Google released the new Pixel 6a to eager smartphone fans this week and it's another promising handset. Here's everything you need to know about the new phone, plus the latest advice on where to buy it.

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The new handset is powered by Google's Tensor chipset and boasts a 6.1-inch display, making it a little smaller than the typical smartphone of 2022. We like it's slightly smaller size as it makes it a nice pocketable, tactile phone that's easy to use with one hand.

Elsewhere there's a dual-camera setup and up to 60Hz refresh rate. In terms of design, it mirrors the other two phones in the most recent Pixel line-up, with a two-tone colour scheme and a camera module that protrudes across the entire width of the back.

Multiple built-in camera modes – Magic Eraser, Real Tone and Face Unblur – will be supported on the new more affordable model, which is priced at £399 and comes with 5G connectivity. The Tensor chip is the same as found in the flagship Pixel 6 Pro.

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For those who don't want to splash out on, or wait for the Google Pixel 7, the 6a is a very tempting value proposition. For more on Google's next phone, be sure to check out our Google Pixel 7 release date guide.

Buy the Google Pixel 6a for £399 at Currys

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Buy the Google Pixel 6a (+ 40GB data) for £25 a month with O2

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Buy the Google Pixel 6a with a monthly plan at mobiles.co.uk

Google Pixel 6a release date: when is the new phone coming out?

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The phone launched on Thursday (28th July) and is is priced at £399 in the UK. That makes it an interesting addition to the mid-range landscape, set to go toe-to-toe with the Samsung A53, which we ranked as one of the stand-out mid-rangers of the year in our full Samsung Galaxy A53 review.

The new Google mid-ranger was unveiled alongside other products, including the Google Pixel Buds Pro earbuds and the Google Pixel Watch at May's Google IO event.

The Pixel 6a was never much of a secret before its release. Google has maintained a similar release pattern for the mid-range A-series of handsets for years now – with the affordable alternative being unveiled a few months after the main flagship smartphones.

Last year was slightly different, however, as the Pixel 5a was given a limited release and only came out in two markets: the United States and Japan, at $449.

So the two big questions this year weren’t around whether it existed, but more if it would actually come out in the UK, and how much it would cost.

The selling point hasn’t changed: providing a similar experience to the flagships (with a handful of small compromises such as wireless charging and refresh rate) but knocking a couple of hundred pounds off the selling price.

Given that the high-end Pixel 6 Pro is the most expensive Google phone that's ever been sold (£849 RRP) and the standard Pixel 6 being around £600, there is likely an appetite for getting the most recent Pixel design without having to pay so much.

Google confirmed the Pixel 7 series — a standard and a Pro model — is also coming later this year. It will have a triple camera system and a similar camera bump, but this time with an aluminium chrome module. They will each use a next-gen Tensor chip, and both of the new models will ship with Android 13 software.

Buy the Google Pixel 6a for £399 at Currys

Buy the Google Pixel 6a for £399 at Argos

Buy the Google Pixel 6a (+ 40GB data) for £25 a month with O2

Buy the Google Pixel 6a (+ 100GB data) for £27 a month with Three

Buy the Google Pixel 6a with a monthly plan at mobiles.co.uk

Not sure if you want to go for Android or iOS with your next smartphone purchase? Don't miss our detailed Apple iPhone 13 pro vs Pixel 6 Pro comparison guide.

Google Pixel 6a: specs and features

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While IO is mostly a software-first event, Google used it to showcase the newest iteration of the more affordable mid-ranger. Here’s everything we know about the Pixel 6a smartphone, including the main specs.

  • UK price: £399
  • Release date: 28th July
  • Display: 6.1-inch, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Refresh rate: up to 60Hz
  • Camera: 12.2MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 8MP selfie front lens
  • OS: Android
  • Battery: 4410mAh, up to 72 hours using 'extreme saver' mode
  • Memory/Storage: 6GB RAM, 128 Storage
  • Chip: Google Tensor processor
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
  • Features: 5 years of security updates, fingerprint unlock
  • Security: Anti-phishing and malware protection

The Pixel 6a joins Pixel 6 Pro and the Pixel 6. Google has discontinued the earlier handsets in the series, including the Pixel 5, 4a and 4a with 5G, although some models may still be available via a handful of retailers including Argos and Amazon. The most recent Pixel phones are still widely available in the UK and beyond.

We have been hands-on with multiple Google phones in recent years, which have been popular due to their minimalistic design, top cameras and ease of use.

In our guide to the best smartphone of 2022 and best Android phone of the year, we rated the Google Pixel 6 Pro as one of the best handsets you can buy. For more, here’s our in-depth Pixel 6 Pro review, Pixel 5 review and Pixel 4a with 5G review.

Google Pixel 6a: how to buy

The Google Pixel 6a smartphone is available to buy right now.

At both the Google Store and Currys, if you purchase the Pixel 6a, you get Pixel Buds A-Series for no extra cost.

You can get your hands on the Google Pixel 6a at Argos for £399, the Google Store for £399 or £16.63 per month for 24-months, plus get up to £200 back with an eligible phone trade-in. Similarly, the Google Pixel 6a is available to buy at Currys for £399, and they offer a 12-month pay delay, too. Make sure you check out mobiles.co.uk, as well, for the monthly phone and data plans.

Buy the Google Pixel 6a for £399 at Currys

Buy the Google Pixel 6a for £399 at Argos

Buy the Google Pixel 6a (+ 40GB data) for £25 a month with O2

Buy the Google Pixel 6a (+ 100GB data) for £27 a month with Three

Buy the Google Pixel 6a with a monthly plan at mobiles.co.uk

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