The leaked case of the Pixel 6a provides important clues and hints of an imminent launch

The leaked case of the Pixel 6a provides important clues and hints of an imminent launch

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  • Pixel 6a case on the left, Pixel 6 on the right. The Pixel 6 is just a bit too large to fit in the case. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends. – Pixel 6a leaked case gives us important clues, hints at imminent launch
    Pixel 6a case on the left, Pixel 6 on the right. The Pixel 6 is just a bit too large to fit in the case. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends. And since the Pixel 6 has a 6.4-inch screen, this suggests that the Pixel 6a is likely to have maybe a 6.2″ or 6.3″ screen, judging by the tiny difference in size.

  • A case for the yet-to-be-released Google Pixel 6a is an essential piece of evidence exposing the design of the future affordable Google phone. And, lo and behold, it depicts a phone with the trademark camera bar design, similar to the top Pixel 6 series. Cover manufacturer Poetic provided the case to Digital Trends’ Adam Doud, who was startled to get a case for a phone that had not yet been published. Doud used the chance to compare the case to the already available flagship Pixel 6 model. Trying to put the Pixel 6 inside the Pixel 6a case didn’t work, but it didn’t fit by a hair’s breadth, by a few millimetres. This led to the understanding that the Pixel 6a must be upgraded.

Another thing that the case reveals is that the Pixel 6a will have the same button placement as other Google phones, with the power button placed above the volume keys (which some people may find a bit odd). Pixel 6a will have the same button placement, with a power button above the volume keys. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends. – Pixel 6a leaked case gives us important clues, hints at imminent launch
Pixel 6a will have the same button placement, with a power button above the volume keys. Image courtesy of Adam Doud and Digital Trends.

So what can we take from all of this? First, it confirms earlier leaks that Google will adopt the fancy new “Robocop” design with the camera bar for its budget model, but also having cases circulating around also suggests that a Pixel 6a launch might be just around the corner. Google I/O, the company’s developers conference, kicks off next Wednesday, May 11th, and it now looks very likely that the Pixel 6a will debut right there and then. Of course, don’t forget that case makers often make cases way earlier and based on preliminary information, so we can take this case as giving us clues rather than facts. Still, judging on previous leaks, this one seems to be consistent with the way the Pixel 6a shapes up to be, so we don’t really have any big reasons to doubt it.

And judging by the writing on the screen protector that came with the case, the Pixel 6a will also have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Fingers crossed that it works better than the sluggish one on the Pixel 6 duo, where you need to apply extra pressure for your fingerprint to register. Also interesting is that the camera bar on the back seems to be narrower than on the flagship Pixel 6 series by about one third. This is probably because of the smaller camera sensors used in the budget model. An approximate measurement by the journalist shows that while the Pixel 6 has a 21mm tall camera bump, the Pixel 6a appears to only have a 14mm tall camera bar.

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