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This leaked unboxing video gives you an early look at the Google Pixel 6a

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Display of packaging and fingerprint sensor

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The Google Pixel 6a is now available for purchase, albeit it won’t be available until July 28. If you need something to do until then, a video of the phone being unboxed has leaked from one of Google’s official YouTube channels.

The unlisted video, which was discovered on Reddit (via 9to5Google), provides us a tour of the phone from Google Retail Training France. It’s unclear whether Google will allow it to remain online now that it’s been detected.

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Of course, we already know what the Pixel 6a looks like, but the video shows us some interesting hands-on footage and the device’s packaging. We also get a glimpse at the fingerprint sensor, which appears to be quite quick (it’s supposedly fast).

Specifications are appealing

The Google Pixel 6a got its first decent look at Google IO 2022, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about this mid-ranger. The pricing will be $449 / £399 / AU$749, and preorders will begin on July 21 in select territories.

The phone will have a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, according to Google. Although the screen refresh rate is capped at 60Hz, an always-on display option is available.

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The Pixel 6a will also have a dual-lens back camera (12.2MP f/1.7 main and 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide) and an 8MP front camera. The 4,410mAh battery is charged at a 30W rate.

The Pixel 6a has big expectations

At first sight, these mid-range versions of Google’s flagship phones appear to be sure bets: all the greatest features of the more costly phones at a lower price, plus all the advantages of Google’s services and the clean version of Android that Pixel phones ship with.

However, since the launch of the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL in 2019, this series of phones has been hit or miss. We weren’t really impressed by the Google Pixel 5a, which was only available in the United States and Japan.

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However, given on what Google has informed us thus far, the Pixel 6a has great hopes. Not everyone requires the most advanced smartphone components, and for many, the next mid-range mobile should suffice.

It’s worth mentioning that the Google Pixel 7 will be released three months after the Pixel 6a, which was a pleasant surprise when we first saw it at Google IO 2022. Some smartphone customers may decide to wait and see what the 2022 flagship has to offer before making a purchase.

Later this year, Google will release Android 13.

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