Google Phone budget expected in May

A photo of the Pixel 5a

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

Before the pandemic, Google would introduce a new version of its cheaper A-series smartphone around the same time as its Google I/O developer conference. The company may return to that launch timeline with the Pixel 6a, and that could go along with it along-anticipated Pixel Watchas well as an HD version suitable for Chromecast sound wallets with Google TV dongle.

According to leak Max JamboreGoogle’s budget Pixel 6a will be revealed in May. This is usually when Google hosts its annual developer conference, which is expected to take place this year, either virtually or online. anybody. Google has yet to make an official announcement.

the rumor machine already talked about the 6a, which should have a 6.2 inch screen which is slightly smaller than the one on the running Pixel 5a. The screen is capped at a 60Hz refresh rate instead of the previously advertised 120Hz. However, this lower refresh rate might be better for battery life. Coupled with the Pixel 6a’s potential 4,800mAh battery, this would make the phone compete with more entry-level launches from brands like Motorola, which tend to undercut essential specs like processing power in favor of longer battery life.

ButThe Google Pixel 6a could have an in-house Tensor chip like its flagship counterpart. It’s unclear exactly how capable the processor will be, but it’s likely to be tweaked so the Pixel 6a can run some of the flagship features of the Pixel 6, like its impressive on-device language processing.

The Tensor chip would also help enable camera smarts, another reason people choose the A-series over other mid-range Android devices. We could see a 12.2-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera in the Pixel 6a. Expect the smartphone to also take after its flagship siblings in design, as this angular appearance arrives in Google’s budget range, as well as the multiple camera array on the rear.

If Google announces a new smartphone this spring, it’s likely to come alongside the Pixel Watch, which has been talked about for what seems like forever. Last month, Jon Prosser showed off renders of our dream Android smartwatch, and it got 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 pegged by 9to5Google as an upgrade to the current Chromecast, Protocol followed that the dongle, codenamed Boreal, would instead be marketed as a low-end entry into Google’s streaming ecosystem.

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

It’s likely that the new Chromecast will only stream at 1080p/60fps resolution, which could make it price competitive with Walm’s entry-level Google TV, which costs just $20, and rivals Amazon and Roku devices with similar AV1 decoding. It would also add a more affordable streaming device to Google’s lineup of first-party hardware.


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