Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

An image of Pixel 5a

Pixel 5a could see its successor arrive this year.
Photo: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

Before the pandemic, Google would introduce one new version of its lower cost A-series smartphone around the same time as its Google I / O developer conference. The company can return to the Pixel 6a launch timeline, and it can accompany the long-termexpected Pixel Watch, plus a wallet-friendly HD version of its Chromecast with Google TV dongle.

According to delicious Max Jambor, Google’s budget Pixel 6a unveiled in May. This is typically when Google hosts its annual developer conference, which is likely to take place this year, either virtually or in person. Google has not yet issued an official announcement.

That rumor mill has already grinded about the 6a, which is expected has a 6.2-inch screen, ie slightly smaller than the one on present Pixel 5a. The screen is limited to a refresh rate of 60 Hz instead of the previously rumored 120 Hz. However, the lower refresh rate may be better for battery life. Together with the Pixel 6a’s potential 4,800 mAh battery pack, this would make the phone compete with more entry-level launches from brands like Motorola, which tend to call down essential specifications like processing power in favor of longer battery life.

But tGoogle Pixel 6a could have a homemade Tensor chip as its flagship counterpart. It’s unclear how much capability the processor will have, but it’s likely to be adjusted so that Pixel 6a can perform some of the Pixel 6’s highlighting features, such as its impressive language processing on the device.

The tensor chip would also help activate camera smart, another reason why people choose the A-Series over other mediocre Android devices. We could see a 12.2 megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera in Pixel 6a. Expect the smartphone to also take after its flagship siblings in design angular appearance comes to Google’s budget lineup, as well as to multiple cameras on the back.

If Google announces a new smartphone this spring, it’s likely to accompany the Pixel Watch, which we’ve talked about in what appears to be forever. Last month, Jon Prosser showed renderings of our dreams’ Android smartwatch, and it’s made us excited about the likelihood of a major hardware dump from Google.

We also expect another Chromecast dongle with Google TV to be added to the hardware family. Originally linked by 9to5Google as an upgrade to the current Chromecast, Protocol followed up that the dongle, codenamed Boreal, would instead be marketed as a low-end entry into Google’s streaming ecosystem.

Leaks indicate that Chromecast has an Amlogic S805X2 CPU with a Mali-G31 GPU. What’s particularly interesting about this component is that it supports AV1 decoding, which Google has been pushing hard for. It is a royalty-free open source video codec that is effective for low bandwidth networks. That’s what Google uses with its Duo video chat.

It’s likely that the new Chromecast will only stream at a resolution of 1080p / 60fps, which could put it at competitive prices compared to entry-level Google TVs from Walmart, which costs as little as $ 20, and rival Amazon and Roku devices with similar AV1 decoding. It would also add a more affordable streaming device to Google’s first-party hardware selection.

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