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The Pixel 6a will get a new fingerprint sensor and a wider 14-country rollout

But will they be able to make enough? — Plus, after the two-country launch for the Pixel 5a, Google is back to normal. Ron Amadeo – May 13, 2022 7:35 pm UTC Enlarge / The Pixel 6a.GoogleThe Pixel 6a is shaping up to be one of the most promising smartphone releases of the year. With a…

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But, will they be able make enough? —

Plus: Google has returned to normal after the launch of the Pixel 5a in two countries.


The Pixel 6a.

Enlarge / The Pixel 6a.

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The Pixel 6a is shaping up to be one of the most promising smartphone releases of the year. With a flagship-class system on a chip and a $450 price tag, it looks like Google is taking a credible swing at the iPhone SE. A few details that were not announced at Thursday’s keynote have been revealed.

First off, the Pixel 6a will be Google’s widest smartphone release ever, by a small margin. Remember, the Pixel 5a release was Google’s smallest ever, launching in just two countries, the US and Japan. Google’s device availability support page was updated Thursday, and the Pixel 6a is back up to the usual 13 Pixel launch countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.

But wait! There’s more: Google also says the Pixel 6a will be coming to India later this year, bringing it to 14 countries. That’s a new record for Google’s comparatively small (Apple and Samsung ship in 100-plus countries) phone hardware operation. India is an odd choice, as it’s one the most competitive global smartphone market. To be competitive in India, Google will have to substantially lower the price of its Pixel 6a. We don’t know the India price yet, but check out the replies to that tweet announcement, which is full of Indian consumers already dragging the phone for its assumed $450 price tag and being “only” 60 Hz. It will be a difficult battle.

The second bit of news comes from Android Central, which received confirmation from Google that the Pixel 6a will not use the same fingerprint sensor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Some people have had a lot of trouble with the Pixel 6 fingerprint s

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