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Google Pixel 6a could borrow the Pixel 6 design, drop the headphone jack

Google Pixel 6a Renders
Google Pixel 6a Renders (Image credit: @OnLeaks / 91mobiles)

What you need to know

  • The Google Pixel 6a renders have leaked online, revealing a familiar design.
  • Google's upcoming mid-range phone looks a lot like the Pixel 6 series, but with a smaller body.
  • However, a 3.5mm headphone jack is missing from the renders, a first for a mid-range Pixel phone.

The Google Pixel 6a isn't expected to be unveiled until the summer of 2022, but renders of the upcoming mid-range phone have already surfaced online, revealing it in all its glory. This is courtesy of prolific leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks).

First reported by 91mobiles, The new renders indicate that the Pixel 6a will have a similar design to the standard Pixel 6, making it difficult to tell the two apart. It appears to have the same black camera strip as the Pixel 6 on the back, which houses the two cameras and a flash.

However, the renders lack a key feature that was present on previous mid-range Pixel devices: a 3.5mm headphone jack. If the renders are correct, this means that the Pixel 6a will be the first A-series Pixel phone to have no headphone jack. It will also mark the complete removal of that port from Google phones. That said, a USB-C port, speaker, and microphone are visible at the phone's bottom.

On the front, there's a hole-punch selfie camera. The device may also sport a flat 6.2-inch OLED display and feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, like the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The absence of a fingerprint sensor on the back, like the Pixel 5a, gives that away.

The Pixel 6a could be slightly smaller than the Pixel 6, as expected. It is rumored to have dimensions of 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm. On the other hand, the Pixel 6 measures 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm and has a 6.4-inch display. The phone may also have a glass back and dual-tone finish.

It remains to be seen how the phone compares to some of the best budget Android phones, but more leaks about its key specs are expected to surface in the months leading up to its unveiling.

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.

9 Comments
  • Please explain this:
    "However, the renders lack a key feature that was present on previous mid-range Pixel devices: a 3.5mm headphone jack. If the renders are correct, this means that the Pixel 6a will be the last Google phone to have the port." Huh? Jack or no Jack? You mean the 5a?
  • Yeah, you beat me to it
  • The article has been updated to clear up the confusion.
  • Courage. Courage. Courage. (curse you 3 word min comments!)
  • USB-C port adapter will enable your corded headphones... Not that anybody uses them anymore.
  • Yes we do
  • I don't want to pay and carry an extra cord around.
  • It'll 100% also have Pixel 6 series bad quality controll like it's prevs generations.
  • I thought I would have a hard time adjusting to the Pixel 6's size coming from the Pixel 5, but surprisingly I have adjusted and am really enjoying this device.