128GB storage.

Google Pixel 6a launched in India last week after debuting at the I/O 2022 developer’s conference. The handset will be on sale in the country starting today. It comes with a centre-positioned punch-hole cutout for the selfie snapper, symmetrical bezels on all corners for an immersive viewing experience, dual cameras on the back arranged in a horizontal stripe similar to the Google Pixel 6 series from last year, and an in-display fingerprint sensor for security.

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Key specifications include a Tensor chipset, a 60Hz AMOLED display, 18W fast charging support but the adapter is not included in the box, Android 12 OS, and 128GB storage.

Google Pixel 6a price in India

Google Pixel 6a price in India is Rs 43,999 for the single 6GB/128GB is available in a single variant. The company is offering an instant discount of Rs 4,000 via Axis bank card, which brings down the price to Rs 39,999. It comes in Chalk and Charcoal colour options. The phone is now available via Flipkart for customers to purchase.

Google Pixel 6a: should you buy?

The Google Pixel 6a will be on sale for the first time but the question that needs to be asked is whether you should buy it? Well, yes and no. Yes if you are a fan of Google’s version of stock Android skin and timely updates, including the Android version and security patch. There’s nothing like a clean software experience that is completely ad-free and a range of software features that enhance the user experience.

However, on the flip side, the price of the Pixel 6a changes everything. Had it been priced somewhere around the Rs 35,000 mark, it would have been the go-to suggestion but at Rs 43,999 there are other better alternatives. For the asking price, the 60Hz display simply doesn’t feel justified and the charging speed limited to 18W is also a big downgrade. The cameras on the Pixel phones are a benchmark but the competition is slowly catching up and can produce similar results. Alternatives that can be considered include the Realme GT 2, iQOO 9, Nothing Phone (1), and OnePlus 10R.

Specifications

Google Pixel 6a specs

  • 6.1-inch FHD+ display, 60Hz refresh rate
  • In-house Tensor chipset
  • 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Android 12 OS
  • 12.2MP + 12MP dual cameras
  • 8MP selfie shooter
  • 4306mAh battery, 18W fast charging

The Google Pixel 6a sports a 6.1-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a standard 60Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, HDR, always-on display with now playing, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by the in-house Tensor chipset paired with 6GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB storage. It runs on Android 12 OS out of the box but will get an Android 13 update this fall.

Moving to optics, the Pixel 6a features a dual-camera setup on the back, comprising a 12.2MP primary camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens. There is an 8MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats. 

Connectivity options include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 LE, GPS, and a USB Type C port. A 4306mAh battery with 18W fast charging support fuels the phone. The Pixel 6a is equipped with an under-display fingerprint sensor for security, stereo speakers, a Titan M2 security chip and dual microphones.

Key Specs

Google Pixel 6A
Google Tensor | 6 GBProcessor
6.1 inches Display
12.2 MP + 12 MPRear camera
8 MPSelfie camera
4410 mAh Battery
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Google Pixel 6A Price
Rs. 43,999
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